Here’s a short list of some essential tattoo shop supplies and tools artists simply can’t live without.
Keeping your tattoo shop stocked with the best supplies and tools is key to running a great business. With all of the excellent products and new advancements in the industry nowadays, it makes doing your homework even more important. So, when it comes to researching cleanliness, you can rest assured that you have come to the right place. We created WIPE OUTZ™ to give you an edge and to give your clients the most optimal tattoo experience possible. This shows your customers you’re prepared and dedicated to your craft.
Not only is cleanliness a key ingredient in quality tattooing, so are the other tools that you need to be successful. We have listed some tattoo shop essentials that we all know matter when it comes to advancing in our craft.
Of course, the tattoo machine is the most essential tattoo shop supply because it is the main tool that helps us to get the job done.
There are a few types of tattoo machines available, with the top two being:
- • Rotary
- • Coil
Be sure to spend some time doing your research when it comes to machines. It oftentimes takes a fair amount of trial and error to find your sweet spot when it comes to machines, and many artists rotate between both types, but there is no doubt that there are some incredible products on the market, so enjoy the quest to find your favorite!
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 used by most artists nowadays.
Tattoo ink is a key ingredient in your arsenal of tattoo supplies. Whether you are an artist who specializes in color, a black and grey maestro, or a tattooist who does it all, you will want a diverse palette and array of inks to choose from when executing your tattoos. There are many
outstanding ink companies in the business and it may take some trial and error to find the shades and types that you work with the best.
Traditional unsanitary paper towels use during the tattoo session will become a thing of the past. Tattoo artists who are 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.
There are two different varieties of Wipe Outz™ – dry tattoo wipes and wet tattoo wipes.
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 and this becomes 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 and do all that you can to combat infection.
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 like breathable, waterproof and flexible film, as well as other great options, so check with your tattoo supplier to find what works best for you and your clients.
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 the area you are working on. It is best to get yourself a light that can easily hover over the exact area and can be moved to reduce shadows. LED is where it’s at, and a lack of light will eventually take a toll on your eyes, so proceed with caution.
Flash forward to a finished tattoo! You will need a place to store those used tattoo needles. Placing used needles in a trash bag is unacceptable and should never be done. It is important to use safe practices as a tattooist and disposing of needles properly is essential. Be sure that your shop has a Sharps container so that you are in compliance with all medical waste disposal laws.
The above list provides a brief overview of some tattoo tools that we believe are essential to get started with. There are many other tools that tattooists can become familiar with and that will enhance their work as artists, so remain aware of the latest and greatest products in the field, and experiment often with what works best for you.
Thanks for Reading!