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Tattoo Spotlight: SLOWER BLACK Hand-poked Tattoos

A couple of weeks ago, I did a controversial post on bad stick and poke tattoos. It was controversial because apparently a lot of people have bad stick and poke tattoos and don’t have a sense of humor about it and were really butthurt (word of the day – use it in a comment). Sorry. Anyway, in response to the article, someone who actually read it and saw that I asked for good hand done tattoo artists to be sent my way put me on to SLOWER BLACK. She’s a nomad Canadian tattoo artist who travels around the world doing beautiful hand poked tattoos in deepest, darkest black ink. Don’t ask what ink she uses, it’s a fucking secret, and it’s fucking genius. I don’t think of work like this as “stick and poke” any more than I think of ta moko or kakau as “stick and poke.” This is an ancient art of tattooing done by hand, with thousands of years of practice and wisdom behind it, and results in stunning skin art. Check out a collection of Slower Black’s work below, and you can reach her here to see when she’s passing through your part of the world.

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.



  1. David

    February 17, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Lol!, get over yourself. The former article was straight up ignorant, and you obviously didn’t take the time to study the subject you were writing an article about, so when we do your job for you WE are butthurt?. This is the internet if you write dumb shit people will troll you and loudly disagree hehe.
    On another note check out Gerhardt Wiesbeck and Sanon Deror for som awesome european dotwork that will blow your minds!

    • CVLT Nation

      February 17, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Lol. I’ve been writing on the internet long enough to anticipate the trolling. Apparently, I find provoking them irresistible. Too bad my job keeps me too busy to troll their articles!

  2. Kyle Neeson

    February 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    i love this

  3. Maximillian Paiewonsky

    February 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

    really nice stuff though

  4. Maximillian Paiewonsky

    February 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

    *were butthurt

  5. Brandan William Goralchuk

    February 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Josh Hourigan

  6. Alliott Peterson

    February 16, 2015 at 4:28 am

    writes controversial article knowing it will upset some people, gets butthurt when people express their opinions on the matter. get the fuck over yourself ya wally.

  7. Möe Jʉrphy

    February 16, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Cj Lee

  8. Gary Edgar

    February 16, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Check out Ferrank Manseed in England for amazing hand poked designs . A lot better than whats here .

  9. Martin Medin

    February 16, 2015 at 1:24 am

    “Writer so butthurt about her readers disagreeing with her article, she has to use her vastly larger communication-channel to tell them THEY are The butthurt ones”

    Besides that, good article

  10. Alliott Peterson

    February 16, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I have a sense of humour until you release an article without proof reading.

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