Magnum needles are the go-to for almost all shading work. These sets have a longer taper that’s either the same or greater than the taper found on round shaders. Magnums deliver a lot of ink, making them ideal for large areas of color.

Because they allow so much ink through, you’ll need fewer passes over an area using magnum needles, which means they’ll do less damage to the skin during multiple passes.

Magnum Tattoo Needles Definition

What is a magnum tattoo needle used for?

For tattoos that require a lot of shading and coloring over larger areas, magnum needles are used. Magnums are made up of two rows of needles, totaling to 7-11 points on average. There are different variations of magnum tattooing needles that have different purposes.

Variations of Magnum Tattooing Needles

Weaved Magnum Needles: Weaved magnums are soldered to a flat needle bar like flat needles, but they are soldered on alternating sides of the needle. So one needle would be soldered to the top, one-two the bottom, another to the top, and so on; this means that they can cover more area.

Stacked Magnum Needles: Stacked magnums have two rows of needles on both sides of the bar, but these needles are positioned much more closely together.

Round Magnums / Curved Magnums: Round magnums (also called curved magnums) are a fairly new version of the magnum needle. Round (or rounded, both terms are correct) magnums are arranged so that the tips arch at the center. The concept is that this rounded edge conforms better to the skin, giving a more consistent line, better ink dispersion, and doing less skin damage.

Variations of Magnum Tattoo Needles

Learn More About Tattoos

  • What is a Flat Needle? – Tattoo artists use a variety of tools and needles to create their masterpieces. A flat needle delivers higher quantities of ink and are therefore great instruments for outlining, highlighting, shading, or even coloring. Read more about needle types and how to use them.
  • Why your Tattoo Pens Matter – There are various ways to create a tattoo. Tattoo pens are a simplified tool from the traditional tattoo machine that uses a small motor to drive a needle up and down. The result is a simplified and lower cost method of tattoo creation. Read more about tattoo pens and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • What is a Tattoo Blowout? – Tattoo blowouts are not super common, but when they do occur it is generally because of the tattoo artist applying too much pressure. The ink is placed below the surface of the skin and in turn is injected into the next layer of fat. This can cause a number of issue both with the tattoo clarify, longevity, and even some health concerns. Read more about how this happens and what to do.