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The Stick and Poke Tattoo

66ee7e2f22d5d10c1145c42690b8edf8The more conventional ideas about tattoos involve ideas about tattoo guns but in reality there are other ways of tattooing. The ‘stick and poke” method is one such other way. This method is often used by amateur tattooists who don’t have access to professional tools, but real tattoo connoisseurs know that some of the rarest tattoos in the world are only done by traditional stick and poke methods. One such example is in southern China where certain tribes only allow outsiders these traditional tattoos if they pass a set of trials.

Even if you aren’t a tattoo collector and are simply using this method as a means to save money, there are important rules you must follow to make sure that your tattoo comes out just the way you want it to. Some rules may apply more to one set of circumstances than the other, but they are useful nonetheless.

Sterilise 

Make sure everything you use is thoroughly sterilised. The needle you used should be straight out of the packaging, or at the very least sterilised by a flame. Make sure the area that is going to be tattooed is haven and that rubbing alcohol is generously applied. As per usual, NEVER re-use needles.

Be Aware

Due to the fact that stick and poke methods are done by hand, there is a much larger margin for error. The needle should really on;y penetrate 1/8th of an inch into your skin. If you suffer from excess bleeding during the process or feel the needle going too deep, it may be a good idea to rethink your tattooing method.

You should feel your skin pop as the needle exits each time. If your skin begins to swell, take a few minutes to re-sterilise the area and wait for the swelling to go down. Your skin won’t absorb ink very well if it is swollen anyways!

Aftercare

Just like a regular tattoo done in a studio, aftercare is vital to the health and aesthetic of your tattoo. Even though your tattoo may have been done in a different way, you need to make sure you use the best aftercare products to ensure your tattoo heals properly and avoids any nasty infections! If you need any tips on how to care properly for your new tattoo, we have tons of articles explaining exactly what you needed to do!

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