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Looking After Your Stick and Poke Tattoo: Aftercare

Posted on March 04 2019

Taking care of you tattoo once it is completed is the crucial final step required to ensure that you have a great new stick and poke tattoo. Stick to these essential tips in order to take care of your new ink.

Although the majority of machine tattoos are complex, stick and poke tattoos are usually small and simple. What this means is that they will heal faster and will rarely ever make a scab if done well. Regardless, just like any other kind of tattoo they will require considerate aftercare. The first week of healing is the most crucial, it will have the most major impact on your tattoo will look for the rest of its life. This means that it is important to take extra critical care in this period.

Correctly bandaging/ dressing your new stick and poke

Firstly, you should clean the tattoo. This should be done with a solution of green soap and distilled water using a ratio of 1 to 8. Another option that is available is the use of an alcoholic pad or rubbing alcohol. Although the hot water may cause a mild stinging, it will aid in the opening of pores for maximum cleansing. The next step is to apply an antiseptic ointment with sterile bandaging.

Due to the environment that stick and pokes tattoos are usually performed in, the majority of people giving them do not bandage their stick and pokes. This is a serious mistake. After completing any stick and poke tattoo, it is crucial that it is immediately protected with a bandaging or dressing. The result of this will be protection overly the newly poked skin, the newly applied bandage should be left on for up to 2 to 6 hours.

Getting rid of the bandage/ dressing and cleaning the stick and poke tattoo correctly

You must refrain from removing the bandage for a minimum of 2 hours. Once you have removed the dressing, you must carefully cleanse the tattoo. Every homemade tattoo should be rinsed and washed thoroughly once the bandaging has been removed. Furthermore, during the healing process it should be cleaned up to 2 to 3 times a day. Take note that although you may have the urge to, rubbing the tattoo could cause long term damage to it.

Useful ointments to be used for stick and poke tattoos

It is important the you give your new stick and poke tattoo a chance to breath in order to assist with the healing process, this is why butters free from synthetic chemicals are advised. The more organic and natural, the better it is for your tattoo. You must apply ointment every time that the tattoo dries out during the healing process.

Do not over moisturise

You must keep the skin moisturised, however it is vital that you do not apply ointment excessively.

Stick and poke tattoo irritation

Keeping the skin clean is very important, however you should not wash it excessively or scrub it. If any crustiness appears or any irritation manifests, you must refrain from scratching. The scab will prevent the ink from oozing out of the skin.


In order to ensure that the aesthetic of the tattoo remains, you should avoid submerging it in any water for at least 2 weeks.

Reworking and touching up

If you have it in mind to rework or touch up the stick and poke tattoo, you should give it at least 2 weeks between sessions to allow time for healing.


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