Beautiful Hand Poke Tattoos

Handpoke tattoos are seriously trending right now. Also called stick-‘n’-poke tattooing, these designs take much longer than gun tattoos because the needle is moderated by someone’s hand instead of an automated gun, which lends itself to a more delicate look.

There’s a mystique that surrounds handpoke tattoos. For one, many handpoke artists are hobby tattooists, doing handpoke work on the side—their flash appointments, limited availability, and spur-of-the-moment nature have led to a (growing) niche within the tattoo world.

The DIY aspect of stick and poke is what’s concerning. Videos are popping up all over the internet to teach you how to tattoo yourself or your friends. Unfortunately, unhygienic tattooing can lead to infections or other health concerns. While this can happen with a tattoo gun as well, it comes down to cleanliness and professionalism.  You want a professional who takes his or her work, your safety and sterile conditions seriously.

The other area of concern is the type of ink being used.  Most colored inks are made from heavy metals, including lead, antimony, beryllium, chromium, cobalt nickel, and arsenic.

Handpoke tattoos are beautiful , but you have to ensure that it is safe.

Here are some ways to ensure:

  • Make sure your handpoke tattoo artist is licensed. In some areas, tattoo artists are required to take a three-hour course on hygiene and pass a related exam in order to get licensed.
  • Choose black vegan ink, and ask about other nontoxic options for colors.
  • Ask them about their process: specifically what tools they use, how they sterilize, the aftercare they recommend, and whether they’ve had any clients who have contracted infections in the past.
  • If you have a tattoo, you can have a reaction with an MRI, something else to be aware of.
  • If you do chose the DIY option, be sure you take precautions to ensure the safety of the process as well.