The DL on Stick and Poke Tattoos
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Even though I don’t have any myself, I’ve always found tattoos fascinating, and have been open to the possibility of getting inked someday. I came across the latest trend in tattoos via Instagram called Stick and Poke, and I can’t lie, I’m intrigued. Stick and Poke tattoos are delicate, feminine and usually super tiny. So, if you’re someone like me, who prefers a tattoo the size of a thumbtack – this method may be for you. Here are some quick facts to help you decide if stick and poke is for you:
1. What is it?
Unlike traditional tattoos that are done in a tattoo parlor with a tattoo machine, Stick and Poke is basically the DIY version of a tattoo, done with a single needle dipped in ink. The level of detail and precision that the Stick and Poke method allows for has made it popular among millennials. It’s also cheaper than the standard tattoo.
Because virtually anyone can perform Stick and Poke tattoos with virtually no training, sterilization can be questionable. Ideally, you want the person stabbing you in the arm to be someone you know and trust. Of course, even if your best friend is meticulous with her tools, yes, there is still a greater chance of getting a skin infection with an at-home tattoo than with a professional artist.
3. Does it hurt? How long does it take?
Given that the skin is punctured with each dot, it’s a much slower and more painful process. Essentially, the artist is just stabbing you over and over again with a needle. Unlike working with a tattoo gun, where the artist can simply draw a straight line, stick and poke artists have to make a line out of dots. Therefore, they to tend to take quite a bit of time to complete despite how small and dainty they appear. Most people say that stick and poke tattoos swell up afterwards more than traditional tattoos. However, they don’t peel as much. So, there’s a plus!
4. Do they last?
Yes and no. Stick and Pokes tend to fade faster than professional tattoos, especially on areas that you clean often like your fingers. Honestly, this could be a positive for a lot of people. It’s also easier to swallow given that you would probably spend close to nothing to get it.
5. What do they look like? (the fun part)
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So, there you have it! Stick and Poke tattoos are definitely worth considering for those looking for a wallet-friendly, less permanent option. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a pain-free option, you’re out of luck. But that’s part of what makes tattoos kind of badass, right?!
Posted by Abby