What is the difference in tattoo needles sizes?

I have been tattooing on myself for a long time but I am new to having a tattoo kit. I have never used a gun always used needle and thread yes I know it sounds strange. Now that I have a gun I would like to know the difference in the needles it came with(their purpose) and how to know which size to use for what. So far they are looking like they are maybe too deep once they start healing. Shading is also painful. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong besides being new to this…

3 thoughts on “What is the difference in tattoo needles sizes?

  1. If it looks like you’re going too deep, you’re probably going to deep. Be sure to set the needle so it’s barely going out beyond the end of your barrel.

    The different needle sizes and shapes are for different things. Flats are typically used for shading. Magnums (or mags) are similar to flats but they’re larger and have more than one row of needles. They are used for efficiently filling in large areas. Rounds are used outlining and shading. The smaller needle you use the better the outline, the larger the better the shading or filling in (and less time consuming). The tighter your needles are grouped together, the tighter your line will be.

    I suggest you get in touch with a local tattoo artist and ask him or her if you can sit in on a session. Better yet, apprentice at a shop! You will be sure to learn all of the tricks of the trade that way, there’s a lot more to running a gun than just the needle sizes! If nothing else, pick up a book – there are a few helpful ones out there.

    Good luck!

  2. the diff. in needle size is how many needles there are. ex. 3 = 3needles. round is generally for lining and flat is for shading. the needle needs to be 1/18 of an inch deep. practice on grapefruit it’s better than the practice skin you buy in the shop

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