How Many Needles Are There In a Tattoo Gun?

Tattoo guns are essential equipment for any tattoo artist. Learning how to operate and use the tattoo gun is also the ultimate challenge for aspiring tattoo artists. If you tattoo yourself, you probably know that tattoo guns aren’t as simple as they seem.

There are all these types of needles that tattoo artists use to create different shading, patterns and tattoo designs in general. This means that, first of all, tattoo guns have more than one needle (for those unfamiliar), and each of those needles serves a different purpose. Tattoo artists cannot use the same needles for drawing and coloring the tattoo, for example.

So if you are new to tattooing or just want to educate yourself on this interesting subject, you have come to the right place. In the following paragraphs we will talk about tattoo needles and their number. So let’s go!

How many needles are there in a tattoo gun?

Let’s just start by stating the obvious; there is never just one needle in a tattoo gun. There are always several small needles organized in such a way as to create the best effects and provide the best reliability during the actual tattooing process, depending on the type of lines or shade of color the tattoo artist is trying to execute.

Tattoo needles come in groups, and each type of needle group has a different code, which is used to make tattoo work much easier and more organized. The code also presents the type of needles, their organization in the group, the effect they provide and much more. Let’s learn more about it in the following paragraphs.

Needle codes

Needle codes are the letters found at the end of a needle. The letters refer to the needle grouping, the diameter, as well as the effect provided by the needle. So what kind of needle codes do we have?

Take 1207RL as an example code. Now the first two numbers refer to the diameter of the needle. This means the needle should deliver very fine, medium or thicker lines. The next two digits refer to the number of needles in the group, and the last two letters refer to the type of needle groups, or to be more specific, the effect the needles will provide in the tattooing process. .

So, following the needle code example, we will be looking at 7 needles in a group. The needles are 12 in diameter (or 0.35mm for our metric readers), all gathered in a round liner grouping.

Using needle codes makes it easier for a tattoo artist to find exactly the needles they are looking for. This saves time and guarantees the best possible result. Of course, needle codes don’t reveal whether the needle provides texture or the length of their tapers, but this is where tattoo artists need to deepen their knowledge and constantly learn about needles through practice and research. .

Types of needles

Types of needles
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There are several types of tattoo needles, with different numbers of needles in a group. Let’s see what they are;

  • Round lining needle – this is the type of needle used for very precise and complex lining work. The needle can be used for dot work, precise geometric tattoos, tribal/Samoan tattoos, Japanese designs, as well as lettering. Round liners have a needle code of RL, and the number in front of the abbreviation refers to the number of needles in the group; for example, 9RL means there are 9 needles in the group.
  • round shader needle – this type of needle is similar to the round liner needle. The only difference is the space between the needles in the grouping. Because there is more room between the needles, they are used for basic shading and coloring, some line work, geometric and line work, and Japanese and Samoan tattoo design .
  • Magnum shader needle – this type of needle is mainly used for shading. Magnum needles can hold a lot of ink, which also makes them perfect for color packing. They are used for Japanese and traditional tattoos, shading and coloring work, as well as color realism tattoo designs.
  • Curved Magnum shader needle – these needles are used for all types of shading work. They are excellent because of their slight arc, which allows them to provide comfortable tattooing as well as skin protection. Curved Mangums are grouped in a tight cluster and can have between 7 and 11 needles for best results. Curved Magnums can also be used for different tattoo work, from color wrapping to traditional Japanese tattoos.
  • Flat shader needle – this is the type of needle used to create straight and precise lines. The needle delivers crisp, clear color, but with each new application the lines become darker. This makes the flat shader perfect for black and white work, intricate linework, color realism, shading, as well as different tattoo designs.
  • Dual Stack Magnum Shader Needle – this needle is used for really intricate work. Pins are packed very tightly which ensures super accurate and intricate shading and color wrapping. This needle is typically used to create realistic tattoos, as well as Japanese, tribal, traditional, and neo-traditional designs.

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So how many needles are there in the needle groups?

Finally, we have reached the paragraphs that you are all wondering about; the number of needles. To determine how many needles there are in the needle group, you must refer to the needle code. Remember the example of the 1207RL needle; that means there are 07 12 gauge needles grouped in it. However, the number of needles is never exact; each specific needle has a different amount of pins to ensure specific and desired effects essential to the artist’s vision and execution.

However, some types of needles have a base number of needles for reference. So, let’s take a look at the aforementioned types of needles and the number of pins they often come with;

  • round liner – as we mentioned, the round sleeve often has 7-9 needles.
  • round shading – this type of needle usually comes with 1 to 5 pins (for the small needle), and 7 to 21 (for the large needle).
  • Magnum shade – this type of needle often comes with 7 to 9 pins.
  • Curved Magnum shader – same as regular Magnum shader, this needle comes with 7 to 9 pins
  • flat shading – just like the regular shader, this one can have between 7 and 11 pins
  • Dual Stack Magnum Shader – this type of needle has slightly more barbs than the standard Magnum, often between 11 and 17

As you can see, there is no exact or fixed number of pins in any of the aforementioned needles. The amount of dots changes according to the needs of the tattoo artists and the desired effects.

Surely there are other types of needles that we have not mentioned, which can also have between 5 and 20 needles. For example, the woven Magnum needle typically has 7 pins, while the stacked Magnum needles can have up to 11 pins.

If you need detailed information about the needle group (number of needles), needle type, and tattoos/designs it is commonly used for, be sure to check out the following table;

Needle Grouping tube size Used for
4F, 5F 4 – 5 dish Lines and details
6F, 7F 6 – 7 dish Shading, Thicker Lines, and Color Fill
9F 8 – 9 flat Color shading and filling
5M1 4 – 5 dish Thick lines, color fill and shading
7M1 6 – 7 dish Lines, Shading, and Color Fill
9M1 8 – 9 flat Thick outlines, shading, color fill
11M1 11 apartment Color fill and shading
13M1 13 apartment Color fill and shading
15M1 15 apartments Color fill and shading
5M2, 7M2, 9M2 4 – 5 courses Contours, lines, details and shading
11M2, 13M2 6 -7 dish Thick outlines, thick lines, shading and color filling
15M2 8 – 9 flat Color fill and shading
5MR 4 – 5 dish Small lines, detail work and intricate shading
7MR 6 – 7 dish Lines, shading, color fill and detail work
9MR 8 – 9 flat Outlines, shading, and fill color
11MR 11 apartment Color fill and shading
13MR 13 apartment Color fill and shading
15MR 15 apartments Color fill and shading
1RL, 3RL 1 – 3 turn Lines, Complex Shading, and Filling
4RL, 5RL 4 – 5 rounds Outlines, shading and filling
7RL 7 rounds Color shading and filling
8RL, 9RL 8 – 9 rounds Shading, thick outlines and fill color
11RL, 14RL 11 – 14 round Color shading and filling
3RS 1 – 3 turn Lines and small details
5RS 4 – 5 rounds Lines, thin shading areas and small details
7RS 7 rounds Shading, thicker lines, filling small areas
8RS, 9RS 8 – 9 rounds Shading, thick outlines and color filling
14RS 11 – 14 round Shading and color
4F, 5F 4 – 5 dish Lines and details
6F, 7F 6 – 7 dish Shading, Thicker Lines, and Color Fill
9F 8 – 9 flat Color shading and filling
5M1 4 – 5 dish Thick lines, color fill and shading
7M1 6 – 7 dish Lines, Shading, and Color Fill
9M1 8 – 9 flat Thick outlines, shading, color fill
11M1 11 apartment Color fill and shading
13M1 13 apartment Color fill and shading
15M1 15 apartments Color fill and shading
5M2, 7M2, 9M2 4 – 5 dish Contours, lines, details and shading
11M2, 13M2 6 -7 dish Thick outlines, thick lines, shading and color filling
15M2 8 – 9 flat Color fill and shading
5MR 4 – 5 dish Small lines, detail work and intricate shading
7MR 6 – 7 courses Lines, shading, color fill and detail work
9MR 8 – 9 flat Outlines, shading, and fill color
11MR 11 apartment Color fill and shading
13MR 13 apartment Color fill and shading
15MR 15 apartments Color fill and shading

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