Stencil Stuff® Review

Stencil Stuff Review on TattooRadar by Tattoo Books Online
Stencil Stuff Review on TattooRadar by Tattoo Books Online

Super Stencil Stuff

September. 8,2013
By: UCTattoos
This review is for:  Stencil Stuff®

 

I had received a tip from a tattoo artist friend of mine that Stencil Stuff® had an ad that stated they were offering free samples of their product. I quickly took advantage of this. I had seen people—many people—using the product, but I had had such success with my own mixture that I had swayed from actually trying it. I used it a few times, and wow this product is amazing! I wish I could give it 10/5 stars.

 

Mike DeVries, and Mario Rosenau are the founders of Stencil Stuff®. When Mario was getting into portraits in 2005 he noticed that the stencil solutions he was using really didn’t transfer the fine lines that were required for the art, as well as not last through the longer sessions. Sick of having to reapply—or even completely remake—a stencil he started to experiment. After some time he made his own concoction, and another artist in the shop would always shout, “Hey Mario! Can I borrow some of your stencil stuff?!” and the name stuck! Partnering with Mike they formed a business dedicated the growing need for Stencil Stuff®, and to develop other high quality products for the tattoo community: Rest Stuff®, Spray Stuff®, and Prep Stuff®.

 

The ingredients for Stencil Stuff® are few: water, aloe, barbadensis leaf juice, propylene glycol, sodium stearate, steareth-20, polysorbate-20, carbomer, triethanolomine, polyquatemium-20, and quatemium-15. This information was taken from the MSDS sheet provided by Stencil Stuff®. I’m sure it is readily available upon request; if not on their website. They have actually recently reformulated their product. It used to have a rather pleasant smell, but artists had complained about the smell as they are sitting nose-to-skin with it for hours on end. They had also made the new formula last slightly less in duration. Apparently before you would have a difficult time getting rid of the stencil with anything short of a body grinder. Days after the tattoo you’d still have stencil!

 

For proper use of this product refer to the recommended application procedures: Pour a small amount of Stencil Stuff® solution into a gloved hand, spreading evenly over prepared area until surface is damp, but not wet. Apply stencil art to surface, holding for three to fifteen seconds. Remove stencil, and allow to set for approximately eight to ten minutes. Area will then be ready. While working work from the bottom up occasionally wiping away excess ink. Avoid excessive wiping. You really don’t need a lot of this product for it to work. To remove for repositioning the stencil use rubbing alcohol. For best results do not allow to dry completely.

 

When I used it—being used to my own solution—I tried to use as little as possible, but I think over did it for my first go. It feels tacky, but not as much as the solution I created. I also notice that the stencil doesn’t get wet, or smudge at all! This is great if you need to reuse your stencil to adjust the positioning of the tattoo. I also noticed that after I set up my machines the actual stencil was dry. I mean the purple carbon actually seemed dull, and dry. I’ve never seen this happen before. Once you apply ointment the stencil then livens up to it’s bright shine once more. Even after wiping, and doing an entire tattoo I could still see places where there was stencil remaining. It is definitely an amazing product! It has really changed the way I view stencil application. What’s great is it is inexpensive, and even a busy artist could use one bottle for many months if used correctly. A wise man once said, “It is more about how you rub the product into the skin rather than onto the skin.”

 

Stencil Stuff® is available at www.stencilstuff.net, or call 1-800-971-4817 for ordering information. It can also be purchased from authorized distribution centres: Eternal Ink, Magic Moon Tattooing, Protat Tattoo Supplies, and Painful Pleasures according to their website. I have also seen it at Hildbrant Tattoo Supply, Torino Supplies, Trinity Body Jewelery, and I’m sure at many more places!

 

The crew at Stencil Stuff®are very kind, and informative. I spoke to Carl their Operations Manager here in Canada, and he has definitely gone above, and beyond to help me with their product. He has given me any, and all information pertaining to their product including a letter from the Alberta Health Department, and the MSDS sheet for Stencil Stuff®, Prep Stuff®, and Spray Stuff®. He also spoke to me in a very relaxed, and informal fashion, which—to me—really makes all the difference when trying to communicate freely with someone. Stencil Stuff™ is also working with the health department to to phase out all non-tattoo related products from the tattoo process such as Dettol, and deodorants. This would be a large step for our industry as many of us even still use a floor cleaner: Green Soap. Personally, I think  this is the best way to go. With tattoo specific products there will be a very slim chance for skin, and product reactions, as well as create better quality tattoos, and tattoo process.

 

Ask your favorite supplier for your Free Sample today so you can see for yourself why Stencil Stuff® has become the product of choice for longer lasting tattoo stencil transfers by professional tattoo artists…worldwide! I know I’m glad I did!

 

UCTattoos gives Stencil Stuff® a 5 out of 5 rating, and I seriously wish I could go higher. This product is by far the best stenciling product on the market, and can beat out any stencil solution you can make on your own. Unless you’re making Stencil Stuff™ on your own! Even after years of perfecting my own solution, and having much success with it I was still awed by how well this product works. I definitely recommend it to all tattooers to try this product. It’s like Lays®  Chips, once you use it you’ll be hooked.

Spray Stuff® Review

Draw it on, Keep it on

October. 25,2013
By: UCTattoos
This review is for:  Spray Stuff®

 

Spray Stuff Review on TattooRadar
Spray Stuff Review on TattooRadar

 

Of course, after trying Stencil Stuff® I had to try their other products. I picked up some of their other products—reviews coming soon—and one of which was Spray Stuff®. This stuff is really amazing. I’ve heard other artists say it makes freehand work last as long as Stencil Stuff® does with a stencil, but was I ever impressed. I did a nice piece with some heavy detail, and every detail lasted throughout the entire tattoo.

 

Mike DeVries, and Mario Rosenau are the founders of Stencil Stuff®. After some time they realized that there are many products in our industry that we use that aren’t necessarily made for tattooing. One of the big problems was that freehand work didn’t last as long as a normal stencil would. This is where Spray Stuff® comes in! They have a new bottle out now. It’s more of a spray bottle than a paint can. Personally, I never used their old cans, but I have seen them on many websites. I assume the new bottles are relatively new as I have only ever seen them on their personal website.

 

The ingredients for Spray Stuff® are: Isooctane, PVP/Eiocoene Colopolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolla (Tea Tre) Oil. Just like I like it very few ingredients! There is also a warning: For external use only, flammable: do no use while smoking, or near fire, or flame (granted you shouldn’t be smoking in the shop anyway), Do not store at a temperature above 120F, keep out of the reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help, or contact a Poison Control Centre right away. Also, show this in french.

 

The proper use of this product is: Prepare area as normal. Use Prep Stuff™ for the best results. Draw design on skin using markers, and/or ballpoint pen. Holding 6” – 8” away, spray a light even coating of Spray Stuff® over the artwork allowing to dry thoroughly (approximately 10 minutes. If needed, apply additional light, even coatings. Allow to dry. Work from bottom up, occasionally wiping away excess ink. Avoid excessive wiping for best results. Instructions are also available in french.

 

The important thing for this product is to really let it dry. Not only is the spray drying, but you’re also giving time for your marker to dry properly. It’s like a stencil: the better it dries the less you will wipe away. Basically the same principle as using just markers. If your markers are wet they will wipe away much easier. My only complaint with the product is the smell. I tattoo pretty close to the skin, so I can smell the product until it’s been wiped away. The smell is really strong at first, but dissipates slowly with time.

 

Spray Stuff® is available at www.tattoostuff.com, or call 1-800-971-4817 for ordering information. It can also be purchased from authorized distribution centres: Eternal Ink, Magic Moon Tattooing, Protat Tattoo Supplies, and Painful Pleasures according to their website. I have also seen it at Hildbrant Tattoo Supply, Torino Supplies, Trinity Body Jewelery, and I’m sure at many more places!

 

 

 

UCTattoos gives Stencil Stuff® a 5 out of 5 rating. The only problem I found was the smell. This is a very minimal issue, so I don’t feel that would be enough to really reduce the rating at all. I have recommended it to all my friends who do freehand work. If you do a lot of freehand tattoos you should really think about trying out this product!

Prep Stuff™

Prep Stuff Review on TattooRadar.com
Prep Stuff Review on TattooRadar.com

The Germ Killer

October. 25,2013
By: UCTattoos
This review is for:  Prep Stuff™

 

I purchased Prep Stuff™ directly from Tattoo Stuff™ on their website. Unlike other types of skin preparation this is made specifically for the tattoo industry. Before this I was using 70% alcohol MicroSan hand sanitizer. It is a hand sanitizer used in doctor’s offices. However, I would much rather use something that is specifically made for the industry, which is why I tossed my old self made senticil solution for Stencil Stuff®, and I won’t be turning back.

 

Prep Stuff™–along with Stencil Stuff®, Spray Stuff®, Redemption™ Aftercare, and Rest Stuff®–is another product made by Tattoo Stuff™. Their products are made by artists, for artists, and all of their products are made specifically for the tattoo industry. This way you can stop using those products you’ve been making, or products that do the job but are for other industries/services. Prep Stuff is a skin sanitizer, as well as a stencil remover.

 

As with their other products their ingredients are very few: Isopropyl, Aqua, Piper Methysticum (Keva) Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Nopal) Extract, and Aloe Baradensis Leaf Juice. The warning on the label is the same as that of Spray Stuff®.

 

Proper usage is as follows: Wash, and shave area to be tattooed, and wipe dry. Apply a generous amount of Prep Stuff™ onto a paper towel. For best results wipe it until the skin is very dry. Use Stencil Stuff® or draw directly on the skin. Remove stencil, and allow to set approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Area is now ready to be tattooed. While working on the tattoo work from bottom up, occasionally wiping away excess ink. Avoid excessive wiping. To remove or reposition stencil use Prep Stuff™, and wipe clean. Reapply stencil using Stencil Stuff®.

 

If used properly the skin will be pretty dry before you apply the Stencil Stuff®. This actually helps a lot as the stencil will dry better, and adhere more thoroughly. I’ve noticed a difference when using Prep Stuff™ whether it’s with Stencil Stuff®, or not. However, Stencil Stuff® is also a huge step up to almost anything out there. Prep Stuff™ kills 99.9% of germs on the skin. One thing it doesn’t say in the instructions is to shake it. I’m not sure whether or not you are supposed to, but I noticed if your bottle sits for a little there is something at the bottom of the bottle. I give it a little shake before using it. Also, be careful to spray it away from your face. It has a very strong alcohol smell. I suggest doing as the instructions recommend and use a paper towel. This will drastically reduce the strong smell. If you spray it directly onto the skin it will really stink, and it’s pretty harsh. I have asthma, and if I use too much—or use on the skin as I did my first time—then it could bother your breathing. It made me choke the first time. However, the smell does go away very quickly (less than 5 minutes).

 

 

PrepStuff™ is available at www.tattoostuff.com, or call 1-800-971-4817 for ordering information. It can also be purchased from authorized distribution centres: Eternal Ink, Magic Moon Tattooing, Protat Tattoo Supplies, and Painful Pleasures according to their website. I don’t think it is available anywhere else.

 

I give it a strong 5 out of 5 rating. It is a very good replacement for your typical skin sanitizer, and really does a great job. Even without Stencil Stuff® I have noticed a difference between stencil application. Not to mention it is made specifically for the tattoo industry. I would personally rather use a tattoo skin sanitizer than something you’d buy for average use, or for something completely different. I have recommended it, and will continue to do so. Some of my friends have even made the switch, and won’t turn back!

Perfect Alignment

Perfect Alignment

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

August. 18, 2013
By:
UCTattoos


This review is for: Hildbrant’s Armature Bar Alignment Adjustment Tool

 

Here is my first real tool review. When I picked up my machines, I also decided to grab their A-Bar Alignment Tool, and their Spring Flake Adjustment Tool. You ever build, or tune, or adjust a machine, and when putting it all together and tightening the screws have your A-Bar move? Well this tool solves that problem completely! You don’t need to hook your hand around the machine to hold everything in place anymore.

 

Taking it out of the shipping box it looks much like a screwdriver. This is one of the things I love about this thing. I’ve seen other ones that are just tubes basically. Not as long as this one, and just kind of stop at the end. This has a nice handle to hold onto, and its pretty nice and soft on your hands. It’s kind of rubbery, so when holding on tightly it doesn’t hurt your hand at all.

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To use this you simply just loosen your vice screw, slide the tool into the vice with the rounded side on the outside. The A-Bar slips between the slot in the top of the tool. Tighten your vice, then you are free to make your spring screws as tight as you want, haha. Your bar will always be nice, and centered every time. You may even notice that your front bind post you bought, and thought was really awesome may be off a little. Not all front bind posts are the same length, and if you have one that doesn’t fit the geometry of your machine it may be off a little.


This tool will fit all standard size frames that use standard tubes. Along with serving as a guide for your A-Bar the tough grip, and solid construction allows you to bend frames into better geometry. If you find your tube is a little bit slanted you can tighten the vice with this tool inserted, and—using a table as leverage—bend in the direction of the correction. Be sure to only do this for minor adjustments as myself, and Hildbrant are not responsible for any damage to your frame as a result of bending!

 

This tool is great, and I give it a 5 out of 5 rating! For a simple price of 7.99USD plus shipping every shop, and studio should have one of these. Especially if you tinker with your machines often!

Exquisite Hand Sanitizer

Exquisite Hand Sanitizer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

August. 28, 2013
By:
UCTattoos


This review is for: MicroSan Foaming Alcohol Handrub

 

Exquisite Hand Sanitizer I actually received this product from my Step-Mother who works as a receptionist in a doctor’s office. This is the hand sanitizer that they use at the office. It comes ina 400mL, and 50mL bottle. The 400mL bottle has a twist locking pump that I find actually quite useful. After I use it I lock it so that there is no way that anyone else can actually pump it other than myself.

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This is actually a really great hand sanitizer. It does have a slight alcohol smell, but once it is rubbed into the hands it the smell is gone. It is a foaming sanitizer so it doesn’t have that sticky feeling you get with some gel products, and it is fast breaking. The active ingredient is Ethanol (Alcohol) 70% v/v. It is a topical antiseptic solution used for hands, and is effective in destroying most bacteria. However, use caution. It is for external use only, and it is flammable as it is mostly alcohol. Keep away from heat, and open flames. Avoid contact with eyes; if this occurs flush immediately with water. The non-medical ingredients are: Water, propyl alcohol, glycerine, DEA-C8-C18 perfluoroalkiethyl phosphate, butylene glycol, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, cocoglucoside, and glyceryl oleate. As a security feature this product is shipping in factory sealed cases only.

 

I have been using this for quite some time. As apposed to other hand sanitizers I have used it doesn’t leave that wet/sticky feeling. This makes it much easier to get your gloves on without wiping your hands down with paper towel prior. It also dries into the clients skin faster making it a little quicker to get to the stenciling process. After cleaning, and shaving the skin I also apply a little hand sanitizer before my stencil solution to help the skin dry slightly, and have the stencil bond better. It also has moisturizers in it. This helps quite a bit with people who have dry skin; myself included. I have even had times where I would be out of conventional moisturizer—and my skin would be dry and itchy—and I would apply this hand sanitizer to my arm, or legs, and the itching sensation would be gone completely!

 

It is also an added bonus that it is medical grade. Other sanitizers I’ve actually had to toss, and replace as the health unit didn’t approve of the brand, or what have you. Whereas MircroSan is very widely uses, and accepted in the health field. As most people say: Your tattoo shop should be as close to a doctor’s office as possible. What better way to achieve this goal than to use what the doctors use? There are even other steps you can use such as using medical grade cleaners, hand soaps, etc. Personally, in my city the hospitals use CaviCide to clean blood spills, and such, so that’s what I use in my studio.

 

I honestly recommend this product 100% to anyone who has been hassled by the health unit about their hand sanitizer, or who just hasn’t found one that is just right for their hands. This product easily gets a 5 out of 5 star rating. It works wonders, gets the job done, and doesn’t dry out your hands, or leave a sticky feeling!

Durable Disposables

Durable Disposables

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

August. 18, 2013
By:
UCTattoos


This review is for: Hildbrant’s Disposable Tubes

 

Hildbrant's Disposable TubesI have quite a few reviews from Hildbrant this month. I recently acquired some of their machines, and tools. I also use them solely as a supplier. As such a lot of my reviews will be for their products. However, this does not mean that we on this site fully support, are endorsed by, or by any means biased towards this company. If I acquire an inferior product from this supplier you will hear about it.

 

Now if I wrote this review two years ago they would probably get a 4, or maybe even a 3 star rating. However, I haven’t had any problems with them in the last two years, so they get a full rating of 5 stars. I have had problems before of ordering specific assorted grips, and receiving the wrong ones. I guess that is my fault for buying assorted. People package it quickly, and away it goes. However, I also received them in large ziplock bags. I am not sure if that is the issue, or just how it was handled, but I have received—in the past—grips that are slightly open. This breaks the sterility of the item, and I was forced to throw the grip in the garbage. Mind you it would only be two, or three out of fifty, but that’s another two, or three I need to either buy, or get replaced.

 

Hildbrant sells six different styles of disposable grips: FT, RT, VT in 1” grip, and FT, RT, VT in 1.25” grip. Personally I prefer the 1.25” as they fit my hand better. I only use the VT for my smaller lining needles: 3RL, and 5RL. I use RT for the rest, and my RS. Their FT are nice as they fit M1, M2, and RM. I have had disposables before that would fit a 5M1, 5M2, but not a 5F, or 5RM which is odd. I have never had an issue with their grips for this issue. Their RT come in 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 14. As do their VT. Their FT come in 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15.

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These are very durable tips. I have FORCED them into a vice that is too small for them and they simply get a few scratches as they slide in, and that’s it. You have to force them back out, and they still are in tact. I have never had the back end of one of their disposables break on me. The grip part is also really soft, and squishy! They are very easy to handle. If you don’t mind lighter grips I’d pick these up. I know some people swear by heavy steal, or brass grips. Personally I use disposable all the way. They are available in boxes of 10, and 20.

 

I don’t mind either of the 1”, or the 1.25” grips. I do prefer the 1.25” grips as they are slightly larger, fit my hand better, and have a nicer shape to them. They are more oval, than a rounded rectangle sort of deal! Not sure how to explain it. These grips are a great buy! I use them all the time. They are nice inexpensive grips.

 

I give these a 5 out of 5 star rating. They are inexpensive, durable, come in two sizes, and fit your basic sizes for needles you may use. I have been using them for three years, and haven’t had any problems in the last two years.

Spring Perfection

Arm Bar Tuning Tool

★ ★ ★ ★

August. 18, 2013
By:
UCTattoos


This review is for: Hildbrant’s Spring Flake Adjustment Jig

 

This here is another tool that is super handy. If you change your machines springs, build machines, or are simply a tinkerer you need to have one of these. This tool is super awesome when adjusting your springs. Before I acquired this I would put my springs on the a bar, and tighten them up. Doing so would force the springs into my thumb as I held them in place. A little painful, haha. Then once on the machine, I’d have to hold everything else in place and get the A-Bar centered.

 

This jig is super awesome, and super easy to use. You just put your A-Bar together like normal, but only snug up the screw. Place the A-Bar into the jig so that the spring and front of the A-Bar are locked into the front of the jig. There is an upside down “T” shaped opening that will hold everything in place. You then slide the back piece into position and it will hold all your springs in place. Tighten up your screw, and away you go! Your A-Bar is ready to be placed onto your machine.

 

This tool is really great, but there are two things I don’t like about it. There aren’t any intructions that come with it—they are on the website—and it is made of plastic. If you look at the pictures it kind of looks like it is made of a more solid construction. Maybe some sort of metal. However, when you get it in it’s made of plastic. Don’t get me wrong it still works fine, but I was expecting more. It fits all standard size springs and A-Bars. My A-Bars I’ve had here I guess aren’t standard. I practically had to force them into the jig, then force it into position to use the tool. I haven’t tried using the A-Bars from their machines as they run so well I don’t want to take them apart.

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Don’t get me wrong their jig is still a fantastic buy. I just don’t think it’s worth the 8.99USD plus shipping that they charge. Even having to force some of my A-Bars in it still saves a lot of time, and the alignment is flawless. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, haha.

 

This is a must have if you’re a tinkerer, and works fantastic. It gets a 4 out of 5 because of the price, and it just isn’t quite what you think you’re getting when you look on the website. I do recommend it to everyone, and I show it off when I can.

Hildbrant

Hildbrant

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

August. 28, 2013
By:
UCTattoos


This review is for: Hildbrant Tattoo Supply

 

First off I’d like to mention that myself, and www.tattooradar.com are in no way sponsored, endorsed, or in other way swayed by any tattoo supply company. Most of my reviews are for Hildbrant products as they are the supply company I use the most. These reviews are in no way biased. They are simply personal experience opinions as well as factual information obtained by the website. This machine was purchased at www.tattoomachineequipment.com.

 

Hildbrant tattoo supply has been a supply company since 2006. They have gone from making equipment to a full blown tattoo supply company! It was created by two brothers, David and Mark Hildbrant. David apprenticed under Malcolm Eltry of 64th Street Tattoos, but Mark was a goldsmith without any background in tattooing. Mark had a shop in his garage, and David would often borrow his tools to tinker, and modify his tattoo machines. Mark’s metallurgy knowledge helped David with his modification of his tattoo machines, and made them run exceptionally well. They went from a garage shop to partnering up with a friend—Newton Li—and began the Hildbrant name! Today more than 10,000 artists use the Hildbrant name.

 

Like most people with the last name Hildebrandt, David and Mark’s surname was also spelled in this fashion. However, when their grandparents immigrated, immigrations accidentally spelled their surname as Hildbrandt, and that is how it stayed. Also, another fun fact: The woman on their coils is an Canadian adult fim star Betty Spanks.

 

I have personally been using Hildbrant for going on three years now. I have never had a problem with their products, and have recently started to use their machines. I have very impressed. Their products are of great quality, and are at an amazing price! I have tried other companies, and their prices are either too high, shipping is too high, or their customer service just wasn’t up to snuff! Hildbrant has always treated me well, and has always taken care of my every need when ordering from them. Even to making custom orders, or modifying some things within my order such as gloves as I am allergic to latex, and their refill pack comes stock with latex gloves.

 

The customer service of this company is above par. Anytime I need to ask a question, or request a special order, or even just ask if a payment has gone through yet their operations manager Richard is always there to answer my questions in a thorough, and timely manner. I have even simply chatted for a bit after all of my issues were completed! Not to mention, these guys are hilarious on the phone!

 

Their shipping is also top notch. Nothing is every broken, damaged, ripped, open, on fire, melted, frozen, or corroded. They ship everything in a very well taped box that contains a plethora of packing peanuts. My last package contained more packing peanuts than products! That’s when you know they are really taking care of your order. I have even had them modify some of their shipping methods to help me out. When I made one of my first orders my stencil paper was rolled up as I only ordered 10 sheets. Every order prior I simply email Richard and he lays them flat in a manilla envelope. I think the longest I’ve waiting for a shipment was four days. Granted they are based in Richmond, British Columbia, and I am in Canada. Their machiens are also shipping in these really awesome gold boxes with their slogan, “Stronger than Ninjas and Pirates.” Nothing gets better than that!

 

They are also very supportive of their artists. They post blog posts on their website about various artists using their products, and have even featured a friend of mine Robert Dufresne, and his studio Screaming Aces. He uses exclusively Hildbrant machines, and they were kind enough to feature him in a blog post! I have also received ample encouragement from Newton, David, and Richard on a few occasions. It is these small acts that really push the stress away, run off the low self-esteem, and keep me rocking out some rad ink!

 

These guys are my favourite supply company for all the reasons in this review and more! I’m sure there are other supply companies that will bend over backwards for you as well, but when I found Hildbrant, and Richard broke his back bending backwards for me I was hooked. It’s like the old phase: If it isn’t broken then don’t fix it. I have checked out other supply companies, but they are don’t compare in my eyes. You can’t beat their customer service, quality products, and great shipping!

 

Hildbrant Tattoo Supply gets a 5 out of 5 star rating from UCTattoos! You should definitely check them out, and try their machines. You wont regret it!

Rimfire

Rimfire

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

August. 28, 2013
By:
UCTattoos


RimfireThis review is for: Hildbrant .22 Rimfire Liner

 

First off I’d like to mention that www.tattooradar.com is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or in other way swayed by any tattoo supply company. Most of my reviews are for Hildbrant products as they are the supply company I use the most. These reviews are in no way biased. They are simply personal experience opinions as well as factual information obtained by the website. This machine was purchased at www.tattoomachineequipment.com.

 

The .22 Rimfire liner! This baby is nicer if you’re looking for a slower liner. Like the other machines I’ve reviewed of Hildbrant’s it measures at 3.5”x3.5”, and weighs 12oz (350g). This machine shares it’s frame with the faster running .30 Carbine. Have got to love the gun names. The .22 Rimfire is a workhorse liner, and was used by Morgan “Sticks” Kane for his lining work on his piece that won him the Hart Contest in 2007.

 

I use this machine for my smaller lines: 5RL, 3RL, and 1RL. I pair this with a diamond tipped grip, and get to work! I normally like to line pretty quickly, so my .357 Magnum is my main liner as it runs much faster than the .22 Rimfire. However, when doing my smaller lines I like to take my time to avoid any slight shakes, or wobbles. The main goal is consistency, and care. We all know when running those smaller lines even the slightest breath can push your lines off course.

 

This machine runs very consistently. Made with a thermal insulated frame that has a nice chrome look to it. It is both stylish, and effective. No load this machine can run 6.5V, 45% duty, 135Hz, and 0.28Amps. It is quite the little liner if I do say so myself. Normally when I do a pretty elaborate piece I’ll bring out three to four liners. My smaller lines, my base lines, my bold lines, and in some cases I’ll bring out an even finer line. My .22 Rimfire always rocks out the smallest line’s I bring out, and puts them in solid, and in one pass. It is a very exceptional liner for the price. Like their other machines it shares the same parts as the other Hildbrant machines. This is actually awesome since I really like all my machines to match as much as possible. Not sure why though, haha.

 

As with the others this machine gets a 5 out of 5 rating even with it’s stock performance. If it feels a little slow toss a balanced speed bar on there, and you’re good to go!

Hildbrant’s .44 Winchester Machine

Fort Winchester

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

July. 31, 2013
By:
UCTattoos


Hildbrant winchester tattoo gun review on TattooRadar.comThis review is for: Hildbrant’s .44 Winchester Machine

 

Hildbrant has eight of their own signature machines. One of which is the .44 Winchester fast shader tattoo machine. It shares it’s design, and frame geometry with the slower running .223 Remington. This machine is ideal for faster shading. The frame design is actually very appealing as well.

 

This machine comes stock as a shader. It weights 350g (12oz). The size of the frame is 3.5” x 3.5”. It comes with eight wrap coils, and the frame material is low carbon steel with a dark metallic chrome finish. The machine is shipped in a very stylish gold box, with a machine frame insert, and warranty card. A nice touch to the box is the quote under their logo, “Tougher than Ninjas, and Pirates!” I think that was a very nice added touch. This machine comes with their black version of their coils featuring a Canadian Adult Film Star Betty Spanks.

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The machine comes stock as a fast shader. I tested this machine using the stock configurations. I believed I couldn’t do a proper review if I went ahead, and changed a bunch of parts on the machine. That’s not necessarily reviewing the machine as a whole as much as it’s reviewing the frame. I personally like to shade pretty quickly, so this machine worked pretty well for me. I did a few new pieces; along with a touch up that needed the shading to be darker, and it worked very very well. The ink went in very nicely, and the shade came out pretty smooth. One tattoo I didn’t even dilute my black, and it made a very nice gradient. Personally I don’t think this machine needs any new parts other than to add your own personal flare to the machine.

 

As far as the machine construction goes it is very well made. One of the things that really got me into this company is the fact that they are in Richmond, British Columbia. Being a Canadian I would rather buy Canadian products. That being said even if they were based in Germany I’d more than likely still buy from them. This machine is built well, solid, and with very good quality parts. When holding the machine on it’s own it has a nice even weight to it, but once you get the needle, grip, etc, onto the machine you can barely tell that you’re holding it. They also make a very nice, and consistent hum.

 

According to my Hurricane HP-2 Power Supply this machine has a nice run at 6.5V with 125Hz, 0.30 Amps, and 53% duty. It sounds beautiful when running. Their machines are available at www.tattoomachineequipment.com , their toll free number 1-888-944-8841, or by email at sales@tattoomachineequipment.com.

 

This machines easily gets a 5 out of 5 rating from me, and I have already recommended it to many of my tattoo artist friends. Be sure to check out some of their other machines, and products as well.

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Disclaimer: None of my reviews are supported, biased, endorsed, or in any other way altered by any one company, supplier, or product. I am an unbiased reviewer, and tattoo artist. However, I do review what I purchase, and I tend to stick to one supplier, or company for products.