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The Differences Between Machine Tattooing and Stick and Poke Tattooing

Posted on March 04 2019

There is a possibility that you may not, or should not, be able to tattoo a particular area of skin using a stick and poke method, as the skin is too thin or too stretchy. This can result in the tattoo ageing poorly over time. Some of the more common areas that tend to suffer from this problem are the inner arm and the rib cage.

Something that is commonly accepted, however is actually a misconception is that stick and poke tattoos hurt more than machine tattooing. It is agreed by most people that have tried machine and hand poke tattooing that hand made tattoos hurt less, sometimes way less. One of the reasons for this is that there are less incisions being made in the skin, therefore there is less trauma and less pain. The healing time is much quicker too. Pain, however, is not a justifiable reason to decide whether you should get a stick and poke over a machine tattoo. In both instances, it is suitable to bear the pain as that will only last as long as the tattooing session does, however the tattoo will be permanent.

A stigma that hand poke tattoos unfortunately possess, is that they begin to fade over time. The answer to this it is simply untrue. Single needle style tattoos, which are not the same as stick and poke tattoos, are rumoured to fade but again, this is done by a machine with a 1RL, which has absolutely no relation to stick and poke tattooing. Bearing all of this in mind, it is likely that there will always be a chance a tattoo will require a touch up. This however is a possibility when opting for either machine or hand tattooing.

Although it does depend on the size of the tattoo, stick and poke designs will generally take longer than machine tattoos. The amount of time it takes to complete a tattoo depends on many factors. Creating a solid line when hand poking does take longer as the tattoo is being made up of tiny dots, therefore, to ensure that this looks good it requires patience, skill and time. Time however, should be a truly determining factor when deciding between a machine free versus machine tattooing.

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