Tattooing with ashes: Q and A

Known as a “commemorative tattoo,” using the cremation ashes of a loved one to be physically integrated as part of your tattoo has always intrigued me. I decided to share what I had found out – and then we can consider how this could be applied to hand poking at home.

A Commemorative Stick and Poke tattoo…

AW! What a sweet way to remind yourself of a beloved person or pet…by carrying them with you, always! Become ONE with the being you loved. When I think of my kitty passing, I would jump at the chance to keep her with me in this special way. Maybe the most mini paw print outline?


How do you make the ink?

From what I gather on the internets, making this highly custom ink is a booming business. Strangely connecting two unlikely bedfellows – funeral homes and tattoo […]


What is the point of stick and poke?

The point of stick and poke tattoos…

We’ve come up with 5 reasons why you should give DIY tattooing a try.

  1. Stick and Pokes Won’t Break the Bank:

While we love machine tattoos and tattoo artists, a visit to the tattoo parlor can be expensive. On average machine tattooists in the US generally charge $150 an hour or more, and have minimum rates of $50-$100–no matter how small your design is. If you have a simple design in mind, a stick and poke may be the right option for you and your wallet. You can buy our basic kit for $46 and this will include all the materials you need to do several stick and poke tattoos on you and your friends.

stick and poke tattoo

Stick and pokes are a fun, low-cost way to […]


How to stick and poke tattoo in 5 steps

At home hand poke tattooing is at once really easy AND really hard. It’s both very safe AND can be dangerous! The Complexity! No wonder people want to know how to stick and poke tattoo.

Stick & Poke Tattoo Kit® provides the most detailed, up to date information on how to tattoo in a little 42 page booklet – that has been updated yearly since 2015!  We also have a bunch of helpful videos. Our photo gallery and Instagram feed (below) showcase the wide variety of art that can be accomplished with needle and ink in 30-60 minutes.

40,000ish successful tattoos have been created with our kits!

Sometimes you just need to read the whole process in a few steps, so here are the basic instructions on how to give yourself a stick and poke tattoo at home.


Step 1. Create the […]


Toxic Inks No More! The EU ban may create safer inks

The EU is known for strict consumer protection, and coming from the US, honestly, it’s refreshing. They just laid the law down to protect 1/4 of their citizens – the portion of Europeans likely to get a tattoo. In the US, we seem to be going the other way, allowing corporations to pollute and poison and sell consumer products that kill us and our animal friends. Take Glyphosate, AKA RoundUp. Monstanto/Bayer makes billions on this chemical because it’s just so easy to kill weeds. They spend Billions making sure we continue to spray it all over the place and give ourselves and our neighbors cancer in the process….Ah, unchecked capitalism at it’s best. My point is that if a growing tattoo industry has anything to say about it (or “pay about it” to congress), cadmium red pigment is […]


How to use a carbon stencil

Recently, our stencil transfer paper supplier (vegan, made in the USA, premium brand) accidentally sent us green carbon paper stencil paper instead of our standard green freehand paper. This confused a lot of people, but it is also a great moment to learn about different stencil paper.

Sidenote: we use the “green” paper standard in all our kits because it transfers better on all skin tones, including those with deeper brown, red, and yellow undertones.

The good news with Carbon paper is that you get more of the inked part of transfer paper for your money – two sheets instead of one! (these are made for people who do tattoos regularly and just need more carbon colored paper.

The only catch is that another step is required involving using your own paper to transfer the image. Below, I show the additional steps required to get the most out of your stencil paper.

  1. Open […]

LA Times 2021 Gift Guide

Thank you Los Angeles Times for choosing us as a great gift for gen z this year. <3 The practice kit is an excellent choice for people to practice with before doing a permanent design on themselves ;-)



How to stick and poke tattoo freckles

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By Ink the Diaspora, Tann Parker

You are either a real ass bitch or a fake ass bitch in these streets. Who cares if your freckles are fake. Cosmetic tattooing has been around for centuries. It’s a risky business that’s why it hasn’t been popularized in the mainstream. You should treat the process of giving yourself tattoo freckles as a scared embellishments.

With any at home tattooing you should make a clean and sterile space to work. The freckle placement should be mapped out in compliment to your face. Making sure each freckle is in their well intended spot. Deciding on color should be as intentional as possible. Don’t just tattoo black dots on your face, over time with sun exposure, you can’t be sure how they will look.

I would avoid pores on your face. The ink will come right out. And you don’t […]


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Our How to Stick and Poke Tattoo video reached 1/2 Million viewers recently! We strive to educate people on how to do DIY tattooing at home in the safest way possible. History teaches us that “folks are gunna poke.” Through sharing info, we can decrease bacterial infection, decrease spread of disease, and increase empowerment in one’s own body!

We have many videos on many subjects around home tattooing, hand-poking, stick and poking and are working on a few more now. Follow us on YouTube and Instagram to get the latest info.

To view our videos on our site, click on a video comment below. To view on our youtube channel, click here.


Pandemic-created stick and poke artists

We put out a call to our community on social media to share about their pandemic home tattoo experience.  COVID has caused sheltering in place and a rise in at-home activities such stick and poke tattooing. Our sales went WAY up. We were the topic of a VICE article, NEW YORK TIMES article and the Calvary Times! (The Calvary times was great, tbh). Many new artists emerged from the “stay at home” orders implemented around the globe. Here are some pictures and words from a few new hand-poke artists:


Shar, who is @offgridink on Instagram said that our kit made them “fall in love with tattooing” –

which is the sweetest compliment to the kit. Here is more from them:

“I started stick and poke tattooing out of necessity when I moved far out of the city and couldn’t make the trip often for new tattoos. I was also living somewhere very rural […]

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