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.
Defining Stick and Poke Tattoos
Most tattoos are done using tattoo machines, however, some artsy people favor the stick and 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.
How are Stick and Pokes Made?
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 workspace, 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.
Do Stick and Poke Tattoos Heal Well?
Hand poke tattoos cause 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!
Breathtaking Stick and Poke Tattoo Designs
Below, we’ve put together a beautiful stick and poke tattoo collection so you can get inspiration for your next handmade tat.
Vegvísir tattoo from Khumkat Tattoo
Manta Ray tattoo from Del Stock
Cross Tattoo, done with the Stick and Poke Tattoo Kit
Blueberries from Alex Royce
Flower tattoo from Lara M.J.
White ink heart tattoo from Woori
Crescent moon tattoo by Hongdam
Hand poked rainbow from Doy
Sister tattoo from Sarah March
Eye tattoo from Zero Zero
Lotus flower tattoo from TKBK
“Live & Learn” from Sharry
Strawberry tattoo from Tattooist Baka
Geometric Tattoo from Black Sand Tattoo