Metal or Disposable

paulrods

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1 Jun 2011
12
carlisle, cumbria
First Name
paul
I was wondering what to use plastic disposable tubes or the metal ones, i find the plastic ones quite bulky at the tip compared to metal and the don't all seem to have a snug fit with the needle like the metal ones any ideas ??
 

skinpix

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29 Dec 2010
894
Media
34
uk
First Name
Mark
Use whatever you feel comfy with...if you use stainless steel tips,you must have an autoclave to sterilize them.
 

marked 4 life

Premium Gold
31 May 2011
1,486
Media
49
Stoke on Trent
First Name
Andy
Gender
Male
There are decent plastic tubes about, you have to try a few brands to find which suits you better, myself I like pin up diamond tubes for lining, but if I had a autoclave I would use steel.
 

Hkdupcivic

Premium
9 May 2011
14
New Jersey
First Name
Brian
I found this website that sells the lexans for pretty cheap. Cheapest i've found them at least... http://www.technicaltattoosupply.com/ they go for 1$ US for 5 full tubes. I feel it's much cleaner to just chuck tubes and because I don't have an autoclave. And cannot afford one right now either the lexans is the way to go.
 

toetoe62

Premium Plus
21 Oct 2010
1,314
burton on trent
First Name
Tony
i use steel tips from powerline tattoo supplies, they do tips with a longer tip at the end and with a double wash hole for easy cleaning and with them having a longer tip you can see what you are doing better and they seem to cut down on ink splatter to, it took me about 9 months of trying different steel and plastic tips before i was happy, I do use plastic sometimes for colour but always steel for outline.
 

khosmy

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17 Sep 2011
121
Media
15
Marinha Grande
First Name
Edgar Valerio
Personally, i am a much bigger fan of the good and old stainless steel, but since i can't afford an autoclave at this time, disposables will have to do.
I personally buy all needles and tubes at Island Tattoo Center, and they work perfectly, and they also have nice prices.



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