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DIY tattoos capture students’ imaginations
BY BRIANNA PARKER
Spring has sprung, and students around campus are
breaking out their warm weather clothes, hanging out with
friends and ... tattooing each other?
In lieu of professionally done tattoos, some Guilford
students are turning to the artistic talent of their classmates
to stick ’n poke permanent designs on their bodies.
“It’s one of those college experiences that you’re not
necessarily going to regret, but it’s definitely an interesting
story to tell your grandkids,” said senior Amanda Wimer.
Stick ’n poke tattoos, also known as do it yourself tattoos
or jailhouse tattoos, are characterized by simple line work.
Done by hand, one prick at a time, stick ’n pokes typically
use sewing needles or single tattoo needles with black India
“I was pretty weirded out by them at first because they
didn’t seem very legit, but when I saw a bunch of people
around with them, I changed my mind,” said one student
who wishes to remain anonymous. "It’s cool leaving the mark
of an artist on your skin.”
Although many students have been jumping into the stick
’n poke culture recently, the DIY tattoo phenomenon is not
“Stick ’n pokes have been around here at Guilford for as
long as I’ve known about Guilford,” said Wimer. “I visited
when I was 16, and it was a thing then. It’s always been a
thing, but it comes and goes in stages.”
Students who want to express themselves but do not
necessarily have the funds to go to a professional tattoo
parlor are turning to their peers, to share in the experience
of body art.
The effect of stick ’n poking is a communal bond. The
specific circumstances in which individuals receive stick ’n
pokes vary, but all stick ’n pokers share a common experience.
“(Professional and DIY tattoos) have different memories
attached to them, different experiences,” said sophomore
Liam Midkiff “If you go to a shop it is all professional and
businesslike, so stick ’n pokes are a different experience.
Usually, they are going to be done by somebody you know
While a range of reasons exist for receiving a stick 'n poke tattoo, sonne appreciate the simple images the tattoos naturally produce.
pretty well in a casual setting.”
Stick ’n pokes are usually smaller and simpler than
professional tattoos because the nature of doing a tattoo by
hand, dot by dot, limits the range of images that are feasible
“People get suns and moons and stars a lot,” said stick
’n poke artist and first-year Taryn Sneed. “Words are also
popular, especially words over the kneecaps.”
Sneed said she has been giving and receiving stick n’ pokes
since her junior year of high school.
“A lot of people I talk to get stick n’ pokes because they
don’t really want a professional tattoo but will get a stick ’n
poke to see what it’s like,” said Sneed,
Along with suns and moons, geometric shapes and symbols
with various meanings are some of the images you will see on
students around Guilford.
“Geometric stuff is easiest because of the simple lines,”
said sophomore Mackenzie Jones. “But you’re just tracing
lines, so you can pretty much do anything you want.”
Jones, who has tattooed both herself and others, found
that tattooing herself is easiest.
“You can feel how hard to push (into the skin) and if
you’re doing it right, but when you’re doing it on someone
else, you can’t feel the needle and how deep it’s going,” said
People who are involved in stick ’n pokes or who want
People often receive stick 'n poke tattoos from people they know.
to be should be aware of the potential risks, like the spread
of infectious diseases. Needles should be sterilized and the
same needles and ink should never be used on more than
one person. '
Stick ’n pokes also require the same aftercare as
professional tattoos, including the use antibacterial soap
and unscented lotion.
Street style: students shore their fashion flair
BY QUINCY MALESOVAS
Chelsea Yarborough '15 is inspired by the fashion
choices of her mom, Junglepussy and Thierry Mugler.
Can you tell me a bit
about your outfit?
I am wearing a top I got from
Forever 21, a pair of high-waisted
jean shorts from Carolina Thrift
and my trusty green Docs. As for
jewelry. I’m wearing the nameplate
necklace my parents gave me for
Christmas, a ring that was given to
me by a fiiend and a pair of green
earrings from Forever 21.
V What influences your
My mom and aunts, websites
like Tumblr and Afropimk,
different people I’ve met, shows
and films like Sailor Moon, Jem
and the Holograms, School Daze
and A Different World, artists like
Juliana Huxtable, Junglepussy,
Beyonce and the all-girl rap group
Barf Troop, I listen to music when
I dress. I feel that really influences
how I put looks together.
Who are some favorite
I love Alexander McQueen,
Thierry Mugler and Yves Saint
Laurent. I tend to go for designers
that don’t try to sell me an
overpriced version of something I
could buy at Value Village.
How adventurous are
you with fashion choices?
I really like to mix it up and try
new things, but I tend to stick with
what I know I like that works on
my body. I love to go bold with
makeup, especially lipstick, and I
wear bright nail polish often.
Can you tell me a
bit about your outfit?
I just threw some stuff
together today. These are
my older brother’s shoes
that were sitting around the
house. My jeans are Levi’s.
I’ve had them for years now.
My T-shirt is from Urban
Outfitters. Most of the time
I wear really dark clothes
because they are easy and
because they match my hair,
Being from New Jersey,
I was always used to the
weather changing throughout
the day, so I still think about
that when I’m getting dressed.
I follow a couple fashion
accounts on Instagram that
give me ideas. One features
fashion in New York. Most
of it is black, drape-y stuff
What do you look
for when shopping?
I like finding unique
things that people wouldn’t
normally get, like funny
T-shirts or weird jackets. I
try not to wear anything
too outrageous. I got a pair
of hippie pants in Mexico
that I still haven’t yet worn
in public. I try to get stuff
that suits myself rather than
imitating others, but if I do
imitate, I adjust it to make it
When shopping for clothing, James Rinearson' 17 looks f
items that feel comfortable and unique to his personal style