Updated April 17, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Tattoo Machines

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Serious artists know how important it is to have the right tools, so we've included high quality tattoo machines on this list, with models designed for shading, lining, and color work. But don't mess around with these unless you're a trained professional in a sterile environment. If you're a beginner, you can still get one, but stick to practicing on melons and grapefruit until you're certified. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best tattoo machine on Amazon.

10. Dragonhawk Extreme V2 Direct Drive

9. Thomas Custom Brass Guns

8. Dragonhawk Mast Pen Rotary

7. Mini Dietzel Power Liner

6. Dragonhawk Raven Rotary

5. Cheyenne Hawk Pen

4. EZTat2 Bat

3. Bishop Magi Nikko Hurtado

2. Compass Magellan Series

1. Bronc Premium Pen

Editor's Notes

April 10, 2019:

It's interesting that Dragonhawk ended up with a total of three products on our list, though none of them could break into the top five. Upon close inspection, these turn out to be very good, but somewhat cheaply made compared to many others. This is a category where you'll see brands manufacturing all around the world, like Bishop, whose Magi model at number three is made in the United States, or Cheyenne, whose excellent Hawk Pen is built in Germany. By contrast, Dragonhawk offers very capable models that are made in China, saving you money, but costing you on build quality compared with the more highly rated selections. Some of the decision making for readers will come down to the style with which they feel most comfortable, but there are a pair of capable pen models in our top five not only because they're exceptional machines, but also because their ergonomics make them smart choices for artists at any level of experience.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on April 17, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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