Best Stick And Poke Tattoo Ideas

Hand poke tattoos have a unique look to them — one which is hard to replicate with a machine. Just check out these stick and poke tattoo ideas to inspire your next ink.

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Most tattoos are done using tattoo machines, however, some artsy people favor the "stick & poke" method. But, what is a stick and poke tattoo? Well, these tattoos are exactly what they sound like: The technique involves dipping a sterilized needle in ink, and dotting it into the skin to create an image. No electric machine required.

But before you decide to get one of these particular tattoos, you should definitely understand the procedure, which has been around for centuries, just until the electric tattoo machine was invented in 1890.

While the quality varies depending on the experience of the person who gives the tattoo, the process remains the same: Once the artist has set up the work space, the next step is to prep the skin. If not done freehand, a stencil may be applied. Once everything is ready to start the needle is dipped into ink and the ink enters the skin through small cuts by the hand. As simple as that.

Hand poke tattoos causes so little trauma to the skin, that if done well, there is little to no swelling, inflammation and bruising. The skin rarely reacts in any way that prevents the artist from tattooing for long sessions. Therefore, the healing process is far easier.

Ahead, a beautiful stick and poke tattoo collection so you can get the idea.

Geometric tattoo from Evan Lorenzen

Geometric tattoo from Evan Lorenzen

Vegvísir tattoo from Khumkat Tattoo

Vegvísir tattoo from Khumkat Tattoo

Manta Ray tattoo from Del Stock

Manta Ray tattoo from Del Stock

Cross Tattoo, done with the Stick and Poke Tattoo Kit

Cross Tattoo, done with the Stick and Poke Tattoo Kit

Blueberries from Alex Royce

Blueberries from Alex Royce

Flower tattoo from Lara M.J.

Flower tattoo from Lara M.J.

White ink heart tattoo from Woori

White ink heart tattoo from Woori

Crescent moon tattoo by Hongdam

Crescent moon tattoo by Hongdam

Hand poked rainbow from Doy

Hand poked rainbow from Doy

Sister tattoo from Sarah March

Sister tattoo from Sarah March

Eye tattoo from Zero Zero

Eye tattoo from Zero Zero

Lotus flower tattoo from TKBK

Lotus flower tattoo from TKBK

“Live & Learn” from Sharry

“Live & Learn” from Sharry

Strawberry tattoo from Tattooist Baka

Strawberry tattoo from Tattooist Baka

Geometric Tattoo from Black Sand Tattoo

Geometric Tattoo from Black Sand Tattoo