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Hand Poke Hippi

Hello. I'm a handpoke tattooist in Korea. Just call me hippi.



Have you always been a tattoo artist/ How did you get into it?  

I've always has an interest in art and tattooing. Currently I'm working as a handmade jewellery designer and a photographer, but I've been interested in tattoo culture since I was young and naturally made many tattooist friends. Soon I started getting tattoos and found my way too hand poke.

What was it like the first time you put needle and ink to skin?  

I have had many tattoos, but my first hand poke tattoo was on my thigh. Needless to say, I did it myself. I wasn't nervous or concerned in particular because I saw my tattooist friends 'work process'. Similarly to a painting, once it was completed, it gave me a big thrill.

Do you have any memorable/ funny stories you can tell?

During the process, I usually talk with my guests about their lives. We talk on a variety of topics from private stories to philosophical ideas. It is meaningful experience for me because when I talk with them, I can take a brief look into their lives. It's hard to bring up a story about my guest's life here, but the point is that I feel and learn a lot from them.

Why do you prefer hand-poking to machine tattooing? 

Things that are disappearing from modern society have their own nostalgia and longing. If we don't preserve, we will never feel them again. So I cherish them my own way.
One of that is doing by hands without a machine. Such as hand poke.



What would you recommend to someone who wanted to start tattooing? 

Everyone has different tastes and different styles. I draw merely what I want to draw and tattoo those who want that style of tattoo. 

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to hand poke tattooing?

I think a constant and quick movement is important. I practice using my wrist everyday. There are no special tips or tricks. Only practice will make it perfect.



So Single Needle Tattoo Kits, I believe that home tattooing is inherently risky, but people have, and will continue to tattoo themselves, therefore making a safe and affordable kit is the way forward... What's your take on this? 

I agree with you. However, it may cause many problems if beginners have no knowledge of the skin and sanitation.

I think it is good that your kit explains about this in more detail.


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