Now, now kids. Before you say, 'shitty' or 'drunk twats', keep in mind that these tattoos were purely made by hands and no machine-y thingamajigs involved. And hey, it's almost the same way our ancestors got their tattoos done. You won't be having your pretty custom pieces if your great-great-great-great-great granddad's great-granddad didn't push through all this. As long as you keep it sterilized and you're pretty sure you won't be pushing those needles too far down to the bloodstream, you're good.
Kudos to the responsible and talented artists who are keeping stick and poke tattooing way alive and kicking.
Some good ol' sleeve filler.
Untalented piece of what, you said?
photo by Trippe & Trolf
So punk rock, man.
stick and poke by jenny
by Talis Fortuna
Could pass off as done by a tattoo machine! How cool is that!
Exactly the type one would get a buddy's kitchen; chill and unrefined, yet a permanent memory of a good time.
Linework tattoos look really good when done really well by handpoking.
It's going to be a start of a really rad leg sleeve, I hope.
Stick and poke tattoos can have fairly clean lines. It takes the right person to do the job well.
There's something refreshing about handwritten style tattoos. Sure, those beautiful calligraphy are impressive but a few can appreciate these simple words scrawled on skin. It reminds you of youth and how chill it used to be.
Clean lines and dots, bro.
We've got this cute hand poked sternum piece also. ;)
Can't believe it's all stick and poke.
Most (if not all) of her tattoos are hand poked!
Good ol' traditional, baby!
This is what it looks like when you add dashes of colours.
This is what happens when you decide to 'poke' around with a needle on yourself.
With all the rage of intricate underboobs going around, it's nice to see a dainty piece like this one. I think it's really cute.
Bath time with your fresh stick and pokes.
It's not the most breathtaking start of a sleeve
Cutesie knuckle tatts!
Who says stick and poke's can't do clean lines?
by Jenna Boama
Stick and poke tattoos tend to nail that simple story book style tattoo.
Max Blackmore really does know his stuff. Check more of his hand poked work out!
by Sam Rulz
This is beautiful.
The same way someone with a machine can make a pretty awful tattoo, the same way someone who does it old school can. If sanitation is all clear, it's not really with how you do it, but the very hands who takes care of the job.