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The Difference Between Coil & Rotary Tattoo Machines

The Difference Between Coil & Rotary Tattoo Machines

So, you know, when it comes to tattoo machines, there are basically two types: coil and rotary. They both do the same job – poke ink into your skin – but they do it in different ways.

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Coil Tattoo Machines: These are the classic, old-school ones you might see in tattoo parlors in movies. They’re kinda like a noisy little jackhammer. They work with electromagnetic coils that move a metal armature bar up and down, which drives the needle in and out. They’re known for their precision and are great for outlining and detailed work. But, they can be a bit on the noisy side and might give your tattoo artist a bit of a hand workout.
Rotary Tattoo Machines: These are the newer, quieter kids on the block. Instead of coils, they have a little motor that rotates the needle. It’s more like an electric toothbrush in terms of how it moves. They’re smoother and quieter than coil machines, which can be a plus if you’re not into the sound of buzzing. Rotary machines are versatile and can handle both lining and shading pretty well. They’re also lighter and easier for artists to handle for long periods.

So, to sum it up, coils are like the classic muscle cars of tattoo machines, loud and powerful, great for outlines. Rotary machines are like the electric cars, smooth and efficient, good for all-around tattooing. It’s all about personal preference and what works best for the artist and the style they’re going for.

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