Tattoo Information

Welker Tattoo Machines

Welker machines are precision coil tattoo machines hand-crafted in Welker's state-of-the-art machine shop in Michigan. The company uses parts made in the USA and carefully controls the entire production process to ensure that each tattoo machine they produce meets creator Terry Welker's high quality standards. Every hand-tuned Welker machine comes with a frame that's been CNC-machined from a single piece of steel, brass binding posts and contact screws, a Welker Quick-Release Vice, a clip cord or RCA connection, a lifetime frame warranty, and other features. Learn more about...

Wacom Tablets Bring Tattooing into the Digital Age

Manual tattoo art creation is a thing of the past thanks to Wacom tablets, the newest innovation to take the tattoo industry by storm. These amazing tablets allow you to create digital tattoo art, overlay it on photos of the body parts where clients want tattoos placed, edit your designs electronically, and create precise tattoo stencils that will realistically show your clients what they can expect their finished tattoos to look like. Learn about the Wacom tablets and pens available to you through Painful Pleasures, as well as their many features and benefits in this article.

Stigma Rotary Tattoo Machines

Stigma-Rotary has been crafting some of the best rotary tattoo machines on the market since 2005. They were the first manufacturer to create rotary machines with adjustable give systems, and that's just one of the many benefits packed into their machines. Stigma machines are also lightweight, noiseless, easy to use, precise, ergonomic, reliable, and incredibly durable. Choose from 4 rotary tattoo machine models: the Prodigy, Beast, Hyper V3, and Amen. They're all powered by strong Maxon Swiss motors and made from anodized aircraft aluminum. Learn more about these powerful rotary...

Spektra Rotary Tattoo Machines

Spektra rotary machines are a superior brand of rotary tattoo machines manufactured by FK Irons, a company with humble beginnings that's grown to be a leading tattoo equipment manufacturer in the industry. Spektra machines feature a vast array of advanced features and deliver beyond-reliable performance. Learn more about FK Irons' Spektra rotary tattoo machines and what they have to offer in this article...

Tattoo Glossary

Everyone from tattoo apprentices to those just beginning to explore the world of body modification to full-fledged tattoo enthusiasts can learn something new by reading this Tattoo Glossary. It's chock full of tattoo terminology ranging from a basic definition of tattoos to explanations of the different types of tools used in tattooing to tattoo safety terms and beyond. It also contains product links and links to other educational articles that will further expand your tattoo knowledge...

Ego Tattoo Machines

There's no shame in having an Ego... rotary tattoo machine, that is! With one of Bez's Egos in your hands and tools like the Ego Power Triangle System and Alpha Style Bio Grips at your fingertips, you can take your craft to new levels. You'll be able to tattoo for hours on end in total comfort, creating art that justifies being an Ego-maniac. Learn all about Ego's futuristic rotary tattoo machine and the man behind the line, Bez of Triplesix Studios, in this article...

Measuring Glove Size

Not sure what size gloves you need for your next procedure? This glove size chart will help you find the size you need for a proper fit.

Managing Your Tattoo Shop

If you're a new business owner or are thinking about opening a studio, it's important to know what's involved in successfully managing a tattoo shop. What elements, tools, tips, and tricks will help you stand heads and shoulders above your competition? What do you need to know to protect your clients physically and yourself and your staff legally? In this article, we touch on all the basics from shop safety to managing day-to-day operations to marketing your business and beyond. Even if you're an established tattoo shop owner, you're sure to learn something new...

Bishop Rotary Tattoo Machines

What sets Bishop Rotary tattoo machines apart from other rotary machines? Is it the quality materials they're made of, their precision Maxon Swiss motors, the balanced design of these rotary machines, their light weight, or something else altogether? We take a close look at Bishop Rotary tattoo machines in this article, analyze their history, and dissect their many benefits to give you all the info you need to decide if a Bishop Rotary tattoo machine is for you...

Body Modification Skin Prep

Proper skin prep is an important part of the body modification process. It eliminates any bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms clinging to a client's skin so that they aren't pushed beneath the dermis and given easy access to a person's bloodstream, where they could wreak havoc on your client's immune system. By properly cleaning a person's skin before modifying them, you're preserving your client's health and protecting yourself from potential legal recourse. Learn the best skin prep methods for tattooing, piercing and scarification in this article...