Whether you are a brand new tattoo artist or an industry veteran, it is always wise to stay up to date on new machines. 2021 appears to be a signature year for some brilliant new developments by Stigma!
The rotary tattoo machine in 2021 has continued to see further development in the tattoo pen direction. Stigma has developed their fair share of tattoo pens. In 2019, they wowed the tattoo industry with the Stylist and the Spear. 2020, they debuted the super popular Thorn. This year, not to be undone by other notable brands developing battery operated […]
We get a lot of questions about tattoo needles from customers and so we have written extensively on it via blog posts. Since the topic is so big, we have taken the liberty of combining some of our previous posts and included some new valuable info as well. This post discusses the development, needle grouping codes, gauge/diameter and techniques for different needle groupings.
One of the most important things to get to grips with as an apprentice tattoo artist is the different kinds of needles that are available, these […]
If you want to make sure that your tattoo stays in premium condition throughout your life, it is important to pay good attention to your aftercare routine to ensure the ink heals brilliantly. The tattoo process does not end the moment you are out of the chair, and it is essential to keep your tattoo in great condition to prevent any infections or issues during healing. Whether you are on your first tattoo or your thirtieth, aftercare is essential to focus on.
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.
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 […]