Tattoo supplies aren’t designed to work solo. Individual tattoo supplies might be picked out for their specific selling points, but the promises that they make to perform well won’t come to mean very much if an artist doesn’t have the other tattoo supplies that will enhance each member of their toolkit. You might have read Part 1 of this blog where we explored exactly why an artist should take the time to get to know which characteristics of their tattoo supplies complement each other, but there’s plenty more to think about here. Every tattoo artist will, or at least should, have a clear idea of how each piece of their tattoo supplies kit team up and work together for them to produce their permanent creations session after session. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, an artist might not know the minute details of the mechanics of their tattoo supplies, but having a strong awareness of how they work is pretty essential stuff.


There’s no disputing that an artist’s creative abilities that reveal themselves and shine when a client is in the chair are what build their reputation in the industry, but where would they be without the right tattoo supplies? Without an understanding of what makes a powerful partnership between different tattoo supplies, an artist will struggle to advance their skills and create the pieces that will help them and their studio to stand out amongst the many others out there. In Part 1 of this blog, we used shading work as the scenario of choice to give examples of the types of tattoo supplies that play nicely together in this setting. This time, we’ll take a look at the tattoo supplies that tend to tackle lining work well to create the coveted crisp lines that give a piece true definition and take it to the next level.


Trusting The Right Machine  

Just like shading work, lining work is a skill that any and all tattoo artists will have learnt along the way to going pro. Simply put, the foundation of an artist’s skill set wouldn’t be complete without the ability to create clean and crisp lining work. Taking a long look at which tattoo machine will step up to the task of lining is a sensible place to start when thinking about which tattoo supplies perform in this arena. As an ultra-versatile option, rotary machines are more than comfortable carrying out both lining and shading work. Despite the convenience that rotary machines offer, they aren’t for everyone with some artists’ personal preference leaning towards coil machines. Unlike when using a rotary machine, an artist will need to make sure that the coil machine that they are using for lining is well-suited to this work. Not too surprisingly, liner coil machines are the tattoo supplies to go for here. These coil machines might have less power than their shader counterparts, but this reduction in power works in its favour to complement the faster movement that lets an artist keep their flow when lining, meaning that they can create clean lines in one fell swoop.


Needles That Work Nicely

Although an artist might feel ready to get their lining work started once they have the tattoo machine that they can rely on in their hand, they won’t get very far without the other tattoo supplies that complete their toolkit. Next, an artist will need to find the needles that will allow them to produce only the most crisp and clear lines. Compared to the mass of options of needles an artist has to pick from when carrying out shading work, there are noticeably fewer of these tattoo supplies for lining. Round needles are a common choice for lining work, these needles have a range of thicknesses available depending on how tightly the needles are packed, giving an artist plenty of control over how they want to go about creating their piece. Flat needles are also key contenders when it comes to lining, thanks to their abundance of needles, creating bolder lines takes next to no time.


Inks That Add Definition

The inks that an artist uses to carry out their lining work have an important role to play. As the tattoo supplies that will have a critical impact on how an artist’s final piece will look, the inks that an artist uses for lining should be bold and vibrant to add the definition that will complete a piece. Many ink brands have developed black inks that are specifically designed to give an artist the freedom to create strong and crisp lines in their lining work. There’s plenty of potential for lining blacks to become the part of an artist’s palette that they use most regularly, so it’s worth investing in the inks that have been especially designed to bring out the best in the colours that they are defining and sitting alongside to allow a piece to truly pop.


By having a strong grasp on which tattoo supplies perform the best in each scenario in the studio, an artist can begin to become an expert in their field. When an artist has mastered how to efficiently put together the toolkit of tattoo supplies that is tailored to each session ahead of them, they will be ready to rely on their tools and produce the pieces that will impress their clients in the chair. We stock a wide range of high-quality tattoo supplies at our Mansfield store to suit all types of tattoo work. Visit us to place your order and find out more about which tattoo supplies complement each other, or order from our online store: