stick and poke


variants or stick-and-poke
: a nonelectronic method of tattooing that is performed by using a needle dipped in ink to place the ink one dot at a time into the outer layer of the skin
… began selling kits online, filled with sterile materials and directions for how to do stick-and-poke safely.Jessica Contrera
also : a tattoo created using this method
Whether you are looking to get a stick and poke of your favorite quote, or want something a bit bigger, wrists are the perfect places for tattoos. Brittany Natale
… every sort of person in the art school seems to have some mottled stick-and-poke slapped onto a calf or a wrist. Amalia Ono
often used before another noun
stick and poke tattoos … dressed in a T-shirt and shorts that reveal countless monochromatic tattoos, many of them stick-and-poke illustrations by artist friends. Rebecca Bengal

Word History

First Known Use

2008, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stick and poke was in 2008

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“Stick and poke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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