In our previous post we discussed the value of newer technology with older Thermofax machines phasing out. With the S8 Stencil Printer becoming a larger tool in the growing tattoo industry we figured we would talk in further depth about the S8 Stencil Printer and if purchasing one is right for you! We’ll cover some basic information about the printer as well as some more information explaining how to find the right printer for your needs.
One of the largest features of the S8 Stencil Printer is the fact that you can now print your stencils wirelessly, without the need for any cables. All you will need is an Apple, Android, or Windows device and the corresponding S8 Stencil Printer model. The S8 Stencil Printer is offered in three different models, two of which support wireless printing. First, we offer a USB model, perfect for shops that just use a PC or iMac/MacBook. Second, we offer a Bluetooth model, perfect for anyone using an Android/Windows device. Finally, the AirPrint model is ideal for Apple users. When it comes to picking out the model that will work best for you or your shop, we recommend looking at which devices you use the most and purchasing the printer that directly corresponds. Remember, your AirPrint model will ONLY support wireless printing through Apple devices, and your Bluetooth printer will ONLY print wirelessly with Windows and Android devices. Setup with either device is quick and easy, Bluetooth requires you to connect to the device via Bluetooth and AirPrint is a quick connection through your Apple device’s wireless connection. An internet connection is NOT required for wireless printing on either device.
If you aren’t fancy and don’t need wireless printing, I mean c’mon who doesn’t like carrying less wires and cables, all printers support USB printing across all Windows, Android, and macOS X devices. With the USB feature you will need to go to Brother’s website, download the drivers, install them, and the printer is good to go. This allows you to use your drawing and editing software, and once you are ready to print, you get access to all the settings on your printer from paper size, density, printing speed, and many more features. USB printing is perfect for an any artist that really wants to get the most out of their stencil prints and S8 Stencil Printer.
On top of coming with a USB cable and US Style AC adapter, the printer comes with a suite of our current S8 products - like 100 sheets of our S8 Red Thermal, a series of S8 gels and a sample of Opus Gloves. The printer does not ship with a battery. A removable battery has many advantages to a built-in battery. Removing the battery from the unit’s base pack-out allows of a lower initial buy in cost when purchasing a printer kit. Another advantage is you do not have to send your printer out for repair if the battery should stop functioning. If you are interested in purchasing a battery with your printer, we do sell them, and they are rated for up to several hundred prints on one full charge. Meaning you can still get away with a nice no messy setup when you’re out on the road.
These are a few points about the S8 Stencil Printer and if it’s right for your style of tattooing. Over time we will be covering some more information such as recommended software and some tips on how to get the most out of your S8 Stencil Printer. If you are curious about the S8 Stencil Printer and would like to see it in action, come stop by our booth at the Space City Tattoo Expo and we’ll be happy to demonstrate! Stop by and we will set you up with a free shipping coupon code on your next order!
We reached out to Spirit Tattoo Products, they do Thermo-Fax repair, and we heard quotes on repair cost can range anywhere from $300-$600 for antiquated machines. While 3Ms may be saving time and money up front, they can cost you more time and money in the future.