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Best Tattoo Studio in Delhi

If you’re learning to tattoo or want to know more about this art form; then you are at the right place. We are the best tattoo studio in Delhi. Tattoo needles are the most essential component of your team, knowing the type and size of needle you have to use at various situations and occasions.


When you go to buy type of tattoo needles and skim through the catalogue pages, searching for the perfect one; all of it can seem a little too overwhelming with the various options available. Don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through this!

there are six primary groups types of tattoo needles:

  1. Round Liners: Here the pins are joined in a round pattern to produce crisp, clean lining tattoo work. The thickness of the line depends on the diameter of the needle used and on the thickness/gauge of each pin. Round liners are also known as the lining needles, and they let out only small amounts of ink; they are easy to control. Commonly used for dot work, all lining work is both bold and intricate, script and lettering, Japanese, traditional and neo traditional, geometric and tribal.
  • Round Shaders: Round shaders are very identical to the round liners, except the pins are not close together. As a result, they can make thick tines and fill in colour and basic shading. Commonly Used for some line work, Script and lettering, Basic shading and colour filling, Japanese, Traditional and neo-traditional, Geometric and Tribal.
  • Magnum Shaders: We prefer this type of needle for all the shading work. Magnum shader needles can hold and deliver a lot of ink, making them suitable for large areas of colour packing and shading. It requires fewer passes over an area to work the ink resulting in less trauma to the skin. Commonly Used forBlack and grey, most of the shading and colour packing, Colour realism, Japanese, Traditional and neo-traditional and Tribal.
  • Curved Magnum Shaders: We commonly know these as the soft magnum, soft edge magnum and round magnums; and are used similarly. Only the placement of the pins are different; the needles arch at the centre. This placement of pins allows better dispersal of ink and a more consistent line. The needles work smoothly without damaging the skin. This also helps in soft shading. Commonly Used for Black and grey, All types of shading and colour packing, Colour realism, Japanese, Traditional and neo-traditional, and Tribal.
  •  Flat Shaders: the needles in the flat shaders are soldered in a straight line on the needle bar. This placement of needles allows heavy delivery of ink to the skin. Also allows you to make a darker line with a single stroke. Flat needles are good for intricate shadings such as in geometric patterns and some mandala work. Flat shader needles are also common in semi-permanent makeup. Commonly Used for Some line work, Small shading and colour packing, Black and grey, Colour realism, Japanese, Traditional and neo-traditional, Tribal, Samoan and Geometric.
  • Double Stacks: the unpopular tightly packed double magnum stacks help in complex shading or colour work. It is a magnum with tightly packed pins. Commonly Used for Shading and colour packing, Black and grey, Colour realism, Japanese, Traditional and neo-traditional, Tribal and Samoan.




The diameter of a tattoo needle sizes is directly linked to ink flow. The narrower the gauge or diameter, the more controlled and finer the flow of ink is. The gauge marked by a number (usually 8, 10 or 12), and diameter by a millimetre measurement. Needle manufacturers and tattoo suppliers use both terminologies depending on where the needles are from and being sold to i.e. country/language.

->8 gauge (0.25mm diameter)

One of the smaller tattoo needles sizes gauges available (but not the smallest) and sometimes referred to as Bugpins. Used when wanting a slower flow of ink for intricate or detailed work. Some use number 8 gauge needles for most of their work simply because they like that they hold more ink at a time (as the pins are more tightly compacted).

->10 Gauge (0.30mm Diameter)

A very common needle size. Also referred to as Double Zeros. Popular with all styles of tattooing and needle groupings as fundamentally they are the middle gauge size (when accepting 8, 10 and 12 as the main three gauges). The ink flow on 0.30mm needles is still a steady, controlled flow but not as restricted and slow as an #8 or 0.25mm.

->12 Gauge (0.35mm Diameter)

Just like the 0.30mm needles. #12 gauges are highly popular across all needle groupings and tattoo styles. Anyone referring to #12 or 0.35mm needles may also call them Standards. Common in the lining and traditional work as they have a faster ink flow. Great for bold lines and colour packing/shading extensive areas.

Other needle sizes not mentioned above: #6 or 0.20mm, #14 or 0.40 and #16 or 0.45mm! These are uncommon now though, as they only have very few specific uses.

I believe after reading this much information on needles you must be feeling quite confident as to what to choose. At our studio, all the artists are well versed and sure of the type of tattoo needle sizes to use. If you have any queries or questions, you can leave a comment or reach us on our email: We’ll be more than happy to help you.