Machine and Movements: The Manual to Machine
Conversion Course by Teryn Darling

$225 - 12 Month Access

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When I picked up my permanent makeup machine for the very first time, loaded the needle, turned it on and started tattooing an eyebrow…I knew right there and then this was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  That was almost twenty-one years ago and during those twenty-one years I developed a tattoo machine obsession. My machine obsession may have started during my body tattoo apprenticeship when one day I walked into the shop and my brand-new coil machine was in pieces on my work station.  I was told to put it back together again in perfect running order if I want to “get on skin” that day.  It may have taken me a while to accomplish that task…but I did it.

Since then, I’ve used numerous types of machines from many different manufacturers and have never been able to settle on just one. 

My obsession went beyond how the machine felt in my hand or the level of work I could produce with a machine…I wanted to know and completely understand all the mechanics, complexities and layers to the different machines.

If you are new to permanent makeup or body tattooing, or if you started out as a microblader or hand tool artist, crossing over to machine can be very intimidating.  Machines are expensive and there are so many to choose from, so how do you know which machine will be a great machine for you?

In this course I will teach you everything you need to know about machines. I will provoke your thoughts on many different levels.  Although the only thing I cannot do…is actually put a machine in your hand, this course is so in-depth, detailed and stimulating, I feel confident you will leave this course with a very good understanding of what you need and want in a machine. 

What good is a machine in your hand if you do not know how to move that machine?  I will teach you the six core machine movements used in all the PMU procedures; The Hair Stroke Movement, Circles, Whip Shading, Pendulum, Pointillism and Shoveling.

This course is loaded with written content, a downloadable handout, and video tutorials. This course will help develop you into the versatile and badass machine artist you want to be.

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Course Highlights

In this course you will learn and receive:

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Course Outline

1. Meet Teryn

2. Discount Code

3. Become a VIP Girlz Ink TXT Member

4. Power Point Theory Part One

5. Power Point Theory Part Two

6. Power Point Theory Part Three

7. Power Point Theory Part Four

8. Machine Course Handout

9. The 5 Different Machine Categories

10. The Coil Machine 

11. Digital Machines

12. Traditional Rotaries

13. Pen-Style Rotaries

14. All-in-one Wireless Machine

15. Things to Consider

16. The Weight of a Machine 

17. The Noise of a Machine

18. The Vibration of a Machine

19. Cartridge Needle or Traditional Needle

20. Cartridge Needle: Direct Insert or External Grip? 

21. Traditional Needle aka Needle on the Bar

22. Cords or Wireless? 

23. Exclusive/Proprietary or Universal? 

24. Versatility? 

25. Initial Set Up Fees and Ongoing Costs

26. Warranties and Support

27. Disposable Grips for the Needle on the Bar

28. Disposable Grips for the Cartridge Needle 

29. Cartridge Needle Tip Options

30. Needle Float

32. Power Boxes

33. Cords

34. Foot Pedals

35. Battery Packs

36. Nipples, Grommets & Rubber Bands

37. Barrier Products

38. What is Stroke Setting? 

39. Long Stroke vs. Short Stroke

40. Stroke Setting Guide

41. All Machines Have a Stroke Setting

43. Hair Stroke Movement Overview

44. Hair Stroke Video Tutorial

45. Pointillism Movement Overview

46. Pointillism Movement Video Tutorial

47. Circular Movement Overview

48. Circular Movement Video Tutorial 

49. Shoveling Movement Overview

50. Shoveling Movement Video Tutorial 

51. Whip Shading Movement Overview

52. Whip Shading Video Tutorial 

53. Pendulum Movement Overview

54. Pendulum Movement Video Tutorial

55. Gripping The Machine Video Tutorial

56. Dipping with the Machine On or Off? 

57. The Perfect Dip

58. Dipping Properly Video Tutorial 

59. How Deep do you Implant Pigment?

60. A Guide to Setting the Right Voltage/Speed

61. Hand Speed

62. The Balance Between Both Speeds 

63. Power Box Overview Video Tutorial

65. Critical Battery Video Tutorial

66. Breaking Down a Corded Machine

67. Breaking Down a Wireless Machine

68. Needle Snagging

69. Machine Won’t Start

70. Setting up Your Machine

71. Keep Your Machine in Your Hand as Much as Possible

72. The Xion S Video

73. The Flux S Video

74. The Valhalla & The Valkyr Video 

75. The Rook Quill Video 

76. The Rook ONE Wireless Video 

77. The Fantom Video 

78. The Bellar Video 

79. The Coil Video 

80. Final Word Video

81. A Collection of Moments from my Hands-On Machine Class

Machine & Needle Course Bundle

SAVE $100 when you bundle the Needle & The Prick Course
with the Machine & Movements Course!

The ultimate needle course. To just simply pick up any needle at random and hope it will create the kind of work you are wanting is a big gamble…even if you are skilled in your procedures.  Choosing and using the right needle for each procedure you are doing will allow you to work with ultimate efficiency, complete the procedure faster and achieve a more predictable healed result.  When we work more efficiently and spend less time in the skin…less trauma is caused to the skin and our work heals better.

Cosmetic tattoo artists have the important task of selecting the appropriate needle diameter size, count, taper and configuration for every procedure performed. The needle dictates the footprint left behind in the skin so choosing the right needle is crucial not only to achieve the artistic result wanted, but again…to tattoo every procedure with efficiency. 

Choosing the right needle directly impacts our work and our results. Teryn is one of the select few cosmetic tattoo artists who learned the dying art of needle making and for years every procedure she performed was done with a needle she made. She understands the importance and complexities of tattoo needles. With thousands of procedures to her credit, Teryn will guide you through the science of needles ensuring that the outcome of your procedures becomes more predictable. She will give you the insight necessary to analytically and artistically explore the heart of procedure perfection…the needle.

Course Trainer - Teryn Darling

Teryn Darling has been a cosmetic tattoo artist for over 19 years. Her background and experience in body tattooing elevated her to be one of the most skilled, versatile and standout PMU artists in the industry.

Accompanying her reputation as being an amazing artist, Teryn is known all over the world as one of the top educators and speakers on several industry topics such as Needles, Color Theory, Skin Undertones and Pigment Removal. She spent years making her own tattoo needles, a long-time student of color theory and one of the innovators of pigment removal. Teryn is responsible for developing safe and effective techniques to remove migrated eyeliners and freshly done procedures… both in which she was told can not be done. Well… she did it and is now teaching these new techniques to other artists.

She owns the Girlz Ink Studio® along with her partner Kat in Las Vegas where she proudly trained and now houses several top artists. She became the master distributor for Li Pigments® in 2011 and with that she started and cultivated the Girlz Ink® Supply Store. She is a founding partner in Shades and Strokes®… the first and longest running brow class to incorporate all techniques into one class… powder brow, machine hairstroke and microblading. She is a founding partner in Skinful Beauty® which is producing some of the best and most innovative pmu products in the industry today. She is a founding partner of America The Beautiful PMU Conference® and now the Girlz Ink On-line Academy®. All this while still staying at the top of her game with her procedure skills, remaining a badass trainer, humble and down to earth. She is one of the hardest working people in our industry, she is beloved and a mentor to many.

Although Teryn is an innovator, formulator, distributor, entrepreneur and so much more… she considers herself an artist and educator/trainer above all. She has taken all of her knowledge, all that she has experienced and all that she has to give to other artists and put it all together right here on the Girlz Ink Academy. She has brought her high standards of education, training and mentorship to this academy and is confident it will help and nurture artists of all types to reach new levels in their own work.

Use code FESTIVE25 at enrollment to receive 25% OFF!