The need for best tattoo kits for beginners: Body art and tattoos are all the rage among people of all ages these days. Attractive patterns and designs in an array of colors, which mean something to those who wear them- the very definition of tattoos itself is beautiful. And that is the reason why many people opt for getting not one, but multiple tattoos on their bodies.

The basic requirement for getting and making tattoos is a good quality tattoo kit, which comes with all the tools needed for making tattoos, including tattoo machines (which are the most important tool in the kit) for lining, coloring, and shading, tattoo needles, tattoo ink in many different colors, and even a power supply for running the machines, ink caps, foot pedals, rubber bands, O-rings, clip cords, and the like.

Having a trustworthy tattoo kit allows you to get working in a tattoo studio as a professional after you have gotten good practice, or even start making tattoos at home.

Investing well in your tattoo kit ensures that you get the best quality and that your product is easy to use and control.

Top 10 Best Tattoo Kits For Beginners

To help you while you look to buy your ideal tattoo kit, be it for your tattoo studio or for in-house use, we have compiled a list of some of the best products available on the market. We have also included detailed descriptions and the pros-to-cons comparison after every review.

Best Tattoo Kits For Beginners Review

1] Professional Rotary Tattoo Kit Hildbrandt

A Hildebrandt product, this tattoo kit is excellent for novices and beginners. The liner and weaver has a stroke of 3.5 mm, while the shader comes with a stroke of 3.0 mm. The power for both is 4.5 W. Apart from the machines, the pack also includes a foot pedal and clip cord.

Complete tutorial support is provided in the form of the book, Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo, along with the exclusive training DVD, Tattoo Crash Course 101.

Also included are an exclusive 7% Hildbrandt VIP Membership Card, and access to the website Teach Me To Tattoo (which provides tons of tutorials, guidelines, and help to bud and beginner tattoo artists).

A pack of O rings, rubber bands, step bushings, a set of tuning keys, transfer paper, and practice skin are also included. The needles are 50 in total, and come in different groupings based on their size.

There are two grips made from stainless steel as well, along with a set of sterlised disposable tubes, with a grip of 1 inch, corresponding to the needles.

The colors are provided by Radiant Ink, in a set of seven inks. A pack of ink cups is provided, which has 2 different sizes of cups, along with a cup holder and a carrying case.

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Product Weight: 8 Pounds

Pros

  • Excellent tutorial support by the training DVD, guide book, and online support.

Cons

  • Equipment may be fragile.

2] Dragonhawk Complete Tattoo Kit 2pcs

This product comes complete with two coil-based tattoo machines, power supply, tattoo needles, tattoo inks, tattoo grips, foot pedals, and the like, in keeping up with the global fashion.

As such, it is fully amiable to being used by amateurs and newbies, as well as by experienced professionals.

The tattoo machines are two in number, and are designed using cast iron, with 10 wrap coils. The spring is highly elastic and long lasting, and is made of quality composite material.

One machine is for lining, and the other is designed for shading.

The kit also contains premium colours by famous brand Immortal Inks. The power supply contains LED, and comes with a clip cord and foot pedal. This provides quick activation and adjustment of voltage. This ensures reliable and smooth movement.

The tattoo needles are 20 in number and are fully sterilized using ethylene oxide. The tips are fully sterilizable.

Travel case and practice skin are provided, making this product ideal for beginners.

  • Product Dimensions: 10.08 x 9.84 x 3.82 inches
  • Product Weight: 3.24 Pounds

Pros

  • Good quality ink
  • Separate guns for lining and shading

Cons

  • Instructions and support not provided

3] Dragonhawk Complete Tattoo Kit 2 Machine Gun

This product comes complete with coil-based tattoo machines, power supply, tattoo needles, tattoo inks, tattoo grips, foot pedals, and the like, in keeping up with the global fashion.

As such, it is fully amiable to being used by amateurs and newbies, as well as by experienced professionals.

The tattoo machines are two in number, and are designed using cast iron, with 10 wrap coils. The spring is highly elastic and long lasting, and is made of quality composite material. One machine is for lining, and the other is designed for shading.

The kit also contains 10 premium colours by famous brand Immortal Inks. The power supply contains LED, and comes with a clip cord and foot pedal. This provides quick activation and adjustment of voltage. This ensures reliable and smooth movement. The tattoo needs and tips are fully sterilisable.

  • Product Dimensions: 9.88 x 6.89 x 4.84 inches
  • Product Weight: 3 Pounds

Pros

  • The colours are made by renowned brand Immortal Inks
  • Powerful machines with 10 wrap coil and a long lasting spring

Cons

  • Online support is not provided
  • Machines are fragile

4] Wormhole Complete Tattoo Kit

Wormhole Tattoo is dedicated to making tattoo art easier for users, by constantly upgrading and enhancing their features. This product is designed to be ideal for apprentices and beginners, and comes complete with tattoo machines and ink, needles, clip cord, power supply, ink caps, foot pedals, grommets and tips, O-rings, rubber bands, and the like.

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The liner machine comes with a shorter front spring, making short strokes possible. Moreover, the gap between the front spring and contact screw contact point is smaller.

The machine frame is made of iron, and the equipment has an RPM of 600-7200. It is powered by copper wire coils, which are a total of 10 in number. The shader is generally slower but penetrates into deeper layers with more power.

Free replacement is provided for machines, foot pedals, and clip cord for 6 months, while that for power supply is 12 months. An online user guide is provided for setting up the system.

Each Kit Contains:

-2 x tattoo machines for liner and shader

-1 x tattoo power supply -1 x clip cord

-1 x stainless steel foot pedal

-1 x American standard power cord

-1 x 1 Oz true black tattoo ink

-10 x random color 5ml tattoo inks

-1 x blank tattoo practice skin

-2 x aluminium grip

-2 x 5RT Disposable Tattoo tubes

30 x assorted tattoo needles(5 x 3RL; 5 x 5RL; 5 x 7RL; 5 x 5M1; 5 x 7M1; 5 x 9M1)

-30 x disposable plastic tips(5 x 3RT; 5 x 5RT; 5 x 7RT; 5 x 5FT; 5 x 7FT; 5 x 9FT)

-20 x small ink cups with base (No ink cup holders are needed.)

-20 x medium ink cups with base (No ink cup holders are needed.)

-1 x tattoo transfer paper

-1 x pair of blue nitrile gloves

-10 x O-ring

-10 x colorful rubber bands

-10 x colorful grommets

-1 x Allen key set (3 different sizes)

-1 x Tattoo kit user manual

  • Product Dimensions: 9.84 x 5.63 x 7.56 inches
  • Product Weight: 3.65 Pounds

Pros

  • Liner has an RPM of 600-7000
  • Shader penetrates deep into the skin
  • Comes with replacement warranty

Cons

  • Instructions are not very informative
  • Machine is not very powerful

5] STIGMA Complete Tattoo Kit Pro Tattoo Machine Kit

Pros

  • Strong and durable guns crafted from aircraft aluminium.
  • Compatible with both, a DC cord and a clip cord.

Cons

  • The tattoo inks are not good for professional work, and are only suitable for practice.
  • Instructions are not provided.

6] Dragonhawk Complete Tattoo Kit with Case

An excellent kit for absolute beginners, this product comes with nine tattoo machines, each with a 10 wrap rotsry coil. With a working voltage between 7 to 10V, these can be set either for lining or for shading.

The gun frame is made using high-quality iron, it is fully surface treated. Being light and weight and low in vibrations, long work hours are easy with the machines.

The tattoo inks are made by Immortal Inks and are vegan-friendly, vibrant, and long-lasting. All the 50 tattoo needles are packed individually after being sterilized with ethylene oxide.

The power supply comes with a built-in short circuit and leakage protection. Additionally, it is designed to allow for quick and easy voltage adjustments.

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Also included in the pack: Foot pedal with clip cord, ink cups, tattoo steel grips, 304 steel tips, adjust tools, practice skin, more tattoo supplies for beginner tattoo.

Each Kit Contains:

Package Including:

9 x tattoo machines for liner and shader

Big carry case

1 x tattoo power supply, 1 x clip cord, 1 x foot pedal

1 x American standard power cord

1 Set 10 bottles Immortal tattoo inks

  • 1 x blank tattoo practice skin

2 colorful Aluminium Alloy tattoo grips(Random Color)

50 Pcs pre made sterile tattoo needles, assorted mixed size(3RL*10 5RL*10 7RL*5 9RL*5 5M1*10 7M1*5 9M1*5)

10Pcs steel tips

Tattoo ink cups

Tattoo-machine rubber bands

Mixed-color grommets

Rubber o-rings

1 Set of tattoo machine gun adjust tools

  • Product Dimensions: 12.95 x 11.5 x 5.63 inches
  • Product Weight: 8.73 Pounds

Pros

  • Comes with 9 machine guns which are quite sturdy
  • Power supply comes with leakage and short circuit proofing

Cons

  • Instructions are not provided
  • Screws are weak

7] Solong Tattoo Complete Tattoo Kit 4 Pro Machine Guns

Ideal for novices and learners, this product comes packed with four tattoo machines, ideal for lining, light shading, and heavy shading.

Each machine is made using carbon steel and is driven by 10 wrap coils, and their combination provides long-lasting designs.

The LCD power supply is fully equipped with clip cords and foot pedals. Apart from the machines, it also contains all the necessary items for beginners, including a power supply, needles, foot pedals, tips, ink caps, tattoo ink, etc.

The 50 sterile needle tips, along with the 50 grommets and O-rings, provide for good usability.

The tattoo colours are 54 in number, with 1 bottle of true black ink, which has been microdispersed for easy use. The colours are non-irritating, smooth, vegan-friendly, and heal faster. All of them are sterilised using gamma rays.

Each Kit Contains:

Solong Brand Tattoo Coils Machines, 4 pcs

1 Pro Digital Tattoo Power Supply

1 Top foot pedal/Switch

1 Clip-cord

1 Set 54 full colours

10 Size 304 SS tattoo tips (RL3/5 RL7/9 RL11/14 M5 M7 M9 M11 M13 M15)

8 sizes Disposable Tattoo Grips (3RT 5RT 7RT 9RT 5FT 7FT 9FT 11FT)

50 Pro made sterile tattoo needles, assorted mixed size (3RL 5RL 7RL 9RL 3RS 5RS 7RS 9RS 5M1 5M2)

1 Set tattoo tip cleaning brush, 5pcs

1 Practice skin, dual-sided & re-usable

1 Set of tattoo machine gun adjust tools (3 different size)

50 Tattoo-machine rubber bands

50 Mixed-color grommets

50 Rubber o-rings

2 Pcs Disposable tattoo gloves

2 colorful Aluminium Alloy tattoo grips(Random Color)

100 Ink cup Mixed size (Large, Medium, Small)

1 ink Cup Stainless Steel Holder

  • Product Dimensions: 12.99 x 10.63 x 5.91 inches
  • Product Weight: 6.61 Pounds

Pros

  • Set of 54 colour inks is provided
  • Four tattoo machines

Cons

  • Instructions are not very informative
  • Black ink is not very good

8] Solong Tattoo Complete Starter Tattoo Kit 1

Review:

Another Solong product, this one comes with a tattoo machine that is designed keeping a coil with 10 wraps. As such, it is ideal for lining and shading work. Long work hours are made easy by the low vibration and light in weight design.

The LED power supply allows for easy voltage adjustments by the use of the clip cord and foot pedal. The power output is consistent for reliable use. The colors provided are 14 in number (5 ml bottles each), along with one true black ink (30 ml bottle). They are pure, durable, easy to use, and non-irritating. Fading is minimal, and they are safe to use.

Each Kit Product:

1/ 1 Pro Tattoo Machine Guns for Liner and Shader, 10 wraps coil

2/ 1 Professional Digital Tattoo Power Supply

3/ 1 Top foot pedal/Switch

4/ 1 Clip-cord

5/ 1 Set 14 bottles full colors tattoo ink, 5ml/bottle

6/ 1 bottle True Black Tattoo Ink (1oz/ Bottle)

7/ 20 Pro made sterile tattoo needles, assorted mixed size (3RL 5RL 3RS 5RS).

8/ 1 colorful Aluminium Alloy tattoo grips(Random Color)

9/ 10 Different size 304 Stainless steel tattoo tips, size RL3/5 RL7/9 RL11/14 M5 M7 M9 M11 M13 M15

10/10 Disposable Tattoo Tips mixed size(3RT 5RT )

11/100 Ink cup Mixed size(Large, Medium, Small)

12/1 ink Cup holder

13/50 Tattoo-machine rubber bands

14/50 Mixed-color grommets

15/50 Rubber o-rings

16/1 Set tattoo tip cleaning brush (5pcs per set)

17/1 Set of tattoo machine gun adjust tools (3 different size)

18/1 Practice skin, dual-sided & re-usable

19/2 Pcs Disposable tattoo gloves

20/1 Tattoo Machine Kit Paper Manual

  • Product Dimensions: 8.27 x 5.51 x 5.91 inches
  • Product Weight: 2.65 pounds

Pros

  • Good quality colours provided
  • Light weight design

Cons

  • Only one machine is provided
  • Instructions are not good

9] Grinder Tattoo Kit by Pirate Face Tattoo

This product is ideal for people who are just starting out as tattoo artists, and who would be better off working with equipment that is rather easy to use. However, they are also perfectly compatible with more experienced professionals.

The machines (4 in number) are easy to work with and tune, with a reliable power supply. They are made of steel and yet remain light in weight, being run by magnetic coils (which is much less noisy). They are ideal for lining and shading.

This kit also comes with premium, pure, easy to apply and sterlisable tattoo ink produced by USA-based brand Radiant Colors. This is what sets this kit apart from other products, which make use of cheaper ink. The fluid is homogenous to provide a solid, bright, long-lasting colour.

The limited edition of the pack also includes a book titled Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo, which is realistic and ideal for any person seeking to get apprenticeship as a tattoo artist.

Each Kit Contains:

1 x Carrying case (Black); 1 x Power Supply (110V/230V); 4 x Tattoo Machines (10 wrap coils); 4 x Tattoo Machine Grips / Barrels; 50 x Sterile Needles (Variety Liner & Shaders); 7 x Tattoo Ink by Radiant Colors (1/2oz bottles); 27 x Disposable tips (nozzles); 8 x Stainless Steel tips (nozzles); 1 x Adjustable Tool Kit; 1 x Tattoo Practice Skin; 1 x Sheet Stencil Transfer Paper; 1 x Disposable Gloves; 1 x Ink Cup Holder; 100 x Ink cups

  • Ink Colors: 7 ½ Oz bottles in Super White, Lime Green, Scarlet Red, Canary Yellow, Blue, Tiger Orange, and Tribal Black colors.
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 11.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 8.9 Pounds

Pros

  • Easy to tune tattoo machines
  • Quality tattoo ink
  • Comes with the book Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoos

Cons

  • Clip cord is fragile
  • Power supply can be inconsistent

10] Dragonhawk Cartridge Tattoo Machine Atom Pen Kit

The special thing about this product is that it comes as a pen instead of a tattoo gun. The rotary machine of this pen are much less noisy than other models, without compromising on the power. At only 135g, it is incredibly light in weight.

The aluminum used for the frame is of high quality and is anodized. The needle depth can be adjusted between zero to 4.5 mm, and this makes it very versatile when coupled with the 3.5 mm stroke.

Needle depth can easily be adjusted using the grip. At 9000 pm, the pen offers easy shading and lining. The power supply is amicable to easy and quick adjustment of voltages. Operation is easily done between 6 to 9V.

  • Product Dimensions: 10.01 x 6.78 x 4.69 inches
  • Product Weight: 2.39 Pounds

Pros

  • Comes as a pen instead of a gun, for easier use
  • Lesser noise but same power

Cons

  • Penetration might suffer because of the design

Different Types of Best Tattoo Kits For Beginners

Tattoo machines are the most critical part of tattoo kits and come in a variety of types, depending upon the type of use and power which is required of them. Here we briefly describe the different types of machines available.

Rotory Motored Machine

The armature of this type of machine is connected to, and powered by, a small rotating motor, which produces an up and down motion. Such types of machines make less noise as compared to others, and the movement of the needles is smooth and even for easier use.

Magnetic Coil Machine

These types of machines are classic in nature and are powered by an alternating electromagnetic current, which passes through the coils and causes the magnets to turn on and off rapidly. This in turn pulls an armature bar attached to a spring and causes up and down movement. This then leads to the armature bar tappings the needles into the skin. These machines make the characteristic noise associated with tattoo shops.

Pneumatic Machines

These machines are newer and were launched in 2000. They make use of air compressors which move the needles using compressed gases. They are amiable to autoclaving and are safer to use than the other types.

Apart from the machines, the tubes which attach the needles to the machine, and the needles themselves, are also equally important. The tubes are usually of stainless steel and need to be sterilized after each use. However, many artists now prefer disposable types.

Needles are basically of the same type, with subtle differences, to distinguish the lining types from the shading types and coloring types. These needles are finely pointed and are designed to go deep into the skin to make the design long-lasting.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE BUYING A TATTOO KIT: The Buyer’s Guide

While looking to purchase the perfect tattoo kit which suits your needs, there’s always a couple of things you need to keep in mind. This helps you ensure that you get the best value for your money, and items of good quality in your kit.

Here we have compiled a quick guide of the important considerations while buying your tattoo kit, to help you know the things you need to check before you buy.

Check the type of tattoo machine present in the kit

As the tattoo machine is the most important tool in your tattoo kit, knowing which type of machine is present in the kit that you’re eyeing is of utmost necessity. Generally, the rotary motor types are much more difficult to control and make more noise, as compared to the magnetic coil types. Moreover, they drill the needles deep into the skin, and the scars take much longer to heal than with the magnetic types. The pneumatic types are newer and safer to use. Also, check the quality and condition of your machine. This also applies to the accessory tools.

Check the extra items present in your kit

When buying a tattoo kit, make sure that it contains all the important tools in addition to the tattoo machine, preferably in duplicates. These tools include the power supply, ink caps, foot pedals, and a few other types.

Check the size of the machines and the needles

Make sure that the size of the machines is manageable for you, and that the needles are fine enough for a neat and clean design.

Check the colors and quality of the ink present in the sample

The ink is one of the most important parts of a tattoo kit, and it’s better if you know the types of colors present. Moreover, it’s good if you test the ink beforehand, to check for any allergies and note the color produced.

Finally, check the cost of your kit

Make sure that the product that you are eyeing gives you good value for your money. Good quality products which are designed to last are always desirable.

FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Which type of tattoo machines are the best?

The conventional magnetic coil machines are quite powerful, but at the same time, they are more difficult to control and use. They make the noise that is associated with tattoo shops. The rotary-type machines, on the other hand, are easier to use and are much quieter. The pneumatic types are more recent and are the safest to use.

Q. Is it better to buy a tattoo kit or to just buy the tattoo machines?

It is always better to buy a tattoo kit. This is because when you start tattooing, there are many accessory equipment you need, aside from the machines. If you just buy the machine, you will have to purchase all the add-ons separately, and run the risk of incompatibilities. However, the equipment in a tattoo kit is designed to be compatible with each other, and provide good quality.

CONCLUSION

In this review, we covered some of the best Tattoo Kits available on the market, along with detailed descriptions of each. Every product on this list has some edge over others in different categories, and so, we have also included the pros and cons of each tattoo kit below their descriptions.

We have also added a segment about the different types of tattoo machines, along with short descriptions of the needles and tubes as well. Additionally, there is also a Buyer’s Guide, to help you know what all you need to keep in mind while browsing for your perfect tattoo kit.

Finally, we have also covered some frequently asked questions, to help you clear any doubts while buying. Make sure to go through this review before you purchase your ideal tattoo kit.