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Stigma® Cartridge System

Are Stigma® cartridges compatible with RPG Click grips?

No, Stigma® cartridges are unique and will only fit in to a Stigma® grip.

Can i use Stigma® cartridges with my none Stigma® machines?

Yes, there are a few different options depending what machine you use. Stigma® have created a Universal-Screw-On connection clickable grip, which can be screwed directly on to the likes of Spektra / Inkjecta machines, where the needle depth can be adjusted by clicking clockwise or anti-clockwise. There are also universal Stigma® grips with 8mm backstems for traditional vice systems, where the needle depth can also be adjusted by clicking clockwise or anti-clockwise. These can also be used in conjunction with a Universal-Screw-On vice adapter, to enable you to connect these grips up to Universal-Screw-On connections featured on the likes of Spektra / Inkjecta machines.

General

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Where can I purchase a Stigma-Rotary® Machine?

Stigma-Rotary® machines are only available to purchase through our official distributors. We have distributors all over the world. Click here to see the full list.

Can I still purchase a previous® Stigma model such as the Bizarre V2?

Unfortunately no, the machines currently available are the ones you see here on our website.

A few of our distributors might still have Previous models available however please make sure you purchase ONLY from one of the official distributors listed on our website as if you do not you cannot be sure to receive a genuine Stigma-Rotary® machine.

Stigma® will continue, in long term view of course, to provide full service (including spare parts and repairs) also for machine models that are not in program (production) anymore. For further information please click here.

Give or No Give?

There is no answer to this question; some artists like machines with adjustable give while some others like machines with no give at all. Both types of machines can produce quality work; it all depends on the artist’s technique. We here at Stigma-Rotary® like them both and make them both. So if you are confused and you don’t know which is better you should experiment with both types to find what works best for you.

MotorPlugs

Why do I need a choice of MotorPlugs for my machine?

Artists tend to prefer stronger motors for lining and weaker motors for shading. Stronger motors with a lot of Watts and torque don’t bog down easily and are therefore better for lining and tough work. Weaker motors bog down easily, are not so aggressive and deliver better results when shading.

What can you tell me about the 4.5W V2 MotorPlug?

The 4.5W V2 MotorPlug has more than enough power to run Stigma-Rotary® machines. It is one of the strongest motors you can find on rotaries; it will effortlessly push configurations of up to 50 needles. Advantages of the 4.5W V2 MotorPlug: it is lighter and smaller than the 10 Watt MotorPlug; it weighs only 44 grams. It has both clipcord and RCA connections. It is good for everything; shading, blending, layering, colour packing and lining.

And how about the 6W MotorPlug?

The 6W PowerDrive is the most powerful motor at its size, it is nice and compact with RCA connection only; it weighs only 43 grams. It is good for everything; shading, blending, layering, colour packing and lining. There is an RCA to Clipcord Converter available if you wish to use a clip cord connection on the 6W MotorPlug.

So why buy the 10W MotorPlug with twice the power?

The 10W MotorPlug has a different feeling and performance; it has much more torque so it doesn’t stall out (bog down), so the speed of the machine stays constant. Even on lower volts, no matter how much resistance, the needles can still penetrate the skin. The 10W MotorPlug can drive any needle or needle cartridge with ease, so you don’t need to remove the stay up spring from the machine or increase the volts to get it started. It can run for 24 hours and still stay cool! And because it is so powerful, it does the job even more effortlessly and will last for longer. The 10W MotorPlug has both RCA and clipcord connections. Advantages of the 10W MotorPlug: it is stronger with more torque, it lines effortlessly even with the largest needle groupings. It packs colour like no other.

And how about the 5W EC MotorPlug?

The 5W EC MotorPlug uses brushless technology. Standard motors use brushes to operate, which over time will collect dirt and dust which will affect the performance of the motor. Power may be affected and fluctuations may start to occur. The new 5W EC MotorPlug will last 10 times the life span of a standard motor and will always perform with the same consistency as it did on the first day you used it!

Prodigy V1

How do I adjust the stroke-length (excenter)?

There are four different excenters available for the “Prodigy”. Three are fixed; short, medium, and long. In addition there is also a new infinitely adjustable excenter from super short to super long.
The excenters for the “Prodigy” are interchangeable and can also be used on the “Beast” and the “Bizarre” machines.
On the “Prodigy” the stroke-length changes automatically in combination with the softness (give) adjustment.
When adjusted for lining you get shorter but harder strokes.
When adjusted for shading you get longer but softer strokes.
The short-stroke excenter provides strokes between 2.6mm and 3.4mm.
The medium-stroke excenter provides strokes between 3.5mm and 4.4mm. (Pre-installed)
The long-stroke excenter provides strokes between 4.4mm and 5.5mm.
The infinitely adjustable excenter provides strokes between 2.5mm and 6.0mm.
Full instructions on how to fit the excenters to the motorplug are included with each machine.

What is the a–bar and the needle’s position when the motor stops?

The mechanism of the “Prodigy” has a spring which pushes up the armature bar with the needle when the motor stops. This means when the machine stops the needles are inside the tube.

How often does the “Prodigy” require service?

If the right lubricant is used (only synthetic grease!!!) the “Prodigy” will run smooth for years.
We will always be available for you in the future for assistance and guidance after your purchase and will offer you the parts that you may need as well as our service in our repair and assembling shop at reasonable prices.

Hyper

How do I adjust the softness (“give”)?

The Hyper V3 has a patented, unique and very effective infinity adjustable damping system developed by tattoo artist Artemis Rosakis.
The Hyper V3 is equipped with an adjustable screw to control softness (“give”). the control screw can be adjusted by your fingers or by a Hex (Allen) key.
The more you tighten the control screw, the stiffer the a-bar becomes and the machine hits harder. When you unscrew the control screw, the a-bar becomes looser (the looser, the softer), and the machine hits softer (give effect).
This adjustment allows you to fine-adjust the machine to suit your needs in just seconds.

How do I adjust the stroke-length (hub)?

On the Hyper V3, the stroke-length (hub) changes automatically in combination with the softness (“give”) adjustment feature and the speed (“volts”).
When adjusted for lining you get shorter but harder strokes (minimum 3,6 mm long).
When adjusted for shading you get longer but softer strokes (maximum 6 mm long).
When you increase the speed (by the volts) you get longer strokes.
When you decrease the speed (by the volts) you get shorter strokes.
Note the amount of pressure against the needlebar with the needle stabilizer affects the stroke-length (hub).

How do I adjust the speed (strokes per second or Hertz)?

From your power supply by the volts, please note that the speed also affects the stroke-length (hub) the faster you run the Hyper V3 the longer is getting the stroke-length (hub).Also please note that rotaries need good power supplies, good cords with tight connections to run well, cheap and bad power supplies do not have constant output, run with fluctuations and damage the motors on rotary machines of any brand.

Volts (speed) VS stroke - length?

8 volts with the control screw tight for no give = 3.6 mm stroke length.
8 volts with the control screw adjusted 2 turns for medium give = 3.7 mm stroke length.
8 volts with the control screw adjusted 3.5 turns for plenty of give = 5.0 mm stroke length.
9 volts with the control screw tight for no give = 3.8 mm stroke length.
9 volts with the control screw adjusted 2 turns for medium give = 4.0 mm stroke length.
9 volts with the control screw adjusted 3.5 turns for plenty of give = 5.3 mm stroke length.
10 volts with the control screw tight for no give = 4.0 mm stroke length.
10 volts with the control screw adjusted 2 turns for medium give = 4.2 mm stroke length.
10 volts with the control screw adjusted 3.5 turns for plenty of give = 5.5 mm stroke length.
11 volts with the control screw tight for no give = 4.0 mm stroke length.
11 volts with the control screw adjusted 2 turns for medium give = 4.8 mm stroke length.
11 volts with the control screw adjusted 3.5 turns for plenty of give = 6 mm stroke length.
12 volts with the control screw tight for no give = 4.1 mm stroke length.
12 volts with the control screw adjusted 2 turns for medium give = 5.0 mm stroke length.

Volts VS Hertz or strokes per second?

8 volts with no give = 66 HZ, 8 volts with maximum give 3,5 turns on the control screw = 60 HZ
9 volts with no give = 83 HZ, 9 volts with maximum give 3,5 turns on the control screw = 78 HZ
10 volts with no give = 100 HZ, 10 volts with maximum give 3,5 turns on the control screw = 95 HZ
11 volts with no give = 116 HZ, 11 volts with maximum give 3,5 turns on the control screw = 110 HZ
12 volts with no give = 133 HZ, 11 volts with maximum give 3,5 turns on the control screw = 120 HZ

How do I stabilize the needle?

Adjust the stabilizers regulator and add the exact amount of pressure against the needlebar and get a perfect stabilized needle, make sure you don’t add much more pressure than necessary against the needle-bar because this may cause bad ink flow. The machine will slow down and the amount of give will be minimized.

What is the position of the a–bar and the needles when the motor stops?

The mechanism of the Hyper V3 has a spring that pushes up the armature bar with the needles when the motor stops. This means that when the machine stops, the needles are inside the tube most of the times.

How often does the Hyper V3 require service?

If the right lubricant is used (use synthetic grease ONLY!!), the Hyper V3 will run smoothly for years. We are available for assistance and guidance well after your purchase and can offer you any parts that you may need as well as our services in our repair and assembling shop at reasonable prices.

What type of power supply will I need?

All Stigma® Rotary machines work with almost any power supply but good quality power supplies are strongly recommended. The Eikon EMS 250 does not work with rotaries. If you want to use the Eikon EMS 300 then check the menu for a rotary mode and turn it on. If your Eikon EMS 300 does not have a rotary mode on the menu then it will run only for a few seconds. In this case, Eikon is willing to upgrade the software of your EMS 300 for free, you just pay for the shipping cost. All new Eikons EMS 300 work with rotaries and all other future Eikon models will be rotary compatible.