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Photo: Zamrznuti tonovi (Shutterstock) While machine tattooing is considered the norm in the tattoo industry, another tattooing technique—the “stick-and-poke” method—is becoming increasingly popular. There are some similarities and differences between the two types of tattooing methods to consider before getting inked, and knowing the finer points of both approaches should help you decide which method will work best for you (and the tattoo you plan on getting). Stick-and-poke tattoos use a manual method Stick-and-poke tattoos, also referred to as hand-poked tattoos, are done using a meticulous, manual method. The artist uses a traditional, sterilized needle, a grip, and body-safe ink to create the tattoo. Stick-and-poke tattoos are achieved by repeatedly making a series of individual punctures in the skin. The punctures create small dots, which eventually create lines that turn into the larger image of whatever you’re getting tattooed. Machine tattoos are faster Tattoo machines (also called tattoo guns or tattoo pens) are small, handheld devices that use electromagnetic coils to move an armature bar up and down. A sterilized needle connected to the armature bar pushes the ink into the skin as it moves up and down. There are a few different types of tattoo machines , from rotary and coil machines to pneumatic tattoo machines. A tattoo gun often gives off a loud buzzing sound while the artist works. The machine has different settings that allow for the control of needle depth (how far it penetrates into the skin) and speed (how fast the armature bar moves […]