THE EVOLUTION OF TATTOO EQUIPMENT
Part 6. – CURVED MAGNUM TATTOO NEEDLE Configurations
We design our Curved Magnum needle configurations are specially for smooth pigment blending between different colors or shades. The uniqueness of these needles comes from their positioning. Besides, they keep the signature zic-zac 2-row needle structure. Unlike the regular magnums, the arrangement of curved magnum needles are not in a straight line but as an arch mimicking the Filbert paint brush shape. We have already referred to this in our “Tattoo Needle Types & Categories” article in more detail.
It is true that curved magnum needles are not as versatile as the regular magnum needles. But the fact that this configuration causes less discomfort to the skin and the client can sit for longer sessions, makes it extremely popular on the market.
Purpose of Curved Magnum needles
Curved Magnum needle configurations generally cover a larger skin area but are not suitable for making lines. The unique feature of these needle configurations is that they don’t create a hard edge. You can not reach into small corners with this configuration. But, the configuration creates extremely smooth shading/color transitions, which can be challenging with other needle configurations.
Curved Magnum needle configurations appeared on the market years after the launch of regular magnums, thus it makes it the youngest member of the family. I am not sure about this configuration’s exact origin, but it was initially developed from the wooden stick “hand poke tattooing” method in my opinion.
You can visualize it like this: Lay down an uneven number of tattoo needles flat and you lift every other, creating a zic-zac 2-rows structure of needles. This is just like the regular Magnums. Instead of the straight line, you arrange them in an arch shape. Then, you solder them together in this position. This way, the bottom row of needles is always one longer than the top row.
Magnum Needles & Filberts
We manufacture Curved Magnum needles are commonly from medium tapered needles, and sometimes long tapered. They are always unique in this: easy to recognize and 2 rows shape with the curved structure. With these 2 rows spaced out structure, all needles have room around them. They can hold more ink and increase better ink flow that allows for covering a larger inked area at a faster speed. If you are a black and gray artist, you can easily do beautiful shades by them. Curved Magnum configuration also provides unique possibilities to create new, interesting textures.
In our previous “Tattoo Needle Types & Categories” blog post, I explained they can be manufactured from all 3 commonly used tattoo needle gauges depending on the geographical region’s habits/requirements.
- .25mm – FINE – #8 is the standard system (US) designation
- .30mm – NORMAL – #10 is the standard system (US) designation
- and .35mm – FAT – #12 is the standard system (US) designation
Note: Configuration of ALL REBEL Magnum needle belong to Medium Tapered
Note: don’t confuse the term “gauge” with the term “taper”!
Curved Magnum Tattoo Needle Configurations
The Magnum needles manufactured from #8 – .25mm – FINE wire gauge. The term for this is BUGPIN CURVED MAGNUM.
Curved Magnum configurations generally start from 5 needles and go up over 35-45. The term for this is “shovel” because it is so wide already. The steps are going by 2 here as well. 7,9 ,11, 13, 15 etc.
The general ID or mark of this group is CM or CMG = Curved Magnum. It is also called Soft Edge Magnum (SEM), depending on the manufacturer.
The number of needles and configuration results in 11-CM, 11CMG or 11SEM depending on the manufacturer. REBEL keeps up with this system, plus inserts a brand recognition abbreviation in RTC = REBEL TATTOO CARTRIDGE
REBEL Tattoo Cartridge – 27 Curved Magnum = RTC-27CM
Note: ALL REBEL Magnum needle configurations are Medium Tapered
Just like other needle configurations theoretically, we can create numerous needle configurations from 3 common different gauges multiplied with the number of needles. But, there is a lot of overlap when it comes to WORKING WIDTH.
WORKING WIDTH is the total width of soldered needles that we use for tattooing = how wide the surface is that the configuration can cover. Theoretically, with curved magnums, it depends on the pressure applied to the number of needles put to work because of the archy structure.
The REBEL team develops cartridge inventory to offer the widest range of these needle feature and not by the taper type.
REBEL Magnum inventory looks like this:
REBEL Needle configurations manufactured from .30mm needles
The following chart explains the correlation between manufactured working width and wire gauge they use for making.
Metric and standard system measurements:
Measurement data is the same as the regular magnums. The only difference from the manufacturing point is the arch orientation of needles instead of flat.
We have the same needle configurations from all 3 sizes of needles. But, there is still a difference among them because of their build that is different diameter/gauge needles. Therefore, these configurations can provide the same working diameter.
Logically smaller gauge needles need higher quantity to reach a certain size compared to bigger gauge ones. Thus, we have certain overlap between them.
Analyzing the chart above we can conclude this:
For example, the working width of the 15 Magnum needle configuration from #8 (.25mm) is very close to 13 Magnum Configuration made from #10 (.30mm). Or,11 Magnum configuration manufactured from #12 (.35mm) is the same. Check out the below chart organized by working width and configuration:
The conclusion is that there are 4 working width size ranges that manufactured from all 3 gauges of needles. These include 3.25-3.40mm, 3.80-4.00mm, .4.55-4.80mm, and 5.20-5.35mm.
In addition, 2.20-2.30mm working width manufactured from .25mm and .30mm needles and all other blue marked working widths.
The rest of the working diameters are only manufactured from a certain gauge (reds).
Paying careful attention to common and sense REBEL Curved Magnum inventory has been set up to cover the available range of working widths to satisfy the needs of any picky tattoo artists.
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