Just A Prick | Rogue Pokes’s Mystical Stick and Poke Tattoos

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My first (and sadly only) tattoo by J.P. was done a couple of summers ago in a barn in upstate New York. A group of us had escaped the heat of the city and decided to spend Fourth of July weekend in the Catskills; J.P. was a friend of a friend and had been invited up from Philadelphia.

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The first thing you notice about J.P. are his eyes. They are electric blue and radiate the intensity channeled into each unique piece. He’s an avid listener, an enthusiastic talker, and a gracious tattooist. At the time, he had only begun teaching himself to stick and poke a year prior but already had notebooks full of incredible designs – woodland creatures, western sunsets and cacti, minute UFO landings, and abstract swirls. He offered to give everyone tattoos that weekend and without hesitation we obliged him.

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Fast forward two years later and what began as a fun pastime at parties has quickly morphed into a full-time gig which has takes J.P. all over the country. His pieces are often inspired by folklore and mysticism and are extraordinarily detailed. Working solely with needle and ink, J.P. hand pokes each delicate tattoo; permanently ascribing people’s passions, memories, and goals onto their bodies. Each piece becomes an art piece – as intricate and individual as the story behind the tattoo.

Recently, he’s partnered with his similarly ink inspired girlfriend, Victoria, and the two have been opening flash pop-ups in parlors in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey. You can check out more of J.P.’s work on his Instagram and email him to talk about custom work.

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