Tattoos have come a long way over the years, and with advancements in technology, we have seen major improvements in the equipment used to create them. Tattoo needles, in particular, have evolved, with various options available that differ based on size, brand, and grouping.
In this article, we will compare the popular Envy Needles by TATSoul to our own NoBrand Needles. We will also discuss the difference between the most commonly used sizes, #9, #10, and #12, as well as the significance of the different grouping options.
So, if you are a professional tattoo artist looking to upgrade your needle game, or a newbie trying to learn more, read on!
Let’s start with Envy Needles by TATSoul. These premium needles are made from high-grade surgical stainless steel, which ensures durability and longevity. They also come individually sterilized in box of 50.
One of the most significant benefits of Envy Needles is their taper length. The taper length on these needles is quite long, ensuring fluid ink flow and a more consistent line. This taper length also makes them gentler on the skin, which is great news for tattoo artists and clients alike.
For nearly a decade, TATSoul have been dedicated to producing superior needles for professional artists. Each individual needle is examined to ensure ideal tip sharpness, grouping diameter and alignment. The solder is lead free and specifically inspected to ensure an even and consistent distribution. The standards are so demanding that more than half of the needles that are manufactured don’t make the cut. Those that do must also pass-through artist-testing to earn the name Envy. Artists expect the best from Envy Needles - A responsibility that is taken very seriously.
On the other hand, our NoBrand Needles are also made from high-grade stainless steel with the same attention to detail as Envy Needles. The main difference is that their needles aren’t inspected individually and aren’t as consistent as TATSoul needles but they come at an affordable price point for artists who don’t want to break the bank.
Providers of both Envy Needles by TATSoul and our NoBrand Needles offer different grouping options, including liners, shaders, and magnums. Liner needles are used for outlining and creating detail. Shaders are used for shading and blending, while magnums are perfect for filling in color.
So, what’s the difference between #9, #10, and #12 needles? In a nutshell, the size of the needle determines the thickness of the line it creates. #9 needles are the smallest, #10 needles are mid-sized, and #12 needles are the largest. Some artists prefer to use larger or smaller needles based on their personal preference and the style they are trying to achieve. #9 and #10 are what we call Bugpin needles.
What’s more important than the size of the needle is the groupings. A needle grouping refers to the number of needles that are used together in one configuration. For example, a 3 round liner needle configuration has three needles grouped in a circle together, while a 5 magnum configuration has five needles grouped in 2 flat rows together. Different grouping options produce different effects, so it’s essential to experiment with different sizes and groupings to determine your preferred style.
When it comes to tattoo needles, there are various brands, sizes, and groupings to choose from. Envy Needles by TATSoul are a premium option that ensures fluid ink flow, gentle application, and durability. NoBrand Needles, on the other hand, are a pocket-friendly option that offers the same quality and attention to detail.
When it comes to needle size, remember that the size of the needle determines the thickness of the line it creates, while the grouping determines the effect. To find your ideal style, it’s essential to experiment with different sizes and groupings.
Ultimately, whether you choose Envy Needles by TATSoul or NoBrand Needles, what matters most is the quality of the end result and your client satisfaction. So, shop around, experiment, and find your perfect needle. Happy tattooing!