Stick and poke tattoos are growing in popularity at present, but only gained popularity within the last few years. What’s all the fuss about?
Well stick and poke are a style of tattooing that dates back to the ancient Japanese martial arts. In time the technique was adopted and incorporated into several forms of Japanese tattooing such as karate, shoji, and hibutsu. Today it is an attractive, tempting combination of instant satisfaction and DIY crafts.
Although stick and poke tattoos are fairly easy to do, there are some important details that you should know before getting started. The first and most important factor is the working area. You need a large enough working area to accommodate all of your tattooing supplies and equipment including gloves, ink, needles, and your working area cover. You also may want to consider purchasing additional storage space for your tools and other items.
Before you stick anything to your skin, always read the directions on the stick or poke.
They will normally indicate the correct amount of ink to be used. If you use too much, the ink will not penetrate the skin correctly and will either blemish on the skin or even cause permanent scarring. To avoid this, only stick or poke on the outermost layer of skin. For those who are unsure, test a small area of your body on an inconspicuous area such as the back of your hand. If you feel an intense pain, then it’s best to remove the test skin, lest you permanently damage your skin.
One of the most popular ways to stick or poke a tattoo is by using alcohol pads.
Alcohol pads are a great alternative to tattoo brushes as they allow you to apply the tattoo ink directly to the skin, avoiding the need to rub or scrub against the needle. Another benefit of using an alcohol pad is that you can soak in the tub while wearing your bathing suit. This ensures that you won’t transfer the tattoo to your body.
Tattoos can be applied in many different ways. The most commonly used method is called rolling the ink. Tattoos are rolled onto the skin in small, even circles. The artist must be very precise when doing this, as the circles need to be just slightly larger than the surrounding skin, otherwise the ink will not be as durable and/or it may smudge.
The most traditional method of stick and poke tattooing involves using the artist’s own blood or the tattooing Blood Stick.
Blood sticks are typically made from a type of powdered blood. It is said that Japanese tattooists make their own by mixing enough human serum with a small amount of sugar. The mixture is then combined with ink and water. When the tattooing process is complete, the tattooed area is soaked in warm water and then lightly dry-heated.
There are a number of different ways how the ink is applied to the skin.
In modern times, many people use tattoos created on the computer or with ink-saturated paint. However, the most effective method is the hand-picks or thumbs. Tattoo artists have been using this method for many years. Tattoos can be either permanent or temporary, however, if they are done correctly, the tattoos will stay on the skin for the rest of your life.
So, now you know how to stick and poke tattooing is done.
If you decide to get one, please remember that it is important to be very careful. It can take a while to create the image, so patience is a must. Remember, the artist is probably going to ask you to wait several days before you see the artwork. This is so the ink will dry out properly. It is also a good idea to let your tattoo stay on your body a few months before deciding on a final color.