Stick and poke tattoos, also known as handcrafted tattoos, needle-poked tattoos or DIY tattoos, are handcrafted tattoos, created by inserting a needle into the skin, with an aim of sticking the ink into the chosen skin area.
Unlike conventional tattoos that use tattoo machines, stick and poke tattoos can be done at home, with the use of your own supplies. Rather than use a tattoo machine, the stick and poke tattoo is created with a needle, occasionally attached to a long stick with a tattoo grip, and carefully poke it in by tiny dot. A stick and poke tattoo is cheaper to do, requiring only a little time and effort, compared to a regular tattoo, which may need several weeks or months of preparation, healing and hard work.
As with any tattoo, alcohol should never be used on the skin while the tattooing process is in progress.
Alcohol will dry the skin, which can lead to smudging and fading. The alcohol used in tattooing alcohols such as rubbing alcohol will dry out the skin, leaving it itchy and red. Do not drink alcohol before or during the stick and poke tattoo, and avoid the tattoo if you are allergic to alcohol. If you are concerned about any allergic reaction, ask your tattoo artist about the best way to proceed with the tattoo.
Stick and poke tattoos are very versatile and can be made to cover large areas of the body or just small areas, depending on the desired effect.
In addition, stick and poke tattoos can be combined with other tattoos to create a layered look, adding depth to the design. For example, you can combine a Celtic or tribal cross with a leopard print, creating a stunning and unique tattoo design.
Many people get tattoos because they find the art appealing, intriguing or colorful.
For others, tattoos represent a special part of their history, or a person’s struggle to make something meaningful through their life. However, not everyone gets a tattoo for the same reasons. Some stick and poke enthusiasts do so because they want to express their artistic abilities by tattooing their own skin. Others stick and poke because it is a less painful way to get inked.
Before you stick and poke your tattoo, you will need to prepare your skin, using a bandage or similar cloth to protect it from the elements. You can wash the area with tepid water to minimize infection. Then you can start the process of tattooing, either by using an ordinary needle or a needle with a double point tip.
When choosing an artist to perform your stick and poke tattoos, look for someone who specializes in this technique.
A tattooist who specializes in these types of tattoos will be more likely to do a good job on your skin. If you don’t know where to look for a good artist, ask your friends or family for recommendations. If none of your friends or family has any recommendations, search online for local artists. Visit each artist’s website to read about his or her work and learn more about the types of tattoos he or she specializes in.
Stick and pokes tattoos are not only made out of needles; sometimes different colored ink is used for the art. There are a number of techniques used to create these tattoos. If you choose an artist who specializes in stick and poke tattoos take time to ask about the different methods the artist uses. Find out how long the needle has to be drawn before it is put into the skin. Choose an artist who can create a tattoo that will last for a long time because there will come a time when you will have to get another one.
The finished product will look great as soon as the artist is finished.
Stick and poke tattoos are becoming more popular than ever thanks to the new technology of tattoo stencils. Using a stencil to draw the outline of the tattoo and applying it to your skin will ensure that the art will last a long time. After you have chosen the perfect stencil for your stick and poke tattoo, apply it to your skin using a cover-up pen. This will help ensure that the ink does not show up on your clothing, bedding or other surfaces.