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  1. Best Rotary Tattoo Machines
Best Rotary Tattoo Machines

Best Rotary Tattoo Machines

With so many rotary tattoo machines to choose from, it can be hard to know which is the best fit for you.

We’re going to run through the best rotary tattoo machines that are available to order from Killer Ink Tattoo and help you find your next machine.

There are a number of benefits to working with rotary machines, with many tattoo artists enjoying the low maintenance and ease of use.

No matter which rotary tattoo machine you choose to order from our online shop, you can be sure that it will serve you for years to come!

Killer Ink Tattoo is the global distributor for Stigma-Rotary® tattoo machines, which has designed some of the best rotary machines on the market today.

It’s been a very busy year for Stigma-Rotary®, with the brand releasing three incredible tattoo machines – two pen-style rotaries and one hybrid machine.

Artists who prefer using a pen-style rotary tattoo machine have the choice between Stigma-Rotary® Stylist and Spear models.

Both machines are compatible with all brands of cartridges, including Stigma®’s advanced cartridges and convention cartridges – like Cheyenne or our own brand of Stellar Cartridges.

The Stigma-Rotary® Stylist features a long ergonomic grip, 6W Swiss motor and an adjustable stroke length, while the Stigma-Rotary® Spear is completely adjustable on the fly – offering both adjustable stroke length AND give.

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

The Hyper V4 features a universal screw-on connection which allows it to be used with cartridge grips from all the major brands.

Stigma®’s Hyper V4 tattoo machine pushes both standard needles and cartridges, while offering adjustable stroke length and give.

More recently, Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment looked to shake up the tattoo market with the release of its new Sol Nova rotary tattoo machine.

As with the much-loved Cheyenne HAWK Pen, the new Cheyenne Sol Nova has an ergonomic, pen-like shape. Compared to the Pen, however, the Sol Nova boasts more power and softer handling.

By shifting the weight of the machine to the front, Cheyenne has given the Sol Nova perfect balance, allowing for optimum control and accuracy.

The powerful brushless DC motor within the Cheyenne Sol Nova packs a punch, resulting in faster ink saturation. Even with this powerful motor, the quiet and soft operational mode of the Sol Nova means that it remains gentle on the skin, therefore allowing for a faster healing process.

As previously mentioned, the Cheyenne HAWK Pen is well-loved by tattoo artists around the globe and has been since the debut of the prototype back in 2014.

The Cheyenne HAWK Pen was the first-ever pen-style rotary tattoo machine and is still one of the best in its category today.

The idea of the pen-like shape was to give artists the closest feel to an actual pen that you could with a tattoo machine. For this reason, tattoo artists have found that they have more control and accuracy when using the HAWK Pen.

Before they conceived of a pen-shaped tattoo machine, Cheyenne was well-known for its three HAWK-branded rotary machines: the HAWK, HAWK Spirit, and HAWK Thunder.

The HAWK was Cheyenne’s first rotary tattoo machine and the company has now honoured its legacy with a special edition re-release to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Following on from this iconic machine was the Cheyenne HAWK Spirit, a light and flexible rotary that is great for all aspects of tattooing.

The HAWK Spirit is a true all-rounder machine, delivering fast strokes and quick punctures, while also being incredibly easy to use.

Next up was the Cheyenne HAWK Thunder, another superb all-rounder rotary tattoo machine that excelled at lining, shading and colouring work.

Cheyenne increased the stroke length of the HAWK Thunder tattoo machine up to 4mm, which makes it one of the best rotaries for colour packing and solid black work.

All EGO Rotary tattoo machines are super-lightweight with wrist-friendly designs, created and designed by tattoo artist Bez from Triple Six Studios in Sunderland, UK.

The latest offering from Bez is the brand-new EGO Polygon, a cartridge-dedicated rotary tattoo machine that follows on from the R12 and R12 Plus.

Featuring a fully-aluminium body with a lightweight, ergonomic design, the Polygon is the smallest machine from EGO Rotary to-date, weighing only 65 grams – or 55 grams without the vice connector.

The EGO Polygon is powered by an enclosed Faulhaber brushless motor and has no start-up delay. This smooth-running rotary has a perfectly straight, true linear drive motion, meaning no sideway vibration.

Tattoo artists can choose the give of the Polygon via seven main and nine disposable drive bars, each offering a different level of give indicated by various colours. Artists can use either the main or disposable drive bars to select soft, medium and hard give, while an aluminium main drive bar offers a solid hit with no give.

Unlike the Polygon, the Vertex 2 and V2 Plus tattoo machines from EGO Rotary utilise the company’s infamous ‘Power Triangles’, which replicate the front and back spring system from coil tattoo machines.

By using the power triangle system, tattoo artists can configure the EGO V2 Plus and Vertex 2 rotary tattoo machines exactly how they want it, in terms of give and throw.

The EGO Vertex 2 also includes a direct drive system option, which allows you to harness the full power of the Faulhaber motor. By using the direct drive system over the power triangles, you eliminate the machines give, which in turn gives it a more aggressive punch behind the needle.

Not content with creating some of the world’s best coil tattoo machines, FK Irons owner Gaston Siciliano entered the ‘Rotary Age’ with Spektra, a brand dedicated to the engineering of high-quality rotary tattoo machines.

Most recently, Spektra has been riding a wave of acclaim for its pen-shaped Xion rotary, which quickly took to the hearts and hands of some of the best tattoo artists across the world.

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

Spektra Rotary has fitted the Xion with a specially-designed 6W MotorBolt that provides maximum torque throughout the tattooing session and ensures optimal performance of your cartridges.

The Spektra Xion is fully-adjustable, with tattoo artists able to adjust the stroke length, needle depth and give.

Permanent make-up artists can also take advantage of the Spektra Xion S, which has a smaller grip and a shorter stroke length – optimal for smaller needles and higher speeds, both commonly used for permanent make-up.

Aside from the Xion, Spektra Rotary also offers three top-class tattoo machines: the Edge X, Halo 2 Crossover, and Direkt 2.

The Spektra Edge X is a sophisticated and versatile cartridge-dedicated tattoo machine that utilises the Hex Drive motor system and Spektra’s MultiVise system.

The MultiVise system from Spektra allowed tattoo artists to use both conventional cartridge grips with a backstem and screw-on-style cartridge grips with the Edge X – which was a first in the industry upon release.

Thanks to an adjustable stroke with variable options, the Spektra Edge X eliminated the need for interchangeable stroke wheels.

After the release of the Edge X, Spektra brought back its original Halo machine with a bang, resulting in its do-all successor, the Halo 2 Crossover.

The Spektra Halo 2 Crossover is a rotary tattoo machine that handles it all, designed to push cartridges and standard needles.

The Halo 2 Crossover comes with a needle clip-on and stabiliser system, meaning artists could say goodbye to grommets and rubber bands.

Spektra’s Halo 2 rotary machine offers both adjustable stroke and give – the latter of which has been optimised for a flawless response with both cartridges and tattoo needles.

As with the Halo 2 Crossover, the Spektra Direkt 2 Crossover was designed to push both tattoo cartridges and standard needles.

Many of the world’s best tattoo artists have lauded the Direkt 2 Crossover, enjoying its powerful and consistent hit and its silent running at any voltage.

The Direkt 2 Crossover features the aforementioned MultiVise system from Spektra, along with a Hex Drive MotorBolt system that is compatible with Direkt and Edge X motors.

Across the pond in the United States, NeoTat has been producing some of the best quality rotary tattoo machines over the last 14 years.

Killer Ink Tattoo stocks three rotary machines from NeoTat: the Original, Vivace and Stregato.

The NeoTat Original is a consistent, smooth-running rotary tattoo machine that features a lightweight, ergonomic design that is easy to disassemble and clean.

Following on from the Original is the NeoTat Vivace, a lighter rotary machine featuring a removable, interchangeable motor cartridge, allowing for quick and easy adjustments to its stroke length.

The ergonomic design of the Vivace, as well as its low levels of vibration, helps to cut down on the fatigue associated with long tattooing sessions.

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

As with all machines from the American brand, the NeoTat Stregato has an ergonomically-shaped body that fits comfortable in your hand and is easy to grip while tattooing.

The Stregato also features NeoTat’s unique EyeLoc locking bar loop system, which allows tattoo artists a choice of soft of hard disposable drive bar cushions. This gives artists the choice between a softer or harder hit.

Rotary machines from Inkjecta are popular with many of the world’s best tattoo artists today, whether it be the Lite, Titan or Elite versions.

All Inkjecta rotaries are cartridge-dedicated tattoo machines that are incredible versatile and suitable for lining, shading and colouring across all styles.

Each Inkjecta tattoo machine comes with a pre-installed 3.25mm excenter, RCA connection, and a custom ‘Nano Technology’ brushless motor with no start-up delay.

The Titan and Elite models are the most versatile Inkjecta rotary machines as they come with soft, medium, and hard torsion bars. These torsion bars offer tattoo artists the ability to set the hardness of their machine just the way they like it.

Both the Lite and Elite versions feature an alloy billet construction, with the Elite also coming equipped with a titanium collar vice. The Titan variant, however, has a carbon fibre frame, making it extremely lightweight and topping the scales at just 47 grams.

Although best known for producing some of the finest tattoo needles and cartridges around, KWADRON also manufactures rotary tattoo machines under the ‘Equaliser’ moniker.

The first machine, the Equaliser Proton, is a pen-style rotary that will run cartridges from all of the major brands.

The Proton is powered by a 5W motor and features an advanced gear system that makes it a very quiet and reliable machine, with a complete lack of vibration when running.

Following on from the Proton was the Equaliser Mikron and Mikron Turbo – both small, cartridge-dedicated rotary tattoo machines that are very comfortable to work with.

The Mikron and Equaliser Mikron Turbo are fitted with a 4.5W Faulhaber motor and have a 3.5mm stroke length.

When it comes down to finding the best rotary tattoo machine for you, it really all comes down to preference.

If you need some more information regarding our range of rotary tattoo machines or need some help choosing the best one for you, please get in touch with us today!

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