60 Best Stick-and-Poke Tattoo Ideas for 2021

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It is fair to say that stick-and-poke tattoos are generally infamous for their association with prison tattoos and tattoos done by amateurs in a DIY manner. However, stick-and-poke tattoos are much more than that. They are appreciated for their laid-back, relaxed but also artsy and unique design when done by a tattoo professional, as they should be.

Stick-and-poke tattoos are known for the simple, minimal, and straightforward design. There are some designs done with more complexity in mind, but generally, because of the machine-free tattooing technique, it can be pretty hard to go into great detail with these tattoos.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for a new tattoo, you’re at the right place. In the following paragraphs, we’ll share some of our favorite stick-and-poke tattoo ideas and trends for this year. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Stick-and-Poke Design Trends and Inspirations

Floral Hand-Poked Tattoo Ideas

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For the upcoming spring-summer season, we would recommend you get a floral stick-and-poke tattoo as the ultimate accessory. These tattoos are generally small, simple, and pretty minimal, but they look wonderful and delicate, conveying such a visual meaning even beyond the floral seasons.

Even though floral designs are more of a feminine choice, a leaf or rose stick-and-poke design would look great on guys as well. So, don’t be shy and adorn your beautiful self with a few simple petals and leaves.

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Butterfly Hand-Poked Tattoo Ideas

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Even though a butterfly is generally considered a feminine symbol, it is actually considered to be a symbol applicable to every human being. A butterfly signifies transformation, improvement, progress, and personal evolution.

However, some people do prefer the butterfly to have a more feminine appearance, so they focus on delicate and subtle design with emphasis on the wings and different patterns. Others go for a simple, straightforward butterfly outline as a sole focus on the meaning behind this wonderful creature and what it represents. Either way, butterflies seem to be a never-ending inspiration for different tattoo styles, including hand-poked tattoos.

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Hands Hand-Poked Tattoo Ideas

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Hands are some of the most peculiar parts of the human body. They can tell you so much about a person; what their work might be, whether they care about themselves, whether they’re nervous or calm, and much, much more.

So, the fact that people have been obsessed with painting, observing, and doing hand-revolving art isn’t that much of a surprise. Neither is a surprise the fact that the majority of tattoo design ideas come down to, well, hands.

Because of this, we’ve decided to include this design idea in the article. We believe a lot of people will find a deeper meaning behind the following designs; the way the hands are positioned and gestured can symbolize so much, and because of that, each of the designs is unique and one-of-a-kind, even though all of them symbolize only hands, at a first glance.

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Mountain Range Hand-Poked Tattoo Ideas

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Because of the hectic modern life, many people find themselves longing for nature; especially those living in big, bustling cities. One way people find it’s good to re-establish the connection with nature is by getting a piece of it in the form of a tattoo. One of the most popular and meaningful symbols of nature is the mountain ranges.

Mountains have for centuries represented something elevated and transcending of the physical realm of life. Not to mention the beauty and the wildlife mountains host.

So, to honor nature, and our wonderful planet, you can go for a simple mountain range tattoo. These tattoos look incredible on everyone and can be done in a number of unique ways. Stick-and-poke mountain tattoos even have a special artsy effect too.

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Fruit Hand-Poked Tattoo Ideas

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There is something joyful, cheerful, and very positive about fruit. Whether you like it or not, you can’t deny the fact that the different shapes, colors, and seasons we associate the fruit with bring out a smile on our faces.

Because of that, and because we need more smiles and happy moments in these awful times, we’ve decided to include these wonderful and lovely fruit-inspired hand-poked tattoos.

Of course, you can go with whatever kind of fruit you like; you don’t even have to get a colored hand-poked tattoo. The point is to get a simple but very effective tattoo that will cheer you up every time you look at it.

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Moon Hand-Poked Tattoo Ideas

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The everlasting companion of the Earth, always visible in the night sky, the Moon is impacting our lives profoundly. It is the indicator of the bigger picture of our lives on a small planet in space and how everything in nature is dependent on something or affected by it; either way, they can’t exist without each other.

If this isn’t a wonderful enough reason to get a simple, yet meaningful tattoo, then nothing is. To get a moon tattoo is to show that you appreciate the ridiculousness of life and how amazing it is to be able to see another object in space every single night.

Maybe we’re looking too deep into this, but a Moon tattoo, if nothing, looks good on everyone.

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Art-Inspired Hand-Poked Tattoo Ideas

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Life imitates art, as we all know. So, when nothing works as a proper design inspiration, it is best to turn to some famous artworks for ideas. Sometimes people go for the direct copying of famous artwork, while other either take bits and piece of a painting or draw inspiration from the style of painting. Either way, you can’t go wrong with art as a source of inspiration.

Some of the most famous art pieces people use for inspiration come from the era of impressionism, post-impressionism, and surrealism. So, you will see a lot of tattoos inspired by the work of Van Gogh, Claude Monet, or Salvador Dali. If you have a favorite artist, study their work and find inspiration in their vision and paintings.

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Linework Hand-Poked Tattoo Ideas

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The linework tattoo style is always an effective and visually appealing design choice. It might not carry a deeper meaning, but the lines on the body always seem to create a world of their own. Thin, fine lines generally emphasize the curves and lines of the human body, creating an abstract art piece without over-the-top illustrations and design.

The beauty of this design idea lies in its simplicity. The ability to create something beautiful out of a few lines never ceases to amaze. Even though linework tattoos are kind of a mainstream tattoo style, they have a particularly unique appearance when done in the stick-and-poke style.

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Hand-Poked Quotes and Phrases Tattoo Ideas

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Getting an inspirational quote or a motivational phrase tattooed is a great way to keep yourself on the right track. The majority of us need some kind of motivation to go through life, so what better way to get motivated than by getting a tattoo you’ll be seeing every day for the rest of your life.

Sometimes, the quotes and phrases don’t have to be serious; they can be funny and witty, and simply make you laugh or smile when you need it the most. Stick-and-poke quotes and phrases tattoos are especially endearing, because they look natural, like a doodle or something you’d write or draw in a journal.

Because everybody needs some motivation and inspiration to keep going, especially during these harsh times, we’ve decided to include these design recommendations as well.

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Unique Hand-Poked Tattoo Designs

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If none of the aforementioned design ideas match your wishes for a new tattoo or do not inspire you to get one, then maybe you’ll find your inspiration right here. We’ve gathered some of the most unique stick-and-poke tattoo designs that we thought people might like and draw inspiration from.

These designs are one-of-a-kind and generally have a more personalized meaning rather than a general interpretation applicable to everyone. The designs are professionally executed, but the stick-and-poke style always comes through. That is why the tattoos appear very artsy, alternative, and overall unique.

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Final Thoughts

We hope you like our top picks of the best trending tattoo designs for this year. The overall idea of these designs seems to revolve around people reconnecting with nature, things around them, and other people. Most of all, we believe these tattoos serve the purpose of reconnecting with oneself.

During this awful pandemic, which is still ongoing unfortunately, many have lost the sense of self, and one way to get that sense back is by doing something that will forever be an experience unique to you.

So, whatever the reason it is you’re getting a stick-and-poke tattoo, make sure to get a design that speaks to you and shows who you are and what you’re about. These designs are just for inspiration purposes, so to make them your own, use your imagination and always choose a professional tattoo artist for the best design and tattoo execution.

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