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!

Powerful Ointment

Powerful Ointment

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

June. 24, 2013
By:
UCTattoos


This review is for: After Inked™

 

I acquired this directly from the After Inked website. After Inked is a daily moisturizer, and aftercare lotion that promotes healthier looking tattoos, and skin. It is enriched with Grape Seed Oil, food-grade ingredients, non-petrolium based, paraben-free, fragrance-free, gluten-free, Dermatologist tested, non-allergenic, and is a non-irritant. After Inked reduces itches, and soothes the skin, and it will not stick to your clothes. It is also cruelty free, and vegan!

 

Some things that set this ointment apart from other ointments are the fact that it is cruelty free, vegan, and gluten-free. This works well for artists, and clients who are vegetarian, or vegan, or simply just animal lovers. It is not tested on animals, and to me that is a pretty big selling point of the ointment. After Inked being gluten-free is also a very nice touch. There are people out there that have Celiac disease, and may not know which ointments they can use for aftercare. It also gives artists an alternative ointment to use during the process in case of a client with said disease.

 

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After Inked Review CR Jordan's Tattoo Radar
After Inked Review

As mentioned this ointment is good from start to finish. I have tattooed with it, and have used it on myself for aftercare. I have also referred many of my clients to it. Before using the ointment I did what I call a “reaction test.” I place a bit of ointment in the ditch of my arm before bed, then check for any rashes, redness, pimples, or any abnormal skin conditions when I awake. I also had a few clients do the same before writing this review. Out of myself, and five different clients not a single reaction was mentioned. As a tattoo ointment it works very well. You don’t need much. A little bit of After Inked goes a long way. A raindrop amount is really all you need to cover an entire tattoo(larger pieces use two raindrops). It is also difficult to over moisturize with After Inked. Unless you put on a heaping amount of it you simply just put it on, and rub in the thin layer until the lotion is no longer visible.

 

After Inked strongly recommends not combining After Inked with any other products. It is all you will need for any new, or existing tattoos. They recommend applying a thin layer of After Inked to clean hands, and gently message over a freshly completed tattoo, and rub until lotion is no longer visible. Repeat this process two to three times a day, or as needed. You will only require a small amount to keep your tattoo moist. Gently wash your new tattoo with mild soap, and warm water before bedtime; lightly pat, or air dry, and apply a thin layer of After Inked. Avoid unnecessary touching, do not scrub or scratch, wear clean and soft clothing, avoid the sun, and do not submerge. Continue to use After Inked every day to keep your existing tattoo vibrant. However, these are just their guidelines. Please always follow your tattoo artists aftercare advice.

 

The ingredients of After Inked are all food-grade: Aqua (Water), Vitis Vinefera (Grape), Glycerin (veg), Steric Acid (veg). Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Synthetic Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinensis (veg), Cetyl Alcohol (veg), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange), Benzyl Alcohol and Dehydroacidic Acid. After Inked does not contain any ingredients derived from wheat, barley, rye, or oats.

 

 

After Inked Review Close up of Back of Bottle
After Inked Review Close up of Back of Bottle

After Inked can be purchased from their website at www.afterinked.com. On there they have an email form, and a phone number. Also on their “Locations” section of the website they have a list of way over twenty authorized distributers in both the United States of America, and Canada (among other countries). You can also read many video testimonials on their website, and get more aftercare tips!

 

I give After Inked 5 out of 5, because of the intense attention to detail, the points I mentioned above that make it stand out of other ointments, and the fact that I have yet to meet someone to have a reaction with the product (even those with sensitive skin!). This is a fantastic product, and you can tell that they put a lot of effort into it, and that it is Formulated for Perfection.

Fusion Tattoo Ink

Fusion Tattoo Pigment / Ink
Fusion Tattoo Pigment / Ink

When I found out about Fusion tattoo ink they were still a small company that only offered a sample pack of their pigments, they looked pretty bright and impressive but that still didn’t sway me to want to try them (even though they were at an affordable price) and no website yet you had to order from the shop directly or through their Myspace page, a few months later with an upgrade to a 47 color set and a website,  and some pretty phenomenal color work being tagged by some top name artists on social network sites, that impressed me more because they didn’t want to be some fly-by-night racket it told  me they were serious about making a name for themselves wanted to be a front-runner in the pigment industry. After looking at some of the killer tattoo’s artists were posting myself and a couple other co-workers got the sample pack, after using it we were amazed on how bright the ink was in person and how bright it stayed after using it, so much so one of my co-workers solely uses it and nothing else. I haven’t had a chance to use they’re grey wash set or some of the colors from the 47 color set but if they are anything like the sample pack its a definite they will aim to please.

pros: Very bright colors, can easily be mixed with some of the other top brands (eternal, intenze etc) without worrying what the end result will be after the client leaves the shop.

cons: ( I know I’m going to get blasted for this) but may be too bright for some application where your looking for more muted colors. would like to see more colors varieties come out (may be in the works? what can I say I’m an ink whore)

Rating: 10/10