Dragonhawk Mast Tour Review

*Price at time of publishing

If you’re a beginner on a budget, this machine is a great choice. You don’t need to know anything about tattooing in advance to set it up, and you can practice lining, shading, and packing without having to purchase another machine.

Video Transcription: Dragonhawk Mast Tour Review

We've got the dragon Hawk, mass tour rotary pen. Um, so yeah, let's open it up and take a look Cause its sort like a little magnet on the tip of the box. We've got the battery and we've got The actual part of the machine. Now the thing that I love about this thing straight away have charge. Yep. Cool. Got some charge. Sweet. What? So we've got a clip cord, uh, if we want to, 

So you can actually use this. Um, you can add a clip cord to the machine, so you don't have to use this wireless, but I'll personally, I wouldn't really use this. I would just much rather go for wireless. Um, you're better off just making sure this is charged before every tattoo that you do. Um, I love how the button super easy. You, you just hold down and press it. Um, on other machines like the, um, the CNC, um, the button's kinda really hard to press sort of hurts your thumb a bit. So, um, that's cool. And it's really, it's really simple. This is, uh, you can't adjust the stroke on this, uh, and it's, it's a fixed, uh, 3.5 millimeter stroke. So it's like an all round machine. Good for lining packing shading. You can do a bit of everything. Uh, it is a bit difficult to align with, uh, when you get up to the thicker liners, like the, uh, you know, the nines, the, the fourteens and things like that, but anything up to, you know, like a seven line is easy, uh, with this, uh, you can do a nine, but any, anything above a nine starts to get a bit difficult. 

You can, uh, take off the, the tip of the machine. Uh, so you can auto cloud this, which is awesome. Uh, I know most of you guys watching this won't have an auto cloud, so you much better off, uh, just wrapping it and making sure that, um, you know, you, you don't contaminate your machine, but if, uh, you like when you start working a shop and stuff and they do an auto club, it's good that you can, uh, unclip the, the tip of the machine and put that in the auto club. Cause a lot of pens, you can't do that. Um, so cool. 

Let's, uh, put a cart in there and see how it sounds. See, another thing I like about the machine, um, is it's, it's super cleanable. Um, there's no kinda like difficult spaces to sort of get and have to, to clean. So you can just kind of, um, you know, very easily maintain, uh, nice and light. Uh, that's only 82 grams, uh, which is super light for a machine. You barely feels like you're holding anything. So yeah, the price is only 143 bucks and depththat includes the battery, which is, uh, really good from entry level machine. This is kind like, um, good enough to like, you know, TA actual people with, but you know, uh, still cheap enough that pretty much anyone can kind of get, you know, uh, so my initial thoughts, I lo I love how simple it is. Super light feels good in your hand. 

Uh, and there's, there's no, you can't mess around with a stroke. Um, and it's, it's really easy to change the depth. You just kind of rotate it. Um, and this part here and yeah, there's no kind of like lots of little twisty things that can kind of come off, like in some other machines, like, you know, the batteries in one compartment and then you've got the grip and then you've got the, the needle depth. Um, so it's all, yeah. It all, it's nice. Sleek and kind of simple. So yeah, I'm interested to see how this thing, um, plays out. We're gonna give the world to practice skin and see how we go with it. Pull, I taped up the DragonHawk pen and it's ready to go. We're going to be doing a simple design, just a call, little traditional style anchor. And, um, yeah, I'll kinda let you know how I feel about machine as I'm using it. Uh, what I like about what I don't like about it and, um, you know, kind how it handles in terms of lining shading and packing so that yeah, you guys can make the choice as to whether or not this machine's one that you wanna get. Right. So I got running on eight bolts, um, using a, uh, 10 gauge seven round line from quadrant and which put a little bit of Vaseline over the, to, to start with and then we'll get straight into it. 

Okay. So straight away I can tell using this machine it's really comfortable to hold. So it's quite easy to hold steady just cuz of the shape of the machine. And when you put a bit of grip tape on the end of it, it, it is easy to on a hold steady. It doesn't have a ton of power. It only goes up to 11 volt and it kind of starts to sound funny once you put it past nine, but I've got it on eight volts right now and it's putting in wines fine. Uh, but I'm only using a seven liner. So anything from a three to a seven, um, you'll be able to get in no worries, uh, with something like this, it, it is a direct drive machine though. So you do have to be a little bit careful if you press too hard, it's not gonna back off and you can show out the skin. So just something to be aware of, but yeah, definitely does have enough power to push in the sort of the smaller liner groupings, which is good. All right. So just switch to a, a three line in hour. Uh, we've got this on seven volts, so we'll see how it goes with the 

All right. So that's the line work done and yeah, it's turned out really good. As I said before, super comfortable to hold and doing the lines. Uh, it doesn't vibrate a whole lot, so it's pretty easy to get sort of steady clean lines. Doesn't have a ton of power though. So I'd stay, I wouldn't wanna use anything bigger than a nine line for something like this. If you wanna do kind of big, bold traditional pieces, you probably wanna get something a little bit more power for smaller, fine line stuff. The, the master tours pretty good. Also love power, the machines wireless you really, if you're just starting out and tattooing sort of won't understands a whole lot, but after using, you know, clip chords for years and years, uh, you really do appreciate kind of not having like a chord everywhere makes it a lot easier to, uh, to work with. So definitely love that it's wild. It's highly recommend that you get a wireless machine when you start tattooing, whether it's the mask or something else, that's pretty much it for the lining right now. We're just gonna move on to putting some blacks in for the shading. And then after that, we'll start with the color. 

So I've just been shouting with the, the mask for a bit. One thing that I I'd actually like is, uh, when you turn the machine on, but sometimes when you turn the machine, uh, off, what will happen is that the needles will stay, uh, sticking out of the cartridge. Yeah, it doesn't happen often, but I noticed it happened a couple times throughout the tattoo. It's not like that big of a deal. Just, it's kind of common with sort of entry level machines as well. It's just a bit of a, a bit of a hazard. So if you have like a machine, you know, lying down on the bench, you know, facing towards you and then the needles hanging out, if you accidentally bump, it can get a needle stick injury, which is definitely not what you want when you get to sort of like the more expensive machines. They have a mechanism that whenever the machine turns off, it automatically retracts the needle. So that never, um, has a needle sticking out when it's on. But yeah, the, the mask doesn't have that. So, but most, most entry level machines, that's more of like a, once you get like over the $500 mark, you can see that the needles are sticking out the tip of the cartridge when they should be, um, yeah. Inside of it, which is not good. 

Yeah. It should be like that all the time when it's off, but not a deal breaker. 

All right. So we just did, uh, the black shading with the masks and turned out pretty good. Uh, it hits quite soft. So it is, it is a good machine for shading. I'd love to use this stuff for some more black and gray type work. I definitely like the more for shading than I did for lining it hit super soft and it's kind of easier to just kind of, um, build up your layers. So I think I'd definitely prefer to use this more like realism, you know, black and gray type work, as opposed to, you know, traditional everything kind of hard outlines. It still can do like fine line stuff, like anything up to a seven line. But I much prefer to use this machine for shading. So we've put our blacks in. We're gonna put some color in over this anchor and yes. See how it looks and then yeah. Wrap up the tattoo and I'll give you my final thoughts on the machine. 

All right. So just finished the tattoo using the mass tour pen, and this is how it's turned out, super happy with how it looks. Yeah. I guess I'll just give you kinda my final thoughts on the machine. Well, and I recommend it. So, but before we kind of get into like the handling in terms of the price, machine's only 143 bucks, which is really good. I give that like a nine out 10, you know, traditionally in the past, if you want to, you know, get a tattoo machine that it was like of a professional standard, it kind of started 500 and then they go all the way up to like two grand. So 143 bucks, pretty much anyone that's kind of in the, in, within reach of just about anyone there's ton of value in that. And also the quality, the price you're paying the quality is also excellent. 

You know, uh, the machine, it didn't heat up or anything like that. Uh, the, the voltage was consistent the entire time that I was using the machine. Uh, it was silent the entire time. Nothing kind of weird happening here. Like any kinda weird noises coming from the loader. And yeah, it was super consistent. It hit nice and soft. It hit consistently. So for the quality I give that a solid seven. The only thing that kinda, I guess I didn't like is that the machine didn't have the power to sort or higher voltages. So on the top, you've got six all the way to 11 volts, but once you start getting past eight, it kind, the machine starts to like really loud. And it sort of sounds a bit funny. It just, yeah, it doesn't sort of feel right. So I definitely recommend keeping this on low voltages. 

So that would mean, you know, thin liners and also you smaller needle groupings, is things gonna thrive? CF equality definitely, definitely give that yes. A seven and in terms of handling. So I liked it for the line work. I wouldn't use this for thicker needle groupings, as I said, it just doesn't have the power. And I have used this, I have used thicken like a 14 1 4, and it's really difficult to get them super consistent. And because the stroke is, uh, fixed at 3.5 millimeters, you can't really hang the needle out far enough in order to float the needle. So it gets really difficult to see what you're doing, just cause it kind of splits out all over, uh, the stencil while you're working, uh, just cause of the short stroke. So aligning, it's not great. It'll get you outta trouble with like little stuff. Like if you're doing, you know, little bits of script, you and tiny kind of tattoos that are like sort of, you know, size of the Palm, your hand, it's great. 

And those are the tattoos that you should be doing when you're starting out. Just because, um, you know, they're easier to kinda fix up later if you make a mistake in terms of shading. I like this probably the most for shading, it hits really soft. It allowed me to build up a lot of layers when I was going through putting in my blacks, which was great. It didn't show out the skin, even though it is a direct drive machine, normally with direct drive machines, they're very unforgiving. If you kind of push too hard, doesn't back off like a cord machine does, and it's gonna, the skin, this, it hits quite soft, which is good. You have sort of like a, when, when you're kind of shading it, you have like a, a small margin of, of error when it comes to building up your, your layers. 

If you don't get it perfect, the blend, right? The first time you can kind of brush over it a little bit and it's not gonna, it's not gonna be the end of the world. It's still gonna, uh, turn out. Okay. In terms of packing, not bad, I used a seven mag for this entire tattoo. It, when I was packing the color, it does pack it in, but it is quite slow and you can turn the bolts up a bit. I had it on, uh, seven volts when I was doing the packing, but yeah, not, not kind of my favorite of packing. I generally would've used like a more powerful machine, uh, for packing colleges cuz it gets ink in a lot more efficiently. So yeah. In terms of handling, it's a good all round machine, you know, it's not a master of really anything. It's kinda like a Jack of all trades it's okay at lining it's okay at SHA it's okay. 

At packing. So it's a great starting point. So for handling, I'd probably give it a, a six. So in terms of what I recommend this machine, this is great when you're starting out, you know, if you are, haven't got a ton of money and you wanna get something with decent and you're only gonna kind of, you're only going to be doing, you know, smallish tattoos. Then this is perfect later on as your skills improve. And you know, you, you get more and more clients than you start to do more and more tattoos. And you know, you've got more money, definitely recommend upgrading, but uh, to start your journey, master pen is a great choice. Highly recommend it. And yeah, all around solar machine, it's funny, you know, five or 10 years ago, you couldn't get, uh, a good tattoo machine from China just cause the, the quality was so bad. 

They, they just kind of didn't exist. But over what kinda like the last five years they've really lifted their game. And a lot of tattoos kind of turned their nose down, these types of machines, but the quality is dramatically improving. And I expect that to only continue over the next couple of years. Awesome machine definitely would recommend it. If you wanna check this out, I'll leave a link to, uh, the talk pen on the dragon website. Great. So I hope that helps guys, if you have any questions out the, the machine and you're inside the mastermind group, just drop me a message more than happy to help you out. And I'll talk to you soon.

Our Score

8.0/10

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Price: $129 (9/10)

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The lower price point makes this pen style tattoo machine accessible to new tattooers on a budget.

Quality (7/10)

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The Mast Tour Rotary Pen maintains consistent voltage, doesn’t heat up, and has a soft hit. We recommend staying around 8 volts, as it can’t handle higher voltages well.

Handling (6/10)

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Good for linework, but it doesn’t have the power or adjustable stroke length you’d need for larger needle groupings. Hits soft for layers of black and grey shading.

PROS:

  • Wireless, easy-to-use pen machine.
  • Super light and comfortable in your hand with little vibration.
  • Super soft hit for smooth black and grey, realism, etc.

CONS:

  • Cannot handle higher voltage (sounded like it was working too hard above 9 volts).
  • Not powerful enough for large tattoo needle groupings.

Product Details

Net Weight

82g

Stroke

3.5mm (set stroke)

Machine Diameter

25mm

Machine Length

85mm

Voltage

4.5-20V

Speed

9000rpm

Connection

Wireless/RCA connection

Product Details

Net Weight

82g

Stroke

3.5mm (set stroke)

Machine Diameter

25mm

Machine Length

85mm

Voltage

4.5-20V

Speed

9000rpm

Connection

Wireless/RCA connection

Dragonhawk Mast Tour Pen Machine - Our Review

The Mast Tour rotary pen is a great option for new tattoo artists looking for a machine at a lower price point. It’s also the perfect choice for artists who don’t have any experience with tattoo machines. The pen’s easy set up (no tuning required) and the wireless option makes it simple to work with. You can just put in a needle cartridge and start practicing on fake skin.

tattoo artist holding rotary tattoo pen machine

“All-Rounder” Pen Style Tattoo Machine

Because it has a set stroke of 3.5, the Mast Tour rotary pen has no issues lining, color packing, or shading. This means you can complete any tattoo without needing to buy a different machine or spend time changing the stroke.

tattoo pen with seamless frame

However, because it is a “jack of all trades,” it doesn’t excel at any one job. While this is perfectly fine for a beginner machine - especially if you’re doing smaller flash tattoos - it is likely you’ll need to upgrade as you move further into your career. Because lining with larger needle groupings usually calls for a 4mm stroke, and soft shading tends to use a 3mm stroke, having a customizable stroke length is necessary for all professional artists.

Soft-Hitting Rotary Tattoo Machine

Most tattoo pens are rotary machines, just in a pen casing. Rotary tattoo machines operate on a direct drive system, which means it doesn’t have much “give” when it hits the skin. This makes it very easy to go too deep with rotary machines. 

However, the Dragonhawk Mast Tour has a soft hit for a rotary, meaning you’re less likely to accidentally cause damage or a blowout. Because less damage is being caused, you’re less likely to chew out the skin if you make a second pass when you’re shading.
using a tattoo machine to shade an anchor tattoo

The soft hit of the Mast Tour pen machine makes it great for getting soft shades. But, you would normally want a harder-hitting machine for lining, especially if you’re using larger needle groupings.

Wireless Battery Pack

The Dragonhawk Mast Tour rotary pen comes with a battery pack so you can practice tattooing without any wires in the way or worrying with a foot pedal. 

While the machine can use standard tattoo power supplies and an RCA cord, we prefer the wireless option for new artists, since it’s about the closest thing you can get to an actual pen.

tattoo pen with RCA cord

However, despite the multiple options, the Mast Tour doesn’t offer a ton of power. While the machine technically goes up to 11 volts, we don’t recommend running it above 9. The motor sounds like it’s working too hard at 10 and 11. Because of this, we don’t recommend trying to push large needle groupings with this machine. 

Using a lower voltage isn’t a big issue for newer artists because they’ll be working mostly on smaller tattoos that require lower voltages. But you will need to upgrade before working on bigger pieces.

Who the Dragonhawk Mast Tour Is (and Isn’t) For:

The Mast Tour rotary pen is our top pick for brand new artists looking for a budget-friendly machine to practice on fake skins. It doesn’t require a lot of tuning and has enough power for small tattoos. 

We do not recommend using it on actual clients or on yourself unless you have an autoclave. There are currently no disposable grip options for this machine, which means there’s no way to make sure your tattooing setup is entirely sterile or free of bloodborne pathogens

This pen machine is not meant for professionals or new artists that are ready to start practicing larger tattoos. (In this case, we would recommend the Inkjecta Flite Nano.)

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Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain. When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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