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Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment

World-renowned for its high-quality, innovative tattoo supplies, Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment raised the bar again last year with the release of the incredible Sol Nova machine.

The Sol Nova followed in the footsteps of well-loved rotaries from Cheyenne like the HAWK Pen, Thunder and Spirit, and offered tattooists a small, light yet powerful addition to their tattooing arsenal.

When compared to the widely-acclaimed Cheyenne HAWK Pen, the Sol Nova boasts more power and softer handling, making it a new favourite of many tattoo artists.

The durable and robust Cheyenne Sol Nova has perfect balance, with its weight shifted to the front, allowing for optimum control and accuracy.

The powerful brushless DC motor within packs a punch, resulting in faster ink saturation. However, its quiet and soft operational mode means that it still manages to remain gentle on the skin, allowing for a faster healing process.

A great all-rounder, Cheyenne’s latest rotary tattoo machine features a 3.5mm stroke and is ideal for precise lining, as well as soft shading.

The furore over the release of the Sol Nova didn’t mean that artists forgot about its predecessor though, as the Cheyenne HAWK Pen still remains one of the best-selling and most loved tattoo machines on the market.

From its inception up until today, artists have loved the control and accuracy offered by the Cheyenne HAWK Pen, along with its quiet running, lower vibration than conventional machines, and ergonomic, marker pen-like shape.

Similarly, you can find countless tattoo artists around the globe using Cheyenne’s earlier models to great effect. The Thunder, Spirit and original HAWK models are still some of the best rotary tattoo machines around today and offer high-quality performance, perfect for a variety of styles.

But that's only the beginning of what we have to offer from Cheyenne as we also stock a wide range of the brand's other equipment, including cartridges, cables, power supplies, and more!

One of the most popular offerings from Cheyenne are its HAWK Safety Cartridges, along with the newer HAWK Craft Cartridges.

Cheyenne HAWK Cartridges were a huge hit when first released as they offered artists a quickly interchangeable system that simply made their lives easier when tattooing.

The ability to change between needle configurations in seconds meant that artists would save time and, therefore, money during tattooing sessions.

After the success of the Safety cartridges, Cheyenne introduced HAWK Craft Cartridges to the world. The Cheyenne HAWK Craft Cartridges have all the qualities you’ve come to expect from the brand, but for a lower cost!

What sets the Craft cartridges aside from the standard HAWK Cartridges is the simplified design – the plastic tips are made from a single mould of medical-grade plastic. The ergonomic design of the cartridges also allows artists to work more closely to the skin.

Under its HAWK umbrella, Cheyenne has also launched various other high-quality tattoo supplies and equipment over the years, including the PU power supplies, a foot switch, and various cables.

You can be sure that each and every piece of equipment from Cheyenne will raise your tattooing level, so make sure to try them for yourself!

So, what is next for Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment? The German brand is expected to add two more machines to their ‘Sol’ rotary range in 2019, so watch this space for further developments!

Tattoo Timelapses – London Tattoo Convention 2018

While at the 2018 London Tattoo Convention, we filmed timelapses of Ralf Nonnweiler, Toni Donaire, Mystik, Matteo Pasqualin, and Lucas Ferreira working on incredible tattoos in a range of styles.

Check them all out below!

Ralf Nonnweiler

German artist Ralf Nonnweiler is known for his incredibly detailed black and grey work and he didn’t disappoint at the 2018 London Tattoo Convention with his tattoo of Star Trek’s Spock giving the middle finger…

Toni Donaire

You may know Toni Donaire from his eye-catching neo-traditional tattoos, so it was only fitting that the Spanish artist created a vibrant neo-trad portrait at the 2018 London Tattoo Convention.

Mystik

Mystik is an Australian tattoo artist that produces some of the best lettering and script in the business. Check out this sick two-day work he did at the 2018 London Tattoo Convention that spans from the back of the head to the upper back!

Matteo Pasqualin

The legendary Italian tattoo artist that is Matteo Pasqualin was at the 2018 London Tattoo Convention wowing the crowds with his ridiculously clean-yet-detailed black and grey work. This time his subject was the psychological thriller TV series, Hannibal.

Lucas Ferreira

Brazilian-born tattoo artist Lucas Ferreira served up yet another stunning neo-traditional piece at the 2018 London Tattoo Convention!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Remis Tattoo

A tattooist for over 15 years, Remigijus 'Remis' Cizauskas is one of the finest artists around and produces masterful black & grey and colour tattoos from his two studios in Lithuania and Ireland.

Originally from Lithuania, Remis is the owner of two self-titled tattoo studios – one in his home city of Kaunas, Lithuania and the other in Ireland’s capital city of Dublin.

Having always enjoyed drawing and painting realistic portraits, Remis is now perhaps best known for tattoo realism, whether it be in colour or black and grey.

In fact, his black and grey realism is revered so much in the tattooing world that he released an instructional DVD on how to tattoo the perfect portrait. If you want to improve your black and grey portraits, make sure to check out the Remis Black & Grey Portrait Tattooing DVD.

Don’t think that it’s only black and grey he specialises in, however, as Remis consistently produces colour work of such a high level that it almost seems to jump right off the skin!

If you love Remis’ work but can’t get to Kaunas or Dublin, he is known for tattooing at various conventions around the world, including the renowned London Tattoo Convention and next month’s Mondial du Tatouage in Paris, France.

Remis uses various supplies from Killer Ink to create his incredible tattoos, including the Cheyenne HAWK Pen, Cheyenne HAWK Cartridges, Intenze Tattoo Ink, Dermalize PRO, INK-EEZE, Immortal Prime, and Stencil Stuff.

To see more of Remis’ tattoos, head on over to his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages!

Christmas with David Corden & Semper Tattoo Studio

Christmas is nearly here, so we decided to head up to the beautiful city of Edinburgh to interview renowned tattoo artist David Corden at his Semper Tattoo studio.

We managed to tear ourselves away from the Christmas markets long enough to film the artists at the studio working on some excellent tattoos.

Make sure to give it a watch and spread that Christmas cheer!

David Corden is one of the most popular tattooists around today and has been tattooing for over 10 years.

Based at his Semper Tattoo studio in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket, David specialises in colour realism portraits and pin-ups, and can bring any subject matter to life!

Tattooing alongside David at Semper Tattoo are fellow artists Michelle Maddison, Claire Hamill, Joanne Baker, Keira Kirkpatrick, Elliott Wells, and Tom Strom.

Each artist brings a different style to the studio, meaning a trip to Scotland’s capital city is perfect for those looking for a tattoo of any style!

Barcelona Tattoo Expo 2018 Video

The Barcelona Tattoo Expo returned to the Catalan capital for another year of incredible tattoos and jaw-dropping extreme sports - and Killer Ink was there to catch it all on film!

With more artists attending the expo than ever before, this may just be the best year yet.

You don't want to miss this one!

Our first time attending the Barcelona Tattoo Expo was a memorable affair, and it was great to see many familiar faces at the convention!

Special congratulations go to our good friend Benjamin Laukis, who managed to pick up ‘2nd Best of Saturday’ for a sick piece.

It wasn’t just tattooing that caught the eye in Barcelona, as there were also breakdancing competitions, a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar that was open to artists painting it, and some mighty fine mojitos!

We just want to say thank you to everyone who came over to say hi at the show and we hope to see you all again next year!

Critical Tattoo Power Supplies

Critical Tattoo Power Supplies are some of the sleekest and most innovative around, so we wanted to take a look at the range in-depth and show you just why artists can’t get enough of them!

Founded in 2005 across the pond in Nevada, United States, Critical Tattoo Supply has been creating high-quality products for professional tattoo artists ever since.

Critical’s goal has always been “to offer something innovative yet elegant and clean with no gimmicks,” and this goal has been achieved time and time again.

The latest power supplies from the American company are the Critical XR and XR-D models, the spiritual successor to the well-loved CX power station series. These power supplies are great for conventions and general studio use, thanks to their user-friendly designs.

Both the XR and the Critical XR-D tattoo power supplies offer a full colour TFT display with user-selectable colour themes and large easy-to-read fonts. Tattoo artists can operate the power supplies via a touch interface, making it easy to use and also easy to cover for hygiene purposes.

The displays show several different settings, including volts, amps, speed, duty cycle, and settle. It can also record your session time with a user-set hourly rate.

Both the Critical XR and XR-D power supplies can store up to six different voltage presets, making it easy to switch between tattoo machines or between lining and shading. The voltage can be adjusted from 0 to 18 Volts in 0.1 Volt increments.

Unlike previous Critical tattoo power supplies, the housings of the XR and XR-D are made of billet aluminium that has been CNC-machined, making them more durable and hard-wearing.

Each of the power supplies can be operated with or without a foot pedal, thanks to the pedal override button. There is also a jump start mode, which can be used for rotary tattoo machines that need a little extra boost to get started.

Both the jump start feature and maintained pedal modes can now be independently assigned to the preset and output buttons – again, increasing the user-friendliness of the power supplies.

Critical has also included a magnetic mount with both tattoo power supplies, allowing artists to attach them to any magnetic surface, making them easy to reach while tattooing.

Although they share a lot of the same features, the Critical XR and XR-D power supplies do have some differences.

The Critical XR model has a single tattoo machine input, while the Critical XR-D version has a dual input, meaning that artists can connect two machines to the power supply at a time.

In addition, the Critical XR-D also has a built-in oscilloscope that is not featured on the XR. The built-in oscilloscope offers a visual approach to coil machine tuning, making it easier for tattoo artists to tune the coils on their machine.

One power supply that really caught the eye of tattoo artists everywhere upon its release was the quirky Critical Atom, as well as its successor, the AtomX.

When it was first shown to the public, the Critical Atom looked like no other power supply. Not only does the colour change depending on the voltage you’re running your machine on, but it contained just the one button to operate all functions!

To change the voltage of the power supply, artists simply had to just turn the button, which, in turn, also changed the colour of the lights on the Atom. A click of the same button would also switch on your tattoo machine or change settings like maintained mode and jump start.

Expanding on this eye-catching design was the even sleeker Critical AtomX, which removed the button in favour of a digital display that also shows the exact voltage you’re running your machine at.

Losing the control button also made it easier for tattoo artists to use protective film on the Critical AtomX to keep it hygienic.

Both the Critical Atom and AtomX are compatible with all coil and rotary tattoo machines and contain built-in magnets, which allow them to be attached to any magnetic surface – just like the aforementioned Critical XR and XR-D models.

Before the radical design direction of the Atom and AtomX, Critical was best-known for its well-received CX range of power supplies.

The Critical CX-1, CX-2 and CX-2R power stations are still among the best power supplies in the tattooing industry and come jam-packed with more features than you can shake a stick at.

Each of these tattoo power supplies from Critical can handle any coil or rotary machine on the market with solid power, no matter how long your tattooing session lasts.

The entire CX range of power supplies can be easily bagged or wrapped to ensure they remain hygienic.

The Critical CX-2R tattoo power supply also comes with the added benefit of being wireless compatible, meaning that you can use the Critical Wireless Footswitch with it without the need for the universal receiver.

So all in all, if you're looking for your next tattoo power supply, look no further than Critical!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Kati Berinkey / Rockin Rabbit

Kati Berinkey, aka Rockin Rabbit, is a vibrant Hungarian-born artist who can be found producing eye-popping neo-traditional tattoos in Portugal.

After studying graphic design at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in the Hungarian capital city, Budapest, Rockin Rabbit has been catching the eye of admirers for many years with her sketchy neo-traditional-style tattoos.

She can be found working at Bat Country Club, a tattoo studio in Porto that only opened earlier this year and the home of another Killer Ink sponsored artist, Lucas Ferreira.

When she’s not in Portugal, Kati can be seen tattooing at guest spots and conventions all over Europe – if you haven’t seen it already, she’s featured in our 2018 Milano Tattoo Convention video!

It doesn’t matter whether she’s tattooing her neo-traditional style in colour or black and grey, Rockin Rabbit is just as good with either!

To create her works of art, Kati uses various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including Dermalize PRO aftercare.

Make sure to check out Rockin Rabbit’s work and give her a follow on her Facebook and Instagram accounts!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and Killer Ink has some festive treats up our sleeves!

But first, we’re going to need your help tracking down a mean old Grinch…

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Every artist down in Tattooville liked Christmas a lot...
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Tattooville, did not!
The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
So he stole €3,000 worth of presents for this reason!

Now we are going to need your help to track down the presents and take them back from the Grinch!

You’ll need to spread the word far and wide so that we have enough artists to take to Mount Crumpit, find the Grinch and recover the gifts.

We’ll even let one lucky artist keep everything we find! That’s over €3,000 worth of the best tattoo supplies around!

You can enter in one of two ways…

On Facebook:

  • LIKE and SHARE the Grinch competition post
  • COMMENT and TAG a fellow artist
  • LIKE the 'Killer Ink Tattoo' page

On Instagram:

  • LIKE the Grinch competition post
  • COMMENT and TAG a fellow artist
  • FOLLOW @killerinktattoo

For every comment in which you tag an artist, you will receive another entry into the competition. You can enter as many times as you like - the more entries you have, the better your chance of winning the Grinch's stolen presents!

The lucky winner will receive a HUGE bundle of tattoo products worth over €3,000! Prizes include a Stigma-Rotary® Spear and EGO Rotary Polygon tattoo machine, tubs of Hustle Butter Deluxe and C.B.D. Luxe, Brother PocketJet PJ-773 Printer, boxes and boxes of needles and cartridges, and much more!

Come and help us give the Grinch a Christmas he'll never forget...

The Perfect Gift for any Artist…

Christmas will soon be here, so give the gift that keeps on giving with Killer Ink Tattoo Gift Vouchers!

Perfect for all tattoo artists, our Gift Vouchers are available in £25, £50, £100 & £250.

Better than an out-of-date selection box...

David Corden – Semper Tattoo

For our annual Christmas video, Killer Ink is heading up to Edinburgh to film our incredible sponsored artist David Corden at his Semper tattoo studio.

Edinburgh is a magical place all year round, but it raises its game every year for the festive holidays.

We can’t wait for you to see this one!

Joe Capobianco & Matteo Pasqualin Interviews

In the middle of the 2018 London Tattoo Convention, we managed to grab a quick chat with two legends of the tattoo industry, Joe Capobianco and Matteo Pasqualin.

We got their thoughts on the London Tattoo Convention, as well as their opinions on how tattooing has evolved over the years.

Check out the interview videos below!

Joe Capobianco

American tattooing legend Joe Capobianco was at the London Tattoo Convention as part of The Rat Pack’s series of incredible collaborations. Joe talked us through the differences between European and American tattoo convention, how tattooing has changed since he started, and offered some advice to young artists out there.

Matteo Pasqualin

Italian artist Matteo Pasqualin is a tattooist with 20 years of experience and producer of some of the finest black and grey work around. We spoke to him about his inspiration, technique, and friendship with fellow artist Thomas Carli-Jarlier.

London Tattoo Convention 2018 Video

We were on-hand to film the 14th edition of the International London Tattoo Convention in all of its glory!

Our latest video features some of the best tattoo artists around, plus two pyro-laden performances and the debut of the eagerly-awaited Cheyenne Sol Nova.

Check it out below!

The 2018 London Tattoo Convention was yet another incredible show that saw our sponsored artists picking up some of the biggest awards over the weekend.

Yarson Stahowic took home ‘Best Realism’ for an excellent black and grey sleeve that paid homage to the late Heath Ledger and Chester Bennington.

In the ‘Best of Show’ category, Kamil Mocet claimed third place with his sick horror-inspired full back piece, while a killer collaboration between Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith and Cristian Casas won second place.

We’ll be back to see you again soon, London!

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