“I’ve worked as a professional piercer for over eight years and tried tattooing around three years ago. I think of myself more as a piercer who does tattoos, not the other way round. I’ve tattooed my friends and myself few times with a machine but I get a better feeling of the skin with hand poke tattooing. For me there’s no fashionable hipster or new wave hippie bullshit behind it, I just prefer to tattoo this way.
The only main difference between machine tattooing and hand poking is that with the latter you don’t use electricity. The working speed with hand poke is slower but mostly it’s less painful and less stressful for the skin so the tattoos tend to heal a bit faster. The original electric tattooing machine was patented less than 150 years ago so there are many different “acoustic” ways to perform tattooing, most of them ancient as time.”
The customer’s viewpoint:
“I wanted to have a bear skull tattoo based on an old drawing, and I think hand poke has this certain nice, organic feeling that suited perfectly on this purpose. I’m actually not very sensitive to pain, so I may not be the best person to estimate, but personally I didn’t find the tattooing painful, just “normally uncomfortable” (which is, of course, part of the deal when getting a tattoo). Hand poke is also silent job compared to the buzzing of a tattoo machine.
The healing process has been fast really! The soreness disappeared after a couple of days and redness, oozing or other basic after effects are nowhere to be seen. The only problem is that my other instep now looks emptier than ever before. I have already started planning a matching pair for the bear, so that won’t be a problem for long.”