Here’s a short list of some essential tattoo shop supplies and tools artists simply can’t live without.
Stock up on these tattoo shop supplies and tools to ensure you always have what you need. Doing your homework and researching the newest tattoo products in tattoo cleanliness is key and it’s easy to do with the vast amount of product advancements in the tattoo community nowadays!
When it comes down to the quality of art and tattoo safety, everyone should be on alert to find these great new products, they are all around us!
If you’re like most tattoo shop owners and artists, you probably care about providing your customers the utmost professional experience possible. One of the easiest ways to ensure this is to stock up on the essential tattoo shop supplies you need.
This shows your customers you’re prepared and dedicated to your craft.
Today, we’re taking a closer look at some of these tattoo shop essentials, to provide the most professional tattoo experience possible.
The tattoo machine is one of the most essential tattoo shop supplies every artist needs. It’s the main tool for the tattoo craft!
There are a few types of tattoo machines available. Here are the top two types of tattoo machines:
This is by no means a complete list of tattoo machine types, so you’ll want to be sure to spend some time doing your research. Don’t spend too much time during your research as the top two are the most common!
In addition to the tattoo machine, you’ll also need these other essential tattoo shop supplies, including GLOVES, medical bibs, ink caps, foot pedal, clip cord, tubes and of course a power supply.
A tattoo machine won’t do you much good without having the needles to go with it. Pre-Sterilized, pre-made tattoo needles, and cartridges are where it’s at these days!
You will want an array of colors unless you intend to only do tattoos of one color or black and grey. Gather colored ink and especially black. Using Sterilized Tattoo Ink should be in your thoughts.
Traditional unsanitary paper towel use during the tattoo session will become a thing of the past.
Tattoo artists concerned with shop cleanliness and sterilization are replacing paper towels with Wipe Outz™ – the industry’s most advanced tattoo towels. These tattoo wipes are gamma-sterilized, ultra absorbent, and remarkably soft.
What’s wrong with paper towels?
A roll of paper towels is susceptible to contamination, which could become a problem for anyone with an open wound … aka, your clients. Wipe Outz™ are packaged in a way that reduces the risk of contamination, resulting in a cleaner environment for you and your clients.
When preparing your station, simply remove the pre-folded tattoo towels from the package and set aside to use during the tattoo process.
Alcohol and Skin Prep Tattoo Products
When working with tattoos, the chance of transmitting infection is a real possibility. Tattoo needles penetrate the skin leaving a wound – which is the perfect place for bacteria to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting client.
Don’t find yourself in this situation. Instead, protect yourself and your clients – by using Skin Prep products. Infection-free is no guarantee, but you can surely do what you can to stop it. Always have alcohol or tattoo skin prep products in your tattoo shop – and use them.
Tattoo Bandages and Medical Tape
Because your tattoo work involves leaving a type of open wound on the client, you will want to be sure to bandage the area. This will initially protect it from any harmful germs as it begins to heal. There are specialty products as far as a proper bandage, check with your tattoo supplier.
Lighting is crucial to your art. If you don’t have good lighting or if you have a light that doesn’t move, you may find yourself unable to see – in bright light – the area you are working with. It is best to get yourself a light that can easily hover over the exact area and can be moved to remove shadows. LED is where it’s at! Lack of light will eventually take a toll on your eyes! Proceed with caution.
Flash forward to a finished tattoo! You will need a place to store those used tattoo needles! Placing needles in a trash bag when used is unacceptable and should never be done! We know this isn’t 1950 anymore but we want to make sure everyone uses the best and safest practices!
We know this list is way longer but we wanted to give a brief overview of some of the tattoo essentials for best results in the art and tattoo safety!
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