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Stick and Poke Tattoo Artist: Robertiko Ramos

La MarcaRobertiko Ramos or Roberto Ramos Mori  works as a tattoo artist in the Cuban tattoo parlor, La Marca. When he showed us his work, we were immediately seduced by the quality of his designs and his mastery of colors. In this interview, Roberto shares his vision and pieces of advice of stick and poke tattoos or muleta, as they say in Cuba. Continue reading

Unalome Tattoos: What do They Mean?

UnalomesMost people like their tattoos to have meaning. A tattoo’s meaning can also be inspired by other symbols or icons, like with Zodiac signs. Unalome tattoos have been growing in popularity and also make meaningful tattoos. At first sight, the unalome designs can like a cute and insignificant doodles, but in fact the unalome’s meaning is profound… and somewhat mysterious!

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Witch Hazel for Soothing Stick and Poke Tattoos

witch hazelWitch hazel is a natural and soothing astringent : when applied on the skin, it causes contraction of the tissues. It can be used to soothe the skin after a stick and poke tattoo and calms skin redness.

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Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Tattoo Artists

BloodBloodborne, also called BBP,  pathogens are infectious micro-organisms and include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. They are transmitted through infected human blood and other bodily fluids. Tattoo artists are at risk of exposure to BBP from incidents such as an accidental puncture from a contaminated needle. Thus, it is important to stay informed about bloodborne pathogens and to take appropriate safety measures. Continue reading

How to Remove Gloves Safely

Remove glovesHere’s a short video demonstrating a safe technique to properly remove gloves. We recommend using this technique as doing so will improve the safety of your work by preventing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens.

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Stick and Poke Tattoo Ink

Tattoo inksStick and poke tattoo ink is one of the key ingredients that will improve your stick n poke tattoos quality, safety and longevity. Although you might hear of people tattooing themselves using pen ink or India ink, we strongly advise against going cheap on tattoo ink. High quality and sterile stick and poke ink will greatly improve your homemade tattoo results. Professional ink is affordable and will guarantee peace of mind.

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Stick and Poke Tattoo Kit – Product Review

Tattoo KitHere at, we love testing new products and finding the equipment most suitable for stick and poke tattoos. We have therefore tested the popular all-in-one kit from Here’s our review.


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Stick and Poke Aftercare

stick and poke aftercareStick and poke aftercare is a necessary step to ensure a good homemade tattoo result. Stick and poke tattoos are usually smaller and simpler than tattoos done with a machine, and therefore heal faster and rarely make a scab. Nevertheless, they stick and pokes need aftercare, and you should always inform the person you’re tattooing about what they can do to help the healing and preservation of their tattoo. Here are the basic stick and poke aftercare measures:

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Stick and Poke Needles

Tattoo needlesWondering what kind of needle to use for stick and poke? Well, there is no specific stick and poke needle. People either use sewing needles or professional tattoo needles. The best needles for stick and poke tattoos are by far professional tattoo needles. They are safe, give you unmatched control and are inexpensive. I don’t recommend using sewing needles as they are inaccurate and they don’t retain ink as well as professional tattoo needles. They are also duller and less hygienic.

There are many different varieties of professional tattoo needles to choose from. While there is no best needle for stick and poke tattoos, they each have their own advantages. Let’s take a look at how stick and poke needles are labelled.

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How to stick and poke?

Tracing homemade tattooStick and Poke Tattoo in 9 Simple Steps

Stick and poke tattoos, also called hand poked tattoos, homemade tattoos or DIY tattoos, can be done by anyone taking the right precautions and using the proper tattoo tools. Follow this step-by-step guide detailing how to stick and poke, and you’ll be totally safe.

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