Are you Team Numbing Cream or Team Pain?


Tattoos can be painful, especially depending on where you place them on the body. A lot goes into your new tattoo, but ultimately when you choose to go under the gun, your artist is essentially creating a new wound.

Before starting this age-old debate between deciding whether or not to use a topical numbing cream For your next tattoo, let’s take a look at understanding the tattoo process – the tattoo machine, the line, and the needle – to better help you with your pre-tattoo decision.

The tattoo machine

The machine used in the tattoo studio is called a tattoo machine. As simple as that. Some people know it as a tattoo gun, but that term is out of fashion.

It comes in different forms, but it’s basically just a few mechanisms that work in unison to mechanize the needle penetrating the skin with tattoo ink.

There are three main types of tattoo machines. They all perform the same task, but the way they do it is different.

  • Rotary: This machine works with an electric motor and a rotating part with a pin. The rounded end of a needle is attached to the pin. The pin is then electrically engaged, causing the wheel to rotate. It is from this rotation that it takes its name. A rotary machine is preferred for shading and is easier to use than a coil machine.
  • Coil: A coil machine is powered by electricity and magnets. Coil machines have two electromagnetic coils that look like big, short batteries. The bobbin machine comes with a foot pedal. When the pedal is depressed, a current flows through the coils. The coils magnetize and pull down the magnetic bar above, called the armature bar. When this bar descends, it loses contact with a contact screw. The contact screw is what completes the circuit. So when the bar goes down, it breaks the circuit, the coils lose their magnetism and the bar bounces back to meet the screw again, and the whole system repeats itself. The needle is attached to the rebar, causing the needle to move up and down like a hammer. It tends to have a stronger motion than a rotary machine. A bobbin machine is often best for line work. The iconic hum of the tattoo comes from this machine.
  • Pneumatic: A pneumatic tattoo machine uses compressed air. The air pressure setting controls the speed at which the machine moves the needles up and down. A pneumatic tire creates the least noise and is the lightest of the three types of machines. You don’t see as many artists using pneumatics because it’s more expensive than other machines and it’s just not a fan favorite. That’s not to say they aren’t a useful or good choice, far from popular.

A bobbin machine

Your tattoo artist will use the machine they are most comfortable with. Most experienced artists know how to use the coil and the rotary machine and can switch between them depending on the needs of your tattoo design.

stroke length

Stroke length is the distance a needle moves up and down. It is determined by how the machine is built. Why is stroke length important? The longer the stroke length, the slower the machine. The shorter the stroke length, the faster the machine.

A shorter stroke length means less distance to travel and a faster machine, and vice versa for a machine with a longer stroke length.

A short stroke length is usually around 1.8-2.5mm. A shorter stroke length is better for shading. The machine goes faster and the needle doesn’t penetrate your skin as deeply, so the artist will be able to shade and layer the ink. A faster stroke means the needle penetrates your skin at a faster rate.

A longer stroke length is about 4.0mm or more. It’s better for line work and precision. It delivers more ink in one stroke and is harder so you can use larger needles with a longer stroke machine. A longer stroke length means the needle penetrates your skin more slowly.

Anything between these two sizes is best for color wrapping.

tattoo needles

There are many types of tattoo needles – think of them as an artist’s brush.

The basic breakdown is as follows: a needle is not just a single needle. It is a collection of needles in a particular shape. The shape of this beam changes and the number of needles changes.

Some needles are better for fine line work, some are better for color wrapping, and some are better for shading. All needles used in your tattoo should be sterilized and single use.

The size of the needles that make up an arrangement is called a gauge. An 8 gauge has a diameter of 0.25mm, while a 12 gauge has a diameter of 0.35mm.

The number of needles (the number of needle pins making up an arrangement) uses a number as a reference. For example, your artist might choose an 8-gauge 03 Round Liner to do fine line work on your tattoo. This is a tight needle arrangement of three 0.25mm needles.

For a tattoo area where you need an even coat of lots of color pigment, your artist may choose a 12 gauge 27 Magnum Shader. It is a brush-like arrangement of 27 0.35mm needles .

When your artist prepares for your tattoo session, he will already have a good idea of ​​the needles he will need for the different parts of the tattoo, so he will add them to his workspace in advance.

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The great numbing cream debate

Finally, using a numbing cream comes down to personal preference. If you’re new to the tattoo space and nervous about your first tattoo or sensitive to pain and likely to fidget during your appointment, a numbing cream might be smart to keep you calm and still while your artist will work on your new tattoo. body art piece. If you’re a tattoo veteran, you may choose to forgo a numbing cream.

If you choose to use a numbing cream, look for one with clean ingredients and a topical numbing agent like lidocaine—Mad Rabbit Numbing Cream uses clinically proven ingredients like 5% lidocaine to effectively numb the area before your tattoo appointment. A combination of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients and lightweight moisturizers support the skin’s natural barrier to soothe irritability and promote optimal skin function: both above and below.

See some testimonials from Mad Rabbit customers using the new numbing cream

How to Use Mad Rabbit Numbing Cream

Step 1: Prepare the skin – shave if necessary.

Step 2: Generously apply Mad Rabbit Tattoo Numbing Cream.

Step 3: Wrap the area with plastic wrap.

Step 4: Wait 45 minutes – 1 hour.

Step 5: Unpack and clean the canvas area.

Step 6: Sit back and relax!

Whatever you decide, don’t forget the tattoo aftercare

The first few days of healing after getting your tattoo will be the most sensitive days and will require extra care. Blood clots and scabs form in the first few days. Be sure to use a lightweight, breathable moisturizer like Crazy Rabbit Soothing Gel instead of a petroleum-based ointment.

After the third day until the end of the second week, your tattooed skin will close. The scabs will become harder and the skin will become flaky. You will probably feel most of your itching during this first or second week.

Then, by the third or fourth week, the scabs will start to fall off and your tattoo will become a closed wound. This means that your tattoo will still heal below the surface of the skin, but on the surface it has finished healing and closed off to bacteria.

Overall, it takes about three to four months for a tattoo to heal and look the way you imagined. It may seem healed before those three or four months, but the skin underneath is still healing around the ink, so be sure to use lotion and moisturizer – try Mad Rabbit Daily Tattoo Care products or Crazy Rabbit Tattoo Balm to keep tattoos vibrant.

Let us know: Are you a team numbing cream or a team pain?


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