Tattoo Machine: Tattooing is a great way to express yourself and show your personality. It’s also one of the most popular forms of body modification, thanks to its versatility and ease of use.
There are many different types of tattoo machines on the market today, but if you’re just getting started with your craft, you might want some guidance on what equipment you should invest in first. Here at Inkstands Artists, we’ve compiled a list of all the things that every tattoo artist needs when they’re starting: stick and poke tattoo kit
1. Tattoo Ink and Ink Cups
The most important part of a stick and poke kit is ink. Ink should be sterile, non-toxic, water-based, and pigments that are free of preservatives, dyes, and other additives.
It’s also important to choose an ink that can be stored in your freezer without affecting its color or ability to flow on paper. We recommend using silicone gel caps for this purpose because they’re easy to use—just pop them off when you’re done using them!
2. Tattoo Needles
- Size: The length and width of the needle are important to consider. The smaller the better, as you can go through thicker skin more easily. If you have small hands, it may be difficult to hold onto a large needle if you’re getting tattooed at home by yourself; however, this isn’t as big of an issue if you’re working with someone else or want them to do everything while they’re working on your body art.
- Type: There are many different types of needles available today—some come with point sizes ranging from 0.5mm-10mm depending on what kind of design needs to be drawn onto your skin surface (i.e., linear line vs geometric pattern). Also, keep in mind that some people prefer using fine-tipped needles because they feel less pain during insertion into their client’s fleshy areas like arms/legs, etc… It all depends upon personal preference so make sure whatever type(s) works best for both parties involved!
3. Sterile Tattoo Gloves
Make sure that your gloves are sterile. You will need to keep them clean and free from any germs or bacteria that could potentially contaminate the tattooed area. To make sure they are clean, wash them in warm soapy water before each use and dry thoroughly on a towel or paper towels after using them.
Also, be sure to disinfect them with rubbing alcohol before discarding them at home—this is especially important if you work out of a shared studio space where there may be other artists using the same ink as yours (think: saliva).
4. Tattoo Stencil Paper
Tattoo stencil paper is a specially designed sheet of paper that you use to create the pattern of your tattoo. You can find this product in almost any art supply store, or you can order it online.
Tattoo stencils come in various shapes and sizes, but all of them have one thing in common: they’re made out of cardboard. This makes them extremely easy to transport and store as well as more affordable than other materials like wood or plastic would be if you were using those instead for your project!
Use only clean materials when working with tattoo stencils—they’ll help keep your finished design looking its best throughout its life span (which could last up to 10 years).
5. A Tattoo Machine
A tattoo machine is a device that rotates needles at high speeds and pressures to create tattoos. The best tattoo machines can be used for both drawing and piercing, but they are most commonly used in the latter field.
- The Tattoo Machine Should Be Designed For Tattooing:
You should use a machine designed specifically for tattooing as it will have all of the right features (like needle bar width) to give you clean lines, good ink flow rates, etc. You don’t want to end up with “lots of little dots” on your skin!
6. Disposable Ink Caps
The disposable ink caps are used to cover the needle after use. This helps prevent infection, cross-contamination, and tattooing with dirty needles.
7. Body Wash and Shampoo
You will also need the following:
- Body Wash and Shampoo
These two items should be purchased at your local drugstore, which has a wide selection of products for men and women. The body wash is designed to cleanse the skin, while the shampoo helps keep hair healthy and shiny. If you want to make sure that you get the most out of your tattoo removal process, you must use mild soap after getting inked with ink.
8. Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly is a great product to have around in case you need it. It’s used to prevent infection and help with healing, which is especially important when dealing with a stick and poke wound.
Petroleum jelly helps keep your skin soft and pliable, making it easier for doctors or nurses to remove stitches or sutures from the area around the incision. It also helps reduce bleeding and swelling after surgery as well as pain during recovery time.
9. Alcohol Prep Pads and Rubbing Alcohol
Alcohol prep pads are used to clean the skin before tattooing. They are also used to clean the tattoo after it is finished, as well as other equipment such as needles and ink pots.
Rubbing alcohol can be diluted with water if you want to use it for cleaning purposes other than preparing your skin for a tattoo.
10. Cleaning Brushes
- Cleaning Brushes
- Cleaning Tattoo Machine
- Cleaning Ink Cups
- Cleaning Tattoo Needles
Conclusion: Tattoo Machine
The best way to ensure the quality of your tattoo is by buying all the supplies on this list and following them to a T. If you don’t, it’s not going to look great! Make sure everything is sterile and clean when you get home so that your next client doesn’t have any problems.