Stick-and-Poke Tattoos

Erika Costell


Erika Costell and her boyfriend/husband Jake Paul got matching “GOAT” tattoos in January 2018. The YouTube power couple known as “Jerika” both got the word written in capital letters that are stacked vertically. She placed her tiny inking on her left forearm while he incorporated his much larger “GOAT” tattoo into a growing collection of intersecting words on his left thigh. They joked that Erika is a goat, as in the animal, while Jake is the GOAT, an acronym for Greatest Of All Time.

Goats are Erika’s favorite animal and have been since she was a child. She previously had the word “goat” tattooed inside her lip, though lip tattoos are known to wear off so it might be very faded by now. She explained that her goat obsession all dates back to one special pet:

Why am I obsessed with goats? When I was 12 years old or so I had a pet goat. I loved this goat so much. His name was Twinklebuddy. I also had a couple other weird animals with weird names, but Twinklebuddy was my favorite and he actually died unexpectedly. I’ve been obsessed with goats my entire life. I don’t know where it came from — well I know it came from Twinklebuddy but it’s stayed with me all the way til right now. So that’s the reasoning behind everything goat. It also means Greatest Of All Time.

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    Debby Ryan


    Debby Ryan got a hand-poked tattoo of a dagger on her left wrist during a late night tattoo session in January 2017. This designs sits on top of the old alien on her wrist, which was already very faded since stick-and-pokes don’t usually last as long as machine tattoos. Her tattooer Julia Laufer aka know_dice describes it as a “semi-cover up.”

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      Debby Ryan


      Debby Ryan has a tiny letter “V” tattoo on the underside of her finger which stands for “Visitors.” She explained its meaning on her instagram:

      V I S I T O R S — Nothing is ours and everyone is visiting. Some people stay a while. Some are just passing through your life. Some stay as long as they’ll stay anywhere. It’s important for us to be super careful of the souvenirs they leave with and that they leave in us. My buddy and I tattooed this V on my right ring finger and his left thumb-knuckle so that every handshake reminds me I’m visiting and greeting a visitor.

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      Debby Ryan


      Debby Ryan had this little stick-and-poke alien tattoo for about two years. She first showed off the alien on the inside of her left wrist in January 2015 and then in January 2017 she covered it up with a new design. In response to a question about her tattoo on tumblr, she quoted “If I find in myself a desire which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only explanation must be that I was made for another world.” by author CS Lewis.

      She was very much into “out of this world” extraterrestrial vibes at the time that she got the tattoo — but so was her ex-boyfriend. She has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun, who sometimes wears an alien mask on stage. The tattoo is not specifically about him and it seems like they were actually broken up when she got it. But the connection to Josh might explain why she wanted to get rid of the faded inking rather than redo it.

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      Noah Cyrus


      Noah Cyrus has a tiny “X” tattoo on her left elbow. Many people assumed that it was a tribute to deceased rapper XXXTentacion, who she collaborated with on her song “Again,” however she actually had this tattoo a month before his death.

      It’s a matching tattoo that she shares with her boyfriend Tanner Drayton, though we aren’t sure why they chose the “X” design.  Noah’s favorite tattoo artist Lauren Winzer inked the couple in May 2018.  Rather than using her tattoo gun, she hand-poked them with a needle and ink.

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