Each size tattoo needle grouping is paired with a matching tattoo tube tip. The tip guides the needle and allows for ink to flow evenly. Below is a chart to help you match the correct needle sizes to their corresponding tips. If the opening of the tip is too big for the needle, the needle will not be stable and the ink will not flow evenly. If the opening is too small, the needle will not fit through. This post has a handy chart that covers the most common sizes for sizes and their corresponding tips.
Tattoo Tube Tips / Tubes
Although the type of taper a needle is not normally mentioned on the packaging, it is sometimes included in the product names. Taper is another aspect that artists take into consideration. There are short taper, long taper, extra-long taper, and even super long taper tattoo needles. The longer a needle’s point is, the higher up on the shaft of the needle the taper down to the point begins. A longer, finer taper allows better control over ink flow than a short taper. However, a longer taper sacrifices flow speed–a trade-off that works well for filling, but not great for line […]
The two digits in a code like 1203RL refer to the number of needles in the grouping. So in our example, 03 means there are 3 #12-diameter needles grouped together. The way they’re grouped is defined by the letters at the end of the code. RL = Round Liner, which means they’re tattoo needles meant for lining work that are grouped in a circle.
How Groupings are Arranged
Each grouping is arranged in a specific way in accordance to their description. RL or round liner needles are grouped together in a tight round formation. RS or round shaders are grouped together […]
Tattoo needles are differentiated by their diameters. This is indicated by the 1st 2 numbers on the needles packaging, for example, 1203RL, otherwise known as #12, 3 Round Liner. The leading number refers to the diameter of the needle so a 1203L or #12, 3 Round Liner means it has a #12, or .35mm diameter and a formation of 3 needles, arranged in a tight liner formation. #12 is one of the largest diameters available, it is also one of the most commonly used sizes. By comparison, a 1003RL (#10, 3 […]
I was working on an update to our manuals yesterday and had to recreate a higher resolution picture of the tattoo machine diagram we did back in 2013. I can’t believe it has been that long since we have updated some of these manuals! We have people asking every now and then about what part names are and what parts do what on a tattoo machine so I figure this would be something people need to find a lot. Here is our newly updated tattoo machine anatomy diagram for 2019. Some of the names for the diagram may be different […]
Some of you may remember our post on Jay Nelson back in January of this year. The lucky tattoo artist has since moved to Daytona Florida inking tattoo’s on vacationing bikini clad hotties. He is currently working a spot at Generation X Tattoos, Jay has been continuously improving his talent with great works. He took the time to send us some great pictures and we love posting great pictures! Too bad he didn’t send us any pictures of him doing a tattoo on some pretty ladies, why are you holding out on us Jay?? How are the beaches down there, […]
If there was any proof that tattoos have entered the mainstream of Canadian culture, look no further than our own Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, sporting his Haida tattoo. I am not sure if I ever gave it much thought, whether or not a Prime Minister would have tattoos, I mean, when I think of a politician, I think of an old dude in a suit with white hair. According to The Straight, after some investigative work, in an interview with the Hamilton Spectator from 2013, Trudeau’s Haida tattoo was done by “Tom the […]
We were getting some pictures done at the Hildbrandt Tattoo, 113- 13980 Maycrest Way shop for the Radiant Colors brand campaign and figured it would be nice to do a post with them. Seeing as we get people asking how to find us and where the hell we are. Our shop is conveniently located near the intersection of No. 6 and Cambie in Richmond. With a nice clean view of farmland across No. 6, a golf course to the right at Maycrest Way and the unmistakable smell of cow manure on humid nights from the farmland. I like the area, […]
A shout out to Jay Nelson to say thanks and hopefully encourage him to share some more pics of tattoos he’s done. Jay is a tattoo artist at Ink’d Revolution located at 405 9th St. in Huntington, West Virginia. Not only is this man a good tattoo artist, he has also served his country by being in the Army. Below are pics of some of the tattoos he’s done using a Hildbrandt .38 Calibre and .44 Magnum.
Saniderm, a professional tattoo medical bandage that allows the skin to breathe while still protecting it from bacteria, germs and other contaminants. Saniderm puts up a see through barrier and works by providing a moist healing and breathable environment where it keeps the body’s natural healing process away from the environment. Doctors and hospitals have long treated burns and abrasions using this moist healing method. You can read more about this method on Science Direct and on the National Library of Medicine site.
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