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This business is queer and white owned. My business & I were both born in Oakland, California. The home of the Black Panthers! I feel called to share and spread the word about the what’s going on in order to hopefully reach other white people, business owners & stick and pokers.

I am so excited for our planet as we birth through the canal of old, limited ideas and into an expansive new world where more people are possibly more free. The sides are becoming clear as we head to a contentious American election – there is a line being drawn in the sand! At moments like this in history, we look back and can clearly see the right and wrong. The people with hateful signs (for example) at the somewhat recent desegregation of the south…recall the images? The people on the sidelines – the kids […]

2020-08-31T17:53:21-07:00

New Video: Color swatch tattoos for dark skin

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Tann (they/them) is the creator of Ink the Diaspora, a platform that is for visibility of brown & dark skin folks who struggle to find representation for tattoos. Based in New York, Tann finds a great interest as their job as tattoo consultant. The interest is so great that they start to learn to tattoo themselves. Learn about Tann starting their journey as a stick and poke artist. Learn about different ink colors on different skin tones. How undertones play a role in tattoo color visibility and how color swatches can help. Tann plans to offer simple color swatches for folks with dark skin to assist them and artists in creating large colorful pieces.

Read more about Tann on our blog.

Pictured supplies are available in our DIY hand poke tattoo kit – check us out.

Our Instructional Videos:

+ How […]

2020-03-26T15:07:31-07:00

Ink the Diaspora & Deep Undertones

Ink the Diaspora In the Industry

In the Diaspora (ITD) is described in the Instagram Bio as:

a platform that is for visibility of brown&dark skin folks who struggle to find representation 4 tattoos.

Tann Parker (who uses they/them pronouns) is based in Brooklyn and created ITD when they saw a great need. They are currently a tattoo consultant – they provide information and advocacy for people wanting tattoo related resources, including referrals for artists who are skilled and accustomed to working on dark skin. 

 Tann reached out to us to be one of our Sponsored Artists. After reading about their relationship with the tattoo industry and the difference they are making in education and empowering people, of course I agreed. Tann is now embarking on a journey to teach themself stick and poke (or ‘hand poke’) tattooing so that they can give […]

2020-03-25T16:12:27-07:00

Why Boycott Amazon and choose these alternatives instead?

Amazon (also, Whole Foods) –  First, they bullied the cute book stores out of our towns, and now they threaten to monopolize and automate online commerce and health food industry into a profit machine for a few executives at the expense of all tax payers.

As a former seller on Amazon, I have my own personal experience on how they “prioritize” the buyers at the expense of the sellers – often small businesses like my own. They force lowering prices (sales) and allow fake trademark violators to sell alongside you. Birkenstock took their products off Amazon for this reason and I have followed suit. I have experienced a loss of sales since leaving Amazon, and it has been difficult to leave as a buyer…that Amazon Prime can be soooo good and easy.

In turning to these alternatives (below) for my personal and business shopping, I have made a commitment to the striking […]

2019-12-09T17:18:13-08:00

Gravit Design PRO Free ($99)

We want stick and pokes to be beautiful. It seems like every year they are getting more complicated and better designed! How long do you need to design the perfect tattoo? How about a year?

Now, we’re offering one WHOLE year of the Gravit Designer Pro subscription (value $99USD) with any kit purchase today through November 2019 as long as supplies last!

Gravit is an easy to use design program that is widely used by modern artists and designers. It is PERFECT for designing those gorgeous tattoos!

If you got a code in your kit, instructions on using your code is below:

  1. Click here.
  2. Create an account (or login to an existing Free or Trial account)
  3. Once in the app, click on a Buy link to purchase
  4. On the cart page, click on “Add a Coupon Code”
  5. Enter your Coupon Code and watch the price […]
2019-11-07T11:08:01-08:00

Tattoos are good for you

A story posted by CNN  describes a study conducted in the American Samoa by Michaela Howells and Christopher Lynn indicates that the practice of tattooing creates an enhanced immune response. The implications are great! Tattoos could be a major part of the evolution of humans – as tattoos may have played a role in who survived and who died. We pasted the study summary and the link below.

If having a tattoo helped a human survive an injury later, then it is no wonder why every continent has had indigenous people that practice tattooing. It is counter intuitive to think that tattoos were useful for health, because back then it was a somewhat risky thing to do before modern medicine, sterilization and sanitation. Tattoos can be dangerous, if not done safely, or cared for properly. We have many articles on that topic for a reason! For […]

2019-10-03T10:20:11-07:00

Video about tattoo needles

New video alert! 

Click the video below to watch Naz explain about tattoo needle types and how each type of needle is used! Naz explains the numbers and letters on the packaging and the arrangement of the tips of different kinds of needles. This is very helpful for every beginner stick and poke artist.

Naz answers:  What are the different kinds of needles? What is each kind of needle used for? What does the number and letter mean on the package? Which needles are best for stick and poking?

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We have 8 new videos all about stick and poking – check them out on our blog or our YouTube channel (below). Follow us to hear about new instructionals, tips, products, deals and stick and poke artists.

 

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2019-07-10T09:38:23-07:00

Videos: Why hand poke, is it safe and how to care for a new tattoo!

We added 3 more videos to our channel!

Eden, Kristina, Lisa and Naz educate us about stick and poke tattoo safety and more!

“Why stick and poke?”,  “How to care for a new tattoo?” , and “Are Stick and Pokes safe?”  These are the burning questions we answer in our latest videos. Check them out!

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2019-06-17T21:32:25-07:00

More videos posted

Learn from Naz about “Tattoo inks” and color mixing! Learn tips and tricks on “How to stick and poke tattoo” from Eden!

These are part of an 8 video series designed to education people about stick and poke culture, safety and supplies. Filmed in Oakland and San Francisco, California. Click below to watch our newest 2 releases! Subscribe to our channel here.

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2019-06-06T15:35:24-07:00

How To Tattoo Instructional Videos

It’s finally time for us to roll out our series of home tattoo instructions! Stick and poke can be done safely at home – our kits (since 2013) have shown that to be true. Watch our lovely actors in Oakland and San Francisco, California educate you about some important tattoo topics.

Supplies in the videos are in our harm reduction product.

Below are two videos: How to use a tattoo stencil and how to safely remove gloves!

We will be posting many more videos this week including:

+ How to Stick and poke tattoo
+ How to care for your new tattoo
+ Tattoo safety
+ How to remove gloves
+ How to use a tattoo stencil
+ Why do you stick and poke? We interview our actors.
+ Stick and poke Tattoo Inks
+ All about tattoo needles

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2019-05-31T13:01:26-07:00
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