Top Tips To Keep In Mind When Using A Tattoo Gun For The First Time

A person working on a tattoo using a tattoo gun

Tattoos are mostly permanent; they need to be perfect unless you want to deal with painful tattoo removal procedures. So, ideally, you’d want a pro handling your tattoos, but wouldn’t it be cool if you were that “pro?”

Of course, all tattoo artists start somewhere, so this could be the beginning of your journey. But like all guns, tattoo guns can be overwhelming when you’re using them for the first time. Here are some tips that’ll help you get comfortable with it.

Sterilize Everything, Including Your Hands

This is one of the most important things to keep in mind if you want to steer clear of any nasty infections. Always sterilize your tattoo gear; this includes the tattoo gun, needles, and any other tools being used.

Also, make sure your hands are clean and disinfected, as well as the area you’re working in. Wear medical-grade gloves, and make sure you’re not touching anything that isn’t sterilized. This is the only way you can ensure no cross-contamination resulting in infected tattoos.

Also, remember that everything needs to be sterilized again after you’re done with the project.

Assemble the Gun

We talked about sterilization first because there’s nothing more important than safety, but you must learn to assemble the tattoo machine before using it. There are two ways to go about this. You can either buy a beginner-friendly kit or get pieces separately. There are pros and cons to each approach.

With individual products, you’ll get a lot of choices, although it’ll be more complicated to put it all together; the kits, on the other hand, are low quality. So if you’re in it for the long haul, it’s better to just buy the individual pieces and learn on the go.

Assembling the gun will take some back and forth. Ideally, take a friend’s help, or watch a few YouTube videos. Just make sure you’re setting the needle length properly.

Practice First

Once you’ve assembled the tattoo gun, you have to practice holding it correctly. This is obviously the most important step before you use it on someone’s skin. We suggest using pears or apples to practice initially since they’re very similar to human flesh.

As you’re practicing, make sure to get the positioning right. This means holding the tattoo gun the right way and having a proper grip. You’ll eventually learn to keep your hand steady over the vibrating gun as you practice. Also, learn about the skin layers and how deep you’re supposed to go; ideally, you don’t want to cause any damage to the lower layers.

 A person working on a tattoo using a tattoo gun


Ready to begin? Buy your first tattoo gun right away! We have some options available at Gorilla Wholesale that you can check out. We all have needles and other components you might need later—check it all out!

And while you’re exploring our smoking store in TX, Texas, don’t forget to check out and order smoking water pipes and wholesale hemp wraps online to enjoy while you’re off your tattoo-ing tasks!

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