Guide to Choosing the Right Tattoo Machine

The tattoo machine is the primary and most important tool for every Tattoo Artist. Below, we offer a brief guide to help you select the ideal tattoo machine for your art.

The origins of this tool date back to the late 1800s in the United States. Samuel F. O’Reilly, a famous New York artist, is credited with creating the first electric tattoo machine by adding needles and an ink reservoir to the electric pen invented by Thomas Edison.

Since then, the tattoo machine has undergone significant evolution, with increasingly innovative and cutting-edge models.

Today, there are many different types of tattoo machines available in the market, and choosing the right one is essential not only to ensure the highest tattoo quality but also to have the best experience during the tattooing process.

What parameters should be considered when choosing a tattoo machine?

The first thing to consider is the type of tattoo machine you want to use. The main types most widely used by professional tattoo artists today are three:

  • Coil tattoo machines, more traditional and known for their greater power.
  • Rotary tattoo machines, lighter, quieter, and more maneuverable.
  • Battery-powered wireless tattoo machines (integrated or removable), which operate without cords and power supplies.

The quality of the components is an important factor to evaluate. Tattoo machines made with high-quality materials ensure better performance and durability.

Your budget matters too; tattoo machines can vary significantly in price, so it’s important to establish a budget before starting your search.

Lastly, when choosing the right tattoo machine, it’s crucial to consider your own style and dexterity to be certain that you have the best equipment in your hands.

Types of Tattoo Machines: Coil, Rotary, or Wireless

Coil tattoo machines are the most traditional and commonly used in the tattoo industry. They use an electromagnetic coil system inside the machine body to move a metal bar with attached needles that penetrate the skin and release pigments into the dermis.

They provide better needle penetration and maximum power and precision, making them perfect for creating lines or tattoos with particularly bold strokes. However, they require some experience to use correctly.

Rotary tattoo machines use an electric motor to move the needles continuously and smoothly. They are more manageable and practical, require minimal maintenance, and are perfect for shading and filling. They are quiet and have fewer vibrations than coil machines, making them an ideal choice for beginners.

Wireless tattoo machines are the most innovative, combining the quality of traditional tattoo machine materials and components with modern technology. They offer greater precision and ergonomics, lower vibrations, and less noise.

They are perfect for extended work sessions and represent a significant revolution in the tattoo world as they ensure maximum freedom of movement, better dexterity, and total ease of use.

The Quality of Tattoo Machine Components and Accessories

Reliability is crucial when it comes to tattoo machines. Opting for a machine made with high-quality materials and components means having equipment that is:

  • Functional and efficient
  • Compliant with required safety standards
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Requires minimal maintenance

Since this is a long-term investment, it’s an aspect not to be underestimated. Additionally, using low-quality tattoo machines can jeopardize not only the success of the tattoo but also the health of clients. Our advice is always to choose safe and certified products and rely on reputable suppliers.

Top Tattoo Machine Brands to Consider

Among the top brands of tattoo machines, Dormouse stands out, being an Italian company that is a leader in the tattoo industry. The brand produces and markets professional tattoo equipment that is 100% Made in Italy and designed to serve the tattooist community effectively.

Dormouse tattoo machines are known for their reliability and precision and are built to be powerful, manageable, and reliable, ensuring optimal results during the tattooing process.

The materials used in their production are of the highest quality, guaranteeing long-lasting and wear-resistant machines. They not only deliver high build quality but also feature a modern and appealing design, making them the top choice for professional tattoo artists.

Another established brand in the tattoo world is Dynamic Tattoo Machines by Dormouse, which offers a wide range of machines, power supplies, and tattoo accessories, from entry-level to high-end options.

Lastly, we recommend Ez Tattoo, one of the world’s largest tattoo supply companies, specializing in innovative and high-quality products that meet the needs of modern tattoo artists.

DORMOUSE is the Official Partner of Milano Tattoo School 

Dormouse is the official partner of Milano Tattoo School. This partnership, which began approximately 15 months ago, allows our school to exclusively receive all the tools and products used in tattoo courses to promote excellence and creativity during training.

Furthermore, Dormouse supplies MTS with the best and most innovative equipment on the market, ensuring high-quality work and instruction for all students and all tattoo style and type requirements.

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The Wireless Tattoo Machines by Dormouse

Dormouse, the official partner of Milano Tattoo School for over 15 months, provides our school with the best and most innovative tattoo equipment in the

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