About Stigma Rotary

Stigma® has been revolutionising the tattoo industry since 2005. The German founders of the company are passionate tattooists with over 20 years of experience running their own tattoo studios. The first generation Stigma® machines were invented, designed and built by rotary pioneer and artist Artemis Rosakis, who remains the head developer and father of every Stigma® model ever made.

His groundbreaking invention – a system whereby the “give“ for soft and hard hitting on rotary machines could be adjusted in just a matter of seconds – astounded the tattoo industry and fascinated many artists that were looking for a lightweight, noiseless tattoo machine that could make their job much easier.

When Artemis first started to think about his own line of rotary machines, his intention was not just to provide this adjustable give system but also to achieve excellent precision, a cool ergonomic design and a perfect overall performance.

Using his many years of experience as a tattooist, his first prototypes were ready in 2003, which he then perfected over 2 years of testing, struggling and learning before he started “production” with his partners for use in his own studio and those of his fellow artists.

That was the start of a success story that inspired the world’s leading tattoo artists and convinced users of coil machines to start using rotaries. Stigma-Rotary® machines have been improving the work of many thousands of tattooists ever since then. All rotary machines with adjustable give have been based on this invention. The demand for rotaries from artists and the approval of rotary machines within the tattoo scene were both boosted considerably by this invention and the many other technological advancements by Stigma®. Believing that rotaries are the future the company is proud of having essentially initiated this process.

Stigma®’s primary goal has never changed; with every development they focus on the needs of tattooists. Each of their tattoo machines is developed and built with a passion for excellence and precision, so that the tattooist can concentrate on creating tattoo art. They work hard to provide you with the most advanced technology and new developments in the industry. Stigma-Rotary® machines are designed and made by professional tattooists for professional tattooists.

Stigma® holds the opinion that it is impossible to build a good tattoo machine if you do not know out of your own experience what tattooing is really about, how it feels and what is important for a busy artist that needs to work with reliable equipment day by day. Using Stigma® machines is a guarantee both now and in the future that your needs are understood and that their machine models have been inspired also from your visions.

To ensure the extremely high standard in quality and service that you can expect from a market leader Stigma® does not produce en masse. The machines carry motors from Switzerland; all other components are made in Germany. Each and every machine is hand assembled and thoroughly tested before leaving their production plant.

Their team of well attuned tattooists, technical engineers, CNC-experts, mechanics and craftsmen has been together from the very beginning, and makes it possible to continue investing in innovative ideas to provide you, the family of Stigma® artists, with only the very best.

For many years Stigma® has endeavoured not only to develop and build unique tattoo machines but also to acquire the best possible reputation as a company that really cares about their customers. When working with Stigma® you have tattooists by your side who know exactly what you are talking about. Stigma® is actively fighting against ‘manufacturers’ of counterfeit products and everyone involved in the trade of them. In an alliance with other brands the company is taking measures to stop these illegal operations. You and your clients are on the safe side only when you purchase from an official and authorised Stigma® dealer listed on their website.

Stigma® would like to thank all of the artists for their many years of continuous support, inspiration and trust in their products and looks forward to working with all of you in the future.