THE EVOLUTION OF TATTOO EQUIPMENT
Part 5. – The MAGNUM TATTOO NEEDLE Configurations
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.
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.
- .25mm – FINE – #8 is the standard system (US) designation
- .30mm – NORMAL – #10 is the standard system (US) designation
- and .35mm – FAT – #12 is the standard system (US) designation
Note: Configuration of ALL REBEL Magnum needle belong to Medium Tapered
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 keeps up with this system, plus inserts a brand recognition abbreviation: RTC = REBEL TATTOO CARTRIDGE
REBEL Tattoo Cartridge – 27 Magnum = RTC-27M
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.
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 Magnum tattoo needle configurations made from .30mm needles
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.
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.
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