Stick and poke, also known as stick n poke, poke and stick, etc, tattooing is the practice of sticking your self with something pokey. You can buy a neat kit to make this easy as pie, and safe to boot.
Here are some best practices that beginners may not know:
- stretch the skin. In the words of underground stick n poker Vitnay, “I carefully poked a perfect heart shape around his nipple. When he got up, it turned into a kindergartner scrawled valentine. I learned the important lesson of stretching the skin while tattooing.” 🙂
- be safe. you could get hepatitis C, HIV, and/or a number of blood borne diseases or serious infections. If you are safe and follow instructions like the ones in this kit, the likelihood of a problem goes almost to zero.
- be sober. if you aren’t sober, you aren’t able to be sure if you are being safe! (see deadly consequences above).
- be old enough. 18 is a good minimum age (legally speaking). Think about what your older self may want for your shared body – a scrawl of the name of your high school crush? Likely not. That’s what permanent markers are for! The good news is that if you do a simple black tattoo on yourself now, you can probably get it painfully (like daggers, stabbing) removed later in life. So go for the gold, pony boy!
- some tattoo aftercare ointment is magic and you must use it. There are at least 3 more things that you can do with this stuff besides putting it on your tattoo to assist in healing = “aftercare”. By the way, our aftercare goo is natural, vegan, plant-based and (petroleum free). The stuff can be used during the tattoo to prevent ink from getting everywhere. It is also a lubricant, moisturizer and practically edible. It can even be used to hold the baby glass jar in place (just put a dab underneath). What a thing it is.