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Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment

A titan of the industry, Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment has consistently developed a range of high-quality devices for tattoo artists over the years.

The most famous of all Cheyenne tattoo equipment is the HAWK, the company’s first rotary machine.

The original Cheyenne HAWK was used and loved by many tattoo artists worldwide, and the company has now honoured its legacy with a special edition re-release to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

It’s hard to follow on from such an iconic machine, but the German-based company managed to do so just fine with the release of the Cheyenne HAWK Spirit.

The HAWK Spirit is a light and flexible machine that is great for any and all aspects of tattooing, delivering fast strokes and quick punctures. As an all-rounder, tattoo artists appreciated the machines ease of use.

Up next was the Cheyenne HAWK Thunder, another great all-rounder rotary that excelled at lining, shading and colouring work. Cheyenne increased the stroke length of the HAWK Thunder up to 4mm, making it a great tattoo machine for colour packing and solid black work.

So where do you go from making three great rotary tattoo machines? For Cheyenne, it was the pen-style machine.

Which brings us to the Cheyenne HAWK Pen, an innovative rotary tattoo machine that is shaped like a marker pen and vibrates less than conventional tattoo devices – without sacrificing puncturing power.

The release of the Cheyenne HAWK Pen was significant in the tattooing world, bringing artists’ attention to pen-style rotaries for the first time.

Even years after its release, the Cheyenne Pen is still a shining light in the pen-style rotary machine category, with many of the world’s best tattooists using the HAWK Pen today. You can see Killer Ink sponsored artists like Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith, Alvin Chong, and Samuel Sancho using the Cheyenne HAWK Pen to create their tattoos.

To go hand-in-hand with its tattoo machines, Cheyenne offers a range of fixed and disposable grips that are easy to attach and comfortable to use. The Cheyenne Flex Grip and Cheyenne Fixed Grip also allow artists to use Cheyenne cartridges with any tattoo machine.

Speaking of cartridges, Cheyenne’s wide selection of needle cartridges are some of the best on the market. This comes as no surprise considering that Cheyenne introduced and pioneered the cartridge system, which was revolutionary to the tattoo industry.

Each and every cartridge is made in Germany and quickly interchangeable, allowing artists to change between needle configurations in seconds.

Recently, Cheyenne launched its new Craft Cartridges, which have all the qualities you’d come to expect from the brand but with a simplified design – the plastic tips are made from a single mould of medical grade plastic.

That’s not all for Cheyenne, as the company also offers artists various foot switches, cables and PU power supplies – including the upcoming PU III power supply, which will feature a touch-less interface.

Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment may be one of the best brands in the industry, but don’t just take our word for it. Make sure to try out some of its top products, whether it be the HAWK Pen, PU power supply or its cartridges. You won’t be sorry!

Killer Ink Tattoo at Milano Tattoo Convention 2018

Killer Ink was back in Milan for another edition of the spectacular Milano Tattoo Convention!

We flew over to Italy at the beginning of February for the 2018 Milano Tattoo Convention, taking place again this year at Fiera Milano City.

The event featured some of the world’s best tattoo artists and jaw-dropping performers, so don’t miss this one!

History repeated itself as our sponsored artists Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith and Jay Freestyle won ‘Best of Show’ for the second year running. Ryan and Jay tattooed an incredible leg sleeve that wowed both the public and the judges.

Killer Ink sponsored artist Debora Cherrys picked up ‘Best of Friday’ and ‘2nd Best of Saturday’ for two colourful neo-traditional tattoos, while Sandra Daukshta’s owl portrait claimed ‘2nd Best of Friday’.

That wasn’t all for our sponsored artists as Spanish tattooer Fernando Bisceglia’s work was named ‘Best Colour’. Shout out to our good friend Benjamin Laukis too as he went home with ‘2nd Best of Show’ for his stunning piece.

Away from the awards, there were a couple of killer Pennywise portraits from our artists Silvano Fiato and Adem Senturk (who did his in a collaboration with Russian tattooist Mira Paramonova).

Diego Lanzone also had a convention to remember, finding himself tattooing a black cat onto Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia.

Our good friends over at Stigma-Rotary® joined us alongside our stand to demonstrate their new Hyper V4, Stylist and Spear machines, with the help of new school artist Uncl Paul Knows.

Well, that’s all for this year! Thanks again to everyone involved in the Milano Tattoo Convention and we can’t wait to get back next year!

Grazie mille!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Adem Senturk

A tattooist since 1999, Adem Senturk is the owner of Fat Fugu tattoo studio in Northampton, UK and a purveyor of incredible black and grey tattoos!

With 19 years of tattooing under his belt, Adem Senturk has seen his work go from strength to strength, becoming one of the UK’s top tattoo artists.

Equally adept with colour or black and grey, Adem specialises in realism, constantly producing incredible works of art on his customers’ skin at his Fat Fugu studio.

Based in the heart of Northampton town centre, Fat Fugu is owned by Adem and boasts seven resident artists with regular guest spots from some of the industry’s best.

To create his killer tattoos, Adem uses supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including the new Spektra Xion tattoo machine.

You can check out Adem Senturk’s tattoos on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Tattoo Timelapses – Milano Tattoo Convention 2018

We filmed timelapses of Killer Ink Tattoo sponsored artists Lucas Ferreira, Jose Gonzalez and Mathieu Varga working on some killer tattoos at Milano Tattoo Convention 2018.

Check them all out below!

Lucas Ferreira

Brazilian-born artist Lucas Ferreira was working on a cool neo-traditional cat tattoo when we filmed him in Milan.

Jose Gonzalez

We caught Spanish tattooist Jose Gonzalez tattooing a dope “painter’s skull” at the 2018 Milano Tattoo Convention.

Mathieu Varga

French artist Mathieu Varga tattooed this awesome black and grey work in the fashion capital of the world when under our spotlight.

Magic Moon

Magic Moon is renowned as one of the best producers of tattoo needles and cartridges in the world, so let’s take a look at just what makes them so popular with tattoo artists.

Killer Ink Tattoo stocks a wide range of needles and cartridges from Magic Moon, each one manufactured to the highest quality by the German-based company.

Each Magic Moon needle and cartridge goes through rigorous quality control checks during and after the manufacturing process, resulting in a very reliable product of the highest professional standard.

It doesn’t matter what style you work with, as Killer Ink Tattoo stocks a large variety of configurations, tapers and sizes of Magic Moon needles and cartridge.

Magic Moon isn’t just about needles and cartridges, though, with the company offering a range of stainless steel grips, tips and backstems that fit various needle sizes.

Each stainless steel grip, tip and backstem from Magic Moon is made in Germany to the highest standard – as you’d come to expect!

Although it is best known for its high-quality tattoo needles and cartridges, Magic Moon has also manufactured a popular workstation for tattoo artists, known as the InkButler.

The Magic Moon InkButler can be adjusted and set-up exactly as you like it, so it makes long tattooing session easier!

There’s also separate smartphone and tablet mounts, sold separately, that allow you to have your reference close by at all times.

We could sit here and gush about Magic Moon’s products all day long, but don’t just take our word for it – have a browse of our site and make sure to give the needles and cartridges a try!

Stigma-Rotary® Stylist, Hyper V4 & Spear Reviews

We unbox and review Stigma-Rotary®’s three new tattoo machines, the Stylist, Hyper V4 and Spear, and talk you through their features.

Stigma-Rotary® Stylist

The Stigma-Rotary® Stylist is a pen-style tattoo machine that is compatible with all brands of cartridges, including Stigma®'s advanced cartridges and conventional cartridges - like Cheyenne or our own brand of Stellar Cartridges.

The Stigma® Stylist features a long ergonomic grip, 6W Swiss motor and an adjustable stroke length.

Stigma-Rotary® Hyper V4

Following on from the Hyper V3 is the Stigma-Rotary® Hyper V4, a smooth running and versatile hybrid tattoo machine.

Thanks to its universal screw-on connection, the Hyper V4 can be used with cartridge grips from all major brands!

The Stigma® Hyper V4 pushes standard needles and cartridges, while offering adjustable stroke length and give.

Stigma-Rotary® Spear

The Stigma-Rotary® Spear is a pen-style tattoo machine like the Stylist above, but it is completely adjustable on the fly – meaning it offers both adjustable stroke length AND give.

As with the Stylist, the Stigma® Spear can run all brands of cartridges, whether you are using Stigma®’s advanced cartridges or convention cartridges like Cheyenne or Killer Ink Stellar.

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Lucas Ferreira

Born in Brazil and based in Portugal, Lucas Ferreira is an incredible tattoo artist that specialises in vibrant neo-traditional work.

Lucas started tattooing in his home country of Brazil back in 2012, taking an apprenticeship in the town where he was born, Vila Velha.

After working in a tattoo shop doing various admin roles, Lucas was asked by the owner whether he wanted to learn how to tattoo since he already knew the ins-and-outs of the store. A few tattoo sessions were attended by Lucas before realising that this was what he wanted to do with his life.

Years later, Lucas Ferreira found himself based in Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto, where he creates some of the best neo-traditional tattoos around.

Don’t just take our word for it, as Lucas has managed to amass a huge following on Instagram with his killer work!

To create his colourful neo-traditional pieces, Lucas uses supplies exclusively from Killer Ink Tattoo.

Make sure to catch more of Lucas Ferreira’s tattoos on his Facebook and Instagram pages!

Brighton Tattoo Convention 2018

Killer Ink Tattoo will be attending the 2018 Brighton Tattoo Convention and we hope to see you all there!

This year’s convention will take place at The Brighton Centre between February 24th and 25th, so make sure to keep those dates free in your diary!

The 11th annual Brighton Tattoo Convention will feature incredible tattoo artists from across the globe, including many Killer Ink sponsored artists.

As we did last year, we’ll have a stand at the convention full of the latest tattoo products, so make sure to come say hi and check out our new machines, cartridges, inks, and more!

We also have to give a shout out to the awesome poster for the 2018 Brighton Tattoo Convention, which was created by tattooist Emily Wood (@emblackheart).

Emily designed the poster using only two biro pens and a Skull Shoppe ‘Adult Female Caucasian’ skull supplied by Killer Ink as a reference!

We previously wrote a blog about our reference skulls if you’d like to learn more.

Stigma-Rotary® to Join Killer Ink at Milano Tattoo Convention 2018

We’re excited to announce that our good friends at Stigma-Rotary® will be joining us alongside our stand at the 2018 Milano Tattoo Convention!

This year’s Milano Tattoo Convention takes place at the Fiera Milano City exhibition centre between February 9th and 11th. Just like last year, Killer Ink Tattoo will be there to film all of the goings-on at the convention, so keep an eye out for our upcoming video!

Joining us at our stand will be the team from Stigma-Rotary®, who will be bringing along their new Hyper V4, Stylist and Spear tattoo machines. All of the machines will be available to buy on the day, so make sure you don’t spend all your Euros on gelato!

Check out our Stigma-Rotary® blog to learn more about its latest rotary tattoo machines!

Stigma® sponsored artist Uncl Paul Knows, who is known for his vibrant watercolour and sketchy tattoos, will be also be on-hand to demonstrate the new machines. You don’t want to miss him!

The Milano Tattoo Convention is not just the first date on our convention calendar, but it’s also one of the best and most exciting shows out there. This year is set to be even better than the last, so we can’t wait to see you all there!

A Quick Look Back at 2017…

2017 was a crazy year, everyone can agree on that. Thankfully Killer Ink Tattoo avoided any Hollywood-esque scandals and enjoyed a year full of new products, engaging videos, and exciting conventions!

We want to start off proceedings by talking about the Stellar Cartridges that Killer Ink Tattoo released last year.

Hot off the heels of our Precision Needle Cartridges, Killer Ink Tattoo Stellar Cartridges are high-quality and contain precision soldered needles. Stellar Cartridges feature a transparent housing that allows for complete visibility of the needle while tattooing.

Since release, we have received excellent feedback from artists using our Stellar Cartridges so we hope you give them a try too!

Aside from our own brand of products, we’ve got some incredible new tattoo supplies in stock this year.

We took delivery of the Spektra Xion, Inkjecta Flite Nano and Equaliser Proton/Mikron tattoo machines last year, while a killer new power supply came in the form of the Critical AtomX.

Over on the tattoo ink front, World Famous Ink released various Pro Artist ink sets, including four from Damian Gorski and one from Jay Freestyle, both Killer Ink Tattoo sponsored artists. We also received needles and cartridges from Magic Moon, along with KWADRON Cartridges and Cheyenne HAWK Craft Cartridges.

The start of 2017 saw supreme hustle Richie Bulldog team up with international tattoo artist El Whyner to release a range of new Luxury Hustle Wear designs. You can’t knock the hustle!

Away from new products, Killer Ink Tattoo grew its YouTube presence in 2017, releasing numerous new videos featuring our sponsored artists, friends and various European tattoo conventions.

We filmed our escapades at the Milano, Liverpool, Cantal, and London tattoo conventions, with our 2017 Milano Tattoo Convention video becoming our most-watched video on YouTube. Make sure to check it out!

We also shot interviews with many of our sponsored artists, including Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith, Thomas Carli-Jarlier, Coen Mitchell, Damian Gorski, Paul Talbot, and Alex Wright and Kyle ‘Egg’ Williams from Grindhouse Tattoo Productions.

Last summer, we headed down to London to film the first edition of the Kaos Theory Project, an ambitious event led by our sponsored artist Ryan Smith and featuring five other world class tattoo artists in a week of collaborations.

Joining Ryan for the Kaos Theory Project were our sponsored artists Jenna Kerr and Jay Freestyle, along with Benjamin Laukis, Jorge Becerra, and Julian Siebert.

We released interviews and footage from each collaboration, culminating in a final mini documentary that rounded-up the project.

But it wasn’t all work, work, work… we had some fun shooting a behind-the-scenes Halloween video with IT’s killer clown Pennywise, as well as releasing a Christmas feature with our good friend Richie Bulldog that was based on the famous yuletide poem ‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’.

Moving back to our website, we launched some new pages that will serve as great resources for artists.

Up first is the ‘conventions list’ page, which is a run-down of all conventions that Killer Ink Tattoo will attend in the year ahead, coupled with a list of those we attended previously.

Our latest page is ‘Killer Social’, were we feature tattoo artists that use our products to create their awesome work. If you’d like to be featured on the page, simply tag @killerinktattoo when sharing your tattoos on Instagram and use the hashtag #killerinktattoo.

Oh, and don’t forget to tag the specific products and ink colours you used! We display one of the products next to your tattoo so other artists can take inspiration for their next piece.

Well that seems like everything from 2017. Thank you for making it another killer year and we will continue to bring you great new products, engaging videos, and more in 2018!

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