This Saturday 25 June we are going to be streaming LIVE via our Facebook page from Brothers Ink H.Q. in Leicester, so you can learn all about handpoke tattooing from artist Mike Love.
In his second year of tattooing, Mike makes all of his tattoos with no machines or electricity.
“There is something quite exciting about making a tattoo completely by hand,” he says. “It becomes an incredible experience, not just for my clients, but for myself. I feel that with this medium I can deliver something very different and unique.”
I have had three previous tattoos by Mike, and am returning to get an anatomical heart design (below) this Saturday.
In order to share the wonderful world of Mr Love with you guys, we’re going to be broadcasting live from the studio so you can see what a handpoked tattoo looks like in progress, close-up.
For anyone that doesn’t know the term handpoke, Mike explains…
“I basically use no power, and no machines, just pre-sterilised needles to gently push pigment into the skin. There are multiple styles and methods of handpoke, from all over the world… for every tattooist it’s different, but most of us are self-taught.”
Mike’s work predominantly consists of bold, black lines and black shading. Despite not using a machine, Mike manages to create continuous, smooth, straight, solid lines. “It has been one of the most difficult things I have ever had to teach myself… it’s not easy!” he says.
Mike has been involved with Inkluded for a while now, and was one of the artists to create a design for our recent range of t-shirts.
“Many people chose to get a handpoke tattoo because they want to try something new,” says Mike, “that’s what I love the most… giving people new memories and new experiences. Isn’t that what life is for?”
Make sure you ‘Like’ us on Facebook so you can tune in!*
*apologies in advanced for silly pain faces, sweating, toilet breaks, swearing, etc.