Tattoo Shop News

Posted by: The Tattoo Shop on May 26, 2015

Sterilisation is crucial for any tattoo artist, to stop infection and disease in its tracks and maintain a safe and clean environment for you and your clients. An autoclave is an essential investment for any tattoo studio or artist, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

If you’re buying an autoclave, either for the first time or to replace an existing one, have a read of this short guide to know what to look for when shopping online. Our expert tips will help you choose one that offers high quality and value for money.

Why Do I Need an Autoclave?

Especially for budding tattoo artists, an autoclave can be an extremely costly piece of equipment, and many people question the necessity of buying this device. However, sterilisation is not something that can be compromised if you want to protect your own reputation and the safety of your clients.



Autoclaves are one of the most effective and efficient forms of sterilisation, using high-pressure steam at approximately 250 degrees to sterilise your equipment. This fast and thorough process is difficult to achieve with any other method, saving you time whilst ensuring that your equipment is 100% sterile between uses.

What Makes a Quality Autoclave?

There’s no getting around the fact that purchasing an autoclave is a big investment, with devices often costing several thousands of pounds. It’s therefore essential that you research the market, to find a quality device that suits your requirements. A small 8 litre autoclave, for example, might be adequate for the needs of an individual tattoo artist, but a large and busy studio will require something of much greater capacity.

When buying an autoclave for tattooing, you should look at the cycles and phases of the unit. How fast are the cycles, and does it have an automatic drying phase that will leave your equipment ready to go when it’s finished? Does it have a manufacturer’s warranty to give you peace of mind that your machine will stand the test of time?

Buy an autoclave

Tempting though it may be to go for the cheapest autoclave options, an efficient and reliable machine that’s perhaps a little more costly in the short run will be worth its weight in gold in the long run. So don’t compromise on quality to find the best price – focus on value for money instead.

With so many options on the market, of varying quality, there’s a lot to be said for buying from a reputable tattoo supplies retailer when shopping for an autoclave. Especially if you’re new to the industry, you can be sure that you’re getting the best price for a good device, with great customer service to match.

Looking for a new autoclave? Browse our online shop to find a range of quality brands to suit your needs and budget.

Posted by: The Tattoo Shop on May 18, 2015

Summer is coming around fast, and with it a whole host of tattoo shows, conventions and festivals that are not to be missed here in the UK. Whether you’re thinking of exhibiting your work or simply going along for the fun, let’s take a look at some of the most eagerly anticipated tattoo events coming up over the next few months.

1. The Great British Tattoo Show – 23-24 May 2015

Forget the Great British Bake Off. If beautifully inked bodies get you more excited than Mary Berry eating a custard tart, get yourself down to London this weekend for two days of live music, catwalks, awards and hundreds of the finest tattoo artists in the UK. After a hugely successful event in 2014, the Great British Tattoo Show is back bigger and better than ever at Alexandra Palace on the 23rd and 24th of May.

2. Southampton Tattoo Festival – 4-5 July 2015

Still undecided on which festivals to hit this summer? Look no further than Southampton for your fix of music, tattoos, fairgrounds and more. The first Southampton Tattoo Festival is already shaping up to be a fantastic family event, with everything from vintage stalls to burlesque dancing. 

3. Cardiff Tattoo and Toy Convention – 25-26 July 2015

Another event that’s geared up for the kids as well as the adults is the Cardiff Tattoo and Toy Convention. Marvel at the wonders of body art whilst the little ones (and big kids) get lost in the latest toys and collectibles at this diverse convention in Cardiff. Tickets include entrance to a party on the Saturday night, for a fun weekend in Wales for ink fans of all ages.

4. Tattoo Jam – 7-9 August 2015

Fancy breaking a world record this summer? Some of the leading publishers and conventions in the UK have come together to bring you Tattoo Jam, a huge convention set at Doncaster Racecourse. With an enormous range of activities including free seminars and workshops, fancy dress competitions, live music and more, Tattoo Jam brings together artists and ink-lovers alike to celebrate all things tattoo.

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5. The International London Tattoo Convention – 25-27 September 2015

Hoping for an Indian summer? Celebrate the final few weeks of summer in the capital’s historic Tobacco Dock at the acclaimed International London Tattoo Convention. Now in its 11th year, expect to see burlesque dancers, acrobatics, voodoo, competitions and more ink that you can shake a stick at in this huge celebration of tattoo culture and body art.

Heading to any of these tattoo events? Or do you know some other unmissable tattoo conventions that didn’t make the list? Comment below to let us know – we’re always looking out for the latest shows and conventions!

Posted by: The Tattoo Shop on May 13, 2015

Sabre Tattoo Machine - BlackSabre Tattoo Supplies have just launched their first (all-British) tattoo machine, and it’s already proving to be incredibly popular with clients and friends from all over the world.

According to Adam Sargent – who runs Touch of Evil over in Cheltenham – Sabre’s new machine is:

“A very nice, smooth running, adaptable machine, which can hit hard, making it ideal as an all rounder.”

And Miss Rie (of miss Rie’s Tattoo Studio, over in Newport) has also said that:

Upon the arrival of the new Sabre tattoo machine, I was certainly not let down. Beautifully packaged in a round tin, and including a user guide with instructions and diagrams (which is a rarely included with previous other machines I have purchased), meaning this machine is virtually fool proof.

The machine itself, is a well-constructed and tidy little tool too; with every component appearing to be manufactured to a very high standard.”

There’s good reason for the unprecedented popularity of this new machine too: For starters, it’s one of the first all-British offerings to hit the market for quite some time, and it incorporates a number of important technological advances too; making it ideal for both beginners & master tattoo artists.

Among other things, Sabre’s new machine features:

  • A top-of-the-range Swiss Maxon motor, which provides ample power without producing excessive noise or vibrations.
  • An adjustable hit that allows you to switch between different positions with a single touch

It’s also made of scratch-resistant abs and a very high-quality aircraft aluminium, which means that it’s both durable and easy to clean.

Unlike competing products, the new sabre machines are being built right here in Britain too – In fact, everything from the design, to the manufacture and packaging, has been carried out by a variety of British businesses, which means that this is an absolutely top-quality machine in every respect. 

One Touch Adjustable Hit

As mentioned above, one of the most unique features of Sabre’s new tattoo machine is its one-touch adjustable hit – a relatively unique addition that’ll allow you to tackle complicated tattoos without switching machines.

The adjuster itself is well labeled, and allows you to instantly switch between various needle groupings that are perfectly optimised for lining, shading and colour packing too.

One Touch Adjustable Hit
When asked what she thought of the one-touch system, Miss Rie told us that:

The first tattoo I did with this machine, required hard lines, colour packing, and soft shading, which this machine did without any fussing around trying to get the right stroke- despite the fact that I’d normally have used 4 different machines to do the same job. 

With the One Touch system, I felt confident and comfortable; completing a great tattoo with one Sabre machine in just 4 hours”

Other tattoo artists have made similar comments about the one-touch system too, commenting that:

“Sabre’s new machine lines beautifully, and once the unique one touch clicker is used, it shades without effort too”

So, if you’ve ever wished for something that’s a bit more versatile, this may well be the right time to jump in and try a Sabre machine. After all, top-quality, adjustable tattoo machines are few and far between!Sabre Tattoo Machine - White

Made from Quality Materials

Another prime reason to sample Sabre’s brand new machine is definitely its build quality. Rather than being made of cheap, easily damaged materials, this market leading design is manufactured from scratch-resistant abs, and aircraft-grade aluminium.

This means that it’ll shrug off most of the scrapes, dings and scratches that are normally acquired during routine use, and it also means that you’ll find it very easy to keep clean – even if you order it in white!

Built in Britain

Too many tattoo machines are built abroad; using second-rate techniques, and designs. Sabre’s newest offering is a bit different though. Unlike the competition, Sabre have opted to have everything done right here in Britain, including the:

  • The design work
  • The manufacturing
  • The assembly
  • The packaging

This means that everything is finished to an exactingly high standard, and also means that you’re guaranteed to receive a top-quality machine every time.

We’re the official distributor of Sabre’s products here in the UK, and we’re currently stocking all three variations of the new machine. If you’d like more information, you can click through to the product page (which is here). Alternatively, you can call us on 01200 400 111, where we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions.

Posted by: Brian Pollard on February 6, 2015

The Cheyenne Hawk Thunder machine is the complete all in one, which delivers powerful strokes and quick punctures. The Cheyenne Hawk Thunder Drive works with your existing Cheyenne Hawk Grips and with your current standard tattoo power supply; all you’ll need is some Cheyenne Hawk needle cartridges. Due to the amazing power that the Thunder Drive requires, it may need to be “kick-started” on some power supplies. If this is the case, then you may require a Cheyenne start-up cable, which can be purchased from The Tattoo Shop.
All tattooing styles and concepts are now possible without the slightest loss of quality. Lining, Shading and Colouring on highest level with just one machine!
Stroke has been dramatically increased up to 4mm. The increased stroke in conjunction with the rotational speed of the new drive and the optimized eccentric tappet provides very high speed- and acceleration-values. The power reserves of the engine are now used much more effectivelythunder


Posted by: Brian Pollard on October 15, 2013

Come along on the 26th and 27th October

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Posted by: Brian Pollard on September 18, 2013

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Once you’ve tried Rocket Fuel you’ll never again contemplate which ink to order next. One try and you’ll see how it glides in like no other ink. One try and you’ll see how to launch your artistry to the next level.

Rocket Fuel lets you focus on your work and not on the weaknesses of an ink. That’s because this is one powerful, high-performing fuel.

Plus, it’s made up by an experienced U.K. manufacturer, and that’s something The Tattoo Shop can get behind. We know all you U.K. tattoo artists feel the same way. Trust us. It won’t be long before Rocket Fuel takes off and dominates the tattoo industry.

With Rocket Fuel you’ll get a product that is

” Not loaded with additives and fillers like some of the other big brand inks.
” Currently undergoing tests with CTL Germany for that added assurance.
” Made from premium pigments.
” Made up of a large selection of colours (30 total), each of which is easy to mix for additional shades and suitable for all tattooing styles. The Tattoo Shop especially likes the grey wash for black and grey. It’s simply out of this world.

Rocket Fuel is a superior, high-end professional tattoo ink. If you want quality tattoos, you have to invest in quality inks. But once you try this and see how the colours stay bright and that the ink flows in making light work of any tattoo piece, you won’t care about the price.

Add your order to the cart now. It won’t be long before this product has taken off. Don’t get left behind.

Posted by: Brian Pollard on August 28, 2013

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Posted by: Brian Pollard on July 8, 2013


Rubberized Moulded Grip

Constructed using a gel-like material; These Grips provide maximum comfort and shock absorption. These grips are custom moulded directly on the tube to prevent any movement during tattoo sessions

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Have a look at our offers in Our Summer Sale never to be repeated again,once these items are gone there gone

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Posted by: Brian Pollard on May 15, 2013

newcatbannerOur New 2013 Catalogue!

Following our rapid expansion and over 200 new products we have launched a NEW 166 Page

This is the most comprehensive range of quality tattoo equipment within the industry
It is packed full of the best brands available in the world today at by far the best prices.

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