What is a bugpin tattoo needle?

In tattoo speak, the term "bugpin" means a tattoo needle size other than the standard size. Tattoo needles are made in different size diameters. The standard size of a needle is 0.35 in diameter.

A standard needle, means you are getting a #12 gauge or 0.35 diameter size needle.

A bugpin or "tight" needle means you are getting a #10 gauge or 0.30 diameter size needle.

A super-bugpin or "super-tight" needle means you are getting a #08 gauge or 0.25 diameter sized needle.

Here's a helpful chart to keep things straight....

 Term:

Standard

Bugpin or
Tight

Super-Bugpin or
Super-tight

Gauge:
#12
#10 #08
Diameter:
0.35
0.30

0.25 

 

Before taking the cartridge out of its sealed package, read the label information. If the tattoo needle you are using is a standard-size needle, the part number should start with 12.

For example, a standard 9-round liner would read: 1209RL 

If it is a bugpin 9-round liner, it would read: 1009RL

Do not confuse needle size with needle grouping. The needle grouping is referred to as the number and the arrangement of the tattoo needle.

For instance, a 9-round Liner standard is 9 #12 gauge needles arranged in a tight configuration to be used as a Liner.

So, to order a 9-round liner bugpin is to order a 9-round liner with a needle size of 0.30 diameter.

Why would you order such a thing? Well, stay tuned, and I'll write another blog that will help you understand why.

 

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