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Professional Tattoo Machines

Your tattoo machines are the heart of your business. So when it's time for a new one, make sure you're investing in a world-class tattoo machine from one of the industry-leading brands below. Whatever your price point, tattooing style, or machine preferences, PainfulPleasures has a tattoo machine to fit your needs.

Types of Tattoo Machines

Rotary Tattoo Machines

Because of their lightweight construction, quiet operation, and stylistic flexibility, rotary tattoo machines are more popular than ever. We carry all the most respected and innovative brands in the rotary tattoo machine game, such as Cheyenne, FK Irons, InkJecta, Bishop HM Tools & Dye, Stigma, Ink Machines, and Peak.

Coil Tattoo Machines

For many artists, however, the buzz of coil tattoo machines is essential. If you're looking for a classic coil tattoo machine, look no further. Carry on the coil tradition with rock-solid coil machines from FK Irons, HM Tools & Dye, CTPS Saveria, BORG, or Feldman Electric. If you're just starting out or are looking for more affordable coil tattoo machine options, check out the offerings from Precision. 

Top Tattoo Machine Brands at Painful Pleasures 


Always one step ahead of the game, Axys Rotary aims to provide state-of-the-art equipment that push the boundaries of machine technology and art. Axys Rotary takes pride in being American built with absolutely no outsourcing, no cheap parts, and no cut corners.

Bishop Rotary

Made from aircraft aluminum, Bishop Rotary Tattoo machines are famous for being some of the lightest tattoo machines in the industry, a mere 4 oz. or less with balanced design that flows with the weight of the tube. As a result, these machines feel virtually weightless. Bishop machines contain a Swiss-made Maxon motor that generates a linear needle motion and uses a “needle clip,” eliminating the need for rubber bands. To top it all off, Bishop tattoo machines are backed by a lifetime warranty, so your investment is always protected.


Since 2006, Cheyenne has been designing and manufacturing innovative and high-end tattoo equipment in collaboration with select tattoo artists from around the world. Cheyenne tattoo machines are renowned for their power, reliability, precision, and sleek aesthetic. We carry the industry-favorite Cheyenne Hawk Pen in a variety of colors, as well as their Sol Luna, Sol Terra, Thunder, and Spirit models. If you’re looking for durable, beautiful, and versatile tattoo machines and equipment, you’re looking for Cheyenne tattoo. 


Affordable, durable, and reliable, Dragonhawk machines are ideal for beginners and remain popular with more experienced artists as well. When you’re looking for an affordable entry into tattooing without settling for a poorly-made machine, Dragonhawk is the answer.

FK Irons

FK Irons is truly at the forefront of tattooing technology. With some of the most innovative and advanced tattoo machines on the market, FK Irons has earned its reputation as one of the best tattoo machine brands available. FK Irons is most renowned for its innovative wireless pen-style rotary tattoo machines, which boast powerful motors, adjustable settings, and long battery life.


Years of tattoo experience and the desire to provide only the finest machines led to the start and growing success of HM Tools & Dye. This company, based in Madrid, Spain, manufactures all machines in-house from a solid block of 7075 aircraft aluminum, brass, or top-quality iron with CNC machinery. You can trust in these tools for the trade made from tattooers, for tattooers.


InkJecta is one of the most famous names in the industry for a reason. Each InkJecta tattoo machine comes with a custom 5 watt Maxon motor, an interchangeable cam system, an interchangeable flex system, and a strong long-grain "fiber” construction. The InkJecta Flite X1 was a highly-anticipated machine that more than lives up to the hype. Powerful and intuitive with digitally-adjustable needle depth and voltage, this machine is loved by artists worldwide.


Peak strives to keep artists at the forefront of the industry and at the peak of tattoo technology. Peak Tattoo Machines boast cutting-edge equipment designed for both new and experienced tattooers alike. From state-of-the-art wireless pens to classic, reliable rotary machines, each tattoo machine in Peak’s collection upholds the Peak promise: to deliver quality tattooing technology that keeps you tattooing at your peak. 

Stigma Rotary

Designed by experienced, passionate tattoo artists, Stigma Rotary machines are at the forefront of the industry, providing tremendous precision, durability, and flexibility for tattoo artists working in a variety of styles. Their groundbreaking adjustable-give rotary machine revolutionized tattooing, allowing artists to quickly adjust their machine and tattoo with more precision and efficiency. This design has provided the framework for all other adjustable-give rotary machines produced since. 

Vlad Blad

Russian manufacturer Vlad Blad offers some of the most eclectic, high-quality tattoo equipment on the market. One of the brand’s claim to fame is the Vlad Blad’s SkinResponse™ system, which makes the tip of your tattoo needles penetrate the skin for a slightly longer duration, ultimately packing in more ink and hitting somewhat like a coil machine. Along with classic, high-quality qual machines, Vlad Blad is known for the state-of-the-art rotary Avenger and the ultra-powerful Ultron Pen.

Tattoo Machine Frequently Asked Questions

A tattoo machine will be one of the biggest investments you make in your business, so it’s only natural you’d have a few questions. With over two decades as one of the industry’s most trusted tattoo equipment suppliers, we’ve heard them all – and we’ve got answers.

How Much Is a Tattoo Machine?

Tattoo machines can range in price from as low as $60 for a basic coil machine with no adjustable features to as high as $1,400 for powerful wireless rotary pens with adjustable settings and Bluetooth technology. Most modern machines start at a minimum of $200, and the price steadily climbs with the addition of each premium feature. Powerful motors, durable materials like aircraft aluminum, adjustable stroke and hit, wireless technology, Bluetooth technology, and the overall quality of the mechanical components are all factors that will impact the cost of your machine. 

What Is the Best Type of Tattoo Machine?

There’s no one right machine that’s best for every artist. Some tattoo artists still live for the hum of classic coil machines, but most modern artists opt for rotary machines. Pen-style rotary machines have become extremely popular, especially among newer artists who appreciate the familiar, pen-like grip. 

How Many Tattoo Machines Does a Professional Artist Need?

Starting out as a tattoo artist can be tough – especially with the upfront costs of tattoo equipment. Fortunately, you can usually get by with one high-quality machine in the early days. Look for one with adjustable features that make it versatile enough for shading, lining, and packing. As you become more established as an artist, you’ll probably want to add to your collection, upgrading to higher-quality machines or choosing machines that specialize in certain types of tattooing like bold line work and color packing. Most artists – even the tattoo tech junkies who love trying new machines – still find that they have a small handful of favorite “go-to” machines.

Where to Buy Professional Tattoo Machines

With low-quality tattoo kits abounding online, it’s more important than ever that you make sure your machine is coming from a reputable source. Always buy your machines directly from the manufacturing company or from a trusted professional tattooing supply company. If you opt to buy directly from the company, do a little due diligence on the brand first – the last thing you want is to be duped into buying low-quality or even dangerous supplies. At Painful Pleasures, we take the guesswork out of choosing your tattoo machine. We only carry tattoo machines from some of the most trusted names in the tattooing industry, and we offer the best prices you’ll find online. So no matter your price point, when you buy with us, you can rest assured that you’re getting a great deal on a great machine.