THE EVOLUTION OF TATTOO EQUIPMENT
Part 4. – ROUND SHADER TATTOO NEEDLE CATEGORIES
ROUND Shader tattoo needle configurations are one of the very first tattoo needle configurations. They’ve been around since the beginning of time for tattooing, and exist before magnum configurations appeared.
It helps to explain the simplicity of manufacturing. The round configuration provides unique possibilities to create unique textures that are not achievable within different tattoo needle categories.
These ROUND shader tattoo needle configurations are great for color packing as well as gray wash shade creations. Round shader configurations are not ideal for creating lines.
From the art perspective, this category of needle configurations are mimicking the results that a round paint brush gives you.
ROUND shader tattoo needle configurations commonly come from medium tapered needles and they are always available in a round shape, regardless of the number of needles. The needle tips do not exist together at the end. It’s actually rather easy to imagine the configuration of the needles – by putting the thickest part of the needles together so that they are parallel to one another, and soldered together that way.
- .25mm – FINE – #8 is the standard system (US) designation
- .30mm – NORMAL – #10 is the standard system (US) designation
- .35mm – FAT – #12 is the standard system (US) designation
Note: ALL REBEL ROUND SHADER needles are Medium Tapered configurations
Note: Don’t confuse the term “gauge” with the term “taper”!
In this category, the round shader tattoo needle configuration variants aren’t as wide as the round liner category or even the magnum configuration category.
Instead, the shader category ranges from a 7 round shader up to around 18-20, depending on the manufacturer. The steps between configurations are the same as liners (usually odd number grouping): 7, 9, 11, 13, etc.
Round Shader Tattoo Needle Configurations
The general ID or mark for this category of needle configurations in the tattoo industry is RS = Round Shader. The mark usually states the number of needles and the gauge/diameter of the needles, like 1018RS means: Gauge #10 = a .30mm needle, and 18R means there are 18 of them in a Round configuration and let’s not forget the S stands for “shader”.
In this case, we can’t tell the taper of the individual needles by this name or mark, so you would need to find it out specifically from the manufacturer.
At REBEL, we use the same logic as we explained it in the previous round liner needle configurations article. We identify the brand first, so RTC = REBEL TATTOO CARTRIDGE, then the number of needles, then the needle category. We mark the gauge of the individual needles under the product code as #10 – .30mm, which you can find on the blister packaging. So, now you know what RTC-18RS means with #10-.30mm
Note: ALL REBEL ROUND SHADER configurations are Medium Tapered
REBEL Collection of Round Shader Cartridges
REBEL offers a great selection of Round shader cartridges, which use #10 = .30mm needles ONLY. All of them have a more precise, technical feature that you should pay attention. The term for this is working diameter or working gauge. This is the measurement of the soldered together needles. The term for this is the usable diameter in tattooing.
The chart below contains the measurements of the working diameter in different gauges of needles, and shows the correlations between them. Metric and Standard measurements appear in the chart.
As you can see, working diameters overlap (if you look for the same colors in the chart), just like they do with the REBEL ROUND LINER needle categories.
Difference Between Cartridges
However, the fundamental difference here is in the REBEL #10 – .30mm configurations, because there are no significant differences between the other gauges.
So, by viewing this chart, you’ll see why keeping a high inventory of #8 – .25mm 3-7 RS cartridges won’t really get you a lot of marketing value, because in tattooing, you can’t take advantage of these sizes – they are so small.
The following configurations cover all sizes up to 1.58mm, where only the .35mm 18RS has a bigger working diameter. That is still not visible with the naked eye, nor does it give you much advantage. This is why REBEL mostly keeps inventory of the #10 – .30mm.
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