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How to tattoo yourself (stick and poke method)

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IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ ALL STEPS BEFORE ATTEMPTING AND HEED ALL WARNINGS! RESEARCHING BEFORE ATTEMPTING IS ALSO RECOMMENDED!



ALSO DO A PATCH TEST BEFORE INITIAL TATTOO TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT ALLERGIC TO THE INK! IF THE PATCH TEST HEALS FINE THEN YOU CAN PROCEED WITH THE MAIN EVENT!




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Step 1: Get your suplies together...

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To do a stick and poke tattoo you will need the following:

  • a needle (i recommend using 20-18g sterilized piercing needles)
  • disposable gloves
  • india ink or tattoo ink (DO NOT USE PEN INK!)
  • a paper towel or medical bib (if you have those available they are probably better)
  • alcohol swabs or a bottle of alcohol and cotton pads to apply it with
  • a tattoo design (preferably simple)
  • a sharpie (you will use this to draw the design on your skin as sharpies use alcohol based ink that are safer for use with tattooing then pens)
  • something to hold the ink in

WARNING: Tattoos are better off done by a trained professional! Doing a tattoo yourself at home can put you in a greater risk of infection! It is, however, entirely possible to do your own tattoo and not suffer any bad effects. Tattoos have been done for hundreds of years in this fashion as well as many others, with a lot less sterilization; but that doesn't mean you should take the risk, only you alone can make the decision if this method is right for you !

mperrault11 year ago
In theory yes, but after about 8 years mine is mostly just a blob, that's kinda sorta star shaped. For all intents and purposes though, yes. Permanent
morgansbabygirl (author)  mperrault11 year ago

like every tattoo they involve up keep and touch ups to keep them looking good, if you don't get a professional tattoo touched up it will fade as well, the main difference is a tattoo machine will be able to place the dots closer together to get it looking solid in less passes and one you do yourself will look less solid, you are more likely to see the individual dots and as it fades it can seem even less solid because of this.

Well, if so, I'd pay a professional tattoo artist rather than regretting my poor work after a few years. It isn't even that expensive...

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nkohlheim1 year ago

i'm sorry but this is the worst instructable! tattoing yourself is really dangerous! it wont stay like you want (because you have to tattoo a special layer of your skin. if you do it under this layer it can be really bad! and over it the paint will grow out and fade) think if your health and visit a real tattooist. this mini tatoos aren'r expensive and i think you want sonething you are proud of the rest of your life!

morgansbabygirl (author)  nkohlheim1 year ago

i warned about the danger a few times but for some people it is a spiritual thing, a way to be more in touch with yourself, i am proud of every tattoo i have done myself and would only ever get them touched up, its not just about saving money, its about the experience. I have tattooed and pierced myself and if your careful you can keep the risk minimal, its all about reaserch!

nqtronix1 year ago

Are these tattoos permanent?

morgansbabygirl (author)  nqtronix1 year ago

yes

Where would I be able to get the piercing needles and tattoo ink? any ideas?

ebay

DangerArt1 year ago

I have tattoos that I did myself in this fashion when I was 19-20. I am 40 now, and out of the 4 that I did, I had one covered up, and 2 have faded and are ugly. I am not condoning this, but think really hard about where you put them, what design you use and what they represent.