The process involved with stick and poke tattoos involves ink from the art store, a needle, some thread, rubbing alcohol, matches, and a few more items. It is an activity despised by professional tattoo artists, but still common among many groups today. I think traditional tattooing, before the electric guns, must have involved some of the elements used in stick and poke tattooing.
Also, here is a really good interview about traditional hank poked tattoos, from acclaimmag.
INTERVIEW: JENNA BOUMA
THE TALENTED JENNA BOUMA TALKS US THROUGH THE ART OF TRADITIONAL HAND-POKED TATTOOS
- See more at: http://www.acclaimmag.com/lifestyle/interview-jenna-bouma-the-art-of-hand-poked-tattoos/#sthash.A9MRyyBh.dpuf"