Chewie was inspired by a project one of my sculpture students was working on. He was taking molds of a few different animal skulls, and one of them was a coyote skull he found somewhere. I love stuff like that, and a lot of the newer bio-mechanical designs are derived from skeletal structures. The little coyote jawbone just looked so menacing, and it was the perfect size for the upright on a tattoo machine. I added a few teeth, sharpened some stuff, and started playing around with the shapes, to see if I could come up with anything I liked, and it started to become a real project. The whole back end, with the power contact, and the spring shelf, was modelled while considering the way that bones form ridges and fins to reinforce their structural function. The tube vise was made to look like an impacted vertebral structure, with a nasty little bone-spur-spine lookin' thing forming the tube vise.

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The typical Chewie weighs in at about 8.6 ounces, and can run as a liner or a shader / color packer.

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All my springs are CNC water-jet cut in the USA, from sheets of blue-tempered spring steel (not stamped from strips). This allows the springs to avoid all the edge-stress that can develop from worn out dies, and also avoids the twisting that I've seen in some of the bigger name-brand punched springs. I use a range of different spring types, in different shapes and thicknesses, to get the machines tuned the way they should be. (Each machine is different, and they are all hand tuned to the buyers specifications, before shipment.)

My coil cores and armature bars are made by Crowknows in the USA. He's a genius when it comes to all things magnetic, and he has a steel mill produce an ungodly alloy that makes his T-top coils pound for pound stronger than anything else I've seen out there. I've never had to use more than 8-wraps on any machine, and if the voltage requirements at the sweet spot go over seven volts, I know something has gone wrong, and I re-wind the coils.

My brass hardware comes from a few different sources, all of them in the US.

All the parts I use on my machines are Made in the USA. anything not done with my own two hands, gets outsourced to a local craftsman, a fellow passenger on the USS Failboat we're all riding on.


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