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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Tattooing with a Rotary Machine

November 29, 2022

Rotary tattoo machines use a direct drive motor to push ink into the skin. Because of this, they are much easier to set up than a traditional coil machine that has several pieces that need adjusting before doing a tattoo.Because they’re easy to set up, we highly recommend rotary machines (or pen machines that use

Tattooing with a Rotary Machine

Riding the Tube vs Floating the Needle

November 4, 2022

The terms “riding the tube” and “floating the needle” have to do with your needle depth. Riding the tube automatically controls your needle depth to keep you from going too deep in the skin. But it makes it harder to see your stencil.Floating the needle means you manually control your needle depth. This makes it

Riding the Tube vs Floating the Needle

Bugpins vs Standards – Tattoo Needles Explained

October 18, 2022

Tattoo needles have different sizes so they can perform different jobs. The measure of the diameter (“thickness”) of the needle determines how much ink goes in the skin with each deposit. For example, bugpins, which have a smaller diameter than standard needles, can be helpful if you’re trying to restrict ink flow to add detail or

Bugpins vs Standards – Tattoo Needles Explained

What Tattoo Equipment to Use

August 17, 2022

As a new tattoo artist, the amount of equipment out there can be overwhelming. However, without the right equipment, you could be holding yourself back. This can make the learning process way longer. That’s why Brandon will explain:Which brands he recommendsAdvice about buying tattoo equipmentHow to tell when it’s time to upgrade your setup Table of

What Tattoo Equipment to Use

Tattoo Artist Must Haves: Everything You Need to Start Tattooing

August 11, 2022

As a new tattoo artist, you’ll build up your tattooing setup overtime. However, it’s much easier to find good products when you have help from more experienced artists. To help, our tattooing instructor, Brandon, put together a list of all his favorite recommendations for new artists so you can find the quality products you need to

Tattoo Artist Must Haves: Everything You Need to Start Tattooing

Complete Guide On Tattoo Machine Stroke

July 15, 2022

Stroke length in a tattoo machine is the measurement of the needle’s up-and-down motion. Picking the right stroke length is the difference between a busted tattoo that can’t be fixed and a tattoo with crisp lines and perfect blends.  In this article, we’ll be breaking down:What machine stroke isWhich stroke to use for lining, packing,

Complete Guide On Tattoo Machine Stroke

Complete Guide On Tattoo Stencil Paper

July 14, 2022

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

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

The Best Tattoo Machine For Beginners [2021 Guide]

December 29, 2021

There are a ton of tattoo machines on the market, and it can be hard to figure out which one will work best for you, especially if it’s your first time buying one. We’ve tried some of the most popular “beginner machines” ourselves and have made a list of our favorite beginner-friendly machines that keep cost,

The Best Tattoo Machine For Beginners [2021 Guide]

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

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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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