Posted on November 30 2017
22 Years old. Budapest based, self-taught hand poke artist working at her private studio
Was Hand Poke tattooing something you went to after machine tattooing, or has the hand poke style always been your preferred method?
It's always been my technique. I just started to tattoo with a machine recently, but I still feel much more confident and comfortable with hand poking. It's much more meditative and natural for me.
What was it like the first time you put needle and ink to skin?
It was on myself. I had no idea how to do it or what to use, i was using a simple sewing needle, it took ages and turned out a bit weird but i love the tattoo itself, it will always remind me of where i started. (Image Below)
Have you always been a tattoo artist?
No. It's something very recent. Even a few months ago I was studying at the University of Film and Theater. I was in my last year, but I quit because I fell in love with tattooing so much, I wanted to focus on this and leave everything else behind. I was also working as a bartender, but finally I quit that job too and now I just tattoo. It was a really hard and big decision but I didn't regret it at all.
Do you have any memorable/ funny stories you can tell?
I did some adventurous tattoo sessions at bars or houseparties but maybe it's something better not to talk about :)
So Single Needle Tattoo Kits, I believe that home tattooing is inherently risky, but people have, and will continue to tattoo themselves, therefore making a safe and affordable kit is the way forward... What's your take on this?
I completely agree. I don't think that tattooing is something that anyone could do, but I would have been glad if I could have just bought a kit in the beginning instead of experimenting with sewing needles and stuff like that. I think it can help the future hand poke generation to improve in a safer environment.