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Manchester Tattoo Trust – Anniversary Tattoo Event

One year after the terror attack at the Manchester Arena, tattoo artists and studios across Greater Manchester are once again banding together to raise money for the community.

The Manchester Tattoo Trust was set up after the devastating terrorist attack that took place at the Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena on May 22nd 2017.

Led by artist Sam Barber, tattoo artists not only in Manchester but around the world tattooed the iconic Manchester Bee on thousands of people who wanted to pay their respects to the victims and help in the fundraising.

The response was incredible; the JustGiving page set up by Sam managed to hit multiple goals, eventually raising over £580,000 to support the families of those killer or injured in the Manchester Arena attack.

This year, tattoo studios and artists in and around Manchester are holding tattoo events on Sunday May 20th and 27th to raise money for the Manchester Tattoo Trust, the charity’s new name.

Tattooists including Killer Ink sponsored artists Sam Barber and Jak Connolly from North of Winter studio will be tattooing Manchester Bees for £50, with multiple designs available.

100% of the proceeds will go to the Manchester Tattoo Trust, which is committed to helping young people in and around Manchester.

You can donate directly to the Manchester Tattoo Trust’s JustGiving page or visit the Manchester Tattoo Trust’s new website for more information.

Range of Coil Tattoo Machines

At Killer Ink Tattoo, we stock an impressive range of premium coil tattoo machines from well-known and respected brands like FK Irons, Bavarian Custom Irons, VladBlad Irons, Emillion, and many more!

We are constantly adding new coil machines to our online range, so make sure to keep an eye out for new products on our website.

Each and every coil machine we stock is of the highest quality and built to deliver the desired results, whether it be a powerful liner or soft shader.

So, which coil machine is right for you? It all depends on your tattooing preference, but we’ll take a look at some of the brands we stock and give you a better idea of what coil machines they offer.

FK Irons (Fallen King Irons) produces some of the best and well-known coil machines on the market, used by many of the best tattoo artists worldwide.

Coil machines from FK Irons are known for their precision, reliability and accurate performance, with each machine made from the hardest aluminium grade on the market.

We offer stocked FK Irons coil machines online, as well as the choice to build your own machine to suit your needs.

Killer Ink Tattoo is also a proud stockist of Bavarian Custom Irons tattoo machines from Stefan Fischer, who has been hand-building high-quality coil machines since 2006 in, you guessed it, Bavaria.

Bavarian Custom Irons coil machines are truly built to last, using the finest materials and wound coils.

Each machine also comes with a lifetime guarantee on all parts, along with a certificate of authenticity, allowing artists to buy with complete confidence.

A newer addition to our range is VladBlad Irons, which offers powerful hand-built machines from Russia.

Although you wouldn’t go wrong with any machine from VladBlad, we have our eye on the Adventure Time-themed ones. Like Finn says, “you don’t need a mirror to know you look good,” and these machines definitely look good.

Emillion has a reputation for being one of the best coil tattoo machines builders in the industry, so it comes as no surprise that we’re proud to stock his hand-made machines.

Each Emillion coil machine is built in the Netherlands and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Emillion uses his interest for mathematics and physics to create the electric parts for his machines, while using his past job experience in a steel factory for the hardware.

If you’re looking for a coil tattoo machine to use as a daily runner or just want a little piece of tattoo history to display in your studio, we stock machines from Bristol Tattoo Club that are perfect for either.

Bristol Tattoo Club was the brainchild of Les Skuse, Champion Tattoo Artist of All Great Britain, way back in 1951 and still produces quality old school coil machines to this day.

Staying with a British builder, if you have ever tried to use a Micky Bee coil machine before, you will already be aware of just why this range became so successful with tattoo artists.

All coil machines from Micky Bee are made in England, come with a certificate of authenticity and are reasonably priced – especially considering what great machines they are!

Another new addition to our coil tattoo machines range is Ronnie Starr, who has designed and created some smooth-running, long-wearing liners and shaders.

Over to another British machine builder now with Danny Harkin, who has been making professional quality hand-built coil tattoo machines since 1995.

Many of the best coil artists around are using machines from Danny, and it’s easy to see why once you check out the solid built, high-quality materials used and powerful hit.

Tattoo artist Andy Morris spent years designing and carefully modifying his own hand-built machines until he arrived at ‘The Chop’, a unique series of cast iron and brass machines set to his own high-quality specification.

In the words of Andy, “the smooth liner and soft shader will, in the right hands, create incredible works of body art.” So, if you think the right hands are yours, make sure to give Andy’s machines a look!

Hopping across the pond to Philadelphia, USA sees face-to-face with custom coil machines from Kevin Riley.

As every machine is built by Kevin himself in his spare time away from tattooing, he is only able to build a limited amount of coil machines. So you better be quick if you want to join the likes of Bob Tyrrell and Stéphane Chaudesaigues in using one!

In the recent Avengers: Infinity War, the Mad Titan Thanos proclaimed, “perfectly balanced, as all things should be”. Even before the movie was brainstormed by Marvel, machine builder Electric Dormouse had already subscribed to that philosophy, designing its machines with balance and ergonomics in mind.

Electric Dormouse reduced the vibrations of its coil machines and lowered their centre of gravity, making them easier to use for tattoo artists, while reducing fatigue during long tattooing sessions.

The latest machine in the company’s range is the Electric Dormouse SMART V2, which is available as a Liner, Shader or Colour Packer. As with all coil machines by Electric Dormouse, the SMART V2 not only looks good, but is very reliable as well.

For futuristic-looking coil machines, make sure to check out the range from Borg Tattoo. Each machine has an eye-catching frame that is the cherry on top of the high-quality and reliable cake.

Killer Ink Tattoo is also an authorised distributor of coil machines from Polish artist Andrzej “Leńu” Leńczuk. Every Leńu tattoo machine that we stock is small yet powerful, and a great choice for artists who prefer to use coils.

Rounding off our range is a coil tattoo machine from world-renowned artist Theo Pedrada called the Bulldog 2 Liner.

As its name suggests, the Bulldog 2 Liner is perfect for all lining work and features a sand-blasted frame with black anodised finishing – basically, it’s a damn good-looking machine.

So as you can see, if you’re looking for a premium coil tattoo machine, then rest assured that Killer Ink Tattoo will have something in stock that is perfect for you!

Noa Yanni Video

We headed over to Italy to shoot a video with our sponsored artist and black and grey specialist Noa Yanni at her Noa Ink studio.

Check out her incredible 'Gone with the Wind' piece that we filmed her tattooing!

As well as tattooing in her Noa Ink studio, Noa Yanni can be found throughout the year at various guest spots and conventions.

She gets her passion for art from her mother, a fellow tattooist who primarily works as a sculptor of contemporary art.

You can find more of Noa Yanni’s work on her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Christian Boye Larsen

Equally adept at working with colour or black and grey, Christian Boye Larsen is a Danish tattoo artist that constantly turns heads with his clean yet incredibly detailed work.

Based at Timeless Art studio in Roskilde, Denmark, Christian has been creating vibrant realistic tattoos for years, with his speciality being roses.

Although he has no preference on whether he tattoos colour or black and grey, his roses, in particular, are at their most vibrant and eye-catching when he packs them with shades of red or pink.

Recently, Christian has been working on more black and grey surrealism pieces, which are just as high-quality as the rest of his stellar portfolio.

A closer look at Christian’s tattoos shows just how talented he is as an artist – each and every tattoo of his is not only full of detail, but the lines are crisp and the shading is always extremely clean.

Christian uses various Killer Ink Tattoo supplies to create his work, including Inkjecta tattoo machines, Hustle Butter Deluxe, Fusion Ink, Stencil Stuff, and KWADRON Needles.

Check out more of Christian Boye Larsen’s work on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

2018 Liverpool Tattoo Convention Preview

The Liverpool Tattoo Convention returns for another year of incredible tattoo artists, quality entertainment and ridiculously cheap pints.

The 11th edition of the convention will again be held at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool on May 5th and 6th and will feature over 250 of the best tattoo artists around.

Included in that list are 20 tattooists that will be taking part in the fourth edition of the Kaos Theory Project from our sponsored artist Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith.

This huge collaborative project sees the 20 artists pair off to create some incredible collaborations over the course of the weekend.

Joining Ryan will be Killer Ink Tattoo sponsored artists Jay Freestyle, Tom Farrow, Igor Mitrenga, Guido Schmitz, Sandra Daukshta, and Yarson Stahowic, among other great tattooers.

As always, there will be live music and performances, competitions, market stalls, and tattoo duels, so make sure you don’t miss it!

WIN Two Tickets to Liverpool Tattoo Convention

We have two tickets up for grabs for you and a friend to attend the 2018 Liverpool Tattoo Convention!

To enter, simply find our competition posts on Facebook or Instagram and answer the following question:

Not including this year, how many editions of the Liverpool Tattoo Convention have there been?

a) 10
b) 4
c) 69

(Competition will run from 24/5/18 to midnight 1/5/18. Winner will be announced on 2/5/18.)

Good luck!

Stigma-Rotary® at Milano Tattoo Convention 2018

Check out this video from Stigma-Rotary® of their Pro Artists Uncl Paul Knows, Goran Micic and Robi Pena working with new Stigma® tattoo machines at the 2018 Milano Tattoo Convention.

Our good friends at Stigma® were in Milan to demonstrate their new Hyper V4, Stylist and Spear machines, with the help of Uncl Paul Knows.

Give the video a watch below!

NeoTat

Founded across the pond in the United States, NeoTat has been producing high-quality rotary tattoo machines for 14 years.

NeoTat was founded by American Ray Webb, a man with an extensive background in electrical and mechanical engineering. Ray began building tattoo machine parts in the early ‘90s for a tattoo supply company and would use the experience in his own machines.

Back in 2004, Ray made his first tattoo machine of his own original design, utilising an entirely new mechanism. And so, NeoTat was born.

“I had always, since I was a kid, hoped to develop and sell my own product,” said Ray, speaking about his first machine. “Over the years, I have made many products and designs for other companies and now I had my own.”

It was a rocky start for Ray and NeoTat as the tattoo industry wasn’t quite ready for a linear tattoo machine of a rotary design.

With a lot of graft and persistence, Ray managed to break through the barriers in 2009 with endorsements from popular artists like Joshua Carlton, who called him a “world class machine builder”.

Each and every rotary tattoo machine built by NeoTat is proudly manufactured in the USA from the best materials and components around. All NeoTat machines are hand-fitted and assembled before going through a rigorous testing process.

We stock various rotaries from NeoTat at Killer Ink Tattoo, including the Original, Vivace and the latest Stregato machines.

The NeoTat Original is a consistent, smooth-running rotary tattoo machine that is offered in four colours. It is available with an RCA or Clip Cord connection and three stroke lengths: short (1.8mm), standard (2.5mm) and long (3.5mm).

NeoTat’s Original machines feature a lightweight, ergonomic design that is easy to disassemble and clean.

Following on from the Original is the NeoTat Vivace tattoo machine, a lighter rotary that features a removable, interchangeable motor cartridge. This allows for quick and easy adjustments to the machine’s stroke length.

As with the Original, the Vivace has three stroke lengths: short (2.5mm), medium (3.5mm) and long (4.2mm).

The design is ergonomic and offers a low level of vibration, which helps to cut down on the fatigue associated with long tattoo sessions.

The latest rotary from NeoTat is the Stregato, a dedicated cartridge machine that is smooth-running and has enough power to push even the largest cartridges.

The NeoTat Stregato tattoo machine features the company’s unique EyeLoc locking bar loop system. This allows the artist a choice of soft or hard disposable drive bar cushions, giving you the choice between a softer or harder hit.

As with all NeoTat machines, the Stregato has an ergonomically-shaped body that fits comfortably in your hand and is easy to grip throughout your tattooing session.

The Stregato is also fitted with NeoTat’s Magic Motor – the same used in its Vivace tattoo machines. The Magic Motor provides an even smoother movement of the Stregato’s drive bar.

Although best known for its rotaries, NeoTat has developed a cool new power switch called the MagicRay.

The NeoTat MagicRay Power Switch lets you turn your tattoo machines on and off in a unique way: instead of pressing down on it with your foot, the MagicRay is operated by a flick of your hand.

No, you’re not suddenly the next Harry Potter; an infrared sensor in the MagicRay will detect your hand movement.

Waving your hand over the top of the switch will turn the power on, while a second wave will turn it off again.

It’s also very hygienic: it can be barrier wrapped to keep it clean and it will still work as long as you wrap it tightly over the infrared sensor.

It is clear to see why tattoo artists love NeoTat machines – Ray puts his heart and soul into each one.

“We want every machine to be at peak performance and ready to work before it leaves the shop. It is our pride, our name going out in those boxes.”

You can definitely have pride in your NeoTat machines, Ray.

Inkjecta Flite Nano

Inkjecta Flite Nano rotaries are dedicated cartridge tattoo machines that are suitable for lining, shading and colouring across all styles.

With three versions of the Flite Nano available to order from Killer Ink Tattoo, it can be hard to know which is best for you.

In our latest video, we take a look at the three iterations of the Inkjecta Flite Nano (Lite, Titan and Elite) and go through the similarities and differences between the machines.

Check it out below!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Jenna Kerr

Known for her incredible ornamental tattoos, Jenna Kerr is one of the UK’s top tattoo artists and has been gaining more and more followers each year with her body art.

Since she began tattooing back in 2009, Jenna has worked at Devil in the Detail tattoo studio, based in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, UK.

Although adept at various styles, Jenna Kerr is best known for her stunning ornamental work, incorporating crystals, gemstones, flowers and filigrees.

Jenna’s popularity grew to new heights last year with numerous art-focused social media pages featuring her work in their videos, gaining her many new fans in the process.

It would also appear that tattoo convention judges love her work too, with Jenna picking up many awards over the last year.

These include ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Best Ornamental’ with Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith at the 2017 Cezanne Tattoo Convention and ‘3rd Best of Show’ at the 2017 London Tattoo Convention for a mammoth collaboration that she did with Ryan and Jay Freestyle.

Speaking of collaborations, Jenna Kerr was one of six artists to take part in the first edition of the Kaos Theory Project at NR Studios in London, which was filmed by Killer Ink Tattoo. Fellow sponsored artists Ryan and Jay also took part in the week-long event.

To create her stunning ornamental pieces, Jenna uses a variety of Killer Ink Tattoo supplies, including Inkjecta machines, World Famous Ink, Dermalize PRO, and Stencil Forte.

To see more of Jenna Kerr’s incredible work, head over to her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages!

Critical Atom & AtomX – Similarities/Differences

Critical Tattoo Supply’s two latest power supplies, the Atom and AtomX, are perfect for conventions, guest spots and general studio use, but what are the similarities and differences between them?

In our latest video, we take a look at both the Critical Atom and AtomX power supplies and talk through their features, what makes them so appealing to tattoo artists and where the differences between them lie.

Make sure to check it out in the video below!

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