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10 Things I Learned Getting My First Hand-Poked Tattoo From Mike Love

10 Things I Learned Getting My First Hand-Poked Tattoo From Mike Love

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A firsthand tale of getting a hand-poked tattoo.

Last weekend I travelled to Leicester (UK) to get my very first hand-poked tattoo from artist Mike Love. Here's why it kicked ass.

Hand-poked black heart and crystal tattoo by Mike Love.
Hand-poked black heart and crystal tattoo by Mike Love.

1. One tattoo = four tattoos.

Hand-poked heart tattoo in progress, by Mike Love.
Hand-poked heart tattoo in progress, by Mike Love.

2. It hurts less. Sort of.

Single dots being added to my fingers.
Single dots being added to my fingers.

3. Chill, Winston.

Drawings by Mike Love.
Drawings by Mike Love.

4. The experience extends beyond the tattoo studio.

Script R tattoos by Mike Love.
Script R tattoos by Mike Love.

5. Immaculate lines.

Husky tattoo by Mike Love and Clare Lambert.
Husky tattoo by Mike Love and Clare Lambert.

6. Collaboration is fucking awesome.

Heart and rose tattoo by Mike Love.
Heart and rose tattoo by Mike Love.

7. Custom tattooing is at the heart of every good artist.

Hand-poked dot tattoos by Mike Love. Pentacle and element symbols healed by Emma Garrard.
Hand-poked dot tattoos by Mike Love. Pentacle and element symbols healed by Emma Garrard.

8. Hand-poke = control.

Old Gregg original drawing by Mike Love.
Old Gregg original drawing by Mike Love.

9. Hand-poke is an art.

Beetlejuice tattoo design drawing by Mike Love.
Beetlejuice tattoo design drawing by Mike Love.
Mike Love hand-poke R tattoo.
Mike Love hand-poke R tattoo.

10. People make experiences memorable.


Rebecca
Written byRebecca

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