Legendary Austin/Wimberley, Texas-based tattoo artist and entrepreneur Dillon Forte recently announced his collaboration with artisan metalworker and sculptor Andrea De Leon. The pair have unveiled a handmade, limited-production tattoo machine that is now for sale via Forte Tattoo Tech online.
De Leon and Forte joined forces to bring together the vision of creating the finest piece of bespoke tattoo machinery ever imagined. This is truly a meeting of the minds, and both artists are proud to make this machine available to other passionate tattoo artists.
Dillon Forte shares, “I couldn’t be more excited about this collab with Andrea De Leon, and this has been a process that has been worth waiting for. Not only will I be using this machine on my clients, but I cannot wait for other artists to get their hands on it. I have personally used everything from 45 mags to single needles and single pass hollow 14s with this machine.”
The machine combines the fine detail and experience of both De Leon and Forte and is also now being used by Forte and his artist team at the shop in Wimberley, Texas. Produced, built, and tested extensively by Forte and De Leon together in Texas, the machine was inspired by the sacred geometry design that Forte has been known for internationally,
The Forte X Andrea De Leon tattoo machine is a 4mm direct drive stroke that has been custom-designed piece by piece and features a patent-pending triangular action which delivers a more balanced and perfect delivery to the skin. The machine runs between 3-12 volts (Forte personally uses 6-9 volts most of the time). The device is compatible with cartridges or standard needles. The torque/speed ratio has been carefully optimized utilizing custom motors for balanced weight and power.
A modern-day renaissance man, aside from being a rock star tattoo artist, Forte’s other interests include photography, painting, fashion/tech design, murals, and gallery exhibitions. He has been featured in elite media outlets, including Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, Inked Magazine, and Men’s Health, and has worked with celebrity clients such as Usher, Chris Hemsworth, Kat Von D, Kehlani and members of the group Imagine Dragons.
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