Stabby Stan


Stabby Stan is a newer version of the first tattoo machine I attempted. While the U-Frame is the first machine I brought to completion, using my casting and production process, buried in some dark corner of my shop lies the first shameful attempt at a scorpion-themed tattoo machine. It weighed a ton, and I couldn't find a good way to work the details on the tube vise. I put it on the back burner and cranked on the other machines for a while.

I couldn't stay away long, though. The imagery and the connection between a nasty little bio-mechanical lookin' beast (with a stinger) and tattoo machines was just too alluring. I had lots of fun working out the details on the piece, staying with an arthropod theme, but not neccessarily allowing the form of a real scorpion to dictate the geometry of the frame. I tried something new with the power contact on the back, too. The allen screw holding the power contact in place is the same screw that holds the rear coil. This required some tricky wiring, and a custom-cast power contact.

Stan weighs in at 9.3 ounces, fully assembled and ready to tattoo. It has very similar geometry to Barnacle Bill, with a nice high angle on the binding post. This leaves you with lots of options in how you tune the machine. Stan can be tuned to run just about any configuration: liner, shader, or color packer, but he's really happiest doing some long throw shading / color packing.

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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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