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....
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 C12.
For example, a LOW PROFILE Cartridge standard 9-round liner would read: C1209RL
If it is a bugpin 9-round liner, it would read: C1009RL
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 LOW PROFILE 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 and when you would use a bugpin cartridge needle.
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