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Bavarian Custom Irons

Bavarian Custom Irons is well-known for its high-quality coil machines, foot pedals, cords, power supplies, and accessories.

Each and every product from Bavarian Custom Irons is made in Germany under the direction of Stefan Fischer, who has been hand-building machines since 2006.

Before the inception of Bavarian Custom Irons, Stefan was a tattoo artist in Bavaria, Germany who found that he wasn’t entirely happy with the machines that were on the market.

So, combining his training as an industrial mechanic with a desire for a top-quality tattoo machine, Stefan began to build his own coil machines specifically for his needs as an artist.

After only a few months, other artists recognised the quality of Stefan’s machines and wanted to try them out for themselves, leading Stefan to create Bavarian Custom Irons, the company we all know and love today.

Today Killer Ink Tattoo is a proud stockist of a range of tattoo machines, power supplies, footswitches, cords, and other accessories from Stefan Fischer and Bavarian Custom Irons.

All coil tattoo machines from Bavarian Custom Irons are hand-made using the finest materials and wound coils, ensuring that they are built to last.

Each and every machine comes with a lifetime guarantee on all parts, along with a certificate of authenticity, so artists can buy them with complete confidence.

Not only are the Bavarian Custom Irons machines incredibly good runners, they are also very easy on the eye, with iconic designs like the Antichrist, Knuckle, and Pineapple.

As with the machines, Bavarian Custom Irons’ Transformator 239 power supplies are built to the highest quality and come with a lifetime guarantee.

All Bavarian Custom Irons power supplies feature a frame made from solid aluminium and steel and have been brazed by the German brand’s master electrician.

The Bavarian Custom Irons foot switches are the perfect accompaniment to the Transformator 239 power supplies, and, as you might have guessed, also have a lifetime guarantee.

Not only do they feature eye-catching designs, the Bavarian Custom Irons foot pedals are completely made from metal, so no plastic anywhere!

Killer Ink Tattoo also stocks a range of other supplies from Bavarian Custom Irons, including clip/RCA cords, arm rests, and machine parts.

Do yourself a favour and check out our full range of Bavarian Custom Irons products today!

Luke Sayer Interview

Luke Sayer has built up a stellar reputation and huge following over the years with his realistic black and grey tattoos. Now it's our turn to put him under the spotlight for our latest interview.

We spoke to Luke about all things tattoo, including how he managed to win the inaugural edition of E4's Tattoo of Artist of the Year back in 2017.

Check it out!

Luke Sayer, a Killer Ink Sponsored Artist of the Month, is currently working at his own tattoo shop in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, where this video was filmed.

Make sure to keep up to date with latest work by following him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Tattoo Tea Party 2019 Video

We headed over to our neighbouring city of Manchester for the 2019 Tattoo Tea Party and shot our latest video!

The 8th edition of the convention was held within EventCity and celebrated tattoo artists from the UK and Ireland.

Give it a watch below!

We had a great time at Tattoo Tea Party this year and it was great to see old friends and new faces alike.

Aside from our main convention video, we managed to film some timelapses with artists tattooing in a variety styles, so keep an eye out for those in the near future!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – David Giersch

Combining realism with watercolour, David Giersch has developed an eye-catching, constantly evolving style over the years and continues to impress with his work.

David found his passion for the more alternative side of art back in his student days in Berlin, Germany when he discovered his love for graffiti. It wasn’t long before he took on this love full-time, becoming a professional sprayer/airbrusher a few years later.

It wasn’t until 2012 when a friend suggested that David try out his Cheyenne HAWK machine that he started on the road to becoming one of the finest tattoo artists around.

From that point on, David began to develop his own style, a mix of realistic and watercolour tattoos, with some abstract thrown in for good measure.

After just two years, David opened up his own studio, True Color Arts, in his hometown of Berlin, which now plays host to three resident artists and a plethora of guest artists every year.

Although proficient with black and grey inks, David is perhaps best associated with his vibrant colour work, with bright hues that seem to jump right off the skin.

David uses various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo to create his striking work, including Hustle Butter Deluxe tattoo care, Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment machines (including the latest Sol Nova) and cartridges, Dermalize PRO aftercare, and Intenze Tattoo Ink.

You can keep up to date with David Giersch’s work by following him on Facebook and Instagram.

Tattoo Timelapses – Milano Tattoo Convention 2019

At the incredible 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention, we shot timelapses of five world-class artists working on tattoos in a variety of styles and themes.

Featuring individual pieces from Sandra Daukshta, Debora Cherrys, Fábio Guerreiro, and Hori Hui, as well as a separate collaboration between Debora and Jay Freestyle.

Check them out below!

Sandra Daukshta

Latvian artist Sandra Daukshta is known for her stunning colour realism and she managed to pick up two awards at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention for this sleeve!

Debora Cherrys

The neo-traditional queen that is Debora Cherrys was at it again at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention, with the Spanish tattooist impressing with her neo-trad portrait.

Fábio Guerreiro

Portuguese tattoo artist Fábio Guerreiro tattooed this black and grey owl on his wife at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention.

Hori Hui

Hori Hui flew over from Taiwan for the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention and ended up winning ‘Best Oriental’ for this sick next piece!

Jay Freestyle & Debora Cherrys

An incredible collaboration took place at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention between Debora Cherrys and South African-born, Netherlands-based artist Jay Freestyle. Don’t miss this one!

Silverback Ink® - For Killer Black & Grey Work

Take your black and grey work up another level with the range of tattoo inks from Silverback Ink®.

Silverback Ink® is one of the most popular ink brands around for blackwork and black and grey tattoos, and it has just released its latest (and perhaps greatest) creation yet: Black Th1rt3en.

The Black Th1rt3en and 3 Shade Grey Wash Series inks are perfect for any tattooing styles, from dot work to portraits!

The viscosities and surface tensions of these inks are completely different to what Silverback Ink® has made in the past.

All of these tattoo inks have good body to them, with Black Th1rt3en just a bit thicker than water. They all fully coat the needle when tattooing and are easy to fully saturate and clean any excess off the skin and tubes.

The formulations for the 3 Shade Grey Wash series are based on Silverback Ink®’s best-selling grey washes: 2, 4 and 8.

As with all Silverback Ink®, the Black Th1rt3en and 3 Shade Grey Wash Series inks are vegan-friendly and EU Resolution ResAP(2008)1 compliant.

That’s not all we offer from Silverback Ink® however, as we stock various grey washes, black (and white) inks, and a Clear Solution.

Each and every product from Silverback Ink® is of the highest-quality and used by some of the world’s best tattoo artists, including Anrijs Straume, Frank Carrilho, Mumia, and many more!

So make sure to check out more of Silverback Ink®’s incredible tattoo inks, from the ever-popular Insta10Shade Grey Wash Series to killer black inks like InstaBlack, Stupid Black, and XXX Black.

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Isra Almagro

Isra Almagro is an incredible traditional tattooist who is known for his bold lines and bright colours.

Traditional is a well-loved style of tattooing and has been for as long as the concept of inking the skin has been around. So, what makes Isra’s work different to the rest?

Isra has built up a huge client and fan base over the years thanks to his striking traditional tattoos that combine solid colour work with clean, bold lines.

Although primarily based in Barcelona, Spain, Isra can be found at guest spots and conventions all over Europe. His guest spots have included regular stints with our friends at Ultimate Skin in Leeds, UK, as well as at studios in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, and Switzerland, to name a few.

To create his bold, eye-catching work, Isra uses a variety of supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including tattoo care from Hustle Butter Deluxe.

Make sure to keep up to date with Isra Almagro’s latest tattoos and guest spots by following him on Facebook and Instagram.

Milano Tattoo Convention 2019 Video

We opened up our convention calendar last month for another edition of the incredible Milano Tattoo Convention!

It's one of the most prestigious tattoo conventions in Europe, so we're bringing you all of the action with our latest video!

Make sure you don't miss this one - it features some of the best artists in the world working on some mind-blowing tattoos!

Speaking of killer tattoos, our sponsored artist Sandra Daukshta picked up two awards for a stunning sleeve she started and completed at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention. The first half of the piece, a peony, won ‘3rd Best of Friday’, while the addition of two portraits earned the full work ‘Best of Saturday’.

Artists Kindamo and Mr Nobody from Alex De Pase Stores Gemini Ink picked up ‘Best Realistic’ for their black and grey collaboration, while the pairing of Rich Harris and Jamie Lee Knott from Dark Horse Collective won ‘2nd Best Colour’ for a jaw-dropping leg piece.

Rounding off the awards was our good friend Benjamin Laukis, who took home ‘3rd Best of Show’ for his stylish two-headed girl, as well as ‘3rd Best Realistic’ for a sick sleeve that featured a trio of Inkjecta Flite Nano machines.

Stigma-Rotary® Tattoo Machines

Stigma-Rotary® has been revolutionising the tattoo industry ever since its first adjustable rotary machine in 2005. Now it has released its latest, eagerly-anticipated offering, the Thorn.

The Stigma-Rotary® Thorn is a pen-style rotary with the size and shape of a grip. With just 9.3 cm in length and weighing only 115 grams, it literally feels like you’re holding just a grip!

Most of its weight is shifted towards the front of the machine, making it perfectly balanced and comfortable to work with.

The Stigma® Thorn is an all-round master with its fixed 3.5 mm stroke and offers a solid hit. We also offer versions of the rotary with 3 and 4 mm stroke lengths.

Stigma-Rotary®’s latest Thorn machine is powered by a high-quality, Swiss-made motor and features a protected RCA connection, so durability and reliability are a given.

The Stigma® Thorn can be used with cartridges from all major brands thanks to the interchangeable cartridge receivers.

Make sure to also check out Stigma®'s other popular pen-style rotaries, the Stylist and Spear, as well as the versatile Hyper V4!

The Stigma-Rotary® Stylist and Spear are both excellent pen-like machines. The main difference between them is that the Spear offers adjustable give, whereas the Stylist has no give. The Stigma® Spear is completely adjustable on the fly.

The Stigma-Rotary® Hyper V4 is a smooth running and versatile hybrid tattoo machine that pushes standard needles and cartridges, while offering adjustable stroke length and give.

Stigma® also offers a range of high-quality grips, along with its Advanced Needle Cartridges, so check out its full range of products and pick something up for yourself!

Cheyenne Sol Luna & Sol Terra

In our latest video review, we give our first impressions of two new machines from Cheyenne, the Sol Luna and Sol Terra.

The Sol Luna and Sol Terra will be joining Cheyenne’s Sol range, following on from the acclaimed Sol Nova rotary.

Both the Cheyenne Sol Luna and Sol Terra are high-performance machines that are quieter and vibrate less than conventional machines.

Each of these powerful rotaries is fitted with a brushless DC motor that packs a punch and offers better ink saturation. In addition, the smooth and soft running of the machines allow for a faster healing process.

Both machines have two operating modes, known as HardDrive and SENSIDRIVE. These modes allow you to choose between working at a controlled or regulated speed by altering the motor control.

With the HardDrive function, your machine will run at a controlled speed, with no give and a consistent hard hit.

Turning the SensiSwitch will enable the new SENSIDRIVE function, meaning that the speed of the machine will be adjusted depending on the surface that you’re tattooing. This is due to the motor reacting more sensitively to the resistance of the skin.

The main difference between the two machines is the stroke length. The Sol Luna has a 2.5 mm stroke length, whereas the Sol Terra offers a 4 mm stroke length.

Make sure to watch our video below for more information on the similarities and differences between the Cheyenne Sol Terra and Sol Luna.

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