Mast Cartridge Needles Review

While we plan to stick to higher-end needles for our clients, Mast Pro cartridges are reliable and high-quality for the price. If you’re just starting out and need to practice on fake skin, these cartridges are the way to go.

Video Transcription: Mast Cartridge Needles Review

Hello, everybody. Welcome back for another video. So this will be the second review video that I've done. Like I said before, in the other video, I'm trying to find things that are easily accessible for you guys. So I'm looking on Amazon and all these places. So I could find tattoo supplies that I could review on just to see if it's worth getting from there or another product. Awesome. So if you like stuff like, like this, the way for me to tell that you are enjoying this is to liken subscribe down below. And even if you wanna make a comment down below, so I know to do more review videos like this. So today what we're going to be reviewing is the ma pro quality professional cartridges on Amazon. Um, they run for about 15 to $20 for one box of 20 cartridges. So that is fairly cheap on the market. 

So I'm interested in opening this up and seeing what the cartridge actually looks like. So let's get into it. So the box is going to come like this. When you open it up from the side, all your cartridges are gonna be in here. So it's gonna come in blister packs like this. Um, first look, I really like, you know, the color of them, they look really cold or packaging matches, you know, everything. So that's kind of cool. Let's look into the expiration date when it was sterilized and all that stuff, cuz that is probably the most important thing. Whenever you're looking for cartridges to make sure that they are sterile and all of those things, another key point would be if you're buying on Amazon, places like this, I wouldn't recommend using these on tattooing. People's a huge chance out there that these products could be, you know, fake that other companies are making them, putting someone else's name on them. 

And it's not actually a good product. Now these look like they're the actual mass pro cartridges, but some other brands out there, you do not want to trust that because they could be really low quality products that look like the top dollar stuff. So be very careful ordering on Amazon and a best way to look into the that would be look at the comments of the stuff. That's a great way to kind of see, I looked through the comments on theses. There were some really bad, some really good. So I'm gonna do a review on these so you can know to get these or to stay clear. Awesome. So these ones are the nine round liners and they expire 20, 26, like they say, so that gives you a couple years that you don't necessarily have to use them right away. You know, you could hang onto these, they'll stay sterile until that expiration date, from that point, throw 'em away or use 'em on fake skins only. 

But like I said, when you're working on Amazon and getting supplies off Amazon, I wouldn't necessarily recommend tattoo and yourself or other people with them. Now that we went through, you could clearly see blue dot right there stating that it is sterile. Um, now they're all are ways to go around that. So, you know, be very careful when you're ordering cartridges. If you're tattooing people, um, like anything in this career, you wanna make sure you're getting the best products physically possible. Um, so if you're tattooing people trying to grow, you know, there's cartridges, I recommend using, you know, like quadrant T tech. Um, all those companies are really great and I've never really had an issue with these companies. There could be problems with the cartridges having barbs on them. Um, the quality's a lot less, so you could have problems with, you know, the cartridge coming apart, things like that. 

But let's get into this cartridge and see what old entitles. So the opening on here, some cartridges are super hard to open, so it's kind of cool to see it easily opened, right? Like that. So put that apart. So visually looking at this cartridge, so it is one piece, um, some cartridges can come apart right here, but it looks like it is solid and yes it is. So it's one solid piece. Okay. So the cool thing about this cartridge is instead of using like a rubber band or a spring, this one actually has a membrane. I'm looking forward to see how good this membrane works. Cuz if you're using penile cartridges, this is super important to have inside your cartridges. So it doesn't suck back in the machine cause it'll destroy it and you can get blood and plasma inside your machine, which is disgusting. 

So I'm really interested to see how this membrane mechanism works for that reason, but there's also a lot of complications when it comes to the actual membrane. Um, so just seeing if there's no backflow would be a good test for this as well. Visually I really like how the cartridge is shaped. You could see that the tip, it's not just a blunt. It's kind of like cut down a little bit, which makes it super cool. You could clearly see your needle and if you're running off the tip of the needle, it'll be a great way to kind of tell where your needle was at all times, which is awesome. I like 'em let see how they click into the machine and go from there. So before actually getting into tattooing with this cartridge, I just wanna do a test with running it into the machine. So I'm not wrapping it up yet. I'm just seeing how it goes into the tattoo machine and if it clicks in correctly. So 

Yeah, it seemed like it was a little bit harder to turn into my machine than regular cartridges. So let's try out their cartridge. Yeah. This one slides in really smooth. Um, this one is a little bit rougher to kind of make sure you're clicked in the whole way. So that's one thing you wanna look at whenever you are using these cartridges. If you do use these mast pro needle cartridges, it kind of takes a little bit more to click it into place. So make sure you are clicking it in the whole way. You don't wanna run it halfway, cuz you'll have a problem with using it in shoot out the tip, which I've had happen quite a few times whenever I first started using cartridges. So yeah, if you're getting to use these, just make sure you are clicking it the whole way. So it's locked in perfectly. Just turn it on and see how it goes. 

Yeah. So it seems to run really well. It is a little bit longer than regular cartridges. So that's one thing you wanna think about, you know, if I'm holding these up to each other, this one clicks in and is further up than this one is so it is very long. So if you're like first starting out and you know, using your middle fingers, kind of like a stomping point underneath for extra stability, this hangs out super long. So it's gonna be a little bit awkward if you're used to a smaller cartridge. Um, but other than that, that feels really nice. Yeah. I like it so far. Let's stick it out. Okay. Now that we have everything wrapped up and anytime you are tattooing fake skins, anything like that, you wanna make sure you're still wrapping everything up so you can get used to tattooing on actual, real people in the future. 

So make sure you're wrapping your stuff up and doing everything correctly. So I found this old piece of fake skin that I've tattooed a couple of times, but I found a perfect place to put a stencil on so we could try out this cartridge. So before we start, we're gonna make sure we check our needle depth, all of those things. So let's see how this cartridge works. We're gonna check to see how much ink it picks up. Yeah. It holds quite a bit of ink. Um, I'm not really having an issue with it spitting right now, so let's see how it works out. And that's a big thing with like cheap quality cartridges. Um, they seem to spit a lot more. I'm not necessarily sure why, but that is an issue that I've seen with cheaper cartridges. So let's get in here and see how it cuts into the fake skin and works Always starting from the bottom, My first line with this new car cruise. Okay. So I will say with it being a nine, um, a lot of my other nines are thicker than this. So it might be that these cartridges needles are, you know, a little closer together. So that's one thing to think about if you are ordering them, this is a really tiny liner for a nine. 

Okay. So I pulled a really long line there. Um, and it seemed to have held up pretty good with that, which is awesome to see the reason I picked a nine liner is it's a really good size art out with, it's not so huge. Um, pretty much any machine can push it when you're getting into 11 round liners and 14 round liners. If you don't have a really good quality machine that could push a cartridge like that, you can have issues with it, not saturating well. So that's why I picked a nine, um, because it's a great cartridge to learn on. You could see if you're shaking, um, getting all the fond correctly in order to move on to different things. So I definitely recommend starting out with like a seven or a nine. It's awesome. So far so good with this cartridge. I'm not having any issues. 

I did check for barbs on this one. That's one issue with getting cheaper cartridges is the packaging. It's really hard to check for barbs in the patch package. So you don't really know if you're gonna get, um, good tattoo needles. So you wanna make sure you're checking each one before starting to tattoo. And the way you do that is just to have your cartridge, right? Like this and then push it out. And then you could check to see all your cartridges needles, making sure that they're barbed free. Yeah. This cartridge is working really good. So it's making consistent clean lines, um, which I'm really surprised on for the price point and everyth. I really like that. It does have the filament in there to stop backflow, which is awesome. So if you were first starting out wanting to tattoo on fake skins, you know, this would be a great choice for you to start out. They're not super expensive. So if you don't have a budget to get all these expensive cartridges and you are just tattooing on fake skins. So, you know, using cheaper stuff, but working correctly is a great way to learn cuz you don't wanna be wasting, you know, $3 cartridges, just tattooing, fake skins, even though they are awesome and you're gonna be able to tattoo perfectly with them and have better ink flow. Um, eventually I would definitely recommend these cartridges for short. Like I said, you could get 'em straight off Amazon, which is awesome. They just delivered directly to your door. 

And a lot of people, whenever they are first starting out as tattoo artists have issues with being able to get tattoo supplies because some tattoo supply companies will not deliver. If you do not have a tattoo studio or a tattoo license. So that's why a ton of people out there go on Amazon for all their tattooing needs because you don't have to prove any of that stuff. And it's just so easy to get it. Um, so a breakdown - are the mast pro needles reliable? I like 'em a lot, do I like them as much as I do my quadrants cartridges like that? Absolutely not just how hard it was to click into my machine. I really didn't like that. Yeah. Just the feel of them going into the skin is definitely different than a cartridge that I spent, you know, double, triple the amount of money on, but for the price range, this is a great cartridge. I did like that the tip enhances ink flow allowing for a more fluid tattooing procedure.

Um, I feel like I could tell had to with this no problem on fake skins, just about as good as with, uh, expensive cartridges. It's of strict quality, I really like it. It's really great. Um, I didn't have any issues with it now. I would definitely check every cartridge to make sure there are not any barbs. So, you know, when they're going through quality and stuff, because of their price point, they probably don't look too far into this. So you might have a couple odds in a box. Um, and what you do with them is just make sure that you're not tattooing with them. So if you're checking that and making sure you're looking at the cartridges before starting and remember that they are definitely harder to click in, this is a great cartridge to use if you are first starting out. Um, I, I definitely recommend it and I would definitely be using them in the future. 

Awesome. So I hope this was able to help you and just get the knowledge to know that these are a great cartridge to try out. If you are first learning that you could get on Amazon, that's easily accessible to you. And if you like content like that and would like to see me review another cartridge video or something off Amazon, all you have to do is like, and subscribe down below and you can hit the little bell button so you can get notifications. Anytime I come out with a new video. Awesome. I hope you guys have a great day.

Our Score

8.0/10

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Price: $16.99 (8/10)

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These membrane cartridges are a great deal for the price. While they’re not a replacement for high-end needles, they’re the perfect option for new tattoo artists looking to save money while learning.

Quality (8/10)

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Mast Pro cartridges use a high-quality membrane, preventing unhygienic backflow into the machine.  These needles are great for lining, shading, and packing. However, the sharps in the liners are packed together more tightly than most brands, making a thinner line.

Handling (7/10)

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The cartridge is a bit difficult to get into the machine, and the body of the cartridge is longer than most brands. If you’re used to floating the needle, you might need to adjust to make sure you’re still hitting the right depth

PROS:

  • Great price point for people who don’t want to waste expensive cartridges on fake skin
  • Membrane mechanism stops backflow
  • Holds ink well (no “spitting”)

CONS:

  • The cartridge is longer than most other brands
  • Harder to fix into a tattoo machine

Product Details

Package Dimensions

6.73 x 3.66 x 1.42 inches

Weight

3.84 ounces

Manufacturer

Mast Tattoo

ASIN

B08DNSKK9Y

Product Details

Package Dimensions

6.73 x 3.66 x 1.42 inches

Weight

3.84 ounces

Manufacturer

Mast Tattoo

ASIN

B08DNSKK9Y

Unboxing the individually packaged Mast Cartridge Needle in a gift box - Customer photos

Mast Cartridge Needles - Our Review:

Mast Pro needles make it possible for new tattoo artists to practice professional-level work without paying $2-3 per cartridge. They allow you to practice clean, consistent lines and offer a wide variety of configurations.

Perfect Practice for Tattoo Artists

Mast Pro needle cartridges are the closest thing to professional-grade cartridges that you’ll find at such a good price. Most beginner tattoo kits tend to come with cheap, barbed needles, while Mast appears to consistently offer high-quality tattoo needles.

However, we don’t recommend using these cartridges to practice on people (especially if you bought them off Amazon and not directly from Mast). It’s very difficult to tell knock offs from the real thing and whether they’ve really been EO gas sterilized.

Need to Adjust for Needle Depth

The body of the cartridge itself is longer than most other brands. If you’re riding the tube, that doesn’t necessarily change anything when it comes to needle depth. 

However, if you’ve moved on to floating the needle, you will need to be more conscious of the way you are manually setting the depth. The extra length of the cartridge can make it easier to go deeper in the skin.

Easy to Line With

Customer photos showing the tattoo tip cleaned properly - customer photos

Most cartridges at this price point tend to be too big for the needles inside. This usually causes the needle to “bounce around,” which makes practicing line work very hard. However, the housing of the Mast Pro tattoo needles is very snug, so you can practice clean lines without shakiness from the cartridge.

Who the Mast Pro Cartridge Needles Are (and Aren’t) For:

The Mast Pro Cartridges are cheap and beginner friendly, making them a great choice for artists still practicing on fake skin. Its membrane mechanism protects your machine from backflow - which is especially important for pen machines where backflow could contaminate ink for a client or cause damage to the engine.

That said, we do not recommend these cartridges for professionals or for new artists that have moved to practicing on real skin. For that, we recommend a more premium brand like Kwadron.

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AUTHOR
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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