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Spektra Rotary Tattoo Machines

FK Irons may be known for its coil tattoo machines, but its Spektra division produces some of the best rotaries around.

Backed by FK Irons’ famed engineering team, Spektra first entered the world of tattooing back in 2012 with its game-changing Spektra Halo rotary machine.

The Halo was an instant success, with renowned tattoo artists around the globe praising the machine for its top performance and versatility.

The company was quick to build on its success with the introduction of the Spektra Direkt. The original Direkt was the first model to feature Spektra’s new Hex Drive motor system, which helped extend the motor life and reduce vibration.

Not wanting to sit on its laurels, Spektra released two dedicated-cartridge rotaries simultaneously, the Edge and Edge X.

The Spektra Edge and Edge X are some of the most sophisticated and versatile dedicated-cartridge machines ever created.

Each tattoo machine utilised the Hex Drive motor system and featured Spektra’s new MultiVise system, which allowed artists to use both conventional cartridge grips with a backstem and screw-on-style cartridge grips – a first in the industry.

Both the Edge and Edge X also eliminated the need for interchangeable stroke wheels by offering an adjustable stroke with variable options.

As the Halo was such a well-loved machine, Spektra decided to update it and bring it back with a bang, resulting in its do-all successor, the Spektra Halo 2 Crossover.

The Halo 2 Crossover is a rotary tattoo machine that handles it all, designed to push both cartridges and standard needles. It also features Spektra’s MultiVise system.

There’s no need for grommets or rubber bands as the Halo 2 Crossover comes with a needle clip-on and stabiliser system.

The Spektra Halo 2 Crossover offers both adjustable stroke and give. With three pre-set locking stroke wheels, you can adjust the stroke from 2.8mm to 4.0mm with ease, while the adjustable give has been optimised for a flawless response with both cartridges and needles.

As with its predecessor and the Halo 2 Crossover, the Spektra Direkt 2 Crossover was designed to push cartridges as well as standard needles.

The aforementioned MultiVise system features again on this machine, allowing you to use screw-on grips and those with a traditional backstem.

The Direkt 2 comes with stroke caps in three different sizes (2.8mm, 3.4mm and 4.0mm), so you can adjust the stroke length to your preference.

Powerful and consistent, the Spektra Direkt 2 is silent at high or low voltages and features a Hex Drive MotorBolt system that is compatible with Direkt and Edge X motors.

So, after producing some of the world’s best rotaries, where do you go from there? Two words: Spektra Xion.

Developed and tested over a three-year period in cooperation with top tattoo artists, the Spektra Xion is a pen-style rotary machine that was eagerly anticipated from the moment it debuted, right up until its eventual release earlier this year.

The Xion is a cartridge-dedicated machine that is both lightweight and ergonomic, allowing for optimal manoeuvrability. It is the kind of machine that artists will be able to use over long sessions.

Powering the Spektra Xion is a specially-designed 6W MotorBolt that provides maximum torque throughout the tattooing session, ensuring optimal performance of your cartridges. The RCA connection of the Xion is also concealed within the MotorBolt for extra protection.

Artists can set the Xion up however they like it, thanks to its adjustable stroke length, needle depth and give.

Simply turn the dial to adjust the give up to 2mm, while you just need to turn the click grip to adjust needle depth. The stroke length can be adjusted with the included 3.2mm and 3.7mm stroke wheels.

The fact that the Spektra Xion is fully adjustable means that tattooists have complete control over it, therefore making it suitable for a wide range of styles. It really is easy to see why so many artists have fallen in love with the Xion.

FK Irons’ head honcho Gaston Siciliano also introduced a permanent make-up version of the Xion called the Spektra Xion S. which was developed and tested in cooperation with permanent make-up artists.

Compared to the Xion, the Spektra Xion S has a smaller grip and a shorter stroke length of either 1.8mm or 2.5mm. The short stroke length is optimal for smaller needles and higher speeds, which are commonly used for permanent make-up.

The smaller grip of the Xion S has a comfortable and ergonomic design and is more suited to the way permanent make-up artists are used to working.

When using your Spektra rotary tattoo machines, make sure to take a look at the range of click grips and footswitches from another FK Irons division, DarkLab.

Killer Ink Tattoo stocks RPG Click Ergo grips from DarkLab in various colours. These grips utilise FK Irons’ ratchet disk click system, which enables adjustment of needle depth while preventing involuntary turning.

The DarkLab range of footswitches are portable and lightweight, yet built to last. These foot pedals are ideal for using in your studio or taking with you to conventions and guest spots.

We can’t wait to see what Gaston and Spektra come up with next!

Kamil Mocet – Kamil Tattoos

We headed down to Kamil Tattoos studio in London to film our latest video with owner Kamil Mocet, one of the UK's top artists.

Appearing alongside Kamil were fellow Killer Ink sponsored artists Pawel Stroinski, Alo Loco, Szidi, Jairo Carmona, and Tom Farrow.

Don't miss this one!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Luke Sayer

He’s one of the UK’s top tattoo artists, took the top prize in E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year TV show, and now he’s our latest sponsored artist of the month… say hello to Luke Sayer.

Luke has built up a stellar reputation and huge following over the years with his realistic black and grey tattoos, and he’s managed to take that one step further over the last year or so.

Back in May 2017, Luke competed in the inaugural edition of E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year, managing to win the top prize against many talented tattoo artists – including fellow sponsored artist JJ Jackson.

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The judges named Luke Sayer the winner after he created a black and grey tattoo of a coil machine in the final episode, while viewers loved a steak bake that he tattooed on a drag queen.

Fast forward just over half a year to January 2018 and Luke had opened his own tattoo shop in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, marking the next step of an incredible personal journey.

To create his killer black and grey work, Luke uses various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including Inkjecta tattoo machines.

You can keep up to date with Luke Sayer’s latest tattoos on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Rob Smead – ELECTRUM Interview

We interviewed ELECTRUM owner Rob Smead at the 2018 Liverpool Tattoo Convention about the launch of his new Gold Standard Tattoo Stencil Primer.

We also spoke to Rob about the differences between Gold Standard and the standard ELECTRUM stencil primer, as well as his future plans and the best way to apply the products.

Make sure to check it out below!

ELECTRUM Tattoo Stencil Primer

If you want to make sure that your tattoo stencils are long-lasting and skin-friendly, make sure to check out ELECTRUM’s range of stencil primers.

Killer Ink stocks two versions of ELECTRUM, both of which are non-toxic, deodorant free and vegan-friendly.

Up first is the original ELECTRUM Premium Tattoo Stencil Primer, aka ‘Green Gold’!

This stencil primer is gel-based and works with both standard carbon stencils and skin markers. Whichever method you choose for applying your stencil, you only need to rub a little ELECTRUM on the skin, let it dry and then get to work.

No more worrying about losing your artwork either, as any stencil you put on the body with ELECTRUM will be dark and long-lasting.

If you prefer to work with a lotion-based product, then make sure to check out the new ELECTRUM Gold Standard Tattoo Stencil Primer.

Gold Standard works in the exact same way as the original ELECTRUM stencil primer, except it’s lotion-based rather than gel-based. It’s as simple as that!

As with the original stencil primer, ELECTRUM Gold Standard works with all types of transfer paper and skin markers.

Gold Standard has a very tacky consistency when applied, meaning it will hold all types of paper to the skin and allow for darker and longer-lasting stencils.

We also stock ELECTRUM Premium Tattoo Stencil Remover & Skin Prep, which does exactly what it says in the name!

This product contains Australian Tea Tree Oil, which is a powerful antiseptic that kills bacteria on contact without drying out the skin. For this reason, you can use it as a skin prep to remove surface oils and dirt prior to placing your stencil.

If you haven’t placed your stencil correctly, you can also use this solution to remove the stencil without needing excessively harsh chemicals.

As with most tattoo supplies and equipment, the right version of ELECTRUM stencil primer for you simply comes down to your preference. If you’re unsure on which to use, give them both a try!

Cheyenne Cables & Adapters

When it comes to choosing the correct cables for your set up, it can sometimes be quite confusing.

For this reason, we’re here to help you figure out which cables and adapters you need when plugging non-Cheyenne machines into Cheyenne power supplies, and vice versa.

So, it doesn’t matter whether you’re using a Cheyenne-branded machine or a power supply from the German company, our handy video guide below will clear up any and all confusion.

Plus, if it’s foot switches and pedals that you need to get your head around, we cover that too!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Igor Mitrenga

There are many tattoo artists today who are producing incredible colour realism work, but one in particular that you need to watch is Igor Mitrenga.

Igor is an exciting tattoo artist from Czech Republic who specialises in colour realism, but is also just as skilled with black and grey.

Always captivated by art from a young age, Igor took his drawing prowess to the streets at the age of 13, where he began to explore the creativity of spray-painting graffiti onto walls and trains.

In 2013, Igor made his first move into tattooing. This first tattoo lit a fire in him that has continued to grow to this day, with Igor now tattooing from his own private studio in Prague.

Although Igor is best known for his colour realism tattoos, he has recently been catching the eye with some comic book-style pieces that have taken his work to a whole new level!

Igor uses a variety of supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo to create his stunning work, including Spektra machines from FK Irons, Intenze Ink, Hustle Butter Deluxe, Dermalize Pro, and Stencil Forte.

You can check out more of Igor Mitrenga’s work on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Killer Ink Tattoo at Liverpool Tattoo Convention 2018

Another sunny weekend in May brought with it the 11th edition of the Liverpool Tattoo Convention, our hometown show!

At the convention, we shot our latest video featuring eye-catching performers, a host of great tattoo artists and some crazy collaborations!

Give it a watch below!

For another year, the 2018 Liverpool Tattoo Convention was presided over by our good friend and Hustle Butter Deluxe creator Richie Bulldog, who was the M.C. for the weekend.

In the awards department, there were some big wins for Killer Ink sponsored tattoo artists.

An incredible collaboration between our sponsored artists Jay Freestyle and Guido Schmitz, as part of the fourth edition of The Kaos Theory Project, won ‘2nd Best of Show’ and ‘2nd Best Collaboration’.

Scotland-based tattooist Yarson Stahowic took home three awards at the event (‘Best Realism’, ‘Best Large Black & Grey’ and ‘2nd Best Small Black & Grey’), while Kyle ‘Egg’ Williams from Grindhouse Tattoo Productions claimed ‘Best Small Black & Grey’ for his portrait of Kurt Cobain.

There were also two special awards given to our tattoo artists before the public convention days: Samantha Ford was named ‘UK Best Female Artist 2018’, before Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith took home ‘People Choice Artist 2018’ for the second year running.

Congratulations to all of our artists and we hope to see you all at other conventions throughout the year!

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 killed 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!

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