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? – Larger flat needles can be used for color fills and shading as they deliver more ink quickly with just one pass. Flat needles are good for intricate shadings such as in geometric patterns and some mandala work. The flat shader needles are also common in semi-permanent makeup
  • Why your Tattoo Pens Matter – The pen drive mode is motor. It drives the drive rod through the motor and then drives the needle up and down to make the power more evenly. Because there is no shrapnel, the wormhole is strong in the skin, and it is easy to have a needle mark in a light color.
  • What is a Tattoo Blowout? – Tattoo blowouts occur when a tattoo artist presses too hard when applying ink to the skin. The ink is sent below the top layers of skin where tattoos belong. Below the skin’s surface, the ink spreads out in a layer of fat & this creates the blurring associated with a tattoo blowout. Let’s look more at how it happens.