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GRINDER Complete Tattoo Kit

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  1. 205 of 212 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A- Tattoo Kit, June 18, 2012
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    Helen

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    This review is from: GRINDER Complete Tattoo Kit by Pirate Face Tattoo / 4 Tattoo Machine Guns – Power Supply / 7 Ink by Radiant Colors – Made in the USA / LCD Power Supply / 50 Needles / PLUS Accessories (Misc.)
    I purchased this Grinder kit for a nephew who needed something to get started with and was really impressed by the quality and quantity of stuff you get for the money in this kit. After a few weeks with this kit while showing my nephew the basics, I feel like it’s time I left an actually useful review for those thinking of purchasing this kit.

    1. Tattoo Machines – Grade: A
    These machines are GREAT to get started with. We’ve had no problems with them and they are more powerful than I had expected – true 10 coil machines. Out of the box, you need to tune these machines, but once you’ve done that they are good to go. They are not dedicated liners or shaders so you can tune them as you need it. The machines are lightweight (about 5-6oz) and easy to handle for a beginner. This is also great for someone experienced since it allows you to be lighthanded. I loved these machines so much, I kept one of the 4 for myself.

    2. Power Supply – Grade B
    It’s a standard power supply – nothing fancy. It does the job and puts out the amount of power needed for the tattoo machines to run smoothly. I like the LCD display over analog because it’s easier to read. It comes paired with a standard foot pedal and clip cord too. None of these components are very fancy, but they work. When my nephew gets better at this, I’ll probably upgrade this power supply to something better and he can keep this set as a backup.

    3. Ink – Grade: B-
    You get a lot of 1/2oz bottles of ink in this kit. The ink quality isn’t great, but it’s decent. It’s not too thin and it lays well, although it is not as dark as higher quality inks. You get what you pay for though, since truly good ink is like $4-5 for a 1/2 oz bottle. This type of ink is fine to practice with before you start building your professional color set.

    4. Accessories – Grade: A+
    You get a LOT of accessories. There’s 50 needles in a bunch of the most used sizes – some liners and some shaders. It’s a nice little mix, especially for someone who doesn’t know what they like yet. You can start with this kit and try everything and decide what sizes you like to use most before buying full boxes of needles. The kit comes with little baggies of all the stuff you will need to replace like grommets and rubber bands… basically stuff you’ll need to keep using your kit. The kit comes with stainless steel tips and disposable tips that match the needles that come in the kit. I personally prefer to use disposable tubes since it requires less cleaning, but the tips are fine too.

    The real reason why I am giving accessories an A+ is because this kit comes with a great instructional tattoo book that covers all the basics of tattoo, from machine mechanics to tuning the machines to fundamentals of outlining and shading work. The book itself is worth the purchase of this tattoo kit.

    Overall, this is a great kit to get started with. It comes with everything to get running out of the box. All you would need to purchase outside of this kit would be a larger bottle of black ink, a bottle of greensoap, and some A&D ointment. This is a great kit for a great price. If you’re on the fence about making the purchase – just do it. I did and I am very happy with the purchase!

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  2. 73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent, February 17, 2012
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    This review is from: GRINDER Complete Tattoo Kit by Pirate Face Tattoo / 4 Tattoo Machine Guns – Power Supply / 7 Ink by Radiant Colors – Made in the USA / LCD Power Supply / 50 Needles / PLUS Accessories (Misc.)
    The inks are decent. havent tried them all and they’re not exactly the best but they work! I find the black to work the best (go figure).

    the power supply and pedal is different then shown in the picture but dont fear, the one i received in the kit seems to be a newer model and is working fine.

    all the guns are working perfectly fine with my tuning.

    i find the practice skin and the transfer paper COMPLETELY useless .. the transfer paper would barely transfer.. not to mention the transfer paper was bent in half to fit in the kit.

    The DVD is pretty much useless. it was just a burned disc? and all it had was basic tattoo images that you could easily look up on google. (wow guys).

    everything seemed to be cramped into the kit but it was all there.. theres this foam like thing thats suppose to hold your stuff in an orderly fasion but nothing fit in it so i have no use for it so i just threw it out.

    The book will teach you alot! and is worth it considering the book cost around 50$ here on amazon.

    but its definitely worth the price and would recommend this kit. Nothing has burnt out. some things i would recommend getting:
    – new ink (starbrite, skin candy, or the ink Kat Von D uses.. forgive me for i have forgotten the name of the brand. haha)

    -new tips (monster point/monster steel)

    -needles (monster point)

    -all your sanitary equipment ( green soap, gloves, brush set, etc)

    -transfer paper (spirit transfer paper)

    -if you want to be legit about it then get Stencil Magic Transfer Solution

    -and possibly/most likely a new power supply

    just my recommendations. good luck to you all and again.. this kit is definitely worth the 100$.

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  3. 28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    good stuff, August 24, 2011
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    This review is from: GRINDER Complete Tattoo Kit by Pirate Face Tattoo / 4 Tattoo Machine Guns – Power Supply / 7 Ink by Radiant Colors – Made in the USA / LCD Power Supply / 50 Needles / PLUS Accessories (Misc.)
    The tattoo machines are great ,I have had a lot of guns,these work very well,ink is good ,I like the tubes,all in all a great starter kit .

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