A hand poked tattoo – otherwise known as “stick and poke” tattoo or “stick ‘n poke” tattoo is, as the name states, a tattoo created by poking your skin with a needle that is attached to a stick instead of a tattoo machine.
These stick ‘n poke tattoos are becoming popular again, this style of tattooing was where it all originated from. There were no guns (machines) in ancient civilization as hand poked tattoos date all the way back to ancient history before the times of Caesar.
History of Hand Poked Tattoos
The art of hand poked tattoos gained less recognition as the advent of the electric tattoo machine came about in the 1890’s. Since then, most tattoo artists and tattoo shops have been using an electric tattoo machine to ink tattoos.
A renewed interest in this ancient art of tattooing saw a huge increase and upwards trend starting early 2013, which continues to grow more popular as more people become aware of this almost-lost art and its beauty.
Hank poked tattoos are done by a needle being dipped in ink and poked into the skin. They generally tend to consist of simpler designs, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve beautiful and intricate pieces with a stick ‘n poke style of tattooing.
Intricate Visual Art
Most people love the simplicity a hand poked tattoo design introduces, although when carried out by a skilled master tattoo artist, the seemingly simple-looking designs become an intricate piece of visual art.
The next favorite item associated with hand poked Tattoos is the level of intimacy they provide between the artist and the person getting tattooed. It’s almost a primal experience, instilling thoughts of our ancestors getting tattooed in a similar manner. The stick entering the skin repeatedly is a spiritual experience, which many tattoo enthusiasts love.
Aside from the look of these tattoos, stick ‘n poke tattoos have a completely different sensation than the electric machine tattoos. Most people agree that hand poked tattoos are generally less painful to get, and feel more like how it would feel when your hair is getting plucked.
Perfecting the Style
There is a reason that this beautiful form of tattoo art is gaining more recognition, and now, you can get your own hand poked tattoo at Painted People Tattoos. Kristina is our resident expert in this tattoo style, and one of the best hand poke tattoo artists in Toronto. Having studied this ancient practice while traveling in Asia, over the past few years Kristina has truly perfected it, and is rapidly being seen as one of the best artists in North America with this skill.
Come in to Painted People Tattoos in the GTA’s Toronto / North York area, or contact us today to set up an appointment with Kristina to get your very own custom hand poked tattoo! Kristina, or one of our other Toronto tattoo artists will discuss your vision with you, help provide ideas, and will walk you through any questions you have so that you are comfortable and confident about your selected choice of art. We welcome you to contact us today.