Tattoo Equipment

As a tattoo artist, you need to know where to find quality equipment, how to use it safely, and how to customize your setup. Without a complete knowledge of how to buy and use tattoo supplies, it’s impossible to reach your full potential as an artist.

If you’re not sure where to buy professional tattoo supplies - or how to use them - you’re in the right place. We’ll point you in the right direction… and then show you how to set it all up.

Not sure where to buy tattoo supplies for sale? Our recommended online tattoo supply shop is CNC Tattoo Supply. You can also check out our beginner tattoo supplies checklist here. 


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How to Set Up a Tattoo Machine in 9 Steps

March 14, 2022

Most people think that becoming a professional tattoo artist means creating amazing designs every day. And while that’s an outcome of success, what people don’t see are the characteristics that allowed the artist to get to that point-  the grit behind it all.In the tattoo industry, simply being a good tattoo artist is not enough

How to Set Up a Tattoo Machine in 9 Steps

Complete Guide On Tattoo Machines

December 30, 2021

Your tattoo machine is the most important part of your setup. Without it, you have no way to actually put ink in the skin. As a beginner tattoo artist, a big part of improving your tattoos is choosing machines with the settings you need and making proper adjustments (when possible). If you can’t use your machine correctly,

Complete Guide On Tattoo Machines

Complete Guide on Tattoo Ink

December 22, 2021

As a new tattoo artist, you want to make sure you buy ink that goes into the skin easy and ages well. Using those high-quality inks combined with proper technique will allow you create impressive, colorful tattoos. Which is why we made this guide so you know what inks you should be using, what ones

Complete Guide on Tattoo Ink

Best Tattoo Tubes 2021

December 16, 2021

As a new tattoo artist, it’s hard to figure out where to buy tattoo tubes online and how to mix and match tubes, tips, grips and more. However, without the right materials, you won’t be able to use your machine correctly. To help, we’ve put a shopping guide together so you can know exactly what

Best Tattoo Tubes 2021

Complete Guide On Tattoo Numbing Cream

December 15, 2021

Tattoo numbing creams (and sprays) are applied to the skin to lessen the client’s pain during the tattooing process. Less pain means clients can sit longer – and flinch less – saving you time and preventing mistakes in your designs.While numbing creams can’t give someone a “pain-free tattoo,” knowing when to use it – and

Complete Guide On Tattoo Numbing Cream

Complete Guide to Tattoo Kits

December 9, 2021

Tattoo kits come with one (or more) tattoo machines and a “sample size” of the other equipment you’ll need as a tattoo artist. They let you keep costs down while giving you the supplies you need to practice tattooing. By the end of this article, you’ll know what materials are most important to look for while

Complete Guide to Tattoo Kits

Complete Guide On Tattoo Stencil Paper

July 14, 2021

Learn to make stencils digitally and by hand, operate a thermal printer, prepare the skin and apply a stencil, as well as how to avoid smudging the stencil while you work. We’re taking you through the whole process from start to finish.

We recommend CNC’s thermal stencil paper.

Complete Guide On Tattoo Stencil Paper

Complete Guide On Tattoo Needles

July 12, 2021

Learn how to read the needle box, what each type of needle does, and when to use different configurations in your tattoos.

Our favorite needles are Quelle Premium Cartridges.

Complete Guide On Tattoo Needles

Complete Guide On Tattoo Machine Stroke

July 12, 2021

New artists often struggle to get clean lines and smooth shades. Picking the right stroke length is the difference between a busted tattoo that can’t be fixed and a tattoo composed of crisp lines and flawless blending.  Using the wrong stroke can lead to:Needle stick injuriesInk pooling on the skin and covering your stencil giving

Complete Guide On Tattoo Machine Stroke

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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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