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Poke Appreciation Society Presents: A Handpoking Tutorial

I am putting this together because I love handpoking and I love the culture that springs up around it, and I want to help the curious and interested followers of my blog have the best DIY tattoo that they can get. Handpoking is the oldest form of tattooing! People were handpoking before they built churches or learned to write.

The fact of the matter is, you are going to do whatever the hell you want to do. I offer the following information only in the hope of spreading knowledge to you in an attempt to help you do the best stick and poke tattoo that you can do. if you’re going to do something, I encourage you to do it well by applying a willingness to devote at least a minimal amount time and energy into learning something about said skill.

Acquire the proper tools, PRACTICE before you poke, and above all else, BE CLEAN when you tattoo yourself and others. Don’t reuse needles. Don’t reuse ink. Wear fucking gloves. Dispose of your needles in the safest way you can manage. This will help minimize the risk of infection and decrease the spreading of blood borne pathogens.

I recommend that you order, from the internet, real tattoo needles that would normally be used in a machine, instead of making your own, but I will go over making your own rounds below, as well. You can get needles from any number of tattoo supply websites and even amazon has them. Tattoo needles are the best option because they come pre-sterilized and deliver crisp lines when used with skill.

In case you have never seen a tattoo needle, here is a picture.

As you can see, a tattoo needle is a long rod with a grouping or cluster of pins on the end. These groupings of needles come in different sizes and shapes, depending on how many needles are grouped together or what configuration the needles make when pushing ink into the skin. There are liner needles and shader needles, rounds and flats.

See that blue dot? That blue dot means the needle is sterile. If there is no blue dot, or the packaging is open, throw the needle away.

For handpoking, I recommend round liners. Liner needles come in different numbers, depending on how many needles make up the formation. There are 3RL, which is a grouping of three needles in a circular formation, followed by 5RL, 7RL, 9RL and 11RL.

It is good to have some popsicle sticks to tape your needle to, this makes it easier to work with.

Hand making a round liner
So, maybe you live somewhere where just ordering needles isn’t an option. Maybe you’re on the road. Maybe you’re locked up. I will be frank and say making your own rounds out of sewing needles isn’t clean, and isn’t something I recommend. Unfortunately just boiling something isn’t enough to make it sterile, and burning the tip of the sewing needle isn’t a good idea either. That said, I have like 9 handpoked tattoos, and none of them became infected, and some of them were administered with homemade round liners using sewing needles. I opted to take that risk.

Ultimately, the choice is yours to make, and the risk is yours to take. There will always be some risk associated with this practice, but by being as clean as you can, you can minimize that risk.

Making a homemade round liner is easy to do badly. You have to be careful to get the needles flush with one another when you are making your round. The needles need to be flush so they’re not poking in at different depths.

You will need at least three (3) “clean” sewing needles, duct or masking tape, thread, and a pencil.

Fig. 1. Take a long piece of masking tape and put all three of your needles about ¼th down the sticky side of the tape, close to one end of the tape, sharp points of the needle up. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that all three of your needles be level as you can get them. (lol they’re not level in the diagram, sorry)

Fig. 2. Fold the end of the tape over, securing the needles in place.

Fig. 3. Carefully wrap the rest of the tape around the end of the pencil so the needle tips are about 2/3rd of an inch above the eraser.

4. Take a long piece of sewing thread and wind it around the needles, starting around the bottom and working tightly up. If you are using india ink, you will want to wrap your thread all the way up until only a centimeter or two of the needle are showing, essentially the very tip of the needle. You will use the thread as a wick for your india ink. Bind the needles so tightly that the row of three needles becomes bundled into a round formation.

I find that if I am using tattoo ink, I do not need to use the thread as a wick, I just dip often.

 Wind the thread back down and secure with a bit of tape.

There you have it, a handmade 3RL.

Handmade Liner FAQ
Why do I need to use 3 needles? Can’t I just use one?
You could use just one needle but you’d have to poke three times as much to make your lines solid. Using three needles instead of one makes each poke more efficient and productive.

Isn’t that going to hurt?
Yes, but not as much as you’d think. When you are tattooed with a machine, your tattooist is not using a single needle.

What happens if I do use just one needle?
Over-poking an area can lead to scarring, blown out ink, and potential infection (a tattoo is an open wound), and when you use just one needle you have to poke the design in many, many more times over.

Can I use a safety pin?
NO! Safety pins have barbed ends that will literally tear up your skin.

Can I use a piercing needle?
Piercing needles are hollow and are not recommended for tattooing.

Can I use a needle more than once?
NO. Throw it away in a drink container or empty beer can, or take it to a sharps container.

Can I share a tattoo needle with someone?
NO. Aside from being a great way to infect yourself with someone elses’ blood borne pathogens, it also dulls the needle.

As with tattoo needles, it is my opinion that you should use tattoo ink for your handpoking, as it is specially designed to be poked into human skin to make images. It’s vibrancy and lasting power compared to water soluble pigment based india ink can’t be beat. I personally prefer Intenze black ink for my tattoos, but there are other good brands as well. Don’t be tempted by the inexpensiveness of brands like Scream or Prizm, they don’t cost very much because they fucking suck.

If tattoo ink is simply not available to you, a WATER SOLUBLE PIGMENT BASED INDIA INK will work. Speedball or Higgins are the two trusted brands of india ink that work well for stick and pokes.

Don’t use toothpaste and markers. Don’t use ball point pen ink. Don’t use paint, or lipstick, or crayon, or ash and piss like you’re in prison. Don’t use mascara, or eyeliner, or sharpie. None of these things are designed for tattooing and will increase your risk of scarring, infection and possibly even blood poisoning.

The options are: tattoo ink or water soluble pigment based india ink. India ink is 4$ in most places and you can get it at Walmart. Make it work.

Since you’re hopefully already ordering needles and ink, you should also order plastic caps that you can put ink into when you tattoo. If you aren’t, I would use a soda bottle cap that has been cleaned for at least two minutes with soap and extremely hot water and then rinsed for an equally long period.

Ink Faq
Can I reuse ink once it’s in the cap?

Can I use anything other than tattoo ink or india ink?

So, you have your needles and you have ink. What now?

Before you tattoo someone, or yourself, even, I would encourage you to buy an orange or two and practice poking them. Practice straight lines over the curved surface of the orange. Remember that human bodies are curved and rounded in most places, and not a flat paper canvas. Get a feel for it. Granted, poking an orange will be different than poking yourself, and definitely different than poking someone else, but basically anyone who wants to poke a tattoo should relegate themselves to the extremely minimal practice and experience of tattooing an orange or two.

Tattoo ink only needs to be poked into the first few (3 or 4) layers of the dermis. If you poke too deeply, you will poke ink into your subcutaneous fat layer which causes the ink to spread under the skin. This is what is referred to as ‘blow out’. After you have poked some oranges, and you are ready to poke yourself, remember this.

When poking at the right depth, you should feel a bit of a springy pop- that is the feeling of the needle poking through those first few layers of dermis. This will signify that you need not poke any deeper. You will know you are poking deep enough, but not too deep. Once you feel that pop, pull the round back out.

DON’T FORGET TO WEAR GLOVES. This is super important, especially if you tattoo someone other than yourself. Even the smallest cut or scratch on your fingers or hand, even an angry hangnail being left open can expose you to a host of shitty diseases that you don’t want to infect yourself with. Just because someone says they’re clean doesn’t mean that they are.

If you would wear a condom during sex, you should wear gloves when tattooing.

When tattooing myself, I use witchhazel to wipe the ink away with, it is soothing and works well for me personally. You can get green soap from as easily as you can get needles or ink.

So You’ve practiced. You have your needles, your gloves, your ink. Let’s talk about your workspace. Disinfect your area that you will be working in. Get some bleach, lysol, what have you, and clean that shit. Wipe the table down, wipe any wipe-able surface down. Saran wrap is good to put down after you’ve wiped everything down, because it provides an uncontaminated surface for you to set your ink, needle and paper towels on. It is good to have a clean roll of paper towels, you’ll want to have some on hand for wiping your ink away as you administer the tattoo.

When you are finished tattooing, keep your gloves ON as you dispose of the needle and the bloody/inky paper towels, then take them off and wash your hands. By following these simple measures you can ensure that your tattoo will be cleaner and less likely to become infected or scarred.

I hope this tutorial was helpful and informative.

Safe and happy poking!

why do uninteresting people on this website always have “Tattooed” in their blog description like it’s a defining attribute that people actually care about

This is one of the many subjects that will always come up in conversations. Can a Christian have tattoos?

I can’t really say I got anything against people with tattoos if they were done back in a Christian’s unbelieving days, just like I don’t have anything against a former homosexual, former thieves, or any former sinner after all, everyone has a past and they might’ve done some things and living in a way which wasn’t in accordance to the Bible.

The apostle Paul when listing the sins and the kind of people who won’t go to Heaven in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God) then ended saying in 1 Corinthians 6:11: “And such WERE some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Those people changed and weren’t as they were before. As long as they have accepted Jesus into their lives, repented of their sins and don’t let their past transgressions influence their born-again life, that’s all that matters.

Everyone makes mistakes, not everyone accepts God at a young age, so people might have had tattoos done in the past. I’d have no problem sitting next to a Christian person with tattoos, if that person has truly accepted Jesus into their hearts. The real question is, can someone who call themselves a Christian get one?

People say it’s their body, and they can do whatever they want with it, but the problem is that your body is not really your own. Your body doesn’t belong to you; it belongs to God:

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

With the understand that your bodies are your temples, you now know what will happen to you if you defile that temple:

1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Remember, your body does not belong to you, you are merely leasing it. That body belongs to God as it is the temple for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). You don’t get to do what you want with “your” body because it’s not your body to begin with.

And lastly, we have a passage that mentions tattoos directly, although it’s from the Old Testament, which means it can’t be considered a binding law anymore, because after Jesus’ time on Earth we follow the New Testament and not the Old, so it acts as a moral compass:

Leviticus 19:28
Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.

At that time in history when Leviticus 19:28 was written, some religious cults would perform various practices (see Leviticus 19:26-27), including making marks on their skin to honor the dead or show faithfulness to their gods. Obviously, God did not want the Israelites to ever be mistaken for those groups because of something they did. God doesn’t want those who are His to be mistaken by those of the world. Those who follow God are set apart from this world.

The Corinthian passages refer to the body being the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that we shouldn’t “defile” it. Would putting something on the temple “defile” it? Depends really. His temple isn’t supposed to be about how “pretty” it looks, it’s about the worship.

One might say “someone’s graffiti is someone else’s art” but God’s temple, made by His own hands as Psalm 139:13 tells us, doesn’t need any of our “help” to make it better. God already made you perfect and you shouldn’t be putting emphasis on the creation rather than the Creator.

As Charles Spurgeon said, “The fact is, we sometimes read Scripture, thinking of what it ought to say, rather than what it does say.” We often want to do what we want, even though Scripture tells us otherwise. There is no good reason whatsoever for a Christian to ever have any tattoos.

The fact is that people who would want to get a tattoo would want to show it off to others and that kind of imagery would lead people into idolatry, whether you want it or not.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God looks past our imperfections because His handiwork is perfect. Your body as it is, is perfect in His eyes even if people don’t see it that way. If God is looking at your heart, and not your appearance, what is the true motive behind altering His perfect handiwork?

Someone might get a tattoo in the shape of a cross or a Bible verse for the purpose of witnessing His Word to the world, but remember this is not the primary or most effective way to evangelize. It is in no way a substitute for verbally communicating the gospel. You are not fulfilling the Great Commission simply because you have a tattoo of a Bible verse.

Just because someone has a cross tattooed in their arm or wears a cross around their necks won’t make them a Christian. Carrying the cross, that’s what makes a Christian. As Jesus said in the Gospels, “And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’” You want to witness to the world? Jesus Himself tells us how to do that in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Covering your body in Bible verses is no substitute for showing the good works you do in His name.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The truth is that body modification is an outward display of an inward displeasure towards the image of God in you. The first chapter of Genesis invites us to look at how everything came to be. His work was recorded and we hear Him say that His work was “good” and “very good.” God made us, and called us “very good” and yet we have the hubris to think we can improve or modify His good works by changing our bodies or our environment with GMOs. Accept God’s very good work in you. You’ll never be able to outdo God’s perfect creation.

Tattoos are changing shapes to hide their true nature. Now we have people getting tattoos of butterflies, pretty things, Bible verses or crosses and so on. No Christian even up to a century ago would ever even think of doing anything like this, but now that we’re living more and more in open rebellion against God and rebelling against that “old book with old rules” which we convince ourselves that it’s okay to rebel against as long as the “message” of the tattoo is nice or pleasant to look at. Reminds me of what the prophet Samuel said in 1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

There’s also many other things one must consider before getting a tattoo:

Modesty – Modesty means not being self-promoting. Are you seeking to direct people’s thoughts toward God or yourself? Tattoos often accentuate certain areas of the body and get our thoughts on that body part. It is hard to believe that anyone with a tattoo on the lower back is really seeking to direct people’s thoughts toward God. Thinking modestly will lead you to think about, and even limit, the size, number, and locations of tattoos.

Marketability – Will employers want to hire you? Numerous companies don’t want your tattoo to be visible, and it can actually prevent you from being hired. Many employers will restrict your tattoos, requiring you to cover them up because they are not socially acceptable from a business standpoint.

Message – What is it about yourself that you want to communicate to the world? They are nearly permanent and will likely be with you for life. A growing experience with tattoos is what has officially been termed, “tattoo regret.” As you mature, you may, like increasing numbers of people, regret your tattoos.

Money – Is this the wisest use of money? One website, Tattoo Info, says, “In America, you can expect a basic price of $80 to $100 an hour…very few shops will ever touch you for less than $40” (2004-2009). We are responsible to God for how we use our money. It’s also important to keep in mind that the removal technologies being developed are even more expensive than the cost of getting a tattoo in the first place.

Medical concerns – There are real health risks with tattoos. The Mayo Clinic warns, “don’t take tattooing lightly”. They’ve resulted in severe allergic reactions, infections, unsightly scars, and blood-borne diseases like Hepatitis B and C. Tattooing deliberately opens skin and exposes your blood to unknown bacteria. Tattoo parlors are not medical clinics, although they are puncturing skin and exposing blood.

As always, in all we do, pray for wisdom and guidance. May our prayers change us so that we can live Scriptural lives rather than to try to change Scripture to adapt to our sinful thoughts.

200(ish) followers - 200(ish) words, part 7.

See that “ish” up there? No, the other one. Yeah, that’s an important “ish” cos here comes another prompt fill with double the word count. But then, given that it’s for my darling friend @moorsmist, who deserves as many words written for them as they wish, I figure it’s ok :) Their prompt was: “Thirding the possessive Hannibal, but since that’s probably less than helpful I think we need some snitty Will for a change?” How about Will being snitty because of possessive Hannibal then?

The Marks We Leave

“I suppose you left this for me to see with some reason in mind, Will?”

“Left what, darling?”

Hannibal narrowed his eyes at the falsely sweet tone. “The website for a local tattoo parlour, dearest,” he called back, all affectionate indulgence. He had never yet backed down from a game between them.

Will sauntered across from the kitchen to lean across Hannibal’s shoulder and peer at the screen of his tablet. “Oh, that,” he said, blithely, going back to the coffee machine. “Just something I’ve been considering.”

Hannibal allowed his eyes to roam across his husband’s form. “You don’t feel you have collected enough permanent markings in your life?”

Will shot him a smile that was an eerie echo of the one on his torso, utterly at odds with the cooing lightness of his voice. “Oh, but my love, only you and I know the significance of those. I thought it might be prudent to get something that unmistakably states the truth.”

“Ah. This is about last night, then.” Hannibal had been wondering when that might come up.

“Mmm. It’s really more for your protection than anything else. If you insist on eating everyone who ever shows interest in me, you’re going to get yourself caught in short order.”

“Perhaps you would prefer that.”

“No, no,” Will smiled brightly, ignoring the attempt at self-pity, “I much prefer my solution.” He pointed to his own forehead. “I thought, Property of Hannibal Lecter, just here. In your handwriting, of course, love. Perhaps in red ink, reminiscent of the last time you marked me there.”

Ah. Will had invoked the bone saw. Long since explained, apologised for and forgiven, it still had a tendency to come up when Will was in the type of mood that usually ended with Hannibal sleeping on the couch for a week. Sometimes sporting some fresh marks of his own.

Sometimes Hannibal accepted those marks with relish. Sometimes he engineered their creation.

But sometimes, he just wanted his husband back.

“Or I could just trust you.”

Will set a cup of coffee next to Hannibal’s armchair, and himself in Hannibal’s lap. “Or that,” he agreed, allowing Hannibal to run a hand along the scar on his forehead and up into his hair.

“I must admit, I would still very much like to kill her, though. With your permission,” he added, off Will’s look. “She was quite rude in addition to her habit of flirting with other people’s husbands.”

“It’s funny you should say that. Would you like to join me in the basement?”

Hannibal gazed in wonder at the man who continued to prove himself worthy of the years of effort it had taken to catch him. “My love, I shall never doubt you again.”

anonymous asked:

Going off your tags- I'll legitimately never get over the dagger as a contradictory action. I've been here casually since April 2012, fully joined during Haylor, so I've seen all those kick backs against what their team presented from Harry and Louis. But the dagger was just... on another level? While I think their tattoos at their core are extremely personal, the dagger read to me as almost a mic drop? Like nothing further would ever have to be done to prove to everyone what's up.

Honestly same. The dagger is like.. my ultimate,  end of the line “there are no more questions to be asked” moment. Its hard to describe to people who weren’t here for that what it was like, because it was so intense and the /build/ up to it was so fucking crazy. Like, obviously the ship and compass were huge. And then there was the rope and anchor. And then we found out about the butterfly and it is what it is. 

I remember the day we discovered that sailor-tattoo website, and saw all their tattoos on it, and all the different meanings. And I remember when we matched Harry’s rose to one of them and said “lol what if Louis gets the dagger”.  And people joked about it for over a year.

And then after that horrible tweet RE: the rainbow apple shirt, like within two weeks, he fucking /got/ the tattoo, in the same place as harrys rose. I still remember waking up and being speechless.


Posted in a photo on Mariela and Tiago Silvas’ joint Instagram account is a quote: “Tattoos are the stories in your heart, written on your skin.”

For the Silvas, tattoos are also what brought them together. Mariela, a photographer, and Tiago, a finishing carpenter, met online, but not through the typical platforms like Tinder or OkCupid. Instead, they found each other through the little-known dating website Tattoo Dating Site.

Why did each of them get so specific in their search? “Tattoos are a big part of my life,” Mariela told Mic. “I’ve always seen myself covered in them.” Back in February 2012, Mariela had become bored in her neighborhood of Rego Park, Queens, and was looking to make friends who shared in that same specific interest. “It’s not important in my choice of partner, but it is preferable.”

For Tiago, tattoos had always been a part of his identity. “Since an early age I always loved tattoos and my objective is to end up with 80% of my body tattooed,” he explained to Mic.

Naturally, the two were drawn to each other. By their second date, Mariela and Tiago took a plunge and got some ink together. “We got together to hang out and go to Tiago’s rib tattoo session, which he hasn’t finished yet. I decided to randomly get a tattoo that same day because I love them.” Mariela told Mic she got a tattoo of an eye on her arm. “[It] reminds me a lot of that day.”

The two fell fast in love and soon married. They are now raising their first child together.

Tattoos are about so much more than self expression

anonymous asked:

This may seem like a dumb question but what is the connection between the rose and dagger tattoos? I dont see the connection but thats probably because I'm in a food coma from all the turkey I've had today

Sorry for the delay, anon, my internet went down for several hours.

The rose and dagger tattoo is part of the nautical theme running through many of Harry and Louis’ tattoos. This website includes examples of virtually all of their nautical tattoos. (Link)

One of the tattoos shown there is a rose pierced with a dagger:

According to the site, this tattoo represents that a sailor is loyal and willing to fight anything, even something as sweet as a rose.

It’s not just the one site, though. A rose pierced with a dagger is a common tattoo design. I, myself, had heard of it before entering the fandom (actually I’m surprised that some/most people hadn’t, I thought it was common knowledge).

Here are some examples. (Link, link)

As you can see, the connection between a rose and dagger is not something that the fandom made up. However, it certainly is something that the fandom talked about, long and loud, ever since Harry got the rose tattoo. See this post for examples. (Link)

Long story short, a dagger through a rose is a very common, somewhat old fashioned, tattoo design with nautical origins. It represents loyalty and willingness to fight. And it’s beautiful.