Hummingbird Rotary Tattoo Machine V1 Silver Review

Patrick Belk
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You asked and we listened. Today we will review the Hummingbird Rotary Tattoo Machine V1 Silver.

Does the good reputation hold up or not? Let’s find out!

Our rating: 7 / 10


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  • The fine needle tip gives a smooth action
  • The needle bar is durable and smooth
  • It’s easier to clean than other tattoo machines
  • It’s lightweight


  • The needles can’t be reattached
  • There is no buzzer connection
  • Some cases are too small
  • The power cord can break

The Hummingbird Rotary Tattoo Machine V1 Silver has an adjustable dampening control, so you can adjust it to the type of work you are doing. The dial looks like a screw and turns to adjust the dampening.

This is a great machine to use if you are a shading or lining artist, since it can pack color in very easily. However, if you are going to be doing standard machine work or dotwork, you will need to use the much faster Fader 851 and the dot mouse.

The needle retainer secures your needle inside the machine, and there is no need for those rubber bands. The metal vice has been improved to take better grip of your tubes, and only a little pressure from the handles is needed to open or close the vice.

The Hummingbird Rotary Tattoo Machine V1 Silver is one of the best machines for the price.

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