Handpoke tattooing is one of the oldest and most traditional tattooing methods, involving the manual application of ink into the skin using a single needle.
Unlike machine tattooing, handpoke relies on the artist's hand motion to deposit the ink into the second layer of the skin.
Today, professional handpoke artists typically use the same sterile needles and inks as machine tattooists.
Yes, handpoke tattooing wounds the skin, but many clients report that it hurts less than machine tattooing.
The amount of pain experienced varies depending on the placement, size, technique, and individual pain tolerance.
Some areas, such as the upper arm, are less painful than others, such as the elbow. Pain tolerance can also fluctuate from day to day.
Handpoke tattoos typically take longer to complete than machine tattoos, but not by a significant amount, especially for dotwork and similar styles.
The slower pace of handpoke tattooing can actually be seen as an advantage, as it allows for more focus and attention to detail.
Additionally, the ritualistic nature of handpoke tattooing can be a transformative experience for both the artist and the client.
I will not replicate the work of other artists and normally only tattoo my own designs.
Of course we, can take inspiration from other artists' work, but it is usually best to develop a design from scratch together.
Keep in mind that not every artist is equal, so I may decline a tattoo if I feel I am not the right artist for the job. However, I am happy to guide you to specialist for your idea.
As the analogy goes, "You don’t go to a pizzeria and order sushi"
No, but it depends.
I believe that living cultures with tattoo traditions should not be robbed of their sacred ink, which includes both the designs and certain techniques, such as skin stitching from the Inuit people.
However, I am happy to tattoo sacred and ethnic designs from my own culture as well draw inspiration from cultures that no longer exist, in a respectful manner.
I am happy to accommodate special requests, as long as they are within my comfort zone and ethical code.
This includes things like special rituals, tattooing at specific locations, and other unique elements.
Just ask, and I will do my best to make it happen!
Booking begins with a brief consultation to discuss your idea.
If we both feel a good connection, we will schedule an appointment.
Next, you will send a deposit (usually €50), and the in-depth design process will commence.
During the time leading up to your appointment, we will collaborate to create a design that you are 100% happy with.
Once you are satisfied, we will permanently mark it on your body.
In addition to regular needles, we offer the option of getting your tattoo done with a bone needle. Keep in mind that the outcome will be slightly different, as nothing beats a medical-grade needle. The bone needle is handcrafted by Miggl and sterilized just for you.
We also offer bronze needles and other unique techniques.
Additionally, we offer markings done with the cut-and-rub technique using a flint stone. This technique involves cutting the skin with the stone and then rubbing ink into the wound. The flint stone is also handcrafted by the artist, sterilized, and one-time use.
Short answer: No.
A tattoo is a ritualistic marking that should be earned.
Don't worry, thousands have been through this before you, and you can do it too.
Additionally, numbing cream can react with the skin and some products can even make it impossible to tattoo.
To ensure you have the best possible outcome follow these aftercare instructions during the healing process of your tattoo.
Following your tattoo session, remove the bandage as soon as you can and apply a thin layer of ointment for the next 7-10 days. The key for fast and proper healing is to keep skin moisturized and breathing, so do not oversaturate the tattoo with the lotion.
Avoid swimming, bathing, hot tubs, sun exposure, sweating excessively and scratching or picking at your scabs. Always wash your hands before touching the tattoo.
If you wash your tattoo, always use mild soap and just pat it dry afterwards.
Once your tattoo is fully healed, apply sunscreen whenever your inked skin is exposed to the sun.
If you have any concerns about your tattoo’s healing process, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yes, you can bring a support person to your tattoo session, but please keep in mind that the tattoo area should not be crowded.
It is important to have a quiet environment for the tattooing process, as it can be a ritualistic and personal experience.
Of course, the artist will chat and have fun with you and your support person during the session, but it is important to be mindful of the fact that longer sessions can be boring for outsiders.
Sure, you can access my playlist on Spotify
If I have to, I guess. Just kidding!
Of course, I tattoo a wide variety of designs but keep in mind that everything is better with an antler!
Despite the difference in technique, handpoke tattoos and machine tattoos are both placed in the second skin layer and are both permanent.
If the ink would be placed in the first layer of the skin, it would not be permanent and fade over time.
However, handpoke tattoos tend to be more delicate and less saturated than machine tattoos. This is because handpoke artists deposit the ink more slowly and carefully.