Check us out in Men’s Health Magazine! It was a pleasure to speak with Brett Williams for this piece.
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.
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 […]
Defund The Police, Fund Communities
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 do not believe we need police as we know them today. We live in a police state – and this is very harmful for all of us. Did you know that are very few “bad people?” Even fewer “lazy” people. Percentage wise, 99% of people want to be in community with others, on good terms, feeling supportive and supported. Doing what they love, spending time with family, etc. It’s human nature. We have police and prisons filled with people that were acting not out of evil, needing to be locked away, but out […]
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.
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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 […]
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 […]
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:
- Click here.
- Create an account (or login to an existing Free or Trial account)
- Once in the app, click on a Buy link to purchase
- On the cart page, click on “Add a Coupon Code”
- Enter your Coupon Code and watch the price […]
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 […]