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Tattoo machine frame parts by patchwork-steve Tattoo machine frame parts by patchwork-steve
These are the parts of a tattoo frame I hand built in my garage from scrap galvanized steel. This is my first and last tattoo machine I will build without proper power tools. I had to draw my designs on the steel then hand saw or jig saw the peices out. After the basic parts of the frame were cut I had to hand sand the galvanization off and hand sand the part to as close to square as possible. Then I had to take my Drimel and to the touch up work. Then came the hard part of drilling and tapping the holes so that each piece would fit in the right angles so when the machine had all its parts it would run properly.

The main face of the machine frame is similar to a frame that Pulse International builds (they CNC their frames out of a solid piece of brass or steel, not hand cutting and bolting three separate parts). I really liked their frame but I could not spend $400 on it, besides I wanted to build frame.

This is really my first attempt at working with metal outside of jewelry making, so I think my jewelry making skills helped out. What also helped motivate me was at the time I was watching The Biker Build-offs, American Chopper, and Jessie James on Discovery, and the beauty of everyday mechanical things. Just stop and look, there is art in everything!!!!!

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Jimbojim2009 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can i buy it?Here my e-mail ('s and have a nice day!
patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Sorry, I use this! It is the only liner I have at the moment.
black69razor Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
very nice
pumpfriction Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And you shallow ink users think that you are engineers?
Tattoo is my hobby... I do not need to be a professional, but that don't make me a bad one!
From my side, designing machine parts is a HOBBY for you! Because I am an engineer!
And it is my proficiency!
Now it's time to show respect to my title!
You can ink better than me but can't design machien parts!
Is it fair enuf?
A tattooer can build a machine but an engineer can't?
Go get some ideas dude!
patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Thanks Brother! Been awhile since I have heard from you. I have been in and out of the tattoo industry for over 16 years and in the Dallas area where most tattooers think they are gods, so I could give a fuck what these two guys above you say. The Geometry is fine, it is the aftermarket binder I used, so what, it hits better than most machines I have used, and for falling apart, it is still together and running great!!!!! If I am doing the "wrong way" then what is the "right way"? I know many so called tattooers who can not even tune their own machines, so do you think they can even build one? I know one tattooer who can't draw worth a damn, but can lay down some awesome tattoos. So some of these guy need to quit being so arrogant and calling names, if you got a problem, come to someone privately so you don't look like an ass yourself.
pumpfriction Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
China produces zillions of cheap tattoo machines, but these two are talkin about the 'idea' they are trying to spread... Not giving a! We all have the same motto; show respect, get respect!
Fiddlebuttons Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
I'm with dirty. This is BAD BAD BAD. You are completely mocking everything i (and thousands of other legit tattooers) had to do to get into the industry the right way. This isnt a fucking hobby, dude. Its GOTTA be done the right way. Your "machine" WILL fall the fuck apart after months of use. IT WILL NOT PERFORM CORRECTLY
patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Go see the comment I left after ~pumpfriction
Dirtyirons Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
All you guys suckin this guy off telling him how good he is, what a load of shit. I've been in tattooing for 31 years and building machines since the late 80's. This asshat knows nothing. Geometry is all off, production coils, after market parts and did i mention the geometry, why, yes i did. Springs are all cockeyed and armature bar is crooked. Sure it's his first build, but know what the fuck you're doing and have some tattoo background jewelry maker before you try to bastardize my business....asshat
cleh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
dirtyirons i have a few questions about tattoo machines im not one of these little ass holes trying to talk shit i have real questions please email me
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