stick and poke

Stick N Poke PSA
  • Use tattoo needles, I stg it will change your life. They tattoo so much better and there’s no need for thread. I recommend 3RL for most stick n poke work
  • Buy the needles sterile and packaged. They’re ready to go and you don’t need to worry about sterilising them yourself (it’s also hella cheap)

  • Use tattoo ink or India ink. Never use anything else! I recommend winsor and newton if you’re going with India ink, but only the plain black one. 

  • New ink and needles for each person (obviously)

  • Poke just deep enough to break/’pop’ the skin, but no deeper. Poke too deep and the ink will spread under the skin, poke too shallow and it’ll fall out (but can then be re-poked)

  • Use warm water with a little antibacterial soap mixed in to clean the area before and after.

  • Always wear gloves and wash your hands!

Basically be safe and sensible. If you mess it up, it’s only you who’s responsible!