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Hand Tapping

Tattooed marks are created by hand-tapping the ink into the skin using this kind of hand tapping needles.

Traditional Japanese tattoos are still "hand-poked," that is, the ink is inserted beneath the skin using non-electrical, hand-made and hand held tools with needles of sharpened steel. Hand-poked tattoos are less abrasive on the skin than machine tattoos, and often hurt less in comparison.

Traditional Hawaiian hand-tapped tattoos are experiencing a renaissance, after the practice was nearly extinguished in the years following Western contact. The process involves lengthy protocols and prayers and is considered a sacred rite more than an application of artwork. The tattooist chooses the design, rather than the wearer, based on genealogical information. Each design is symbolic of the wearer's personal responsibility and role in the community.

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Hand Tapping Needles 12285M2 (5cm width)
$14.00
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Hand Tapping Needles 12128F (4.5cm width)
$8.00
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Hand Tapping Needles 1285F (3cm width)
$6.00
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Hand Tapping Needles 1257F (2cm width)
$4.00
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Hand Tapping Needles 1349F (2cm width)
$4.00
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Hand Tapping Needles 1374F (3cm width)
$6.00
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Hand Tapping Needles 13112F (4.5cm width)
$8.00
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