LIFE & STYLE

Hand-Poked Body Art Is Going Mainstream, Worrying Health Experts.

By Allie Shah
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Call it homemade, DIY or stick-and-poke, this kind of body art has always had an air of danger to it. Long associated with criminals in prison who had only primitive tools to ink themselves with, stick-and-poke tattoos were an underground practice. But like tattoos in general, they’ve gone mainstream.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

About this time last year Madie Ley did something daring.

Or foolish, depending on whom you ask.

She lay on a couch while a friend gently stuck a sewing needle dipped in ink into her arm. Over and over, the friend poked the needle into her skin until, at last, six small but meaningful letters appeared: GRLPWR.

Ley, 22, has been proudly sporting her homemade tattoo ever since.

“I like the look,” the St. Paul woman said. “Some people say it looks dirty or uneven. But I think that’s part of the whole experience.”

Call it homemade, DIY or stick-and-poke, this kind of body art has always had an air of danger to it. Long associated with criminals in prison who had only primitive tools to ink themselves with, stick-and-poke tattoos were an underground practice. But like tattoos in general, they’ve gone mainstream.

Celebrities have helped popularize the edgy look. Harry Styles and Miley Cyrus are fans of stick-and-poke tattoos.

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