NO FACES IN SUBMISSIONS UNLESS THE TATTOO IS ON THE FACE
The distilled wisdom of the internet for your education. I’ll be adding to this as questions are raised and information is offered.
1. Are there any serious risks in “stick-n-poke” ?
Of course there are. By definition it is breaking the skin barrier with a sharp instrument. The consequences can range from a simple infection to the contraction of a serious disease to an allergic reaction to the ink or the metal of the application instrument. But I believe that this inherent risk is the most fascinating element of the ritual.
2. What is the ‘right way’ to make a home made tattoo?
Quotations added by the editor because the assumption that there is one is kinda silly. Just like folk art, home cooking and domestic habits, home tattooing can be performed with any number of implements. Hygiene is unregulated and while there are a number of risk-reducing steps to take if you want to avoid an infection, the frightful beauty of this process is in the risk.
3. Where can I submit?
Right here- http://fuckyeahstickandpoke.tumblr.com/submit
A note on submissions- if you want your blog linked back to, please do it your damn self when you submit something. You set the click-through link to the source, and then underneath you can say who you are. Or don’t, I don’t care.
4. Why didn’t you post my submission?
a) It has a face in it. There are a few exceptions (like tattoos made on the face,) but generally I want to focus on the ink.
b) The picture quality just isn’t good enough. If it’s too contrasty, too noisy/ grainy, or even an awful crop it might not get posted.
c) It’s already been posted before, and recently or you’ve submitted multiple images of the same tattoo. Of course if someone submitted it uncredited I’ll be happy to edit the original post- just drop me a line.
In ALL cases of submission rejection I make an effort to contact the submitter to let them know so I recommend that you have your ‘ask’ enabled for that purpose.
5. You’re an asshole!
Oh no and ouch, I’m hemorrhaging from my feeling place.
Seriously though, this is my little corner of the internet where I shepherd a piece of a controversial topic. You’ll encounter swearing, cheeky tags and other behavior that could be interpreted as ‘mean.’ If you can’t handle a little sting, you shouldn’t be here.
6. My ink didn’t take, what went wrong?
a) If none of the ink stayed in the skin, it’s possible you should change inks.
b) If only some of the ink came out, you probably didn’t poke deep enough. Stick it in there!
c) If the ink stayed in fine but bled all over the place, you probably went in a little too deep, or you may have used a needle that’s a bit too wide. Remember what you did, and make adjustments for next time.
7. Where are the tutorials?
I will… find them and link them here soon I promise.