Handpoke tattoos, also called stick-'n'-poke tattooing, are seriously trending.
This is in part due to Dr. Woo, an LA-based tattoo guru who is often dubbed the most in-demand artist in the world. Based in Los Angeles, he's known for his intricate, small-scale, single-needle designs and works on celebrities like Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus, and Drake. The designs have a distinctively different feel from any others—the minimalist approach and sophisticated placement make them feel less pervasive, modern, and even demure.
While Dr. Woo doesn't do much handpoking, his style gave rise to new kind of tattoo aesthetic that can be achieved by handpoking. Handpoke tattoos take much longer than gun tattoos because the needle is moderated by someone's hand instead of an automated gun, which lends itself to a more delicate look.
There's a mystique that surrounds handpoke tattoos. For one, many handpoke artists are hobby tattooists, doing handpoke work on the side—their flash appointments, limited availability, and spur-of-the-moment nature have led to a (growing) niche within the world of tattoos.