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Are you choosing the right cartridge?

Are you choosing the right cartridge?


The surge in popularity of tattoo cartridges over traditional needles on a bar has revolutionised the tattoo industry, providing artists with a more efficient and hygienic way to tattoo clients. However, not all cartridges are created equal, and a good cartridge for your needs requires careful consideration of several factors.

While the needle configuration is important, there are several other factors to consider when choosing a cartridge, including the quality of the membrane, the presence of cartridge vents, the mouth shape, ink choice, the internal stabiliser and design of the shaft.

Another important factor to consider is the presence of cartridge vents. These vents allow for air to flow in and out of the cartridge during the tattooing process, which can help to regulate the ink flow and prevent any buildup of pressure. A cartridge without vents can lead to inconsistent ink flow, resulting in an uneven tattoo.

The shape of the mouth of the cartridge is also important as it affects the ink jetting. A wider mouth will allow for more ink to flow through, while a narrower mouth can lead to a more precise and controlled tattoo. A good cartridge will offer a variety of mouth shapes to choose from to accommodate different tattoo styles and techniques. 

Another component to choosing the right cartridge is the type of ink being used. Different types of ink have varying levels of viscosity, meaning they have different levels of thickness. Thinner inks require a cartridge membrane with larger vents and a wider mouth to allow for smoother ink flow. Thicker inks, on the other hand, require a membrane with smaller vents and a narrower mouth to prevent clogging.

In addition to these factors, the internal stabiliser of the cartridge is crucial for ensuring a consistent and smooth tattoo. This stabiliser helps to keep the needle in place and prevent any wobbling or shifting during the tattooing process. A good stabiliser will also help to reduce any vibration or noise, making the tattooing experience more comfortable for both the artist and the client.

The design of  shaft is important as it can impact the grip and control of the cartridge. A non-slip design can help to prevent the cartridge from slipping during the tattooing process, while a smooth and rounded end can help to reduce any discomfort or irritation for the client.

Finally, one of the most important components of a good cartridge is the membrane. The membrane acts as a barrier between the needle and the machine to prevent ink and blood from entering the machine. The quality of the membrane is crucial as it can impact ink flow and ultimately the outcome of the tattoo. A good membrane should be thin and flexible, allowing for easy ink flow, while also being durable enough to prevent any tearing or ripping.

In conclusion, there are several factors to consider when choosing the right cartridge. By taking these factors into consideration, artists can ensure a consistent and high-quality tattooing experience for their clients.

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By Lochlan Charlton

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