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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Female tattoo artist are coming up in the use to be male dominated tattoo industry the times have changed and there is nothing wrong with this check out her interview with Suspendmag

doing big things for the tattoo industry

Doing big things for the tattoo industry



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

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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.

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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




Union Tattoo Power Supply Mini now in stock

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insane tattoo power supply

insane tattoo power supply

Union Machine has come out with a insane small powerful tattoo power supply 1 off with amazing colors this is just one of them so sick the details are on point I have not tattooed with it yet but I did run it smooth sums it up for this tattoo power supply

6 Reasons Why You Should Purchase the New Bishop Rotary Magi Machine

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What happens when two veteran tattoo artists come together to have a conversation about the components of their dream machine? The Bishop Rotary Magi Machine is born! This machine was born out of several conversations that took place over the course of two years between Nikko Hurtado and Franco Vescovi. The topics ranged from the perfect amount of torque, the stroke of the motor, speed and more. Each specification only served to make the machine better, resulting in one of the best tattoo guns on the market. Read on to find out why this rotary machine equipment is the best option for your next tattoo gun purchase.

  1. As a tattoo artist, one of the main concerns when choosing a new tattoo machine to buy is how easy it is to use. The ergonomic design of this machine makes hours-long tattoo sessions easy on the wrist and arm. Like many rotary machines, the Bishop Rotary Magi is extremely lightweight, weighing in at a feathery 2oz. More than this, it benefits from extremely tailored construction that shifts the weight onto the tube, creating a virtual weightlessness. With this machine, you can kiss carpal tunnel pain goodbye and kick wrist pain to the curb. More importantly, the weight of this machine makes tattooing easier to do for longer stretches of time so you can put in quality sessions with your customers.
  2. While the buzzing of coil-operated tattoo guns is widely associated with the soundscape of tattoo shops, hearing that sound for hours on end can drive any tattoo artist insane. This isn’t something you’ll need to worry about when using the Bishop Rotary Magi Machine. The fact that the machine is a rotary makes the sound it emits while in use virtually a whisper. The extremely quiet nature of the Magi Machine will make it easier to communicate with clients without needing to raise your voice over the din produced by a coil machine. Also, as an added plus, “you won’t need to wear earplugs for your longer sessions.”
  3. Rotary style. Most people know that tattoo machines come in one of two forms: rotary or coil. Coil machines are the more common of the two because of their accessible price point and wide use across the tattoo profession. The unspoken rule is that rotary machines offer superior quality and ease of use. In addition to the wide array of benefits included in this list, the needle mechanism in rotary machines operates in a more cyclical motion than the punching of a coil machine. Rotary machines better offer the ability to create smoother lines and shading than coil machines, and the Bishop Rotary Magi Machine improves upon this high threshold. For more freedom with artistic expression, rotary machines (and specifically the Magi) are the way to go.
  4. This machine is compatible with all Hawk Grips and cartridge needles, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a more universal tattoo machine. The 71mm plunger bar for use with disposable grips and the 80mm plunger bar for use with click grips are both industry standard. This ensures you will be able to use both types with several grips. The machine also has the ability to run between 6 and 8.5 volts depending on your personal hand speed and style. All of these factors make it an extremely compatible machine, perfect for a variety of different tattoo applications.
  5. For a machine that works so well, it only makes sense that the looks would be sleek and beautiful too. The Bishop Rotary Magi Machine comes in two colors, a svelte matte black and a 14k gold-plated finish. With only 4,000 of the former and 1,000 of the latter having gone into production, this is a look that you won’t see every day on a tattoo machine. More than that, this professional rotary machine’s rare status makes it a collector’s item whose value will increase with age. The visual beauty of the machine is only matched by the beauty of the work you’ll be putting onto a client’s skin.
  6. When choosing a new tattoo machine, several factors go into the purchase – type of machine, color, etc. The most important factor is definitely the durability of the machine. How long will it last before you have to replace it? With the Bishop Rotary Magi Machine, there’s a one-year warranty on all parts, but there’s a big chance that you won’t need it. Made with aircraft aluminum, these parts are built to last while still being lightweight. Make sure to buy this machine if you’re looking for something that will last you for a long time to come.

With all of these benefits, now you know why the Bishop Rotary Magi Machine is the perfect professional rotary machine to have in your arsenal. Shop the selection today and step up your game. Still have questions? Contact us and we’ll help you out.





New York Empire Tattoo Expo 2016

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This weekend Eddie Tana will be attending this event to see old friends and meet new ones