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The Mystical Hand Poked Tattoos of Tati Compton

The Mystical Hand Poked Tattoos of Tati Compton

Tattoo Artists1 min Read

Let Tati Compton pull you into a world of hand poked fantasies, mystical women, and celestial beings.

Growing up, Tati Compton (whose real name is Tatiana Fox) was quite the magical girl with her butterfly and rose tattoos by the dozen.

Hand poke lady tattoo by Tati Compton. #TatiCompton #handpoke #women #lady #fineline #linework

“I always wanted tattoos since I was a little girl,” she told iD - Vice, recalling how she'd insist her stick-on tattoos were real when boys asked her about them because she wasn't completely sure what a real tattoo was. 

Hand poke lady tattoo by Tati Compton. #TatiCompton #handpoke #women #lady #fineline #linework

The California-born tattooer spent a few years polishing her craft at the prestigious Sang Bleu in London, then flew back to California this year to start fresh. Upon returning to Cali she resumed business, doing kickass hand poke tattoos as usual after having settled in Los Angeles. 

Hand poke lady tattoo by Tati Compton. #TatiCompton #handpoke #women #lady #fineline #linework

While her techniques have improved and evolved since then, Tati stays faithful to hand poking. She mostly does simple linework pieces, sprinkled with dotwork. I marvel at how clean and seamless her lines can get, almost as if they were precisely outlined with a tattoo machine rather than hands and their unsteadiness.

Hand poke lady tattoo by Tati Compton. #TatiCompton #handpoke #women #lady #fineline #linework #trio

In an interview with Dazed, the hand poke tattoo artist describes her works as, “Feminine but not girly. Delicate but bold. Organic, like it’s meant to be there.” 

Hand poke lady tattoo by Tati Compton. #TatiCompton #handpoke #women #lady #fineline #linework

When she's not tattooing deities and other supernatural forces, Tati does ornate designs and has a love-hate relationship with social media.

For more unbelievable stick and poke tattoos have a look at these Micro Stick and Poke Tattoos by Welfare Dentist.

Meet the rest of Tati's mystical hand poke ladies on her Instagram. Cover photo via @seine.magazine, interview with i-D and Dazed Digital.

Written byXavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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