Introduction: Easy Homemade Tattoo Gun

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i'll be showing you how to make a easy simple tattoo gun.

dont be stupid and use this on your self. but if you do it's not my fault if you get a nasty infection and your arm falls off. i suggest just using this gun on oranges and other fruits .

Step 1: What You Will Need

here is what you'll need
1 r.c. motor (i got mine from a old cassette player )
1 mechanical pencil
1 spoon for holding the motor like a cradle
1 high E guitar string(thats the thinnest one for the people who dont play guitar)
1 eraser from the pencil
1 old phone charger, Walkman adapter, whatever you can find like that
and a bunch of electrical tape

Step 2: Step 1

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take all the guts and stuff from the inside of the pencil and throw it away so all you have left is the tube and tip. and if there was a eraser then save it because you will need it later. your pencil should look something like the picture.(don't worry about getting the same kind of pencil)

Step 3: Step 2

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now take your spoon and bend it in a L shape or like the one in the picture. thats the shape i prefer. a kinda Z shape.

Step 4: Step Three

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now take you motor and tape it to thedip of the spoon with the little prong thing sticking out a little bit, so it is past the bend in the spoon. make sure it is sturdy and make sure the wires are still reachable.

i didnt take enough pictures so ignore the little blue thing hanging off the end for now

Step 5: Step 4

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now stick the eraser as close to dead center on the little prong on the motor as possible. now cut your guitar string to about 6 inches and bend one of the ends in to a L shape about a centimeter down the string. next you need to take the bent end and stick it in the eraser off center like so.

Step 6: Step 5

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insert the guitar string into the mechanical pencil and make sure that it is sticking out the business end about 2 mm . now hold it as best as you can in the same position and tape it to the handle of the spoon. now all thats left is attaching the power cord.

Step 7: Step 6

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cot the end of the cord where it doesn't plug into the wall. now split and strip these wires. i might take a couple tries. now attach them to the wires on the motor with tape and try it out. if it works, good. if not you need to switch the wires. it's good to test it before taping.

Step 8:

now you can use it how it is but the guitar string is dull as all hell so i used a dremel too to sharpen mine up a little


Xander16 (author)2012-02-20

SGORDON8 sayd that you`re making you`re OWN ? :D

Gandercrrafter (author)Xander162016-02-20

You can use India Ink [henna]. Shampoo that is clear and fragrant-less and mix with lead pencil shavings. [Thats usually what i use, just turn the lead into powder and mix with a little shampoo. Whaalaah.] You can also use soot, I would love to explain that but its a decent process. [Google it]

Good Day!!

isnt shampoo toxic

MuerteE (author)Xander162017-02-08

My father who served 8 terms in prison used to make these tattoo guns all his tattoos are done with ink created with melted checker board pieces most likely with shampoo.. He also gave me another tip he used to remove his mattress and start a fire under his bunk so that the flame creates a sort of black tar you scrape that off and mix it with shampoo this will create a sort of ink.. Other than that from what i found film research you can get baby oil pour some in a can drop some cotton in there and light it on fire repeatedly do this to get a powder you can mix with water to create ink

BurlG (author)Xander162015-09-10

like they do in prison, just melt razors and mix with shampoo and conditioner, but it only come in grey lol I guess u could add food dye or something. My homemade tattoo gu. Is a tattoo needle taped to a pencil gave myself my first tat today... I'm 14 its the 3 ways out tatto its kinda gang type thing standing for ditch hospital bed or casket... Could also mean My Crazy life. I wanted the tat so bad I stole a needle from my dad stole a bottle of ink taped the needle to a pencil and started stabbun lol I've self harmed since I was 9 and one of the ways was sticking myself with a needle so it was fairly easy. I didn't want my parents to see so I put it on my stomach in-between some scars

MuerteE (author)BurlG2017-02-08

There called Tres Puntos , There mainly on the hands of gang members specifically Surenos who are Mexican South siders.. These tats are usually on the hands in between the thumb And index finger.. But for girls usually on the littke bump on your wrist is where they put it other than that it call also go on the side of your elbow and one other spot is under the eye but usually high rank gang members have those.. So they say.. But honestly ive had people younger than me have it on there face.. Mine are on my hand but sporting this tattoo can have you killed.. It does mean My Crazy Life or Mi Vida Loca but like i said its associated with Surenos.. surenos have alot of enemies and if your mistaken as one you could more than likely lose your life..

jskybld (author)BurlG2015-11-08

You sound like quite the treat.

icastro2 (author)2012-08-09

I didn't get where to you put the ink... do you have to place the tip of the needle on the ink bottle? how to control how much ink you "pick" and how much you "use"?

TayTay101 (author)2012-04-23

what do you use for a needle

russian5 (author)2009-11-07

How does it operate compared to a professional tattoo machine? I want to practice before I go for an apprenticeship, so I'm gonna make this.

sgordon8 (author)russian52011-11-22

You have to really know how to make a homemade tat gun, if you can and you have the skill's .. some tats will look better than pro jobs, I've been doing it for 25yrs

spangecore (author)russian52009-11-08

it doesnt compare at all. it is just kind of fun to play around with and i guess it could help with getting used to doing linework. my friends and i just got a cheap gun from the pawn shop.

russian5 (author)spangecore2009-11-09

One more question: What is the adapter?

spangecore (author)russian52009-11-10

just a old cell phone adapter i found

iambarney155 (author)spangecore2010-03-09

 what was the voltage on the adapter

spangecore (author)iambarney1552010-03-13

i cant remember the voltage i just used a old cell phone one. it was so long ago that i made this and i threw the ones i made out and just do stick and poke or pro equipment.

greenfreak (author)2011-03-28

were could i get the ink? thanks for the wicked instructable! :)

sgordon8 (author)greenfreak2011-11-22

India ink at a craft store, ( you'll have to thicken it some with a base) or you can make you're own. I make my own...

jboos (author)2011-11-07

Anyone have any suggestions on what else to use besides an eraser? the eraser wont hold the guitar string. the string just ends up carving the eraser. >///<

sgordon8 (author)jboos2011-11-22

Use a shirt button, I use superglue and then heat to make a solid connection. Also I would not recommend using anything other than a common bic ink pen,it is a different build,( you remove the ball from the tip) but far better... If you use a guitar string you want to cut the string about 2" and solider it to a strong wire( like the green ground wire on your utility post) leaving about 1" of the string free , a plain steel .48mm works well

DeviL ArT (author)2011-09-02

thanks guys for sharing this :) .. imma try my self to make one..

joe is awesome at times (author)2011-07-26

whats a drimmel for one and will you post a picture of a tattoo you have done with this tool

Adin_lex (author)2011-07-03

its so easy to make a homemade tattoo gun and can be used on others and yourself. not using pen inc just buy mars matic inc and you are good to go.

iambarney155 (author)2010-03-09

 do you use the string for the needle or what

spangecore (author)iambarney1552010-03-13

yeah i just sharpened up the tip with a dremmel. i was thinking about attching a needle on there with a soldering iron so if you have the tool try it out.

j626no (author)2008-12-19

tattoo MACHINE!, not gun

karissa666 (author)j626no2009-07-11

in this case. it is a tattoo gun.

spangecore (author)j626no2009-01-02

a machine is the motor. the thing in whole is a gun.

j626no (author)spangecore2009-01-08


Br14n (author)j626no2009-06-02

He actually is right. It's a machine not gun

litledrumdrumbigblack (author)2009-03-18

do you need ink?

yes. india ink works but you have to thicken it up a little so look up how. but if you can get good tattoo ink then you dont have to worry about it. india ink works fine on oranges and you dont have to make it thicker.

tom irons (author)2009-05-29

this is best one yet!! you can also upload your finished homemade tattoo pics to

.nitro (author)2009-04-28

heh, I make tattoo machine from pen, motor and guitar string... 2004... This machine is work on present days :)

Josh94King (author)2009-02-18

Really good mate. Managed to make it but im not going to tattoo myself. Works a treat though on fruit! Really good instructable, much simpler and better than the other ones. Cheers.

OJR5 (author)2009-01-16

were do the needle go

spangecore (author)OJR52009-01-16

through the pencil so there is, at most an eighth of an inch coming out when the motor is running. and the other end should be off center in the eraser. i would have made it more detailed but my camera wasnt good enough to take all the pictures. and i'm kinda lazy.

CaseyCase (author)2008-12-20

Remember kiddies--nothing says "classy" like a homemade tattoo!

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