Coil Tattoo Machine Basics
The coil tattoo machine comes in a variety of frame styles and sizes, and can have up to three coils. They typically come with two coils (typically eight to 10 wrap) and feature a durable frame made of aluminum, iron, or steel. The coil tattoo machine works by charging its coils and using the electromagnetic current to draw and release a spring-loaded armature bar, which in turn taps your tattoo needles into the clients' skin.The three most common types of coil tattoo machines are liners, shaders, and color packers, all of which are available on our Web store by brands like FK Irons, Brandyn Feldman, CTPS Saveria, Vlad Blad, and HM Tools & Dye.
Coil Tattoo Machines versus Rotary Tattoo Machines
Coil tattoo machines are traditionally the most popular machine in our industry, and tattoo artists who prefer coils are very passionate about their stance. While neither coil tattoo machines nor rotary tattoo machines are objectively “better,” each has its own benefits. For instance, the coil tattoo machine’s heavier weight allows for more control, and its hard-hitting armature bar allows it to create smooth, bold lines with ease. The best coil tattoo machines are the ones that work right for you and your setup.
Artists should note that the coil tattoo machine has a more complex design than a rotary tattoo machine. This allows you to configure your machine to your liking by disassembling and exchanging certain parts. However, it also means that coil tattoo machines require more skill and technical know-how to operate. You can learn more about how coil machines operate and how they differ from rotary tattoo machines in our Infocenter article, “Coil vs. Rotary Tattoo Machines.”
Choosing the Best Coil Tattoo Machine
We offer a broad selection of the best coil tattoo machines on the market in a variety of frame styles and finishes. The best coil tattoo machine for you is dependent on your needs as an artist and your own personal style. You’ll want to shop for a machine that pushes the needle sizes you typically use, has a balanced frame that works for you, and has the number of coils you desire (as well as the coil height and wrap number you’re looking for).
Be sure to also check out our Precision Build Rebuild and Repair coil tattoo machine kit, which includes washers, screws, binding posts, and more to customize and repair your machine. We also offer a coil tattoo machine kit by Baltimore Street Irons for constructing your own Trident machine.
Spare coils, washers, binding posts, and more are also available by brand, so you can stock up on replacement pieces to have on hand for any coil machine. Shop for your coil tattoo machine today and the necessary parts to keep it in great, working condition.