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  • Writer's pictureViviane Mitchell

History of Traditional Hand Poke Tattoos

In the world of body art, the art of tattooing has a rich and diverse history. One of the most fascinating and enduring methods of tattooing is hand-poke, a technique that dates back thousands of years. Hand-poke tattoos, also known as stick-and-poke or hand-tap tattoos, have a history as intricate and intricate as the tattoos themselves. Let's dive into the captivating beginning history of hand poke tattoos.


Ancient Origins

The history of hand poke tattoos is as diverse as the cultures that have embraced them. Some of the earliest evidence of hand poke tattoos comes from ancient Egypt, where mummies have been discovered adorned with these intricate designs. These tattoos were often symbolic and carried deep cultural or religious meaning. The Egyptians used this technique to decorate and honor their bodies in preparation for the afterlife. Henna also dates back to Egyptian times.

A Global Tradition

Hand poke tattoos were not limited to specific regions; they were a global phenomenon. In Southeast Asia, the indigenous people of Borneo have been practicing hand-poke tattoos for generations. Their tattoos, known as "sak yant" in Thailand, are not only decorative but are believed to have protective and spiritual properties.


The history of hand poke tattoos is a testament to the enduring and cross-cultural appeal of body art. From the earliest civilizations to today's global tattoo community, this ancient technique has left its mark on people across the world. Whether for spiritual, cultural, or personal reasons, hand poke tattoos continue to captivate the human imagination, reminding us of the profound and ageless connection between art and the body. Hand poke tattoos can be great for finger tattoos and can be more delicate than machine tattoos.

Viviane is expanding body adornments to hand poke tattoos and is seeking models for small tattoos on arms and legs only! Please contact her if you're interested.

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