I’m a tattoo artist currently living in New York City. I currently own a tattoo store. I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I’m not very good at writing, so please forgive me if my expressions may be a bit direct.
Over the years, I’ve used many brands of tattoo machines, including, of course, other accessories, like tattoo needles, tattoo ink, etc. Some of them are very smooth to use and have a good quality, I like them very much. Some are of such poor quality that I will never buy them again.
I’ve listed down the brands I’ve purchased that have good quality and reputation in hopes that you can avoid buying brands that are a headache.
Top Cost-effective products/Brand of tattoo machine
CNC is a sub-brand of Solong and they’re targeting the high-end tattoo machine market, and you can buy very good quality products from them. I have purchased the WE, Q1 and X1 from CNC. To be honest, I’m an old-fashioned tattoo artist and I have an acceptance process for new things. The WE is great though – it’s a very good quality wireless tattoo machine and provides 2 batteries, but I still like x1 a bit more. The x1 is great at both cutting line and shading – all you need to do is change the tattoo needle and you’re good to go.
I’ve been using these products, and thank goodness they’ve been working perfectly for a year and a half now. Seems like they are out of warranty (CNC offers a one year warranty)!
We all know that the motor of every tattoo machine has to take a lot of work, and these machines have actually exceeded my expectations. The important thing is that you can get a good quality product for a low price!
This brand is owned by Hawink. Their main strength is their ability to produce tattoo needles of high quality and safety. I can safely say that those very expensive tattoo needles are not as good as they say they are. The main difference in the price of all the tattoo needles on the market is the difference in origin.
3. FK irons
In fact, it’s been a while since I’ve purchased an FK product. It’s not that they are bad, it’s just that they are a bit overpriced. For the same price, I can buy 2 CNC tattoo machines. I’ve ordered a Xion, and in my personal opinion – it’s similar to CNC x1, including all parameters.
In fact, I had a bad shopping experience. It killed me completely. I bought a broken machine at an exorbitant price and when I asked for a new one they turned me down. I provided all the evidence to prove my professionalism and the quality of the product, but it still didn’t convince them. This may be an accident. Admittedly, their machines are really good. But I can’t forget that bad shopping experience.
I am just expressing my personal views and experiences. It may not be convincing and you will never have a deep experience unless you have experienced it.