Tattoo Machine

Before I was a web designer, I was a tattoo artist. This shot is of the very first machine I ever owned during my apprenticeship, many years ago. What you’re looking at is two magnetic coils which (using the power of electricity!) pull down on an armature bar and cause it to vibrate up and down. The needle is attached to the end of the armature bar and it in turn moves up and down through a tube, to keep it stable.

The manufacturing of a tattoo machine is not a science, it’s an art. Every machine is different, every machine has a personality. Some run hot and hard, others run soft and slow. Some change in quality depending on temperature or time used.

Finally, while we’re on the subject, it’s a tattoo machine. Not a “gun”. A gun is a weapon, or an imprecise tool used by amateurs to pierce earlobes.

Marc J. Tropeano is Chief Investigator at Nationwide Legal Investigations. He has been working as an investigator since 2001. He began his career working for an ex-LAPD retired detective who instilled his work ethic and investigative techniques that are still put to use to this day. As a Private Investigator Marc has worked on civil and criminal cases for attorneys across the state of California and beyond. He has investigated burglaries, thefts, white collar crime, domestic matters, and worker’s compensation claims. He has interviewed dozens of witnesses and subjects and prepared detailed reports for his clients. He has also worked on hundreds of surveillances and has provided clients with video and photographic evidence in support of his findings. Prior to joining Nationwide Legal Investigations, Marc was sharpening his skills as an undercover Animal Cruelty Investigator for the infamous Chris DeRose at Last Chance for Animals. Tell him your story, there is nothing he hasn’t heard…

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