Best SW Gloves For Tattoo Artists

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While SW’s exam-grade products are suited for healthcare professionals, there are non-medical applications that may need and will benefit from medical-grade products. In the tattoo industry, the guarantee of our products being high in quality is something advantageous for their working environments.



  • Hygiene: Wearing gloves helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria from the artist’s hands to the client’s skin. In each tattooing session, they puncture clients’ skin, creating numerous open wounds and increasing the risk of infection. According to a recent study, between 1-5% of those we get a tattoo experience skin infections.
  • Protection: Wearing gloves protects the tattoo artist from any blood or bodily fluids that may come into contact with their skin while tattooing. This is important for both the artist’s health and safety. They must be vigilant in protecting themselves against blood-borne pathogens and illnesses.
  • Legal requirements: In many countries, it is a legal requirement for tattoo artists to wear gloves while working. This is to ensure the artist’s and client’s safety and well-being.



  • Hand Fatigue: Tattoo artists often work long hours and wear gloves for extended periods, leading to hand fatigue and discomfort.
  • Sweating: Wearing gloves can cause sweating, which can be uncomfortable and may affect the artist’s grip on the tattoo machine.
  • Allergic Reactions: Some tattoo artists may develop allergic reactions to the gloves they are wearing, which can result in skin irritation, rashes, or other allergic reactions.
  • Sensitivity: The thickness of the gloves can reduce the artist’s sensitivity when working on a tattoo. This can make it difficult to feel the needle’s depth and the pressure needed to create specific lines or shading.
  • Breakage: Gloves may tear or break during use, compromising the artist’s hygiene and increasing the risk of infection.




Our disposable nitrile gloves allow great dexterity in their working environment, reducing hand fatigue and precision in their execution. Tested per ASTM F1671, these gloves passed and will protect from any viral penetration. Not all gloves are tested and can protect from bacteria and viruses due to low quality and high pinhole defect.

Carrying the Skin Health Alliance accreditation badge, SW gloves are approved by dermatologists to be safe on the skin. Clinically tested on more than 200 people, they are cleared by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Low Dermatitis Potential, which means allergy-induce skin reactions can be avoided.

SW’s DriTek technology helps alleviate the issues tattoo artists endure when they suffer from sweaty hands during their procedures. Gloves that absorb sweat mean less frequent glove changes and reduce work interruptions, increasing comfort for the wearer.

Nitrile as a material is very versatile, with a more excellent puncture and moisture resistance. This is a crucial quality for tattoo artists as their tattooing machines require various amounts of sharp needles. Each type of line work and shading requires different groupings of needles to help the ink remain more permanently on the body. Therefore, they must use gloves that do not puncture easily.

Tattoo artists must choose high-quality gloves that fit comfortably and provide adequate protection while allowing for sensitivity and dexterity. They should also be aware of the potential risks of wearing gloves and take precautions to prevent any issues.