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Stick And Poke Tattoo Kits

Marisa Kakoulas

www.needlesandsins.com

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Hand-poked tattoos are experiencing a Renaissance, with stellar professional tattooers reviving the ancient methods of body adornment. Employing techniques passed down from generations, much of hand tattooing comes with strict tradition and sacred rituals. The question is should it come in a box?

When SF tattooist Shannon Archuleta sent me the link to the Stick & Poke Tattoo Kit, we both said that our initial reaction was Oooh nooo. Then there’s the rationalization reaction: people have always been sticking and poking themselves, so they might as well be safe. This rationalization is how the kit is touted.

However, upon further reading of the site — particularly the “Open letter to the precious tattoo artist” on the blog portion — the disdain for the craft, the hygiene 101 info and bad advice on what to do with the dirty needles, and also the goal of putting the kits in stores around the world, well, it made Shannon and I revert to our original reaction: this is not a good thing.

To read more of this article, go to: http://www.needlesandsins.com/2014/01/stick-and-poke-tattoo-kits.html

One response

  1. Okay… so before anyone comments on what a bad idea this is (AND IT IS!), please read the blog on the StickandPoke site found here:

    http://stickandpoketattookit.com/open-letter-to-the-sensitive-tattoo-artist/

    If you are a tattoo artist and this doesn’t piss you off even a little bit, then there’s something wrong.

    January 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM