As well as machine-made tattoos, we also offer hand-poked tattoos, otherwise known as ‘stick and poke’. It’s an old tattoo tradition that does not involve any electricity. The tattoos are hand pushed into the skin, using a sterilised tattoo needle. Relatively, this method is time-consuming, where hours are required to get a small tattoo done, so always make sure that if you book one, it’s on a day where you don’t need to be anywhere else but the tattoo studio. The same approach goes for any tattoo you book with us.
Generally, a stick and poke tattoo will heal faster than a machine-based tattoo but this depends on your skin (which varies from one person to another) and how you look after it. We would recommend to look after your tattoo in the same way you would a machine-based tattoo, to keep it clean and heal in the best possible quality.
Are Hand-Poked tattoos permanent?
Yes they are, providing the correct tattoo tools are used. Fading is a possibility but this is not down to the hand-poke technique but the location on the body, how it heals and again, the tools used to create them with. Any tattoo will fade overtime, regardless of whether it’s done with a machine or by hand anyway so you may need to revisit for a touch-up or a top-up to maintain the quality your tattoo.
If you’re interested in getting a hand-poked tattoo, Pokeyhontas is based at our tattoo studio in Birmingham. She’s currently an apprentice but already has a strong portfolio. If you wish to see a regularly updated portfolio and to take advantage of offers, please head over to Instagram and follow @pokeyhontastattoo