Highly Decorative Hand Poked Tattoos by Oliver Whiting


Whiting takes hand poked tattoos to a whole new level.

Hand poked or dotwork tattoos are not just all about mandalas, as you’ll soon see in the work of Oliver Whiting.

From October, Whiting will be working his tattooing magic from Hamburg, Germany. But thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can see some of his best pieces right here – right now.

Whiting’s work is quite different from what you’ve come to expect from dotwork tattoos. This comes down to the subject matter and the tattooing techniques he uses. Sometimes the pieces are completely hand poked, but others are a combination of hand poked and and electric tattoo machine. Then there’s the interesting designs – like Shakespeare as you’ve never seen him before, and the precision with decorative patterns.

It’s that kind of detail which will make you stop and take a closer look at Oliver Whiting’s work.


Hand poked latte art tattoos

Japanese spirit

Life is like one-armed scissors: difficult

Snake and claw tattoo


Hand poked dotwork design

Conjoined cat heads

Jellyfish completed over three days

Hyper realistic dotwork William Shakespeare tattoo

Patterned world map tattoo

Hand poked arm band

Hand poked and machine, patterned snake

Hand poked decorative sternum piece


Originally published September 2016 for Tattoodo – https://www.tattoodo.com/a/2016/09/highly-decorative-hand-poked-tattoos-by-oliver-whiting/