Essential Tattoo Medical Supplies to Ensure Healthy Clients


As a professional tattoo artist, you have a responsibility to provide your clients with a positive, health-conscious experience. In order to build customer loyalty and a solid reputation for yourself, you need to maintain an extremely clean work environment and have an arsenal of medical supplies at your fingertips. Building a repeat customer base is 10 times easier when your clients know they aren’t at risk of catching any life-threatening diseases by getting a tattoo from your studio.

Disinfectant Wipes

The most obvious necessity to ensure cleanliness is the disinfectant wipe. Not only do you need to keep your needles and other supplies sterile, you also need to keep your client’s tattoo area clean and free of germs and bacteria. These wipes come in packs and can usually be bought for less than 10 dollars.


Wearing quality gloves while tattooing a client is critical for your health. There are a bunch of deadly diseases that are transferred via blood that you don’t want to take a risk of catching. Tattoo gloves are typically made of thicker material than the gloves you’re used to seeing medical staff wear.

You’ll want to use non-latex gloves, as some customers may have a latex allergy. Talk to them about their specific allergies beforehand, as an allergic reaction during the procedure is a nightmare for all parties involved. Gloves that don’t have any powder on them are ideal.

The color of the gloves you wear is important as well. Since your customer may watch the tattooing procedure, he or she will almost certainly see blood. Since some people begin to feel nauseous and uneasy at the sight of blood, most tattoo artists prefer to wear black gloves instead of white or light-colored gloves. Black gloves are the most commonly sold, although tattoo gloves come in any color you prefer. Always keep in mind what’s best for the client rather than your own color tastes. After all, the tattoo session is an experience for the client, whether he or she is a seasoned tattoo lover or someone brand new to body art.

Tongue Depressors

These simple little tools are great for transferring ointments from one container to another without contaminating either container. You can get hundreds of these in a box for less than 10 bucks, and they’ll last you plenty of sessions. Most tongue depressors are splinter-free, have polished edges and can be used for plenty of other things you may encounter while tattooing.

Cord Sleeves

An often-overlooked item that helps keep your workstation sterile is the cord sleeve. These disposable sleeves are placed over the cord of your tattoo gun and prevent ink and blood from plastering the wire. Once you’re done with your current device and need to switch to another, you can do so without worrying about the possibility of cross contamination. These are lightweight and won’t distract you from your project. They’re also manufactured in a way that keeps them snug on the cord but won’t restrict its mobility, allowing you to move freely while tattooing.

Sharps Container

It would be insane to throw needles or wipes into a regular trash can. Getting rid of needles and other medical waste that comes from all these disposable supplies is made way easier when using a sharps container. These are the red containers you see in doctors’ offices and other medical facilities. There’s a max fill line about two-thirds of the way up on the container that should always be considered. You don’t want to overfill these waste containers, as they’re carrying hazardous waste.


We can’t discuss must-have medical equipment for tattoo professionals without mentioning autoclaves. This is the one device you do not want to be without. An autoclave is a device that decontaminates your tattoo equipment by exposing it to intense steam at high pressure. It takes around 40 minutes to completely sterilize the tools and have them ready for use again. It’s important that you buy an autoclave that is made by a reputable company, as there are many inexpensive versions that have a high failure rate and can put you and your clients at risk. This is true of autoclaves just as it’s true for your favorite tattoo machine or tattoo gun. The most reliable medical equipment often comes at a higher price tag.

Keep in mind, state laws typically regulate which medical supplies tattoo artists must keep in their studio. Regulations also outline very specifically the types of cleaning procedures that must take place before, during and after a tattoo session. These regulations are in place to protect both you and your clients. Regulators are swift to revoke licenses for even the slightest infractions or disregard of these regulations. And with online reviews being so easily accessible for nearly anyone to read or write, a negative review about the uncleanliness of your tattoo studio can be detrimental to your business.

Choosing the Best Type of Tattoo Machine for You

Any tattoo artist can attest to the importance of a tattoo machine— it becomes a true extension of your arm through and through. If you’re just starting your venture as a professional tattoo artist, you might not have developed a preference just yet and would like some guidance!

Everyone wants to know what the best tattoo machines are and sure, who doesn’t? However, the “best” really does differ from tattoo artist to tattoo artist because of unique tattoo styles and techniques. To help you decide what works best for you, we’ve created a comprehensive tattoo machine guide to help in picking the right tattoo machine!

Tattoo machines or tattoo guns can be broken down into four main camps of machines: coil tattoo machines, rotary tattoo machines, liners and shaders. Liners and shaders are, for the most part, coil tattoo machines but we’ll come back to that later. The main difference between coil and rotary machines is the internal workings on of each—coil machines run on coils while rotary machine run on a wheel.

Coil Tattoo Machines

Let’s start with coil tattoo machines. A coil machine is powered by the charging of internal coils that create an electromagnet. This electromagnet, in turns, pulls the tattoo machine’s armature bar which then pushes the tattoo needle down into the skin and back up again. While dual-coiled machines seem to be the more popular choice, single-coiled and triple-coiled machines are also available in the market. When you walk into a tattoo shop, you can almost instantly recognize whether a tattoo artist is utilizing a coil machine because of the hammer-like sound it creates. You can’t miss it! There’s also a vibration coming off the machine which some tattoo artists prefer.

Rotary Tattoo Machines

A Rotary tattoo machine is a lot different in comparison because it doesn’t operate in the same magnetic draw and release method as above. Instead, it runs on an internal pulley system composed of an electric motor that rotates the armature bar. This actually increases the gun’s stability making rotary machines gentler on the skin because it doesn’t “hammer” in and out like a coil tattoo machine; instead, it keeps a steady pace of inserting and releasing the needle.

Lining Tattoo Machines

Clean lines are the basis of all tattoos. A machine that is created specifically for executing crisp line work is called a liner. Most do run on coils and a lining machine will use groups of needles in a circular pattern to deliver ink to skin. Most liners are lightweight giving ultimately giving you more control of the intricacy and precision of your line work.

Shading Tattoo Machines

Most shaders also run on coils. Used to deliver larger swaths of color, shading or depth, shaders tend to be a lot heavier because of larger coils that are more powerful and because they contain a larger grouping of needles. The heavier weight is ideal when shading because you actually want the machine’s weight to help you push ink in without forcing it too much on your own.

To break things down even more, we created this infographic to demonstrate the key differences between coil and rotary machines. Because each machine’s pros can be the other’s cons, we thought we’d keep it positive!

coil tattoo machines vs rotary tattoo machines

It’s also important to remember that every tattooer’s experience is very different, adding individual brands and machine sub-types, can also really skew preferences. It’s important to talk to your mentors, advisers, fellow tattoo artists, and gauge their own personal choice in what machine works best for them. Ultimately, most tattoo artists actually own different machines and interchange them regularly depending on the type of tattoo they’re creating.

Check out our extensive collection of professional tattoo machines in both coil and rotary formats from industry-leading brands! Want a personal opinion on what you should get, contact us! We’re seasoned tattooers ourselves and run a successful tattoo shop, we’d love to help you out.

Do you prefer one over the other? Did we miss a pro? Let us know!

Product Spotlight: TAC Sciences Tattoo Anesthetic Cream

There’s no denying tattoos can be a painful experience for many, whether they’re first-timers or seasoned tattooed individuals. After all, a needle is creating punctures in the skin. Other factors, such as personal skin sensitivity, the size of the tattoo or the location of the tattoo on the body, can often heighten the pain threshold for many. However, most professional tattoo artists aim to create a more comfortable environment for customers—and this includes decreasing some of the pain that comes with getting tattooed by smoothing on topical anesthetic creams that effectively and quickly provide pain relief.

Not all anesthetic creams work the same. Why? Simply because they contain different percentages of active ingredients. You’ll find a range of natural additives in topical tattoo creams, such as tree tea oil, menthol, witch hazel, nutmeg and more. However, more effective and common chemical ingredients include lidocaine, tetracaine and benzocaine. These ingredients also work quickly after the initial application. Instead of waiting around for two hours or more, you’ll find that creams containing these ingredients can work in less than 15 minutes.

Which one is right for your customers? The question is subjective and dependent on your personal preferences as a tattoo artist. However, it’s important to understand that part of your job is to set your customer at ease whenever possible. Remember to be flexible and do your best to create a positive experience for your client. You’ll gain a satisfied customer who will spread the good word of his or her awesome new tattoo artist!

One of our best sellers at Element Tattoo Supply is the TAC Sciences Tattoo Anesthetic Cream because of its effectiveness in neutralizing pain. Developed by both tattoo artists and dermatologists, this tattoo anesthetic cream can only be purchased by licensed tattoo artists. This product is for professionals only.

Referred to most frequently as TAC, this tattoo cream works by targeting tattoo pain at its source. Its main ingredients are prilocaine and lidocaine— effective topical anesthetics. These chemicals work by temporarily deadening the nerve endings in the skin and blocking the nerves from transmitting pain impulses or signals to the brain, neutralizing tattoo pain at the source!

Other ingredients include: peg-9 stearate, water carbomer and phenoxyethanol.

TAC Sciences Tattoo Anesthetic Cream is also unscented, non-greasy, quickly absorbed, paraben-free, cruelty-free and made in the USA.

Before you decide to slather this on all of your customers, it’s important to check on any possible allergies to the ingredients listed above. Possible side effects may include slight burning, reddening of the skin, swelling or an allergic reaction.

How exactly do you use TAC Sciences Tattoo Anesthetic Cream? For fast and effective pain relief, this tattoo numbing cream can actually be used before and during the tattoo process.

Before Tattooing


  1. Before the cream’s application, wash hands thoroughly and wear disposable tattoo gloves.
  2. Clean and shave the area of the body receiving the tattoo. Dry completely.
  3. Use the included applicator to stir TAC, apply a small amount of the cream to the cleaned area, and let it sit at least 10 minutes before wiping it off completely.


During Tattooing


  1. Apply tattoo stencil and tattoo the outline first.
  2. As you’re working, apply dime-sized amounts of TAC through any shading and color session. Keep in mind its potency—a little goes a long way.
  3. According to TAC creators, if you’re utilizing white ink, clean the tattoo. Apply a thick layer of TAC, wrap the area for 5-10 minutes, and tattoo atop the cream.

Tattoo artists commend the TAC Tattoo Anesthetic Cream for its versatility and it’s effectiveness on sensitive clients. In addition to its numbing properties, the cream pulls blood away from the skin’s surface for a significant amount of time. In addition to admiring its numbing and pain-reducing capabilities, tattoo artists have also taken note of less scabbing during healing.

While there’s no magic cream, the TAC Tattoo Cream seems to come close! Investing in this jar will assuage any doubts and provide almost instant relief to your customers. Pick this up at Element Tattoo Supply and enjoy free shipping.

Have you tried this numbing cream for tattoos on yourself or your clients? What are your experiences with it? Let us know in the comments below!

Must-Have Tattooing Supplies for Traveling Tattoo Artists

Travel has gone hand in hand with a tattoo artist’s lifestyle for as long as tattooing spread its ink across the globe. Engrained in tradition, travel has become more than simply a source of income— it’s a source of inspiration and an opportunity to infuse new techniques into your artwork. Travelling from city to country, from convention to tattoo shop, it’s all a chance to spread your own notoriety and knowledge of global tattoo culture. If your journey as a travelling tattooer is only beginning, it’s a good idea to reevaluate the tattoo supplies you’ll need to make each trip much easier. We’ve compiled the top five tools you need as a travelling tattoo artist to ensure a smooth passage!

Pack Lighter & Smarter

If you’re on the go, you need to think lighter and smarter. It doesn’t matter if you’re hopping on planes or subways, travelling can take a heavy toll on your body especially if you’re packing some serious power and machinery. Solution? Think mini.

  1. Our first recommendation is a smaller machine. Not only does a mini tattoo machine double as a reliable back up back in your own shop or workspace but also it makes travelling a snap! At Element Tattoo Supply, we have a few miniature tattooing machines for you to choose from like the Apex Nano Rotary Tattoo Machine weighing a mere 82 grams. If you’re a tried and true script artist, our very own Element Tattoo Mini Size Liner is perfect for you. It’s also available as a mini shader.
  2. With a smaller machine, you don’t have carry as much power. Lucky for you, you can pack a reliable and straight-to-the-point mini power supply the size of a quarter— seriously. Element’s NEW Black Mini Power Supply is no taller than a quarter upright!

Think Disposable

Travelling doesn’t have to get grimy. With our disposable tattoo supplies, you can ensure you maintain a high level of sanitation expected from a tattoo artist. With our multi-pack options, you also don’t have to break the bank in order to get your hands on sanitized and individually packed professional tattoo equipment. Not only will you avoid any cross contamination possibilities but you also won’t have to lug any cleaning supplies meant to scrub your gear thoroughly.

  1. Our assortment of disposable cartridge grips are available in a variety of grip sizes from 1.2 to 5 inches. Designed from a variety of extra comfortable materials, choose a grip appropriate for your needle. This type of single-use set up means you’ll bring less stuff with you and maintain cleaner equipment all in one go!
  1. If you’re on board with disposable grips, then purchasing assorted disposable tubes is a no brainer. You’ll find sterile disposable tattoo tubes in various designs that suit your particular tattooing styles and overall budget.

For the Convention Regular

Finally, this last tool is the ultimate piece of equipment for those of you well versed or just starting the convention circuit. Conventions tend to be filled to the brim with people and their equipment. This doesn’t leave much room for the individual tattooer.

You can make up for the lack of space with the Conartist Portable Travel Station. This 20-pound water-resistant table can easily fold into a metal case for hassle-free transportation. It also includes a built-in rinse cup holder, paper towel holder, power supply compartment,     and portable shelf for ink and machines.


How To Care For Your Tattoo

In-Depth Tattoo Aftercare

Whether it’s your first tattoo or your seventh, taking care of each tattoo is vital for optimum healing. Improper care can lead to bacteria contamination, infection, or prolong your overall healing.

Follow Directions
Your tattoo artist will give you specific instructions on how to best care for you tattoo since care begins as soon as your artist wraps your tattoo. Depending on your skin type and the size of your tattoo, your healing time will differ. It’s important for you to leave your bandage on for a few hours. Your tattoo artist can recommend anywhere between two to 24 hours.

Don’t Do This
Once you unwrap, it’s important to remember that your tattoo is an open wound. Treat it in the same manner. Don’t:

  • Touch your tattoo with dirty hands or allow others to touch it
  • Submerge your tattoo in water. Avoid pools, lakes, and bath tubs
  • Expose your tattoo to the sun
  • Scrub your tattoo with loofahs or abrasive towels
  • Bathe in hot water or shave the tattooed area

How To Wash Your Tattoo

Once you get the go-ahead to unwrap, wash your hands thoroughly and don’t freak out. Your tattoo will secrete a mix of blood, ink, lymph fluid & plasma which is vital for scabbing.

Wash your tattoo with lukewarm water utilizing gentle motions with your hands. Once wet, use a fragrance-free, gentle, & antibacterial soap to thoroughly but gently cleanse the area.

Let the area completely air dry or gently pat it down with a soft cloth. After it’s dry, lightly rub the tattooed area with a specialized moisturizing ointment.

You Will Be Sore

The few days after your final tattooing sessions, you will be sore. The area will be sensitive and you’ll experience a sort of “raw” red feeling, along with swelling. This will subside with each passing day. Repeat the washing and treating process daily.

As you begin to scab, it’s important for you not to pick at the scabbing skin. Things might get itchy but scratching can further irritate the skin and even remove healing ink. Try cooling the tattooed area with a cold compress or smoothing on a cooling ointment or aftercare spray. As your skin begins to dry, it’s important you keep the area hydrated.

Final Recommendations

There is such a thing as over care. Your skin will heal on its own so let it do it’s own thing (while keeping it clean!). It’s best to avoid tough workouts or tight clothing while your tattoo is healing. Also remember to use sunscreen on your tattoo as it’s healing and afterwards! Even though healing time varies, after 3- days, your tattoo should be mostly healed.

If something doesn’t look right, contact your tattoo artist or see a doctor as soon as possible. Infections do happen! Browse our wide selection of tattoo after-care products!


4 Tips for Choosing & Buying Tattoo Ink

When it comes to tattooing, the manner and style in which you tattoo really drives your tattoo ink preference. Technology advances and stringent hygienic standards are constantly improved upon for the better of the entire tattooing industry. If you’re a novice tattooer, the sheer number of choices can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re just figuring out your specialization. Alternatively, you might be an experienced artist already and want to delve into a different ink from the one you’re currently using. It can be difficult to know just how to choose tattoo ink. Whatever your particular case may be, we’ve broken down four tips on what you should look for when choosing the best tattoo ink for you.

1.  Choose a Quality Ink
What exactly makes an ink high quality? The proof is in the ingredients. Traditional inks from long ago contained toxic materials like arsenic, lead, and even plastic components. Today, the majority of inks don’t contain heavy metal substances; however, it’s crucial for you to read the ingredients list. If you’re interested in a particular ink brand but don’t see the ingredients list, email them. Some ink companies are quite protective of their unique ingredient list and might not want to advertise their exact formula. If you don’t hear back or they refuse, it’s best to move on. If they’re not willing to share whether toxic materials are in their inks, you probably shouldn’t risk it. Many companies now utilize vegan, cruelty-free, and organic ingredients. What’s the difference? Vegan means ink contain no animal-based ingredients like bone char, glycerin, gelatin or shellac from beetles. Vegan brands include Eternal Ink, StarBrite Ink and Alla Prima Ink.

Cruelty-free inks are not tested on animals. Organic inks are derived from natural ingredients.

What’s important to you? Think hard about your customers and their particular needs. This might end up being the deciding factor for you.

2.  Powder-Based vs Pre-Dispersed Ink

The two main forms of ink differ in the consistency type. Powder- or pigment-based ink is a nod to more traditional forms of tattooing. Pigments in powder-based ink are suspended in a liquid carrier. A tattoo artist is able to utilize these powder-based inks to create custom color palettes. Pre-dispersed inks are more commonly found in the market today. Pre-dispersed inks are bright and bold and can be used right out of the bottle. No mixing is required.

3. Look for a Licensed, Reputable Manufacturer

The thought of bootleg products may seem like a thing of the past, however, it’s not uncommon to come across ink that has not gone through any safety tests and may still contain harmful, toxic ingredients. There are even manufacturers out there that create products utilizing a well-known brand’s name. In a word- fake. Since regulations differ from country to country, it can all be confusing to a new buyer. Our best recommendation is to look for solvent- and PET plastic-free inks.

All of the inks offered on Element Tattoo Supply website are made in the USA.

4. Invest in an Ink Set

If you’re a beginner, choose to buy a set from your preferred brand. Since you’re utilizing the same brand ink, this ensures there are no negative reactions from mixing ink formulas. Ink sets are also carefully curated by brands to ensure a cohesive color palette that complement each other. Overall, you’re able to get more bang for your buck while trying out a new ink brand.

Element Tattoo Supply is an authorized distributor of all the inks on our website. We carry our very own formulation, Element Tattoo Inks, that combines affordability and pigmentation in 1, 2 and 4 oz bottles. We’re always happy to help answer any questions to help you pick the right tattoo ink for your particular style and needs. Send us a question at

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The Ultimate Guide to Low Profile Tattoo Needles

At Element Tattoo Supply, we noticed a real need for a traditional, OG needle type that stayed true to the spirit of the golden age of tattooing and paired with the high standards of today’s industry. We worked hard to create a range of needles perfect for the traditionalist and artist. The result? Eddie Tana’s Pre-Made Low Profile Needles for Tattooing.

Many pre-made needles receive a bad rap and deservedly so since the market is saturated with options that suffer in quality because of the lack of craftsmanship in an attempt to mass produce. With us, we don’t mess with any of that nonsense. Instead, we aimed to create superior pre-made Low Profile tattoo needles and believe we have been successful so far— our great customer feedback and reviews attest to this!

What characteristics should quality traditional tattoo needles possess? In our professional opinion, they should be able to shade flawlessly and easily. This is why our range of LowPro needles are created with “one pass” technology ensuring smooth and pigmented shading. Opt for loose round shaders for shading small spaces and our traditional magnums to shade larger areas. Our needles design ensures solid color fills and an overall smoother gradient… no dots here.

Old school tattooing is basically synonymous with exceptional line work. Our LowPro needless are recognized for the uniformity of intricate and detailed lining ability. We custom designed these needles with a short soldering which creates an overall stiffer needle. Not only does this result in sharp, crisp lines but it also prevents curling and flexing. The stiffer needle additionally ensures ink will penetrate easier resulting in less skin irritation and trauma for better healing.

All of our LowPro tattoo needles are individually blister packed, pre-sterlized and available in quantities of 50 per box. We’ve created this handy infographic so you can choose the right options for you. Still have questions? Be sure to contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out get just what you need.



Eternal tattoo inks now sold at element tattoo supply


What kind of tattoo inks do you use?

Element tattoo supply carries many different brands of tattoo inks and we have now added Eternal inks to our line of tattoo inks

Many tattoo artist prefer their own type whether it be thin or thick Eternal inks tends to move towards the dense side of tattoo inks comparing to other brands, many tattoo artist from around the world love this product but you make your choice.





Evergreen Tattoo Educational 2016 first of many.

tattoo-artist-Big-Island-Mike evergreen tattoo invitational LAXElement tattoo supply was honored to join evergreen educational in Los Angeles California, professional tattoo artist from around the world were able to come around and talk about how they do their tattooing it was interesting bonding making new friends we were a sponsor of this event you Gave away a bunch of cool stuff we sat for hours talking about tattoos tattoos tattoos how to make them better and how they do their work many artist learned a lot of stuff here’s amazing can’t wait for the next years evergreen educational