What are the best tattoo machines?

Looking to put up your own tat parlor? First, you're gonna need the proper equipment. Now, unless you plan on practicing the traditional way of inking, it comes without a doubt that you're in need of a tattoo machine. Check out these tattoo machines built for precision, smoothness, and sturdiness!

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    #1Adam Ciferri Ghost Dog Shader Hybrid

    Adam Ciferri Ghost Dog Shader Hybrid

    Adam Ciferri Ghost Dog Shader Hybrid is a tattoo machine built and tuned by tattoo artist Adam Ciferri, sold on the Workhorse Irons online store. The machine is good for quick color packing, tuned for custom tattooing.

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    $300

    Benjamín Meléndez
    Written on August 26, 2019
    "As an experienced artist, I'm glad I found a custom tat machine for packing color. It's hard to incorporate your own style when working with stock tools, in my honest opinion."
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    #2Big Sleeps x Bishop Coil Machine

    Big Sleeps x Bishop Coil Machine

    The Big Sleeps x Bishop Coil Machine is a tattoo machine made with Big Sleeps for the Bishop Tattoo Supply store. The machine was made for large groupings but can double as an all-purpose liner.

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    $425

    Amy Franklin
    Written on August 26, 2019
    "Like the desc says, it can be a go-to tattoo machine for groupings, but personally I'd rather use it for linings. It has a good tip and grip, which makes handling it pretty easy."
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    #3Spektra Edge X

    Spektra Edge X

    The Spektra Edge X is a tattoo machine and is considered an all-purpose hardware, packing all options in a single machine without the need for additional hardware. The machine is available in 7 colors.

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    $549.95

    Wang Luo
    Written on August 26, 2019
    "small and compact. just the way i like it."
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    #4Cheyenne Hawk Pen

    Cheyenne Hawk Pen

    The Cheyenne Hawk Pen is a pen-shaped tattoo machine outfitted with a low-vibration and quiet Precision DC Motor. The ergonomic machine is manufactured in Berlin, Germany and features a continuously adjustable needle protrusion.

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    Price upon request

    Sean Ye
    Written on August 26, 2019
    "The adjustable needle protrusion is this unit's biggest bragging right. It's made well and gives out nice results. Thumbs up for me. 👍"
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    #5Micky Sharpz Tattoo Machine Brass Hybrid

    Micky Sharpz Tattoo Machine Brass Hybrid

    Micky Sharpz Tattoo Machine Brass Hybrid is a tattoo machine from Micky Sharpz which is known for its running smoothness and sturdiness. The machine is best suited for coloring, lining, and shading.

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    $213.5

    Laura Luna
    Written on August 26, 2019
    "I personally prefer shading when inking myself or my clients, and that's the main reason they come to me too. For shading. This Micky Sharpz unit is the best tat machine for me when it comes to that specific task if you ask me. To me fellow artists out there, you need to try this out, especialy if you specialize in shading and linework."
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    #6Seawolf Rotary Direct Drive 3.0

    Seawolf Rotary Direct Drive 3.0

    The Seawolf Rotary Direct Drive 3.0 is a tattoo machine, considered to be the most powerful rotary machines on the Vlad Blad online store. The machine goes well with standard needles and cartridges.

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    Price upon request

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    #7Cheyenne Hawk Spirit

    Cheyenne Hawk Spirit

    The Cheyenne Hawk Spirit is a lightweight tattoo machine and is considered to be sturdy, accurate, and quiet. The machine weighs at only 68 grams and can be ordered in 5 different colors.

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    Price upon request

    Dylan Bates
    Written on August 26, 2019
    "Lightweight, steady, and firm, all of the things I look for in a tattoo machine since I prefer precision and wieldliness."
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    #8Mini Dietzel Powerliner

    Mini Dietzel Powerliner

    The Mini Dietzel Powerliner is a tattoo machine made with brass fittings and a silver contact screw, sold on the HM Tattoo Machines online store. The machine is made in Spain and comes in black, brass, and copper.

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    $336.52

    Moisés Valdez
    Written on August 26, 2019
    "Emphasis on the "mini". It's good by itself, but you might want to go with the heavy-duty stuff when working on other inks like full sleeves and stuff like that, just a suggestion tho"

Summary

Best What are the best tattoo machines
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Adam Ciferri Ghost Dog Shader HybridOther 20 Paid
2Big Sleeps x Bishop Coil MachineOther 13 Paid
3Spektra Edge XOther 7 Paid
4Cheyenne Hawk PenOther 3 Paid
5Micky Sharpz Tattoo Machine Brass HybridOther 2 Paid
6Seawolf Rotary Direct Drive 3.0Other 2 Paid
7Cheyenne Hawk SpiritOther 2 Paid
8Mini Dietzel PowerlinerOther 1 Paid
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