The art of tattooing has been around for centuries with every major culture doing the process. In today's world tattooing is most of the time left to experts, resulting in very beautiful works. But what if you want to do your own? this instructable will cover the art of "Stick 'n' poke" tattoos that will enable you to safely add your own dermal embellishments.

WARNING: These tattoos, although light, are PERMANENT! Think about what you want on your body before you go through with it. ALSO it does hurt, and depending on your pain level it may hurt too much. Test without ink first to see if you want to spend 30 minutes poking your skin to get some cool stuff.

Lets get on with it.

Step 1: Suppiles

You don't need much for this instructable but here is the suppy list:
1 Pencil
1 sewing needle of medium size
1 jar lid
A bottle of black ink, this instructable uses higgins waterproof ink
A stove or other fire producing device.
Rubbing alcohol
Anti bacterial soap
unscented lotion

Step 2: Disinfecting Your Skin

The next step is to clean your skin, use a antibacterial soap or rubbing alcohol to clean the area you want to tattoo. This will make sure that the area is prepped for poking.

Step 3: Drawing Your Image

Then with a regular ball point pen you draw what you want to have your tattoo be. You will follow the lines your draw with the needle and ink later on.

Step 4: Disinfecting Needle and Prep

First poke the needle into the pencil like in the first picture

Then use fire to disinfect the needle, the once the needle cools wrap the needle with string only leaving a bit of the needle at the tip exposed.

Step 5: Inking The Needle

Next take the ink and put a little bit into a jar lid. The take the string wrapped needle and dip the tip into the ink getting a good amount on there. The string will act as a wick as well.

Step 6: Start Pokin'

Once you have the area clean and prepped, you can start poking.

Yes, it will hurt, yes it will take a while.

Poke into the skin just enough where the dermis sticks a little to the needle. It may take a few tries to get it right. Pull the skin tight to make it easier and follow the lines your drew in the last step.

Keep some paper towels on hand in case you start bleeding.

Step 7: Pokin' Part 2

Once you go over the tattoo once, it may not be dark enough for you so go over it again if you wish.

The area you poke will become a bit raised and swell, this is normal.

Step 8: Aftercare

Afterwards you should clean the tattoo again and put something on it to protect it like saran wrap.

After a few hours you should be able to take the saran wrap off and use regular unscented lotion for a few days. Keep the tattoo out of sunlight for the first 2 days as well.

Hope you enjoyed this instructable, Please comment with any improvements or experiences. I want to thank my friends Rachael, Laura and Misha for letting them document the tattooing process. Im actually too much of a wussy and didn't get one, but now i wrote up this instructable i really should.

Instructables robot maybe?

Um... Can i do this if i am a kid??? (I am a preteen so...)
<p>I would do it if you really want it to last. As a preteen girl myself considering this, i would go for it, just be careful.</p>
<p>the only reason you shouldn't is because it's fairly permanent like someone else said, it might not fade away all the way, so if you're work is a little sloppy, you might really regret it as a teen or adult. If you're confident in your artistic ability though, I don't see a problem!</p>
You can, I have 2 and I'm only 14, but I would wait a few years. I definitely will before I ink uo again
<p>oh boy. as Christians, who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives, we are no longer held to the old covenant . You can get tattoos. Jesus gave us 2 new commandments which encompasses the Old Law. 1. Love God with all you are 2. Love your neighbor as yourself. Follow those 2 (in Love, thats key) and you're golden. </p><p>This doesn't apply to nonbelievers (because they don't believe anyways)</p><p>i really wish people would stop quoting Leviticus for everything.</p>
<p>I really recommend going to church and finding Jesus. If you are ten DO NOT tattoo yourself because jesus said no.</p>
In Leviticus Jesus tells us not to mark our bodies for the dead or for pagan practices. Personally, i have a tattoo on my arm that says &quot;God is my strength&quot; and im getting another on my other arm saying &quot;Jesus saved us&quot;. I am marking my body to be a walking representation of Him, so that when someone looks at me maybe they will be touched or encouraged. Watch what you say because a lot of the time when someone says things like you just did, it reflects what their heart knows about themselves, and they lash out on others without even realizing they are looking in the mirror. Dont worry about others going to church, just be an example of Christ. Be a representation rather than a judge.
to be fair here, I'm Christian, and it also says not to mix fabrics (jeans and a T-shirt are therefore a sin) and no bacon, catfish, or shrimp.
And your name is hello kitty luvver? Girl you need Jesus lol
<p>LOL.....the kid might do it anyways...</p>
Anyone who has the proper supplies can do it. I did my first once when I was 13 lol
Can i get one if i'm 16? I am awaere that I'm still going through puberty but i've been wanting one for ages and having found out i can do one to myself is like a dream come true!!
<p>There's no reason your age should affect your ability to do a tattoo; I have a friend with a stick-and-poke anklet tattoo that he's had since he was 13(now 24). Just realize that whatever you do is going to be PERMANENT. Stick-and-pokes fade, to an extent, but not completely; they just get a little duller. Make sure that whatever you tattoo is something you're willing to commit to. I'd recommend something very small and not noticeable.</p>
How much do they fade because i just finished a croocked triangle with legs, arms, and a top hat
<p>Dude, just wait until you're old enough to have a real artist give you a tattoo. I've seen too many poorly done tattoos by high school kids ands it's sad. The tattoo I'm currently having done will have taken about 5 months once it's finally finished. Tattoos are all about patience. It'll be on your body forever. It's worth the wait.</p>
<p>Honestly at 16 your probably done growing, it should be fine :) if your really concerned you can wait till you're 18 but I think you should be good. </p>
Only thing I'd say that should stop you is the fact that you're still going through puberty, as you said, so if you do get a tattoo, even professionally done, the tattoo may stretch when you hit another growth spurt. They are permanent too, and hard/expensive to get a cover up if this happens. Also, I'd say make sure your parents are ok with it, unless you're 100% confident that they won't catch you in the process or with the tattoo. I'd also say to make sure it's going to be something that you're 100% sure you're gunna wanna keep too ?
<p>Alright, so i've been trying to do this for the past like 4 days and i dont know why the tattoos are just washing off, like wtf. i go over them several times and i hear the little &quot;pop&quot; noises but i dont want the tattoos to wash off like its a fake pen tattoo, so what am i doing wrong?</p>
<p>can you use pen ink? </p>
hi, I used pen about six months ago and it faded funny. you can also get ink poisoning. not a good idea
<p>Don't forget! You can get all the supplies you need to make a safe DIY tatt at: stickandpoketattookit.com Yer welcome!</p>
I made myself another one. Lol.
What ink did you use? <br>
<p>So the ink I buy just says &quot;water resistant when dry&quot;. Is that work?</p>
I wanna do a small smiley face just wondering if it will really work
Yes it really works I gave myself five and also gave one to a friend. Just make sure you poke down far enough to break then skin but not too far! Also you have to do a lot of pokes to make it look dark and like a real tattoo. :)
It works, I have some cousins who get most of their tattoos from pokes. Theirs turned out fine. You just have to know how to take care of it. The amount it will hurt all depends though. Some people say pokes hurt more than a professional tattoo (tattoo machine and all), others say that a professional tattoo hurts more than poking. I have a professional tattoo tattoo on my ribs. Didn't hurt at all, just tickled a bit. Other than that, I barely noticed it. I plan on doing my first poke tattoo in a couple of days when I get my ink though. I've also done a scratch tat (basically the exact same thing, but using a razor *NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE UNDER 18 OR ANYONE FOR THAT MATTER UNLESS YOU 100% KNOW HOW!!! PLEASE DO NOT DO IT THIS WAY! I WILL NOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, IF YOU DO IT ITS YOUR PROBLEM AND HURTS LIKE HELL!!*. I've also experimented with branding which doesn't hurt so much, but the tattoo and branding I've done when I was younger stretched and faded as I hit my growth spurts so I'd wait until after you hit a major growth spurt first, that way it doesn't stretch as much or as bad
&amp; how much do you guys think it will hurt from a scale 1-20 #someoneplsrespond!!
It all depends on how you take pain. I hate getting needles but I can sit for hours working on my stick n pokes haha, also the place I'm poking once I start I get used to it. I'd say 5
1-10* oops
I made myself another one. Lol.
Not bad for it to be my first
<p>This was fun doing, I just have on question... How do I make it to where there isnt a gap between each on?</p>
You have to fill it in more! go over your infinity sign more times making sure you get the gaps Inbetween
I did the same one but higher and all I did was go over it like 6 times until I got it how I wanted
<p>You need professional help.<br>P.s. Fill in between the gaps.</p>
<p>You have to keep going over it with more ink. Like poke in the spots between your first spots and just fill in everywhere needed.</p>
<p>poke more holes closer to eachother when it has healed</p>
Did it! I had to go over it about 6-7 times but it look good I love it :)
Higgins india ink is pretty serious stuff to be ingesting or introducing into your body in anyway.&nbsp; I'd recommend saving up for a bottle of real tattoo ink if you intend on doing the work on your own.&nbsp; The cost of the ink is offset by minimalising the risks to your self and your skin with using art ink. <br />
Do you have a little bit more research and proof of this? I'v had lots of friends to tattoos this way with no ill effect. <br />
All I can say is even with FDA approved dyes...&nbsp; People can have bad reactions with dyes that are made for tattooing.&nbsp; Pen ink has toxins in it and is not meant to be placed in your bloodstream(my bff in high school gave herself an ink tattoo and got blood poisoning from it).&nbsp; Tattoo ink is not that expensive really.&nbsp; Just make sure you never, ever put unused paint back into the container.&nbsp; You risk blood borne illness doing that.&nbsp; Also if you do decide to buy a tattooing kit...&nbsp; Be careful where you buy the kits from...&nbsp; Buy it straight from the dealer... &nbsp;There are contaminated kits being sold on ebay and other outlets for cheap.&nbsp; That's my two cents..&nbsp; :)<br />
I would avoid ballpoint ink, but there shouldn't be anything wrong with India ink. India ink is just a black pigment made from soot, mixed with water and gelatin.
Our inks are vegan. Check out my kit. stickandpoketattookit.com
<p>frenzy - I am not sure why you need evidence when you're attempting to use the exception to prove the rule. It seems to go against common sense: here are using home-made tools that are sterilized using techniques that are out of date as of the early 1900s and inks of unknown composition that are not designed specifically for this purpose. While it is true that many people have had no ill effect, that does not justify skepticism and likely says more about the human immune system than it does about the safety of this procedure in general.</p>
<p>look at the fingernails of the person tattooing in this instructable...do you think &quot;Sterile Technique&quot;? Understand that Thread, Pencil Eraser, Graphite, Pencil Paint and Skin itself CANNOT be satisfactorily 'sterilized'. At best they can only be temporarily made less full of bacteria...and then, since you are not in a sterile draped area under truly sterile conditions using sterile instruments you begin almost immediately reintroducing bacteria and virus. Nothing in the described technique should be described as sterile. Even the 'sewing needle' idea..which conceivably be sterilized..is a bad idea as the method of 'sterilization' described will leave foreign particulate that in itself is not sterile. Adding to that is the fact that sewing needles are plated and not designed to withstand high heat exchange which will cause surface plating to flake off and embed in the skin and cause nasty issues later.</p><p>This was simply an ill-advised instructable that should not have been allowed much less featured.</p>
well in fact tattoo ink is india ink it just has less alcohol in it thats all and yes i know this for a fact i work at a tattoo shop

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