A stick n poke is a homemade or DIY tattoo. You clean it yourself. You draw the design on with non toxic pen ink yourself. You use sewing needles or tattoo needles to poke the ink into your skin yourself. You use India Ink (non toxic and acid free ink) or tattoo ink. And you poke repeatedly into your skin to form a design. It is a much longer process than using a tattoo machine. And then you take care of your snp (stick n poke) heals. Pretty much, its just a homemade tattoo with a needle and ink. Hope this helps! Happy Poking!