"My favourite style for hand poking is 'dot work especially patterns, mandalas and geometric shapes with no definite outlines, these can look really special hand poked as every single dot is an integral part of the design." m/sarah_diemonde, advertisement - Continue Reading Below, advertisement.
Take advantage of tracing to see how your stick and poke tattoo will look from different angles and postures.
Tattooing the Outline, start by taking out the needle from its package, being careful not to poke yourself on the sharp tip.Although it seems like an easy recreational activity, Walton says to never give or get hand-poke tattoos.Remove excess ink with a make-up remover pad imbued with rubbing alcohol (or ideally a green soap solution).Many hand poke artist only use black and greys because of this.".In my opinion though, its preferable to get right to it and start with the ink.As an additional safety measure, never use the same shaver twice.You should not choose an area that is near open sores, boils, abrasion, infected wounds or a mucus membrane.Ahead, two artists, Tiffani Walton, hand poker from SlowPoke Ink, and.Preparing the Skin Area, prepare the skin area youll be tattooing by first washing it with water and soap and then shaving it.The skin might swell at some point, and will therefore be too inflated to retain ink.Remove the ink and rubbing alcohol containers from your work area to prevent cross contamination (your hands touching the tattoo and then these bottles is cross contamination).Advertisement - Continue Reading Below, does it generally hurt more or less than the traditional method?Testing (optional some recommend testing the stick and poke tattoo needle in the skin without ink.Colours can be used, although aren't best suited to the method, a machine will give much better coverage.Meanwhile, the classic rotary machine used by Mai works like this: Theres a small motor encased in each rotary tattoo machine that moves the attached tattoo needles up and down in a smooth, almost cyclical pattern.I love all the mandala pieces because they can be so pretty.I use a household bleach solution (1 part of household bleach to 9 parts of water) as a disinfectant.A simple guide to the world of hand-poke and machine tattoos.