Stick and Poke tattoos, also called DIY tattoos or Handpoke Tattoos, are homemade tattoos made by manually poking the skin. Stick and poke tattoos are easy to do and only require a few inexpensive to
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Stick 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:
Stick and poke tattoos are easy when you have the right tools for the job. Quality tools are both inexpensive and invaluable; they’ll vastly improve your results and greatly lower the risks of infections.
Here’s a list of the tools and materials I use to perform Stick and Poke tattoos. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of each group of tools along with my personal preferences and recommendations.
Wondering 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.
Stick 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.