I can’t remember my first attempt at DIY tattoos, but I do remember that I had at least a couple before the myths of stick and pokes began to buzz around me. It’s not as if everyone I knew was doing having wild stick and poke parties in college, but I can say that enough of my pals had a steady hand and sick drawing skills to make it an acceptable plan for a Friday night. Stick and pokes often served as a connection between friends and I learned to appreciate the art and memory of my DIY tattoos… and it definitely made me think I was a badass. Unfortunately, my friends and I just weren’t that skilled or patient to do anything near as cool as those tats made us appear.
I didn’t realized the taboo surrounding stick and pokes until I had to get one of mine fixed up by a professional tattoo artist. After my tat had healed, I went to turn what looked like a tattoo performed in a juvenile detention center into a work of art at the closest parlor that would take me. I ended up with a better tat and a huge lecture from the artist about my high-risk lifestyle. Sure, all tattoos come with risks, but some come with more than others. To be sure, I spoke to professional tattoo artist, Cait Webb , who does hand poked tattoos in Vancouver, BC.
To enlighten those who are strongly against stick and pokes and those who poke unsafely, let these myths serve as a guide on how to poke safely and know that not all stick and pokes are a terrible idea, especially with some amazing professionals out there. 1. All Stick And Pokes Look Bad
Whenever I find out an awesome tattoo was hand poked, I immediately inquire about how to get in touch with the artist. I’m slightly worse than mediocre at them, so anyone who has […]