How to Sharpen a Tattoo Needle

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Sharpening tattoo needles is no longer necessary after the development of single-use needles, which are safer, sharper and more hygienic. Use single-use tattoo needles to prevent the spread of blood-born diseases with information from an experienced tattoo artist in this free video on body modification.

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Hi, I'm Brandon Pearce with Foolish Pride Tattoo Company in St Petersburg, Florida. Here to talk to you about sharpening tattoo needles. Back in the past, they used to actually reuse their needles. They would have to sharpen because become dull. Now we actually don't have to do that. Now we're lucky enough to have single use sterilized tattoo needles. Basically what they are, is they're needles within Ethylene-Oxide gas sterilization package. All needles are different, which you might not know. Back in the days, they just used single needles. Now we don't, we use groupings of needles. Right here I have an 8 Tight and a 9 Mag. Basically they're used for lining and shading. Two different types of tattooing within the same tattoo. An 8 Tight needle is a grouping of needles that are tightly wound right there. Imagine having to sharpen. That little grouping of needles, over and over again. Wouldn't be fun. So now what we do, is use single use needles. After every tattoo, we throw them away. So that way, there is no chance of cross contamination with any one. So as far as sharpening your own tattoo needles. Don't do it. There's plenty of other avenues you can take. When it comes to tattooing. The single use needles are the best way to go. Hands down. So to wrap it up, single use needles are definitely safer, cleaner and less painful. Because needles are going to sharp all the time. So I'm Brandon Pearce with Foolish Pride Tattoo Company in St Petersburg, Florida. Thank you.

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