The Complete Guide to Disposable Tattoo Tubes

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The Complete Guide to Disposable Tattoo Tubes

Tattoos are a popular feature in society today, with many people choosing to express themselves by having them inked onto their skin.

For centuries, forms of body art have been present in many parts of the world - often with different techniques, styles and tattoo equipment used. Today, due to their popularity, the process is very much a streamlined one though there is a vast range of equipment and tools for a tattoo artist to use.

This guide documents offers essential information for those looking to purchase disposable tattoo tubes.

There is a wide range of tattoo equipment available on eBay – including items such as disposable tattoo tubes, tattoo ink, tattoo accessory kits and many more.

Tattoo Tubes

Tattoo tubes are an important part of a tattoo machine and aid the process of inserting ink into the skin. They encase the tattoo needle and act as a loading mechanism, sucking up ink and allowing the needles to do their job. They then transfer the ink from the machine to the dermis layer of the skin.

Main Types of Tattoo Tube

Tattoo tubes are commonly available in two forms – disposable and stainless steel. Their functions are essentially the same and both require sterilisation. However, they each have different characteristics and requirements.

Steel Tattoo Tubes

As their name suggests, steel tattoo tubes are made from stainless steel and are a sturdy, reusable item of tattoo equipment.

Advantages

A key element of steel tattoo tubes is their reusability – providing they are sterilised after every use. This reduces the need for buying large quantities on a regular basis. They are also sturdy and heavier in the hand than their disposable counterparts, which may suit some tattoo artists.

Disadvantages

Despite the fact steel tubes can be reused, the act of cleaning and sterilising them can be a time-consuming and potentially hazardous routine. Ultrasonic tattoo cleaners are used for this process and, whilst effective, they dramatically heighten the risk of exposure to ink and bodily fluid particles – a potential health risk for any tattoo artist. It is also essential to file the inside of the tube tips in order to counter wear from friction – caused when coming into contact with the tattoo needles.

Disposable Tattoo Tubes

Disposable tubes are made from plastic as opposed to metal and have a different set of requirements. As with steel tubes, they come with both advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

Disposable tattoo tubes are often favoured due to being lighter than their steel counterparts – enabling easier transportation and less weight in the hand when using the tattoo machine.

They are also pre-sterilised which can eliminate the need for the cleaning equipment that is essential when using steel tubes. It is this disposability that saves time and can significantly reduce the chances of coming into contact with hazardous cleaning materials and bodily fluids.

Whilst more tattoo tubes would need to be purchased when using disposables, they are often reasonably priced and can be bought in large numbers. They reduce the number of hours that would normally be spent cleaning the steel tubes and this allows for more time to be spent on the tattooing process.

Disadvantages 

As disposable tattoo tubes are made of plastic, they can carry manufacturing inconsistencies. These can consist of uneven plastic distribution and unwanted extra plastic – causing interference with the needle. It is always essential to trial various disposable products before use.

Tattoo Tube Sizes

Due to the range of needle sizes and shapes available, different tattoo tubes may be purchased. The following tables show the various needle types along with the appropriate tattoo tube size and shape that should be used.

Liner Tattoo Needles

Liner Needles

Tube

1RL

1-3 Round

3RL

1-3 Round

4RL

4-5 Round

5RL

4-5 Round

7RL

7 Round

8RL

8-9 Round

9RL

8-9 Round

11RL

11-14 Round

14RL

11-14 Round

Shader Tattoo Needles

Shader Needles

Tube

3RS

1-3 Round

5RS

4-5 Round

7RS

7 Round

8RS

8-9 Round

9RS

8-9 Round

18RS

18 Round

Flat Tattoo Needles

Flat Needles

Tube

4F

4-5 Flat

5F

4-5 Flat

6F

6-7 Flat

7F

6-7 Flat

9F

8-9 Flat

11F

11 Flat

13F

13 Flat

15F

15 Flat

Weaved Magnum Tattoo Needles

Weaved Magnum Needles

Tube

5M1

4-5 Flat

7M1

6-7 Flat

9M1

8-9 Flat

11M1

11 Flat

13M1

13 Flat

15M1

15 Flat


Stacked Magnum Tattoo Needles

Stacked Magnum Needles

Tube

5M2

4-5 Flat

7M2

4-5 Flat

9M2

4-5 Flat

11M2

6-7 Flat

13M2

6-7 Flat

15M2

8-9 Flat

Round Magnum Tattoo Needles

Round Magnum Needles

Tube

5RM

4-5 Flat

7RM

6-7 Flat

9RM

8-9 Flat

11RM

11 Flat

13RM

13 Flat

15RM

15 Flat

What to Consider When Buying Disposable Tattoo Tubes

There are many different types and size of disposable tattoo tube and each has its own specific specifications. It is therefore important to take the following requirements into consideration when looking to make a purchase.

Tattoo Machine: There are different types of tattoo machine – such as ‘liners’ and ‘shaders’ – and they can potentially have limitations when it comes to the needles they can hold. It is important to purchase tubes that fit the machine and its needles.

Needle Configuration Codes: The codes that represent the style of a needle are crucial when looking to purchase tattoo tubes, as different styles require different tubes. Before buying, refer to this guide to ensure the purchase of the correct disposable tattoo tube.

Sterilisation: Ensure that any tattoo tubes are pre-sterilised before purchasing as this could bring the potential health risks that come with exposure to bodily fluids.

Additional Tattoo Equipment: It is important to take into account any additional equipment that may be required. For example, if cleaning fluid is also needed, be sure to purchase some in the correct amount.

Always Test Tattoo Equipment Before Use: Always test new tattoo equipment before putting it into practice. If a tattoo tube is faulty, it can damage the outcome of a tattoo – which a person has for life.

Amount: Always be sure to purchase the correct amount. Not taking this factor into consideration could cause problems further down the line.

Price: Be sure to shop around to find the best possible price when looking to purchase disposable tattoo tubes. If purchasing with eBay, do compare products from different sellers and take into account how much time is left on an auction – a great deal could be just a moment away.

Where to Buy Tattoo Needles

There are thousands of different tattoo tube products on eBay and these cover all needle sizes and configurations. They include round liners, round shaders, flats, weaved magnums, stacked magnums and round magnums.

eBay sellers are renowned for their reliability, and the competitive prices offer excellent value for money - made even easier with flexible payment options.

In order to find tattoo tubes and similar products, visit the Health & Beauty portal. From there you can search items such as ‘tattoo tubes’, ‘tattoo equipment’, ‘tattoo needles’ and more.

In addition to this, you can also search for terms in the search box present on every eBay page. Buyers often use this tool if they have a clear idea about the item they wish to purchase.

When deciding to go ahead and buy from eBay there are a few tips that will ensure a smooth and safe transaction:

  • Always read the item description carefully and any conditions that come with it.
  • Are the delivery conditions acceptable? If it is a ‘collection only’ listing, make sure it would be possible to travel to collect the item from its location.
  • Be sure to ask the sellera question if there’s any doubt over the product. 
  • Review the sellers and their feedback rating in order to ensure the best possible source from whom to purchase the item.

For further information and guidance in regards to seeking out items on eBay, one can visit the website’s Search Tips page for a more in-depth set of guidelines.

When ready to make a purchase, there are various options available. Bid, Buy It Now, or put down your Best Offer to ensure you don’t miss out on the product.

eBay users are protected by the Buyer Protection Programme.

Conclusion

Tattoos have become a common art form in modern society, with many people using them as a form of personal expression.

As they are a permanent body modification, it is of paramount importance that the tattoo artist – along with his or her equipment - is consistent, reliable and trustworthy.

As a tattoo artist, purchasing the correct professional equipment is an essential aspect of the job and could make the difference when attempting to create the perfect tattoo and build a good reputation.

There are many factors to consider when purchasing equipment. When browsing, take into account this guide and consider the correct tattoo tubes and equipment that is required.

eBay will generally provide tattoo equipmentat an affordable rate and if deciding to go down this route, then take the recommended precautions and use PayPal to ensure a safe transaction.

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