Despite the fact that handpoke tattoos require more time and patience, this technique continues to gain more and more popularity due to the number of benefits it has.
The first thing to mention is undoubtedly how gentle this technique is for the skin. As it is a manual job, there is not that “hammering” of the needle characteristic of machine work, so the skin is much less damaged. This usually also creates a softer sensation, although the level of pain that each person feels is something individual and does not depend solely on the technique used.
Because the handpoke technique is gentler on the skin, the healing process is typically faster than a machine tattoo. The colors also tend to heal more vibrantly!
The reason why many prefer this technique, both tattoo artists and clients, is because of the type of experience that is created when doing a job in handpoke. The relationship between the artist and the skin can feel closer than with the machine, since the contact is direct. Many people enjoy this feeling of working so close to the skin.
One benefit of handpoked tattoos is that it works nicely for mini tattoos on areas like the ears and fingers. This is because with this technique, the artist has more control over the force he uses and the depth of the needle.
However, it is important to note that tattoos in areas such as fingers, palms, and feet tend to wear out faster and can get completely erased because the skin in those areas is different from the rest of the body, and the constant friction of clothes, handwashing, etc. makes it wear out faster.