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Introducing the Pika (pee kah) 

Here at the Pi Workshop we’ve been developing a cordless battery powered tattoo machine that truly rivals a corded machine, one that you can't tell the difference when using and offers all the same features and functions too– no compromising, that was the true challenge.  

With the Pika we’ve done just that – look at the comments from those who have trialled our prototypes. These are professional standard machines. You can pick one up, drop in a tube, needle, put in a battery and tattoo the same as any of your existing machines, just without the power supply.

  • Buildable – swappable cam drive to alter the needle throw speed and depth 
  • Adjustable – Dial in the speed and strength whilst on the run with easy adjusters 
  • Customisable – interchangeable face designs 
  • Hygienic – Sealed standalone unit 
  • Convenient – Battery powered and cordless

Convenient and Configurable

It’s great to have in the studio as a supplemental machine, if not your main machine. Trust us you’ll love it, maybe even prefer it – they are convenient, configurable and easy to use, none of the fuss of wires with all the control. Being battery powered means that you can have a series of machines running different set ups and make swapping up as easy as picking up a different colour pen. Liner and shader sets, different skin types, colours whatever reason you need to change it up you can. 

Interchangeable Precision Drive Cams

Hygienic Stand Alone Unit

Each machine is a hygienic wipe clean sealed stand-alone unit that can run for up to 10 hours off a standard 9v battery, you can use either standard or rechargeable cells. They are driven by a unique interchangeable direct drive cam system that allows us to fully control the entire action of the needle, its delivery speed, depth and removal. Pop off the customisable face, choose your drive type and style, pop the face back on, drop in a battery, switch it on, dial in the speed and strength and start tattooing.

Get Involved . . . . 

Today we are offering these machines exclusively to you, the Kickstarter audience first, before anyone else. There are some special limited edition deals and the unique opportunity for you guys to get involved and help shape this projects future; you can have input on the final designs, tweaks and customisations of the first production run and potentially your own machine too. Check this out in the comments section.

Customisable Faceplate Design 

We’re Ready – Come Get Some

In return for your support the majority of our pledges are rewarded with actual full feature products, we can afford to do that and we feel that’s the only real way to say thanks. So if you support our project you can receive one of the first machines ever off the production line. 

We manufacture them ourselves in our small workshop in Devon, we have all the gear we need, including a CNC milling machine, to manufacture high quality, reliable and robust machines. We control the design, production, standard and finish and we have an aspiration to make only the best. We are on at least the 8th revision having resolved drive type, adjustments, motor specification, material choice and many other issues.  We have finalised the design with our current production ready prototype, with all materials and components specified and sourced. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions why not get in touch, if you think you can rock the boat try, we’d love the test!  We want to be 110% sure that all of you will be satisfied with this machine and we know we can surprise you and surpass all of your expectations, anything else wouldn’t have been enough….

Tech Specs

  • 9v 0.5W max power – it’s not how many Watts but how you use it.
  • 12500 rpm motor speed, max armature oscillation x5 approx 500Hz
  • Up to 12 hour battery life at max speed using a Duracell Procell 9v battery. (Speed begins to degrade after 12 hours so you will get longer)
  • 15 Different Cam Designs to set Max Speed and Throw
  • On-Off Speed Control Knob Adjuster
  • Throw Strength Dial - dial in the hit strength
  • Ink Dip Momentary Kill Switch - (halt the machine to load ink without affecting the speed or getting ink everywhere) - thanks to anonymousrapeface for this spec
  • 105g (3.3/4oz) with battery | 60g (2.3/16oz) without battery
  • 63mm/2.5” high x 25mm/1” wide x 90mm/3.5” long 
  • Casing comes in either in Food Grade Hygienic High Molecular Weight Polyethylene or Aluminium 
  • Face design in 3mm Acrylic

What's to come – the timeline 

Right now we have the working prototypes in liner and shader models machined in polyethylene, still to come are: 

  • Different interchangeable face designs – feel free to get in touch and contribute
  • 3D faceplate development
  • Aluminium case manufacture
  • Further cam design for specific needle action to include non simple harmonic motion as current which is smooth sine wave action.  We have the potential to retract the needle quicker than we deliver it, to puncture the skin fast then get to depth slower, to control the entire action of the needle - get in touch with your ideas, it's only a cam deisgn away!

Updates will be posted throughout January and February as the project progresses 

Disclaimer - For professional tattooists only 

Thanks for reading all the guff, to finish here is a little note asking for you guys to play fair and legal, we're going to.  Scratching is not only illegal but dangerous to your health and your skin.  Quite fairly we want to take this seriously whatever the cost –we’ve seen some bad tattoos and some real horror stories.  So we will be in touch with everyone prior to dispatch to make sure we know where they are going and that they are going to be used legally only. 

Risks and challenges

All the designs are finalised, tested and trialled, the only thing outstanding is the production. We have all the equipment on site and we have all our suppliers lined up but this isn't our first rodeo and we know things can go wrong. So from as exhaustive list as we can muster -

Suppliers can take their time - the motors are coming from China and take up to 4 weeks but that is the worst material bottleneck.

Tooling can break on the CNC machine and there can be limited breakdowns which we've had before and worked around (there isn't much I don't know about my machine though). The worst here is scrapped material and time delays.

Lastly I suppose is success we can currently make up to 8 machines a day with our current set up, we will start production the minute we know we are funded, not at the Kickstarter completion - this will allow us to get a head start. If we need to we can increase our capacity with new machinery if you guys really like the machine - we'll just play that by ear!

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    An exclusive you backed us Pica Keyring - made from the same HMWPE material the case is made from

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    Get a pair of faceplates made to your design - Please note this doesn't come with a machine.

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    A single colour tattoo machine, either in Black, White, Blue, Red, Green or Yellow cut with the design of your choice. Comes with a full set of cams and a limited edition case for Kickstarter only. Please see our disclaimer on tattoo machine supply

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    Pledge £95 or more About $124

    A single tattoo machine with the interchangeable face plate design. The faceplate designs are to be completed during January and will include a cobweb, star, lightening, flames just to name a few. Updates will be completed and suggestions taken too. You will be able to pick which one you want from our portfolio. Comes with a full set of cams and a limited edition Kickstarter case. Please see our disclaimer on tattoo machine supply

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    A pair of machines with 4 pairs of interchangeable faceplates, designs of your choice from our portfolio. This will come with a full set of cams and an exclusive Kickstarter carry case. Please see our disclaimer on tattoo machine supply

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    Pledge £500 or more About $650

    Limited edition pair of aluminium machines, with 4 pairs of interchageable faceplate designs of your choice from our portfolio. Comes with a full set of cams and an exclusive Kickstarter carry case. These will be from a numbered set and come with a certificate. Please see our disclaimer on tattoo machine supply

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    A single machine designed exclusively for you, your colours, your finish choice. We are only going to do this once, we will work with you to make a machine exclusively for you it will be yours and yours alone and we will supply it in a presentation case. You will also receive a pair of machines in a carry case too so you don't have to use your special! Please see our disclaimer on tattoo machine supply

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