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Understanding Needles: Slope and Tapers

Understanding Needles: Slope and Tapers

Understanding Needles: Slope and Tapers

Understanding Needles: Slope and Tapers

Sloped Needles

Sloped needles are also known as angled or slanted needles. They are formatted in an angular line and are best known for their ability to provide artists with the versatility to perform a variety of procedures. These types of needles are most used amongst artists for lining, shading and creating pixels. 

Sloped needles are grouped together at an angle which can be used to perfect fine lines, shading, or pixels. Sloped needles can create more compact shading with its various needle lengths which allows artists to create spots of varying ink intensity.  

Needle Tapers  

A needle taper is the length of the point at the tip of the needle. Tapers can also refer to the precision of the needle and how fast it delivers ink to the skin. A needle taper is the measurement from the tip of the needle to where it reaches the thickest point.  

The taper length applies to each individual needle in the grouping. The longer the taper is the sharper it will be because the tip of the needle is steeper. Longer tapers will cause less skin trauma because the skin will put up less resistance to a sharper needle.  

Needle tapers are important because the needle’s taper is what will determine the amount of ink that can flow from the needle. With long tapers less ink will be distributed, and the artists will need to perform several passes on the client which can in turn, cause skin trauma. However, these needles are ideal for precise lines as they allow for more control on how the ink deposits into the skin.  

Short tapers are more conventional, as they allow for a steady ink flow and deliver it evenly with fewer passes making them less likely to cause skin trauma.  

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