Ok, I posted on this before and it all evaporated so lets see if this sticks.
I've tattooed hundreds of people with the swashdrive, hundreds with the rotary machine and thousands with coil machines. Wobble, spin, or chop. They all work great when the tool is functioning as it should. Pros and cons of the swash as I see it. And remember swash tech has been around since the early 1900's although not as a scab maker.
1. Nice and light weight for old tatter's hands.
2. Perfect machining in the creation of the tool
3. It use's a skateboard bearing.
4. Electric motor made and engineered by the Swiss.
5. Always in tune. No "magic" required.
6. Its quiet
1. Your bearded bad-ass tat bros are going to make fun of you
2. Not made by a cool tattoo artist that does nice tattoos.
3. Its newish
4. Its quiet.
5. Has a weird feeling when the needle is in the skin
6. Plastic frames are unappealing.
Here is the rest of the post.....I will continue to use all styles of machines. Right now I mainly use the swash as a shader. I have also had good results with loose seven lining.
Someone in the machine game needs to make a swash with cast or handmade frames. Then it will look cooler and it will come from a tattooer. That will give it more credibility. If you're all old school about your trip it probably won't fit in. It is however a highly efficient tool. I don't know, I ride a Harley Knucklehead, it gets me down the road in style, However for a lot less $ I could have an R1 that out performs the HD in every way shape and form. So in the end. It don't mean shit. Was the customer happy? That should really be #1. Cheers! Dean Schubert
i agree with all the pros and cons, and i just quit using swashdrives because i want to make the "magic" happen, i want to be in control of my machines because thats the "magic"...
like i can solder my own needles and still mix my own pigments. just like the idee of being able....
i dont judge anybody using swashdrives.
I just got a gen 6 and found it to be best for shading too. Lining......feels really weird. I think it freaks people out to hear no noise and feel pain. I'm still playing with it but I like it better then regular rotaries because it delivers the needle up and down. I just miss the give the spring has sometimes.....
For me its really a simple weight issue. From my my first days I have always used heavy machines. (first liner was a brass Bear liner from Dermagraphics, lol) I just don't feel good using a light machine, no matter the operation. Kind of feels dirty, haha!
Hello! I don't like many non-coil machines. Granted, I need to post a photo of my 34 hour sitting that isn't finished to really give you an idea why... Poor color packing (2.5 mm needle depth is just a tad too scientific for me) and thin lines.
Granted you can do some cool things with them, but if you're sitting behind a coil machine for 10+ years, it can be sort of unnerving, for both me and the ________ (use your own term here) to have no chatter when you start the thing up. I'm a musician too, so I'm not knocking all the great artists that use them. Another thing is that I can trouble shoot most of the machine problems endemic to coils, short of total failure during work time with usually little more then a point file or turn of the set screw. No one wants to see a blank, terrified look come over the artists face if one goes down. One should, if they were going to use one, have a machine collection including coils, in case one were to go down.