Tattoo Forum

  1. LST Forum News and Updates

    1. LST Get Togethers & Tattoo Conventions

      Whether in your hometown or on the road post here if you are looking to try and meet up with fellow tattoo enthusiast for conventions, shows, coffee, etc. Also post if you know of any tattoo conventions.

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    2. LST Announcements & Contests

      Check in often for our latest announcements. We are going to run some great contests monthly so enter often to win some great prizes!

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    3. Bugs, Issues, & "How To" Questions

      Let us know if you find a technical bug or issue, or if you have questions about how to use the site.

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    4. Forum Suggestions and Feedback

      Please let us know if you have any suggestions to help improve the site. Thanks!

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  2. General Tattoo Forum

    1. General Tattoo Discussion

      This is where you should post general tattoo topics that don't fit into any of the specific categories below.

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    2. Tattoo Designs, Books and Flash

      Talk about sources, references, inspirations and ideas for your tattoo designs here.

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    3. Tattoo TV Shows, Documentaries and Media

      Talk about all things media here including videos, social, blogs, magazines, etc.

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    4. Tattoo Advice

      Ask questions about tattoos you already have, or want to get, etc.

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    5. Tattoo After Care

      Do you have questions about how to care for your tattoo? Or great tips on how to care for tattoos? Post them here!

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    6. Tattoo Removal or Coverup

      Post your before and pictures and/or stories on cover up and removal of tattoos.

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    7. Crazy Tattoo Stories

      Share crazy, wild, and weird tattoo stories and pictures here.

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    8. Worst Tattoo EVER!

      Post the worst tattoos you have either gotten or seen.

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  3. Tattoo Artists and Tattoo Collectors

    1. Tattoo Marketplace

      If you are tattooer or sell tattoo machines, you can post 1 thread here advertising your product in exchange for a link to the forum. LST does not support sales of tattoo supplies to non-legitimate tattooers. No spammy tattoo supply websites please.

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    2. Member Referrals

      Do you know of a artist that does amazing work? Or any other tattoo professional you would like to refer. Post them here. This forum is for members to refer others (NOT themselves- you can do that in the vendor marketplace above).

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    3. Stuff for Sale

      This is the place to buy or sell your stuff. Last Sparrow Tattoo does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of items for sale/trade through this website by a third party. You acknowledge that any purchases made to a third party shall be at your sole risk and LST shall bear no responsibility.

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    4. Tattoo Shop Openings and/or Guest Spots

      Post a tattoo shop opportunity or inside scoop here!

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  4. Off Topic

    1. Random Crap

      Home for all else..

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    2. Funny Stuff

      Joke, funny stories, funny pics

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    3. WTF in the News

      Discuss latest news or politics here.

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  5. New to Last Sparrow Tattoo

    1. Initiation

      New to LST. Post a quick hello here so we can welcome you properly.

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  • Recent Posts

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    • I have seen people around with tattoos that strike me as sticker-like. They can be more faded and worn in, but still give a kind of *random* effect.  Obviously some people like this and I guess it's one way of doing it.
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