Zombee Tattoo Cartridges Review

*Price at time of publishing

These cartridges are well-loved on Amazon and are very comfortable to hold. However, they don’t hold much ink in the reservoir and make it difficult to create well-saturated lines.

Video transcription: Zombee Cartridges Review

Hey, what's up everyone. Welcome to another video today. I'm going to be going over a brand of cartridges that I got on Amazon and doing a review on them. The cartridges I picked for this video are zombie cartridges. We're gonna go over the unboxing of these, what the cartridges look like and how they run on an actual tattoo machine, um, on some fake skin that I have. So let's check these out and as all, always, if you haven't already make sure you are lucky and subscribing down below to keep up to date on all the new videos we come out with each week. So when you get these cartridges in the mail, like I said, I got them on Amazon. This is how they will come. Um, this is what they look like, the side of the box. Let's open 'em up here and this is what the cartridges does it look like? 

Um, the packaging's actually really nice. Um, everything's printed very clearly on there. Yeah. Awesome. I really like the way the cartridges are. It looks like it has some, uh, some rubbery stuff around it to kind of give you extra grip, which is super cool. I like that a lot. It also has the number of what size needle it is on there. That's also printed on there very easily to see. Yeah, we'll go over that here in a second. Awesome. So right off the bat, I can see that the sterilization on these is a lot different than a regular cartridge. So what I mean by that, let me get a quadrant cartridge and you could see that it has been sterilized right here on all cartridges. You will, it'll say right beside sterilization and that little blue mark right there. So this is clean and sterile and ready to tattoo on somebody. 

But with any of these Amazon cartridges, anything you get on Amazon, there's a lot of fakes out there. Um, and you also have issues with, are they sterilized? So I would not recommend anyone, any cartridges you're buying off Amazon, you use on actual people, uh, just because you don't know if they are actually sterilized and what they're going on. So everything I do with these I'm using on fake skins, um, other things like that, not on actual people with the sterilization, you could see that there is no marking on there. So these to my knowledge are not sterile, um, which is an issue for sure. So make sure you're definitely not using the, is on actual people. It says initial pink turns yellow. Um, so maybe, maybe they're trying to say that this is the change in of color sterilized. Um, but that really doesn't make any sense. 

All of 'em have a little circle right beside it. So my guess would be, these are not sterile. One thing to think about if you are getting these cartridges, make sure you using them only on bake skins, not on people, not on yourself for that reason. So let's open these up and check it out. Okay. So we got that open. We can clearly see that number right there. Now that's where it says a nine on it. So this is a nine round lighter, which is awesome. Um, sometimes it's hard if you're using a ton of different cartridges to keep up to date on which ones you're using. So the little number there is a cool little thing that they added on there. It's nicer to keep your back of everything. Um, it does look like there is the grot on the inside to stop backflow, which is cool. 

Um, I'm not sure how great this works, some cheaper cartridges with this, um, because it is a new thing. It has issues with it still leaking through. So that don't be a cool thing to check as well. Yeah. Pushing it forward and back. I really like the, um, pressure, you know, some with rubber bands and everything, it be like super easy to push forward and backward. Um, and that kind of gets locked up, but this looks like they did a really great job. Um, constructing these. I really like, um, how they put 'em together. This rubber GRT right here is really cool. It's super comfortable feeling in your hand. So yeah, let's get into putting it on a machine and checking it out. Okay. So this is it actually on a machine, um, as always, if you were to tattoo, make sure you're wrapping up all your stuff. 

Um, very important to do, even if you are practicing on fake skins, make sure you're always wrapping your stuff up. So when you're holding this, you know, if you're using, um, your fingers or, you know, however you hold your machine, it is very comfortable, these ridges right here to just let it, um, sit right like that in your hands. So that's really nice. Um, I really like this, uh, rubber grot they have around these. I might have to look into other cartridges that have that as well. I know a couple really great ones out there started introducing this to their cartridges, which is a cool little touch that I like a tongue. So yeah, it fits in there perfectly. It's not going to have an issue with it falling out. It doesn't feel like some cartridges have an you with not locking incorrectly. Um, and you'll be tattooing and then they'll just fly out for no reason, which is super annoying. 

So I'm gonna turn it on and see if we have any issues like that. So it's running and I will say that it's not very easy to get off, but if your fingers kind of sitting right there and you move of around, you could see how easily it was for it to just click out, right. Like that. Um, just with using your finger right there. So that's one thing I would definitely keep an eye on if you are using these would be, um, you know, you don't want it to just fly out when you're tattooing. Um, even though you're not tattooing on an actual client, it could still be really annoying if your cartoons flies out and gets ink everywhere, it's just a mess. But, um, yeah, it seems like if you pay attention to what your finger's doing, it won't fly out on you. 

It clicks in pretty nicely. Awesome. So from there, let's get into how it actually tattoos. I'll set up a small tattoo on some fake skin and make a couple lines with it, making sure everything's working correctly and the needles are appropriate for tattooing. And before jumping into it, we always wanna check our needles. Um, so just pushing this bottom part up to expose the needles and just checking 'em out, looking over, making sure there's no barbs or anything, which, you know, on a, these cheaper cartridges can be important. So make sure that they are all set up correctly and there's no barbs or problems with the actual needles, um, before tattoos. Okay. So I already had this stencil, um, set up for another video that I did. So we're just gonna go over a couple lines on this one. So before we start, we're just making sure how far our needles sticking out. 

That's something you always wanna check before getting into the tattoo. And I run on the tip of my needle, not the tube. So I let mine hang out a little bit further than if you were doing it on an actual tube. So right there. Awesome. So I would say that for a non round liner, you know, it looks like these groupings are really tight together, almost more like a bug pin. Um, so yeah, these needles definitely run smaller than most that I've seen out there. So just dipping it in into the ink. You could see that it does fill up in the tube. Um, I would say that it doesn't fill up as much as, you know, other qu cartridges like quadrant, things like that. Um, so it doesn't retain a ton of ink, so you're not gonna be able to pull a super big line. Um, just with this little bit of ink, it's, it's just, you know, putting up in this tube. So that's one thing that's kind of a disappointment with this cartridge. Um, I like them to hold a ton of ink so I can do super long lines and not have to worry about my ink running out halfway through. All right, let's get into this. 

I will say first starting out. Um, you could see that, You know, I had to press harder than I normally would to get it in the face skin. You could see that that line wasn't saturated completely. So it is a little different than running, you know, like a quadrant or the other cartridges that I use on a daily basis. I had some ink splatter right there. Yeah. So you could see that, you know, it's really hard For the ink to flow with this cartridge. I'm having some problems with like saturation of my lines, which is a little annoying when you are tattooing, especially if you're just learning, cuz you don't know if it's a problem with a cartridge or something that you're doing wrong, um, which could be, you know, annoying as well. That's why I recommend you get like good cartridges whenever you are first starting out. So, you know, for a fact that it's not your equipment. 

See, now that we pulled a couple of, I'm going to break down, if these cartridges are worth it, I'm also going to explain the price point and some other brands out there as well. Okay. So when it comes to the zombie cartridges, um, we'll talk about the price point. First, they go for about $16 for a pack of 20. Um, the reason I picked these is they had really good Amazon review use on them. Um, see I wanted to try 'em out so you guys can know if it's worth it for you to, uh, get a box to try out. Um, also make sure you're leaving a comment down below. If you guys want me to do a review on a machine or some cartridges, it's a lot easier for me to get a box of cartridges, um, to do a review on that. It is just to get a whole nother machine, but if you, you know, have any, as you would like me to do, make sure you're commenting 'em down below. 

So I know exactly what you guys are looking for. So I can do more videos like this in the future. Awesome. So back to these, if you are first starting out, um, like I said, I really enjoyed this rubber piece on there, but that's not a big enough reason for me to want to use these cartridges. I wanted to like them. I really did. Um, because they feel real nice in the hand, but sometimes comfort takes a loss whenever you are trying to get quality equipment. So if you are first starting out, these are not a cartridge that I would personally recommend for you to use. Um, you're gonna fund issues with trying to make it run correctly for you. You're gonna think that it's something that you're doing wrong when actually it's just the cartridge not running correctly. Now this could be also an issue with this cartridge. 

You know, there could be an issue with just this one, but with the flowing problem and how much ink it holds. Um, I feel like it's more of a construction issue, which it worked fine. You know, you could pull a line with these. It's just, you're going to be fighting with yourself along the way, which whenever you are first, starting out is annoying now onto what I would recommend. I did another review on some other cartridges I found on Amazon that I would personally use. I've used them on fake skins since that time. So they worked just fine. Um, I definitely recommend you check out that video if you haven't already just so you could see how the review went and you know, for a fact that you could use those also some good brands are quadrant T tech, you know, other really good quality brands out there. 

But the biggest issue with them is they are more expensive when you are first starting out, you're practicing on face skins and you know, you don't wanna be reusing these at all. Um, make sure you're disposing 'em even, even if they are on fake skins, um, that way you're starting out with a new one every single time and that'll help you grow a ton with tattooing having quality equipment over just cheaper stuff, because you never really know what the issue is, but awesome. I hope this was able to help you out and you to know what you should be getting with cartridges. Like I said, comment down below and liken subscribe. Also, if you want to keep up to date on all the new videos I come out with each week. Awesome. You guys have a wonderful day.

Our Score

5.0/10

AVERAGE

Price: $16.20 (7/10)

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The Zombee cartridges are at a pretty good price point - about $0.80/cartridge.

They’re just a bit more expensive than Mast Pro or Big Wasp, but they’re a much more affordable option than Kwadron needles (our favorites), which can be nearly $2/cartridge. 

Quality (5/10)

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These cartridges are made of high-grade plastic, have a safety membrane, and fit into most standard cartridge grips.

However, the reservoir doesn’t hold much ink, which can make it difficult to tattoo long lines. 

Handling (4/10)

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While the rubber finger ledge makes the cartridge very easy to grip, it was very difficult to use because ink did not flow well from the tip.

Additionally, you have to press harder to get lines to be fully saturated.

PROS:

  • Easy to grip with comfortable, silicon finger ledge
  • Works with most standard cartridge grips and pen style rotary machines
  • Clear tip for better visibility

CONS:

  • Ink does not flow easily
  • Tip does not fill with ink so it’s harder to tattoo long lines
  • Does not use standard sterilization labels

Product Details

Materials

304L Stainless steel and high-grade plastic

Configurations

RL, RS, M, CM available

Package Dimensions

6.54 x 3.62 x 1.34 inches; 4.41 Ounces

ASIN

B07P9Q4L71

Product Details

Materials

304L Stainless steel and high-grade plastic

Configurations

RL, RS, M, CM available

Package Dimensions

6.54 x 3.62 x 1.34 inches; 4.41 Ounces

ASIN

B07P9Q4L71

Zombee Cartridges - Our Review:

Zombee cartridges offer a lot of different configurations (both bugpin and standard), and they have several good features like a silicon finger ledge and a clear tip for better visibility while tattooing. However, the issues with ink flow from these cartridges made them difficult to work with and led to saturation issues. 

Non-Standard Sterilization Marking

The way tattoo equipment manufacturers label disposable cartridges as sterile is pretty standard across the board. You’ll see a blue dot next to an expiration date. However, even though the Zombee cartridges say they’ve been EO gas sterilized, they don’t have this standard marking, and instead have a yellow tab. 

While we never recommend using cartridges off of Amazon on human skin, this is a major red flag that these cartridges should only ever be used on fake skins.

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Labeled Cartridges and Good Visibility

Something we really liked about these cartridges is that they are each individually labeled on the cartridge. If you’re using several different cartridges throughout a tattoo, it can be easy to forget which needle is which. However, Zombee has a clear label on the front, so you can easily see what you’re working with. You can see that the needle below is labeled “9” for 9 Round Liner.

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Note:

These cartridges have pretty tight groupings. Even though we were using a standard 9 Round Liner, the line came out thinner than expected, as if they were bugpins instead of standards.

Difficulty with Ink Flow and Saturation

The Zombee cartridges pick up less ink than expected. This could make it difficult to tattoo long lines, and you’ll need to dip back into your ink cap more often. Additionally, the needle didn’t put ink into fake skin very well. Because of this, it’s harder to get bold, fully saturated linework. 

While you can get the ink darker by pushing down harder, this could get you into a bad habit that causes blowouts on actual clients.

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Issues like this can make it difficult for beginner artists to figure out if the problem is their technique or their equipment. For this reason, we’d recommend going for higher-quality materials.

Who Zombee Cartridge Needles Are (and Aren’t) For:

While they aren’t our favorite, Zombee cartridges have a lot of good reviews on Amazon. If you want to practice tattooing, but don’t want to waste premium cartridges on fake skins, Zombee needles are half the price of brands like Kwadron and TTech. However, we would recommend Mast Pro over Zombee when it comes to more affordable alternatives.

We do not recommend Zombee for professionals or beginners that are making the jump to human skin, as they might not be properly sterilized and have saturation issues. (The last thing you want is to have to go over all your linework twice.)

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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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