Introduction: Tattoo Gun

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In this Instructable I will show you how to make a cheap tattoo gun!
Just to let people know this is NOT my idea!!


Step 1: Matrials and Tools

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Duct Tape

A Crest Spinbrush Pro ( MUST be the same )

Refill ink

Thinest 'E' guitar string

Mechanical Pencil




Step 2: Unscrew the Top

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Unscrew the top of the toothbrush.

Step 3: Chop, Chop!

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Cut the eraser in half. Get 3 inches of guitar string. Bend it at a 90° angle. Stick through the center of the eraser.

Step 4: Half Way Mark

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Put the eraser into the tooth brush.

Step 5: Unscrew Cap

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Unscrew the cap of the mechanical pencil. Put it onto the guitar string.

Step 6: Tape It

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Tape duct tape around the end of the tattoo gun. Heat appliance helps it stay together. Cut the end of the string so its a point.

Step 7: Your Done!

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Finished! Now go tattoo something... Thats NOT alive!!


bdughi (author)2013-03-14

To whomever uses this. I hope your enjoy the HEP C and MRSA that comes along with scratcher tattoos I know this site has allot of content and they can't always thin out the garbage but this should be common sense. If you are wanting a tattoo get it done buy an artist. Don't try to haggle with them about the price. You get what you pay for and a $50 is going to look like a $50 tattoo. So I leave you all with this image and hope it makes you think

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kid123 (author)2009-01-31

i would advise against using a guitar string as a needle. they simply arent sanitary, Ive gotten an infection twice from a high e string poking me, and going under my skin. use a sterilized needle.

funwithfire325 (author)kid1232010-10-28

This is to tattoo fruit.

idogis1 (author)kid1232009-04-10

isoprophanol dude.

iambarney155 (author)idogis12010-03-09

 humana wamana 
were do i get that

idogis1 (author)iambarney1552010-03-09

Rubbing alcohol.

christian2927 (author)2009-12-08

So are they permanent and where are you suppose to put the ink

these wont be very good and they will fade but if your gonna do this DONT USE NORMAL PEN INK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE STUFF THAT KILLS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! use indian ink

pandaboy292 (author)2010-01-22

i made one like it. i  just took the brush off and put a guitar strig in an eraser. it works awesome.

jodaz95 (author)2009-08-06

what ink is it???

tom irons (author)2009-05-29

nice guns! hey upload your tattoos to when you have them done and taken a picutre!

gurat (author)2009-04-02

but the tattoos are permanent or temporarily, just like a hena tattoo?

standacrazytaco (author)gurat2009-04-12

permanent and PAINFUL

mspark400 (author)2009-02-20

Nice simple idea. I made it and I have been tattooing fruit all day! cheers, Mspark 400

CarStalkerZ (author)2008-09-16

i had one of those tooth brushes yester day but itook it apart

nkosi (author)2008-08-25

Tattoo needles are really cheap-$1-$3 dollars on the internet. Just cut to size. Better than a quitar string, and has a better point.

ifly (author)2008-07-30

i need help with knowing how to put the eraser in and then after i tape it up i still the string wont go up or down

golfer12345 (author)2008-06-10

ive seen this befor in a vido

nightninja87 (author)2008-05-27

i would not suggest heating the tape and wrapping it around all the way in case the needle thing messes up u can change it faster

coldheart (author)2008-05-03

no no no never ever ever let the needle go so far in that the ink goes into your blood stream, your aiming for just under the skin layers its a skill to get it just right, thats why people go to tattoo shops, if you make this it should be for fun and to try on fruit or a leg of pork. real ink should be done by an artist after much thinking. not being a kill joy just as someone who spent thousands having ink removed that seemed like a good idea at the time :)

MD_Willington (author)2008-04-17

Prison tats ! My brother, yes he is a felon, has a bunch of tats done the same way...

mikeasaurus (author)2008-04-13

My brain tells me that every time I read an instructable about tattoo guns that it's the most insane thing. Yet, like a train wreck I can't look away.

Chefboy6382 (author)2008-04-12

You do know this is a machine right? a gun shoots a bullet. a motor that powers a needle would be classified as machine.

Weissensteinburg (author)2008-04-11

Try practicing on a grape fruit...I know a few tattoo artists who use them, apparently the skin is pretty similar to ours.

i made a tatt gun ible too, but mine is ONLY FOR FRUIT (disclaimer) i havnt tried grapefruit, but food colouring on bannanas looks pretty cool lol

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2008-04-12

ouch! omg ... id never do this myself. -lol n theres how ppl get tattoos in jail :-P


pyro13 (author)2008-04-11

Well done, if i'm correct, this is a spinning motion tattoo gun right? what kind of ink is that? because some inks can be toxic when in your blood stream. i use food coloring because it is guaranteed non-toxic, and is available to me for cheep. Why a guitar string and not a sowing needle or something?

funwithfire325 (author)pyro132008-04-11


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