How much do you like poke? Enough to go to Notting Hill? Probably. Enough to get a tattoo? Yeah, keep us posted…
Fans of poke bowls line up! There’s a new poke king in town (and no, it’s pronounced poh-key, before we go any further). Form a smaller line if you like poke and tattoos. And if your tattoo love or your poke obsession is completely out of control, form a line of one or two just here. This article is for you.
Europe’s most famous Poke chain, Poke House, is arriving in the UK this weekend and they’re offering a lifetime supply of poke bowls to anyone willing to get a tattoo of the Poke House logo on their actual bodies. I know, how is that even allowed? But we love that it is.
A lifetime supply of poke bowls to anyone willing to get a tattoo of the Poke House logo on their actual bodies...
If you’re the sort of person who treats their epidermis as a personal sketch pad then the attraction of being able to bag poke for life could actually work for you. However, you’d be advised to read the small print…
‘For life’ actually means for five years (in my darker moments I share Poke House’s bleak assessment of the way the mankind’s going) and it is assumed that your passion for poke does not exceed four bowls of the stuff a month.
But still, at around £9 a bowl that’s £36 a month saved. Or £432 per year. To a total of £2,160 over the five years. Assuming the cost of Poke doesn’t shoot up (or down) and Poke House lasts the five years.
I'm neither your financial advisor nor your skin's artistic director, but you might want to balance up if this is a genius idea or not...
I’m neither your financial advisor nor your skin’s artistic director, but you might want to balance up if this is a genius idea or not.
If that all sounds a bit bonkers, but you do still fancy a free tat’ then another option would be to head down to Poke House on Saturday September 18th and the world is your oyster, providing that oyster is a particular selection of Californian themed tattoos, ranging from an avocado to a roller-skate via cactuses and sunglasses.
For anyone not looking to be 'inked' then there's still the option of going to Poke House to enjoy some, um, y'know, actual poke!
To sweeten the deal the art will be courtesy of celebrity tattoo artist Ricky Williams, who owns South City Market tattoo studio and apparently has a three year waiting list and charges £500 per hour.
For anyone not looking to be ‘inked’ then there’s still the option of going to Poke House to enjoy some, um, y’know, actual poke!
In which case you’ll be in the right place.
Poke House visitors can expect a real taste of California and endless summer vibes. The combo Cali-House music, San Diego art, cacti, neon lights and fresh, healthy, vibrant food will bring the Cali-lifestyle to West London.
This may be the first UK opening for Poke House, which recently acquired Ahi Poké here, but they’re well established in Italy, Spain, Portugal and France, with over 55 stores and a recent financial round raising some €20m. Get used to seeing them, the plan is to increase to over 200 stores by 2024!
In the meantime, head to Poke House, at 214 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 1LA this Saturday!