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  2. JAC1961

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    Welcome. I think a lot of things can have an affect on felt pain... placement, your state of mind, general health, etc. Do what they recommend, rest, good meal before, hydrated, take a snack along and you'll be fine. Just stay calm and don't make it worse than it is. Maybe let everyone know where you're getting it for more specific advice.
  3. jdsnsnnsns

    New to this site

    I’m pretty new to this site so sorry if i don’t really understand how to work it, but i’m getting my second tattoo tomorrow and i’m excited but also nervous because it’s a different body part i’ve never gotten tattooed before AND it’s a different design and style of tattoo than my first so i’m not sure what to expect besides the feeling of getting repeatedly stabbed by a needle lol. I’m mostly just nervous about the pain where it’s going to be located, i’m not expecting it to be painless because let’s be real pretty much all tattoos have some pain.
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  5. Emmar15

    Cover up advice

    Really glad my stress is amusing you all
  6. Hogrider

    Cover up advice

  7. JAC1961

    Cover up advice

    Looks like a backwards "P" to me. Let it go
  8. Emmar15

    Cover up advice

    Im just looking for opinions
  9. Hogrider

    Cover up advice

  10. No, I would not haggle. But I would also have a menu on the desk with all the prices. Before starting, I asked artist how long it would take approximately. He said 'i have no idea, not too long'. Finished in an hour and told the receptionist to write down 1.5 hours. Idk, maybe it is how the things go usually, that's why I am asking here where lots of people with lots of experience would share some wisdom.
  11. Emmar15

    Cover up advice

    Does it look like an I or F to everyone else?
  12. One old guys opinion...which like necks..everyone has one. Then one thing in life you dont want to haggle over price is a well done tattoo. You get what you pay for and wear it for years. Do your homework. Plan well in advance and research your artist, style of work you are seeking, and what you can afford to pay. My artist gives very realistic estimates. Small pieces are an exact price. Large pieces are by the hour. When working on a piece that requires multiple sessions, you might find some days you may sit still longer than others. Factor in touch ups a couple months once the piece is done. Detailed color work in seldom done once and finished. Everyone's skin type, healing and other factors suggest additional work will be required. A good artist will be far more critical than you are. He/she will go to extreme lengths to provide work that represents their skill set. Happy customers come back and tell their friends in today's world of social media. Set up time, allowing your artist a smoke break, allowing you to stretch, bs conversation are not included in an hourly fee. My artist is very realistic about backing out time paid from the minute I walked in the door to when the machine started buzzing. In return I tip well, bring gifts and send business. Question would you go to your favorite restaurant and haggle over the menu price? If you think tipping for good service is cool for your attractive waitress/waiter for a service that is one and done. By extension you are going to wear this ink for years....treat the artist with the respect the intended task deserves.
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  14. I wish it wasn't.. Haggling is the part of local culture, unfortunately. You have to haggle everywhere - when taking the mortgage, when buying the cellphone, when doing the cosmetic procedures.. Tattoos are no exception. Ok, thank you all! I will keep my mouth shut:)
  15. Hogrider

    Pay per hour - how does it work?

    No. If I wasn't happy I wouldn't go back. I wouldn't question the price, it isn't a midwestern bazaar.
  16. Most of mine the artist told me what the cost would be at the consultation and stuck to that price. My half sleeve was hourly, but the artist definitely gave me the benefit of the doubt. I didn't watch the clock and track every minute, but he discounted me about 2 hours time. I take it that you think you were over charged? To me tattooing isn't like other professions or businesses. They don't have mission statements or business plans, they're artists and run things a little looser. You're not buying a burger getting an oil change. If you really think that you've been overcharged, but all means talk to your artist. I'd just let it go... it'll average out in the end.
  17. kingpinsbarber

    Most painful spot to get tattooed

    1. top of spine/back certain spots on my back hurt more than others but that boney bit where the neck sits onto the spine hurt a lot like an electric shock rather than a 2 pubic area, the bottom of my belly where my pubes are stung like a hot knife 3 ribs, mostly ok apart from the bottom "floating rib" ouch. 4 chest, i didn't mind the sternum but round my nipples "didn't alf pinch mind" 5. feet also a bitch to heal 6. wrist....one little spot pinched like no tomorrow 7 hipbone/love handles 8 throat 9 sides of knee 10 hands/fingers 11 claves/shins 12 side of neck 13 sleves (some spots hurt more than others.
  18. And a photo. Sorry for bad light, it's almost night here already. Someone said that if you dislike your tattoo just go and dget better ones. No, doesn't work. Now I dislike my older ones even more;)
  19. So you think I shouldn't ask administration about this?
  20. Most artists only charge for the actual time they start inking until when they set the machine down for the last time. Every tattooist has their own personality and interpretation of time - but the main thing is that you come away with a great tattoo you get to wear forever.
  21. You've gotta go pretty far to ramp up the shock value, these days.
  22. Hello, May I ask you, if you pay per hour (not daily/per piece price), what exactly is going into the payed time? Preparing/freehanding the sketch, preparing the station, tattoo time, cleaning and wrapping? I've just got a small tattoo, it took 2 hours from entering till exiting, exactly 1 hour of tattooing time, and payed for 1.5 hours. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to have a piece of nice work but just to ease my mind - is this the way the things usually work?
  23. kingpinsbarber

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    ribs 3 hours of pain but worth it by marcos attwood in skin-deep bristol UK
  24. Jay41585

    Thick scabs in concrete areas (mostly dark/filled).

    Thank to thank for the feedback.Ive been to this shop and artist a couple times in the past and this is the first time I’ve ever experienced it.I went to the doctor to have it checked it,but like I said it was getting better and not how it was in the picture.He did recommend antibiotic,keep it elevated and rest.he told me to wait a couple weeks and come back for a follow up.
  25. oboogie

    Thick scabs in concrete areas (mostly dark/filled).

    I have had an infected tattoo (bad reaction to a particular color), and they'll just give you some antibiotics, and you'll be fine. Glad you are going to the doctor. That tattoo "artist" really did a number on you. That's awful.
  26. Nothing really surprises me any more. I saw a video the other day, probably on Youtube but not sure, where a guy had had his nipples removed and kept them in a bottle. If ya didn't want them in the first place, why keep them around?
  27. Dan

    Got my first tattoo! But..

    LOL it's called "tattoo remorse",and we all get it,but you need to relax and let it settle and heal. Take a deep breath,have a beer,and go on with your life. take a another look in a few months and maybe discuss it with the artist that did it or another.
  28. Wow. I've seen the ear lobe reconstruction results before but the removal procedure is a new one for me. *shudder* Nipple removal, too.
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