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Rather than using an electrically-powered machine (aka a tattoo gun), the design is applied dot by dot using a single needle to push the ink under the skin. Slower than your average tattoo, yes, but also a great technique for achieving extremely delicate designs.


Does it generally hurt more or less than the traditional method?

"In general it doesn't hurt as much as a machine tattoo as it's far less invasive, which means the skin heals much quicker too. However the pain often depends on the particular area being tattooed - some areas will hurt more than others.  It also depends on the size of the tattoo.  I prefer TINY TATTOOS, but a number of Stick and Poke Artists will help with large works, completed over a period of time.


It does take longer than a machine tattoo; if your design is large it'll most likely be split into sessions to make it more pleasurable for you and your artist!"

What style design does this method especially suit?

"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.

During Lock-Downs while most of us were baking (or in our case, burning) banana bread, out collecting herbs in the rain, others took their boredom to the next level and decided to get experimental with a needle and ink, turning their hand to the oldest method of tattooing.


Needless to say, this isn't a hobby we recommend trying at home. 

Now we are coming back - the studio has re-opened, but we must accept the new reality.  Double vexed only, and all the covid rules adhered to.  We wear masks and bring a bag for your things and your clothes, plus a couple of small hand towels or paper towels to protect our table.  Everything is either disposable, or take-homeable.  

These high standards are not new to us which is why we are able to come back without fear.  



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