What Are Tattoo Gloves?

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Tattooing is all about skill, fine detail and artistic expression – but before all that comes in to play, the right equipment is needed to get the job done. Aside from needles and sterilisation supplies, this means gloves, as the right glove can give your hands the freedom to do their best work, while the wrong glove can be inconvenient, or even dangerous. The best tattoo gloves are essentially medical-grade examination gloves that help to ensure the artist is protected from fluids, but what makes a great pair of tattoo gloves, and what should you be looking for? We've had our experts at SafetyGloves.co.uk provide a short breakdown, along with some suggestions that have served our customers well.

How Important are Tattoo Gloves?

In short, the answer to this question is: very. First and foremost, tattoo gloves are incredibly important to ensure that tattoos are applied safely and hygienically. They provide a barrier which not only protects the customer, but also you, the tattoo artist. Due to the intimate nature in which tattoos are applied, there is a significant chance of a tattoo artist infecting their customer and vice versa. Since getting a tattoo is essentially having a needle jabbed into your skin repeatedly, they tend to leave your skin more susceptible to infection, so it's especially important to take care, and make sure you're using a high-quality glove. The use of gloves helps minimise this risk and makes the situation safer and more hygienic for everyone involved.

How Should a Tattoo Glove Fit?

At the end of the day, the artistic aspect of a tattoo is why we're here, so it would be crazy to overlook a glove's ability to let the artist do their best work. A tattoo glove should provide a snug and comfortable fit that does not constrict your movement. This is of paramount importance because if the glove is too tight, it can tear when you flex your hand and limit your dexterity, decreasing the quality of your work. Too loose a fit can be just as bad because it becomes much easier to pierce the glove by accident and prevents you from having the fine motor control that is necessary to do good work.

Keeping these points in mind, it's important to know that transparent polythene gloves should not be used for tattooing, as they are too loose-fitting. These gloves can also be more susceptible to tears and punctures, which can be a recipe for disaster. At this point we can't stress enough that if for whatever reason your glove does become perforated or torn, it is important to replace it immediately!

What Are the Best Tattoo Gloves?

 To put it simply: tattoo gloves are any disposable gloves that are marked for use with biological agents. This ensures that they offer the correct amount of protection against bacteria and germs, but is only part of the story when it comes to choosing the right tattoo glove for you and your style. The best tattoo gloves are usually made of three different materials: latex, nitrile and vinyl. Here, we'll compare the three materials, along with a pick from our experts in each category.

POLYCO BODYGUARDS GL800 LATEX POWDERED DISPOSABLE GLOVES

Latex Tattoo Gloves - Excellent Sensitivity and Fine Touch

Latex gloves are some of the most used in the tattooing industry, as they provide good protection along with excellent dexterity and fine touch sensitivity. However, their continual use has led many tattoo artists who use them every day to develop latex allergies. Due to this, other materials may be used instead and some will even recommend staying clear of latex gloves in general as the chance of health issues isn't worth the risk, especially in work places where one type of glove is used unanimously to save on costs.

If latex allergies aren't an issue for you, an ideal choice are the Polyco Bodyguards GL800 Latex Powdered Disposable Gloves. These gloves are designed to provide optimal dexterity and comfort, and highlight the excellent touch sensitivity that latex gloves can provide. Made from strong natural latex, these gloves offer easing donning, great sweat absorption and a rolled cuff to prevent liquid rollback.

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Black Mamba Disposable Nitrile Gloves BX-BMG

Nitrile Tattoo Gloves - Strong and Reliable

An increasingly common material when it comes to tattoo gloves, nitrile is a great choice as it offers remarkable strength and puncture resistance, without providing much of a deficit in any area. Nitrile gloves are similar in appearance and feel to latex gloves, but they contain no latex, which makes them perfect for those with an allergy. Since they are harder to tear they are the safest gloves around, although they do not offer the same level of touch sensitivity that latex does.

A great nitrile tattoo glove, and one of our most popular disposable gloves in general, are the Black Mamba Disposable Nitrile Gloves BX-BMG. Aside from their great puncture and tear resistance, these gloves offer protection from a number of chemicals, making them ideal for all tattooing tasks. With two-ply strength for protection and comfort and a strong grip, the Black Mambas are high on our list of the best and most reliable gloves on the market.

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Supertouch Powderfree Vynatrile Gloves - Industrial 1157

Vinyl Gloves - Latex-Free with Great Touch Sensitivity

Vinyl gloves are the third option, and our second choice if you're looking for a glove that doesn't contain latex. While they provide great touch sensitivity, they offer the least amount of puncture or tear resistance, and they are also a relatively loose fit and so are the least likely to be used. While vinyl gloves wouldn't be our first choice of what makes the "best tattoo gloves", tattooing is a subtle process with plenty of personal preference at play, so it's only natural to provide every option.

If you're looking to try some vinyl gloves, our experts suggest the Supertouch Powderfree Vynatrile Gloves - Industrial 1157. You'll notice immediately that these gloves are listed as "vynatrile", which is predictably a mix of nitrile and vinyl. This unique material allows the gloves to benefit from the added durability that nitrile can provide, while still offering the fine touch sensitivity of a pure vinyl glove. With great flexibility and a beaded cuff, these gloves offer an ideal middle ground between all our materials to provide a great all-round experience.

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It's only natural that tattoo artist's are very particular about the gloves they use, as not only will they be worn for long hours, they have a direct effect on the quality of work that gets done. Whether you're looking for durability, a fine touch, or some combination between the two, we're sure the gloves we've mentioned here will serve you well, as they've done for our other customers. If you're unconvinced, and would like to take a look around, you can browse our entire range of Tattoo Gloves, filled with countless options that should suit every tattoo artist's style.

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