FAQ-Return Policy

General Ordering, Shipping, and Payment FAQ:

Can anyone order your tattoo machines?
No. FK Irons and Spektra machines will only be sold to professional artists or apprentices in licensed tattoo studios.  If this is your first time placing an order with us, please include your shop and/or license information in the "Notes" section of the order and you will be contacted for verification. Accepted forms of verification include a portfolio listed on a shop website, personal website and in some cases Facebook and/or Instagram pages.  

If you are unable to provide sufficient verification, your order will be canceled and refunded. We will not ship to third party addresses or forwarding companies.

Can I buy a machine if I am still apprenticing?
Absolutely. Please provide the name of the shop you are working for and full contact information such as address, telephone number and website/email. We will only ship apprentice orders to a licensed tattoo establishment.

What is the best way to place an order?
While the best way to order is via the FKIrons website, we also accept orders via telephone at 1-855-FKIrons M-F 11am-6pm Eastern Time. 

What are the accepted payments methods?
We accept all major credit cards and Paypal.  We do not accept COD, however you may contact us to make special arrangments if you would like to pay via Western Union or Money Order.

What is the lead time for most orders?
Orders placed through a verified account will ship within 24-48 hours, new orders or orders subject to additional verification will be shipped within 3-5 business days after verification. Please note that lead times may increase to 5-10 business days during holidays or special promotions.

What shipping service does FK Irons use?
Domestic packages are shipped via USPS priority mail and will generally arrive within 3-5 business day. International orders will be shipped USPS Express Mail and normally arrive within 5-10 business days, however this is ultimately determined by the customs process and the receiving country's postal service.
We also ship via UPS upon request.

Will I have to sign for my machine?
As a convenience to our clients, we do not require signature upon delivery.  All packages are shipped with tracking and delivery confirmation. If you would like to require a signature upon delivery, please feel free to leave us a note at checkout and we are able to include this option.

Are machines guaranteed? What does the Warranty cover?
All machines are guaranteed and come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.  For further information regarding machine warranty and servicing, please visit the "Service your Machine" section of the site.

Please note: the lifetime warranty does not cover items subject to general 'wear and tear' such as springs/contact screws/armature bars, nor does it cover neglect or misuse of the machine including dropping, over lubrication, or use of the machine for anything other than its intended purpose.  The Maxon Motors of the Spektra Halo are covered under warranty against manufacturer's defects for 1 year after purchase. We will provide service to all FK Irons and Spektra machines, but a small fee will apply for all issues not covered under warranty.

Will FKI/ Spektra warranty cover my machine If I bought it from a distributor?
Yes. We offer support to all machines bought from any of our official Distributors. However, be aware of scammers and copycats as we will not cover counterfeit/ fake machines.  

Who uses FK Irons machines these days?
Artists from all over the world. Just to mention a few names: Guy Aitchison, Nick Baxter, Tatu Baby, Johan Finne, Russ Abbott, Gunnar, Stefano Alcantara, Jesse Smith, and many great artists like you.

You can see a full list of the FK Irons ProTeam by clicking here.

What is the Return Policy?
Due to cross contamination issues, and that all FK Irons machines are custom built to order, and as such we do not accept returns.  All machine sales are final.  We do, however, guarantee all of our machines.  

Each machine comes with a lifetime warranty. If you experience any type of problem with an FK Irons machine, please feel free to contact us through Orders@fkirons.com or call us at 1-855-FKIrons.  We will work with you to troubleshoot and fix any issues, or we can arrange to have the machine shipped back to us for repair.

We will also work with you to set up the machine if you should have any concerns about your purchase.

FK Irons Coil Machine Questions:

What is the difference between machines?
The difference between machines is how they are cakibrated. All machines are built with the same components. No machine is better than the other. All machines will push any type of needle configuration and suit for any style upon proper tuning. That’s why we offer tuning options when you buy your machine. The shape, color and material of the frame will not determine difference in performance.

What is the right voltage to run an FKI machine?
The right voltage is the voltage that your technique, stroke and  tuning requires. Usually FKI machines run at lower voltage than other machines. People shouldn’t stick to preset parameters and experiment to find what suits each artist best. I personally run my machines between 5 and 9 volts, again depending the type of job I’m doing. Steel frames should usually run at just a bit lower voltage than aluminum.

What is the best power supply I can use with an FK machine?
We recommend Eikon® PS products, but any good power supply made with good components is appropriate. Cleaner current will ensure better performance and maintain machine life.

Can I adapt an FKI coil machine with RCA connectors?
Of course, in fact we offer RCA-ready machines. Please select this option on the selected machine's page.

What are the different tuning options?

Conventional Liner - As our most popular machine style this tool is meant to be used as an everyday “workhorse” style of machine for all around tattooing. This machine will typically be used for tight 3rls-14rls.

Cutback Liner - Specifically tuned to run faster than our conventional liner, this machine is great for intricate detailed work such as eyelashes, hairs or mapping in quick outlines. This machine is to be used with a single needle up to tight 5rls but is not recommended for larger groupings. This set up is only available on the Exactor III Frame.

Power Liner - This machine is best used for thick, bold, traditional and new school style outlines and for pushing large rounds. This machine is best used for 9rl groupings and larger.

Soft Shader - Our most versatile everyday shading machine for both black and grey and color work, this machine will accept any mag size up to 55. The shader is designedto blend areas of color with multiple passes without causing excess trauma to the skin.

Cutback Shader - This machine is tuned to run faster than the standard Soft Shader and is meant to be used with larger magnum groupings for very smooth color or light black and gray blends. This set up is only available on the Exactor III Frame.

Color Packer - Tuned similarly to our Soft Shader this set up has a heavier armature bar and is meant for quickly filling in large areas of fully saturated color while making few passes over the skin.

Spektra Halo Questions:

Which stroke wheel should I use?
The stroke wheel recommendation will depend on how you intend to use your Spektra Rotary.  We currently offer 4 different stroke sizes: 2.5m, 3.2mm, 3.6mm and 4mm.  The 3.2mm is our most widely used stroke wheel for a good “all-around” machine that has the ability to line, shade and pack in color.  Our 3.6mm is also a good all-around machine for those artists who prefer a longer stroke liner.  For black & gray work, 2.5mm is mostly recommended, while the 4mm stroke is recommended for shading/color packing machines.

What if I want to try different stroke sizes?
The stroke wheels of the Spektra Machines are fully interchangeable and do not ’t require the purchase of an additional motor.  All stroke wheel sizes are included with the machine, however if additional stroke wheels are needed, they are available on our website. Each machine comes with a key to change stroke wheels so that you are able to find the right stroke for your machine.

What is the best power supply I can use with a Spektra Rotary machine?
As with our coil line, you can use anything of a fair quality. While we only carry Eikon and Critical brand power supplies, most newer power supplies are rotary compatible. If you have specific questions regarding whether or not your power supply is suitable for use with rotary machines, please contact the power supply manufacturer.

All Eikon and Critical power supplies listed for sale on our website are compatible with the Spektra.

What is the right voltage to run a Spektra Halo? 
The right voltage can be affected by the your technique, hand speed, needle grouping, etc... but usually Spektra machines run best between 7-9 volts.
How do I sanitize my machine?
The bodies of the Spektra Halo are fully autoclavable with no disassembly required. Simply remove the MotorBolt from the Machine Body, bag your machine body and run through a standard autoclave cycle. Do not ultrasonic wash.

Can I use my Halo MotorBolt in any other machines?

The Spektra Edge and Spektra Direkt machines run off of a HexDrive system. While we still use the same high quality motor, the Halo motor is not interchangable with these machines. You are able to use your Halo motor with the new Halo 2.

If I buy a multiple items (like a machine and a grip) in the same color are they guaranteed to match?
Due to the anodizing process, there may be slight variations from piece to piece so we are unable to guarantee a 100% color match. However, we do our best to ensure that all colors are as consistent as possible. There may be greater variations in specialty colors and multi-color processes.

Distribution Inquiries:

How can I become an FK Irons distributor? 
We are very selective regarding who sells our machines. In order to be considered as a distributor, you need to prove that your company is established in the business. We also require solid references that shows that your company only sells to professional artists. We will decline any request from suppliers or individuals that sell to the general public or any supplier that carries counterfeit products of any legitimate brand.  For distribution inquiries, please send a email to distribution@fkirons.com and our distribution accounts manager will contact you within 48 hours.