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Magnum Tattoo Needle Configurations

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Part 5. – The MAGNUM TATTOO NEEDLE Configurations

Precision Magnum Shader Tattoo Needles - Tattoo Supply - REBEL

Magnum tattoo needle is a very versatile tool designed for pigment packing and shading. Magnum needle tattoo configurations generally cover a larger skin area. It is not suitable for making lines.

One unique feature of regular or square magnums is that you can use the configurations’ corner to get into smaller places/corners and create hard edges during tattooing. You can keep the needles from various angles without reaching back to a round shader or liner configuration.

These magnum needle configurations probably originated in Asia and Japan. Artists and needles makers in these locations would fix needles on a wooden stick. This is a unique needle configuration. Lay down an uneven number of tattoo needles flat and lift each other, creating a zic-zac2-rows shape of needles that you solder together in this position. In this way, the bottom row of the needles is always one longer than the top row.

Magnum Tattoo needle configurations compare to artist

Uniqueness of Magnum Tattoo Needle Configurations

Magnum needles commonly made from medium- or long tapered needles. (If it is manufactured from long tapered needle it is called BUGPIN Magnum.) They are always unique and easy to recognize with its 2 rows shape. This way all needles have room around them to support higher ink flow and the capability of creating large, solid tattooed surfaces fast. Or, if you are a black and gray artist, you can create beautiful shades using these needles. Magnum needle configurations also provide unique possibilities to create unique textures.

In our previous “Tattoo Needle Types & Categories” blog post, I explained that needles are available from three commonly used tattoo needle gauges, depending on the geographical region’s needs.

  1. .25mm – FINE – #8 is the standard system (US) designation
  2. .30mm – NORMAL – #10 is the standard system (US) designation
  3. and .35mm – FAT – #12 is the standard system (US) designation

Note: Configuration of ALL REBEL Magnum needle belong to Medium Tapered

Tattoo Needle Variations

Note: don’t confuse the term “gauge” with the term “taper”!

Magnum Tattoo Needle Configurations

The Magnum needles from #8 – .25mm – FINE wire gauge. The term for this is BUGPIN MAGNUM.

Magnum needle configurations start from 5 needles and go up over 35-45. Artists call it “shovel” because it is so wide already. The steps are going by 2 here as well, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and so on.

The general ID or Mark of this group is M or MG = Magnum. It is MAG for short. Regular Mags is the term for Regular Magnums in short in the tattoo industry.The number of needles and magnum tattoo needle configurations gives us: 11-M or 11MG depending on the manufacturer.

REBEL precision driven tattooing RTC 27M

REBEL keeps up with this system, plus inserts a brand recognition abbreviation:  RTC = REBEL TATTOO CARTRIDGE

REBEL Tattoo Cartridge – 27 Magnum = RTC-27M

REBEL-Precision Cartridge-MAGNUM-7-Shader Needle
REBEL-Precision Cartridge-MAGNUM-17-Shader Needle
REBEL-Precision Cartridge-MAGNUM-27-Shader Needle

Note: ALL REBEL Magnum needle configurations are Medium Tapered

Just like other needle configurations theoretically, we can create numerous needle configurations from 3 common different gauges multiplied with the number of needles. But, there is a lot of overlap when it comes to WORKING WIDTH.

Magnum configuration 7 2.20mm
Magnum configuration 17 5.20mm
Magnum configuration 27 8.10mm

Working Width

WORKING WIDTH is the total width of soldered needles that we use for tattooing = how wide the surface is that the configuration can cover. The REBEL team develops cartridge inventory to offer the widest range of these needle feature and not by the taper type.

REBEL Magnum inventory looks like this:

REBEL precision magnum cartridges inventory

REBEL Magnum tattoo needle configurations made from .30mm needles

The following chart explains the correlation between working width related to the working width and wire gauge they belong to. It also describes metric and standard system measurements.

Magnum needle measurement chart

As you can see, we have the same number of needle configurations from all 3 sizes of needles but there is still a difference among them. The difference is because they belong to different diameters/gauges, thus providing the same working diameter.

Logically smaller gauge needles need a higher quantity to reach a certain size compared to bigger gauge ones. Thus, we have a certain overlap between them.

Analyzing the chart above we can conclude this:

For example, the working width of the 15Magnum needle configuration from #8 (.25mm) is very close to 13 Magnum Configuration that belongs to #10 (.30mm) or 11 Magnum configuration from #12 (.35mm) is the same. Check out the chart below organized by working width and configuration.

Magnum needle configuration comparency chart

The conclusion is that there are 4 working width size ranges that may belong to all 3 gauges of needles. 3.25-3.40mm, 3.80-4.00mm, .4.55-4.80mm and 5.20-5.35mm for Magnum tattoo needle configurations.

In addition, 2.20-2.30mm working width may come from .25mm and .30mm needles and all other blue marked working widths.

Rest of the working diameters only come from a certain gauge.

Paying careful attention, REBEL Magnum inventory covers the wide range of working widths to satisfy the needs of any picky tattoo artist.

REBEL precision magnum cartridges inventory

If you found valuable and interesting information in this article … please leave a comment below.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next article!


2 thoughts on “Magnum Tattoo Needle Configurations

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    JL says:

    Hi Caesar!
    Thank you for your informational blog on needles. I’m an RN who also does permanent make-up. I’m curious what your thoughts are re: needle size/configuration. I use a single needle to outline the lips but struggle on what to use for filling/shading the lips. Mostly I use a single needle but it takes about 5 hours which seems very long for such a small area. I’d appreciate your help and would love to buy some cartridges from you!

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      Caesar-Admin says:

      Hello there, thank you for your comments. Honestly, I’m not a makeup artist and don’t even know one, thus I can’t really give you a responsible answer. I personally don’t use single needle liners in my tattoo work. If I need a fine line one of the REBEL Bugpin liners like 3 or 5 would be an ideal replacement. For the filling part, I probably would go for around shader or magnum/curved magnum configuration. But again, I have not made up tattoo experience.

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