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Tattoos Part 1 – What are the materials used

12 Feb


by Natacha

We all have seen a tattoo before during our lives, some of us here at Bravi even have a couple of them to show. There are also a lot of different opinions about tattoos: you should get one, you should not get one, you should get several, it will prevent you from getting a job, it will look bad when you’re older, etc… But this post is not meant to talk about that, we’ll save those discussions for later! 😉

Our first post will be to talk about the materials used for tattooing, do you know what they are? We have tattooing machines, needles, different inks and also medicine used to increase the healing process.

First off, have you even seen a tattooing machine? It looks like the image below. I know it would seem a bit like a torture device (some people might even state that IT IS a torture device), but in reality it is an electric tool that moves the needles in and out of your skin at a really high speed! There are several types of machines used for different kinds or work: the outlining of your draw, the painting, the shadowing… Your tattoo artist can pick his/hers favorite type from several different models, and might either use one machine during your entire session, or switch between two or three for each kind of work.


This machine automates a manual process that started in the Ancient times, but became really famous in Polynesia. The process consisted of poking the skin with a needle containing ink, dot by dot, until your tattoo was formed. You can see an example of a typical Polynesian tattoo here as well, and we can talk more about the history of tattoos at later posts.polynesian tattoo example

Ok, what about the needles, have you ever seen them? The needles are like the paint brushes that the tattoo artist will use: they may vary on their sizes and shapes and each one will have a different artistic outcome on the skin. We basically have two types: the needles used for the outlining of your drawing (the liners – on the right side of the image) and the ones used for shading (the shaders – on the left side of the image). The liners are several needles grouped together in a round configuration and tightened together so that the points are very close, it resembles a pen shape. The shaders can also be configured in a round manner, but we usually see them side by side, fanned out into what we call Magnums, looking more like a painting needles

We also have the hand grips, which connect the needle to the tattooing machine. This is what the tattoo artist holds when drawing in your skin.

hand grips and needles

At last, we get to the inks. Even if you chose to do a black and grey tattoo, the artist will still need to make several different tones to apply on your skin. I say “make” because they essentially mix two or more colors to get to the chosen tone. They also might use more black or more white when mixing up the ink to get different tones of gray. The use little trays to mix up the ink and to dip the needles in them.

tattoo inksink trays


Tribalingua 2014 blog review

13 Jan

2014 annual report for the Tribalingua blog…

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Andrew Morris… life as a second language learner (part one)

6 Nov


by Andrew

Hi I am Andrew and, like many British citizens, my experience of trying to learn a new language has been plagued with failure. At school I remember never enjoying language classes in French and German… it`s just an experience that you try and forget.

You fell into two camps basically. Either you were amazing and became fluent or the education system just didn’t seem to work for you. I was in that second camp, and even though I have learned to program in .net, foreign language success has failed me.

It’s funny the few moments that stick with you though your life. Mine revolve around my family holidays to France. As a young boy we would go to euro camp, and one summer I met a young French girl, and as an 8 year old this was my most amazing life experience, and somehow we started to communicate between languages. I would say `this object in English is a chair` and she would then say `In French this is chaise`

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The Big Interview… Eduardo Nunes

28 Aug

Welcome back to our most popular regular feature, “The Tribalingua Big Interview”. We meet the members of the team and ask them about their lives, loves, hopes and fears…

We reveal the thoughts of the people who make this company such a special place to work.

Eduardo Nunes

This week we’re talking to Eduardo Nunes who is the Solution Architect of Bravi.

Hi Mr. Eduardo!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I think this is one of the most complex questions, it is always hard to say something about yourself, especially when it is open like this, but I will start from the beginning of everything ;). I was born in São Paulo / SP, however, I don’t consider myself Paulista. In fact,  I would say that I have no special feeling about any city, state or country, what really matters to me are the relationships you establish and how comfortable you feel. I’m 32 years old, and married since December 1st of 2012.

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Creating Stories: Future

15 Jul

Luiz Silva

by Luiz


Gabi – Devi – telepathy

Luiz – Bast – duplicate/ super-speed

Perosa – Wegvell – mechanic

Gabriel – Dexter – iron man

Samuri – Julio –  stength/teleport

The Meeting Room

It was the start of a new day. Four people were standing in the room, they had feared this day for a long time yet they’d also waited for this day since, well, forever. Today was the day they would become soldiers.

As the only door in the room opened, two pale men entered the room. They looked exactly the same.

“Good morning” one of them said, while the other delivered a tablet to each member of the team.

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Bazinga! Monthly Update

7 Jul


Hi guys, I am Alberth (or Alberffffffff). David and I are the new members of the Bazinga Team (yes, our friend Victor left the bear cave) and I am going to give you an update about our team.

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12 Months,12 Books, 1 Goal

30 Jun

Vitor Alano

by Vitor

Hi there 😀

When I was a kid I hated reading. I continued to hate reading until I discovered that I could choose which book I wanted to read. I tried a lot of different types of books and I discovered some styles of books that I really enjoy.

This year I proposed a challenge to myself: 12 books in 12 months. The first book I read for this challenge was “Youth” from Isaac Asimov.

First, let’s talk a little bit about Asimov. His real name is Isaak Yudovich Ozimo, and he was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He is considered a master of hard science fiction. He wrote more than 500 books and also received 14 honorary doctorate degrees from universities. Continue reading