Hand-Poked Tattoos

What do hand-poked tattoos entail?

Without a tattoo machine, people can have hand-poked tattoos (also known as Stick & Poke or Handpoke). It is so named because it is manually created by repeatedly puncturing the skin with a sharp point (or a stick) and dragging some ink into the dermis to form the desired patterns.

The procedure is not new; it is the earliest type of tattooing and is being used today both within and outside of ancient/ritual/tribal traditions.

Skilled artists should only perform it, but because it’s simple to get started, many people perform it on themselves and on people with little to no training (for this reason, some people call these DIY tattoos).

Are hand-poked tattoos different from regular tattoos?

Compared to machine tattooing, the stick and poke method heals the skin more quickly and with less damage. This is because fewer needles are used when doing it by hand—only one as opposed to typically 5–9 groups when doing it by machine, which may require up to 20 depending on the task. In many cases, hand tattoos heal more quickly and with less aftercare than machine tattoos.

The frequency with which the ink is injected into the skin also varies. A current machine can piercing the skin up to 3000 times per minute; a human hand is incomparably slow compared to that. It merely goes to explain why you’ll have less scarring to do after a hand poke tattoo and does not imply that the tattoo will appear better or worse depending on the quality of the artist.

Does the artist need to have any further skills?

The fundamentals are similar: You must be adept at tattooing, utilize safe and clean equipment, and adhere to certain safety precautions. Then, suppose you want to specialize in hand poking. In that case, you must acknowledge that some tasks (like coloring large regions or drawing straight lines across long pieces) will be more difficult to complete but that the approach also gives you advantages in other areas.

Do colored hand poke tattoos exist?

There are hand-poked colorful tattoos. You can select a color other than black and continue to color the tattoo or use various ways. The term “handbook” does not require using a single needle.

What supplies do I need to get going?

The following are the necessary supplies for correctly applying hand-poked tattoos:

Tattoo Ink & Cups, Tattoo Needles, and Sterile Ink
Health Checkup Gloves and alcohol preparation pads for surfaces
Witch Hazel Wipes, a brand-new disposable razor, and a container for disposable sharps
As I’ve already stated, any tattoo artist may perform this technique of tattooing as long as they use hygienic supplies and thoroughly sanitize the needle.

What procedures are followed before getting a hand-poked tattoo?

First, establish a secure and hygienic working environment by ensuring it has been thoroughly disinfected.
If required, shave the surface with a disposable razor or clean it.
Equipment for the tattoo is set up in the layout.
Put your gloves on for surgery.
Cleanse the area where the tattoo will be placed by vigorously rubbing it with the alcohol pad.
Apply the stencil to the skin using the proper stencil transfer gel.
Give the stencil 5 to 10 minutes to dry. When applying the stencil, remove it fast, then use the same stencil again. The same stencil might be used repeatedly.
Pour the selected ink color into a clean bottle or small jar. For a lighter effect, combine it with diluted inks.
You then start tattooing.

How can I exercise?

Various objects can be used to practice hand-poking tattoos, including fruits (oranges, melons, etc.), pig skins, silicone, and borosilicate glass. The silicone type, which is extremely close to borosilicate glass, is the most widely utilized material. However, we noticed that each product behaves differently when being tattooed. When the ink was removed, the disparities were apparent.

The practicing skin made of silicone is supple and malleable. It is easier to clean than borosilicate glass and takes ink like real skin. It can be found in various shapes, even in bodily parts like the hands. The sheets are more reasonably priced because they cost less than $10.
Although more breakable than the silicone practice skin, the borosilicate glass was also flexible. Even with alcohol, it is significantly harder to clean and feels more piercing than silicone.

Pigskins are good at absorbing ink. If you choose this choice, you should receive a tender section. This product is available at butchers. It typically has a reputation for smelly, but the feelings are as real as the ski.

Because of their porous skin, fruits like the family of oranges spring to mind while thinking of tattooing. While bananas can be used, they won’t last very long. Furthermore, the sensation is distant from actual skin in both instances.

Can I make a Stick and Poke with pen ink?

Although it is possible to utilize pen ink, it is never a good idea. The pen includes colors, alcohol, and glycol (chemical gel). The amount of glycol in pen is typically not enough to be toxic, even though it is thought to be toxic at high levels. The problem is that using unsafe ink can lead to skin infections, discolored skin, blowouts, or other health problems when one wants to insert or place ink in the skin that directly connects to the bloodstream.

Are these tattoos part of any traditions?

The first tattooing technique is hand poking. It was how most tribal people got tattooed, including Tzi. If we had to point to one single practice as the source of stick and poke today, it would be the Tebori from Japan. Before the invention of tattoo machines, exquisite hand-applied tattoos of their traditional artwork were applied to the body. Tebori, which translates to “hand-sculpting,” is mostly the Japanese version of hand poking techniques. Simple and stylized motifs were tattooed using the stick and poke method. The hand poke tattoo style is characterized by many closely spaced dots arranged to form patterns, forms, and lines.