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Everything You Need To Know Before Getting A Stick And Poke Tattoo

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Jun 23, 2021
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As tattoos become a more normalized and accepted part of society, more and more people find ways to reinvent how they design tattoos and how they get the tattoos done.

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Stick and poke tattoos are one way people have started to get their tattoos done, and some people have even begun to experiment with doing their stick and poke tattoos; while it is a cool way to have a tattoo done, there are some things you should know.

Here is everything that you should know before you get a stick and poke tattoo.

Longevity

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There is a common misconception around a stick and poke tattoos that they do not last as long as a conventional tattoo. However, this is not true. Stick and poke tattoos are still tattoos and will last a lifetime if done correctly.

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If the person that performed your stick and poke tattoo did not carry the procedure out properly or did not use the correct tools that are of high quality, your tattoo will most likely fade, but this can happen with conventional tattoos, too.

Safety

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Getting a stick and poke tattoo might sound like the more dangerous option to getting a tattoo, but it is just as safe as getting a normal tattoo. Stick and poke tattoos are a similar concept to normal tattoos, but they use different tools.

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For this reason, it is just as safe to get a stick and poke tattoo as it is to get a conventional tattoo as long as all of the tools used are cleaned and sterilized properly and the artist performing the tattoo ensures that the process is clean.

Pain

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If you have a tattoo done conventionally, you will know that other people with tattoos experienced the pain differently from what you did. For example, a stick and poke tattoo is similar to a normal tattoo in this way.

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It might seem like the tiny stick and poke tattoos would hurt less than a conventional tattoo, and for some people, that might be true. Unfortunately, however, they will hurt just as bad or even worse than a conventional tattoo for many people.

Duration

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Stick and poke tattoos tend to be smaller tattoos as they take a little more time to complete than a normal tattoo simply because of how they are done. Also, the fact that you do not have an electric needle tends to slow the process down.

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For this reason, many people choose to get a much smaller stick and poke tattoos, which results in cute tiny tattoos all over a person’s body rather than something like a sleeve of tattoos that we are used to seeing.

Healing

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We all know that the healing process for each person’s body is different, and if you have tattoos already, you might know that every person’s tattoos heal at a different rate and in a different way. The same goes for stick and poke tattoos.

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While stick and poke tattoos do tend to be much smaller tattoos and therefore should heal faster than a conventional tattoo, there are some instances where your stick and poke tattoo might take just as long as your normal tattoo did to heal. But, again, this will all be dependant on the way that your body heals.

Aftercare

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If you have a normal tattoo, you will know that the tattoo itself will scab because you have broken the skin, and it bled. There are many ways that you need to take care of a normal tattoo, but the aftercare for a stick and poke tattoo is a little different.

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Stick and poke tattoos do not scab as much as normal tattoos and therefore do not need as much aftercare. You should keep it covered for a couple of hours after it is done, but you can then show it to the world.

Cost

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Because of the fact that stick and poke tattoos are so small and don’t require an electric tattoo needle, they do tend to be much more cost-effective than a conventional tattoo. However, this is something that you need to be careful of.

Research the products and the artist you will be using for your stick and poke tattoo to ensure that the process will be safe and carried out properly. Just because it is much cheaper does not necessarily mean that it is still safe.

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