Submitter’s Comment: Please help me signal boost to get this stick and poke tutorial video taken down. I posted some comments on it what seems a year ago about how even though it claims to be sterile, it is not, and it is also illegal to tattoo without a licence. People are still replying to my comments telling me how stupid I am. The comments seem to be a breeding pool for people thinking that this is totally ok and completely sterile.
What’s Awful: It’s a tutorial on how do to a homemade stick and poke with over 200k views. The maker of the video is using india ink, tattooing her friend outside, and “sterlized” the needle using rubbing alcohol. (also, reading the comments is painful. Things such as “How deep should I poke it?” “Does it hurt?” “What do you do if you hit a vein??” are plentiful.)
How It Can Be Fixed: Get this video removed
Also india ink is NOT something that should be injected (more or less) into the skin. My local art store even had to put up a sign that says “THIS IS NOT TATTOO INK” near their india ink/calligraphy ink selection. I guess they were getting a lot of questions? :/
I reported this under “Harmful/Dangerous Acts” and wrote:
Leading anyone who watches this video to believe that this style of tattooing is appropriate to do. The ink used in this video should NOT be injected into the skin. Also it is illegal to tattoo without a license and the creator is encouraging an illegal act.