Hand poke is a form of tattooing that is done entirely by hand. There is no machine, no electricity at all. Helen creates her hand poked tattoos using a sterile single use needle that is disposed after each client. Across the world tattooing by hand was the original form of getting ink into the skin. This is where the roots of our rich culture of decorating the skin with ink comes from. There is a long history of tribes and cultures using this form of hand done tattooing to intertwine with their beliefs, identity and unique aesthetic. Hand poke tattoos have a very unique and distinct aesthetic and lend themselves really well to dot work designs, each and every tiny dot applied painstakingly by hand makes up a beautiful piece. It is reported that they cause less trauma to the skin than machine done tattoos and It is also reported that they are less painful to be applied which could be useful for those who might struggle with machine done tattoos, however hand poke tattoos do take longer to apply so it's often necessary to have multiple sessions on larger pieces. Helen is now taking appointments for Hand Poke tattoos so contact us to get booked in.