Tattoo Needle Sizes, Counts & Groupings
|Needle Grouping||Tube Size||Common uses|
|1RL, 3RL||1 – 3 round||Lines, intricate shading, and fill-in|
|4RL, 5RL||4 – 5 round||Outlines, shading, and fill-in|
|7RL||7 round||Shading and color fill|
|8RL, 9RL||8 – 9 round||Shading, thick outlines, and color fill|
In this regard, what size needle is best for tattoo lining?
#12 gauges are highly popular across all needle groupings and tattoo styles. Anyone referring to #12 or 0.35mm needles may also call them Standards. Common in lining and traditional work as they have a faster ink flow. Great for bold lines and colour packing/shading large areas.
Simply so, can you line with a shading needle?
Shader needles can also be used for lining and there is no reason why you shouldn’t use them.
What angle do you tattoo at?
between 45 and 60
Furthermore, can you shade with a liner machine? You can put a liner needle in a shader (not a color packer with a hard hit!) for that effect or you use a soft six wrap liner for small needle settings. You can whip shade with liners which gives you a traditional style of the tattoo but not a soft shade.
0.30mm and 0.35mm
Generally speaking, a tattoo needle needs to penetrate between 1mm and 2mm into the skin, beyond the 5 layers of epidermis and into the dermis layer. Anything deeper can lead to infection.
For example, a 3RL would be 3 needle points, and a 9MS would be 9 needle points. The smaller the number, the smaller the mark. A 1rl is the smallest needle available, but can be hard to work with. In our kits, 3rl is the smallest needle in our kits.
For thicker lines/shading/colourpacking, one would use a larger needle grouping like an 11, 13 or even 23 magnum. The last letters in the code refer to the way that the needles are arranged or grouped. In the example, RL refers to round liner. Lining needles are grouped in a circle.
Round curve magnums are used for shading, blending and coloring large areas with less impact to the skin. The needles are made in an arch formation to better deflect the skin when it goes in and out.
Absolutely this. If u pull the machine backwards the needle becomes loose & jumps around. The reason we bend the needle slightly & put rubber bands on is to keep the needle tight against the tip. If you use diamonds you can pull a line without it jumping all over the place.