Hanpoke Tattoo Style

Before the invention of the machine in the culture of tattoos everywhere practiced manual work. These methods are at least a thousand years — and if we rely on what we know about the Egyptians, Celts and ancient Greeks, and even more so their ancestors, who drove themselves under the skin paint with Pelican bones and shark teeth, and even more. several traditional methods of tattooing, which to this day continue to be used in some workshops.


Hand poking

In fact, hand poking is the same machine, but without automation. In fact, it could be a needle or any other very sharp surface. This technique we have mentioned more than once — for example, it has worked for centuries in Japan with the help of bamboo sticks Tabori, and later, in the 1980s, it was picked up by fans of cotwork. In Japan, still, a considerable number of artists use this technique, calling it a special outgoing form of art. From the point of view of aesthetics, they believe that the result is quite different — the coloring of the machine is too dense, and the sticks allow you to play with the gradient. It is clear that the time for drawing to spend Nemer — up to 200 hours, but the Japanese in this regard, their philosophy, they do not understand how the West manage to start and finish a tattoo in one day. In addition to geometric patterns, handmade dwork actively uses Scandinavian subjects. They can be seen at the same Colin Dale and Clare Dean, the latter is particularly great at animal skulls. In addition to more or less serious masters, who even organize symposia on hand-poking, manual work with one needle was loved by beginners in tattooing. On Vice, at one time, for example, there was a cheerful instruction on hand-poking — with the use of xanax during the process. Half an hour later the test subjects had already begun to hate his tattoo artist, which, as correctly pointed out by commentators, among other things, I forgot to wear gloves. One more instruction is here, and gloves in it too don't appear.

stitching, which has not been used for almost 80 years. If to explain briefly and without details, then in this technique, the needle with a thread pushes under the skin pigment with each stitch. Trained in this technique, Colin on himself-and to figure out what was happening, he helped, oddly enough, my mother, a professional seamstress. For tattooing by this method the Eskimos of Northern Canada instead of thread used sinews of animals, and instead of an eagle — bone; later in everyday life like sewing clothes and sewing tattoos included cotton thread and a metallic needle.


The traditions of tapping come from the Islands of Polynesia — the Philippines and Samoa. Unlike poking, when using a single needle under the skin gets a point of pigment, tapping pierces the skin in several areas, thereby treating the wider surface. The main difference is the angle (sharp for the needle and straight for tapping) and the effort — to drive into the skin several needles (from 3 to 15), you need to try hard.

A variety of metal combs and combs serve as a tool for tapping. Some tattoo artists claim that it is tapping, not buzzing, not as painful, like a typewriter, but quite quickly cover large surfaces. These masters, of course, cunning: as well as all traditional methods, it is much slower than the machine. Tools of tapping do not buzz, but that with the machine can be done in an hour, in the technique of tapping will have to spend three or four. Well, at the tenderness of the method already indicates the fact that usually the person who came to tapping firmly hold one or more of the assistants of the tattoo artist. Other variants of taping can be found in Burma, where tattoos are made in a related technique — with the help of a huge device — 50-centimeter pointed stick of bronze or sometimes even glass.


Since the last tattoo carriers of the East African tribe maconde disappeared, the tradition of skin-cut (the so-called split tattoo) has been lost for almost 50 years. Tattoos ceased to do in 1962 during the uprising of maconde against the Portuguese-that year all people with tattoos were automatically considered rebels and killed.

This is the most painful technique of tattooing of all possible — that boys and girls did not twitch at the hand of the master, they were buried on the neck in the ground. According to tradition, bright tattoos on the face of men and women had to get in the period of puberty and before the wedding. The cuts on the face were made with a tool resembling a knife, and these cuts were already rubbed with paint, blue soot from a castor plant. This is the most painful technique of tattooing of all possible-that boys and girls do not twitch under the arm of the tattoo artist, they were buried on the neck in the ground. Not surprisingly, if the tattoo required several sessions, few of them came again. These tattoos were not only a symbol of bravery but also an important part of the tribe's identity. Tattoos were important not only for men but also for women — they were mandatory for marriage: without these tattoos, a man of the maconde family would not take a woman as his wife.

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