What Are The Best Tattoo Needle Cartridges in 2023

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When it comes to tattooing, choosing the best equipment to do the job is extremely important – you can’t expect to make great tattoos with bad products – and your tattoo needle is probably one of the most important items you will use. Bad-quality needles may have inconsistent needle thicknesses, have hang needles that leave inconsistent lines, or may even break halfway through your session. Low-quality needles are never a good idea – it is not worth the risk of ruining a beautiful tattoo just to save a little bit of money.

There are so many tattoo needle cartridge brands out there that it may be difficult to determine which is the very best one for you. What works for one artist may not work for the other, and what works for one machine may not work for another. We have decided to compile a list of our favorite tattoo needle cartridges of 2023 and what makes each one unique.

We have taken into account the needle shape, needle configuration, and customer reviews when determining the best needles of 2023 in terms of liners, round shaders, and mags. You can rest assured that we have done the hard work for you when compiling this list. In no particular order, here are our favorite needles of 2023.

Yilong Yellow Dragonfly III Cartridge Needles

The Yilong Yellow Dragonfly Cartridge Needles are one of the best cartridge needles out there. Not only are these needles durable, high-quality, and consistent, but they even come with a silicon outer ring that provides extra stability to the needle. The needles are pre-sterilized and have the CE approval to be used on the skin. The needles are made of 316L stainless steel, with an A-stage needle tip, and are sterilized using EO gas. At the time of publishing, these needles cost $9.99 for 10 making them very affordable. We like that they come in boxes of 10, as this means you get to try a variety of different sizes and types of needles without having to fork out a lot of money. The liners, mags, and round shaders come in your industry standard needle groupings at 0.35mm. There is not a large variety of needle sizes but this makes choosing easy. They can be used in any rotary and pen-style machine.

Dragonhawk Mast Tattoo Cartridges

Dragonhawk is quickly becoming one of the top brands in the tattoo industry, and when using their Mast Tattoo Cartridges you can see exactly why. Each needle is individually packaged and sterilized with 100% EO Gas. There is an indentation at the tip that allows for enhanced ink flow and the membrane mechanism prevents ink spitback. The needles are compatible with most leading rotary and pen-style machines and are known for being able to last during long tattoo sessions. You get 20pc per box at $17.99, making them fairly affordable. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from extra tight, to standard 12g. These needles will make your tattoos cleaner, more precise, and with less clean up after.

Wormhole Tattoo Needle Cartridges

Wormhole tattoo cartridges are becoming increasingly popular, especially with people who are new to tattooing. The cartridges are made from transparent acrylic, making it very easy to see how much ink is in your tube. They have an anti-backflow membrane which prevents dirt from entering your machine. The needles are made from high-quality stainless steel, and each cartridge is individually sealed using 100% EO Gas in a sterile environment. The cartridges have a sleek design and are easy to hold, making tattooing much easier. The needles have less tension and faster restriction, which allows for a smooth lining and shading experience. These needles are available in boxes of 20, or a mixed box of 50pc which include a variety of needles. The standard pack of needles costs around $22.99 and the mixed pack is $33.99, making them a bit more pricey than some of the other needles on this list, but we believe the price is worth it for these. 

Kwadron Cartridges

Kwadron tattoo needles are used by some of the top tattoo artists around the world, especially those who do soft black and gray shading and color packing. Kwadron needles are known for their softness on the skin and their durability. They remain sharp during very long tattoo sessions. Kwadron needles are sold individually, as sets in collaboration with other tattoo artists, and they even make permanent makeup needles. The price of Kwadron needles starts at $1.69 each, and their sets come in at around $326.07 and contain 8 boxes of 20pc. Reviews have said that while these needles are extremely expensive, they are worth the price. The cartridges are made from high-quality steel and acrylic and each cartridge is individually packaged and sterilized using EO Gas. These needles are known for their exceptional performance and reliability and fit in the majority of pen-style machines.

Elite Cartridges

Elite tattoo cartridge needles are well-known as a consistent and steady needle brand in the industry. Elite cartridge needles are produced in a safe and sterilized environment using some of the best quality materials. They use precise needles in consistent groupings that are soldered together flat. Elite has the most extensive range of needles including over 100 different configurations. This can be overwhelming to some artists, but it means that you have many needle configurations to choose from to meet your standards and needs. The tips are clear, making it easy to see your needle and ink. All cartridges are sealed with a membrane for safety. There is less tension on the needle which means that the artist can achieve high speeds with less voltage. Another cool feature is that they are color coded making it easy to find the correct cartridge. They are sold in boxes of 20pc, starting at $16.90 per box.

In conclusion, we have explored some of the best tattoo needle cartridges on the market today, including new ones and ones that have been tried and tested in the industry. This is not an exclusive list but can give you some guidance when choosing your next tattoo cartridge needle going forward. Our personal favorites include Yilong Yellow Dragonfly, Elite, and Kwadron. 


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