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  2. Looks like your reaction is to the adhesive - not the ink. The problem isn't about the tattoo. Lasering certainly wouldn't change anything.
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  4. She's probably just busy. Email her again. Or stop by the shop and chat with her about it.
  5. That is gorgeous. Look forward to your April update!
  6. Making progress on sleeve number two from Scott Ellis at Triple Crown in Austin, Texas. 5.5 hours of coloring yesterday. Next appointment: April 2020!
  7. It's been almost a year, and we are slllloooowly making progress on this second sleeve!! In April 2019, Scott and I did five hours of shading. It was the usual ouch, and I didn't post an update. November 14, 2019 -- session number three! 5.5 hours of coloring in the bird. Next session: April 2020!
  8. i'm getting a planchette from a ouija board tattooed on my arm this saturday with my best friend!! woohoo!!!
  9. That’s interesting. Yeah, I am interested in the nano level as well.
  10. Hello there - I've been doing a bit of reading around the latest research on how tattoos are maintained - specifically the action of macrophage pigment take up - and how over time the macrophages essentially drop the pigment and there is then a re-uptake by replacement macrophages. Macrophages are involved in various stuff around immune response and (although I haven't found any direct research on this) I would be interested to find out how many people have "allergic" reactions months or years after initial tattoo. It is possible that an individual's immune response changes over time - and at the time of macrophage re-take up (months or years after the initial tattoo) there is a difference in response (however this is just guesswork on my part at this point). Would be great to see more research on this - but I can't find any directly related to tattoos. Ive probably pasted this before - but here it is again -
  11. I’ve had the same artist complete all four of my tattoos. All are fairly large works. I love her work and it suits me perfectly. The most recent piece was done last week. We collaborated on a design and I approved the final piece. When I got home from the session, however, I noticed that an element of the design was missing – a perfectly innocent mistake, and something that could just be added at another session. I emailed the artist to tell her this and offered to pay for another session. I’ve gotten the silent treatment (no response) and cannot escape the feeling that I’ve somehow upset or offended her. My email to her had no criticism or accusation of any kind – I missed something in the original design and she missed it when doing the tattoo. I’ll happily pay to have it remedied but now she’s not responding. Did I trip up here? Should I have approached it another way? Is there a protocol for asking an artist to make some changes/additions to her own work? Like I said, I’ve worked with her many times before, paid promptly, tipped generously, recommended her to others – I’m a good client. But it feels like I messed up somehow. I want to make it right. Suggestions?
  12. Has anyone had a tingly sensation years later to white tattoo ink? Just recently (been 3 years) since my tattoo have I started to have tingling sensation on the white part of it. So odd. I read online that people can have allergic reaction to titanium dioxide years later and that can be a symptom (looked into dental implants which were made of it and leg implants) Anyone encounter this? Also sometimes the ink gets raised as well. Thank you.
  13. Thanks for the replies. Cheers.
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  15. Hello everyone! First of all, I hope I posted in the right topic, everything else was blocked and I am kinda desperate to seek the advices cause' I've seen some interesting topics around here and this forum might bring some light in my case as well, maybe will ease my worries too, who knows. Before I will elaborate my problem, I wanna tell you guys I already have 4 masterpieces all healed up properly by the same artist, so we made the fifth on the chest, later that day I noticed a red line crossing the clavicle just above the tattoo itself. Is very important to mention that he has told me to keep the area covered with foil for about an hour, due to other things I managed to take it down after 4-5 hours, bare in mind that the adhesive tape was attached to the skin all this time. So after a few days the redness has spread (not very prominent yet) and was now surrounding the tattoo just a little outside of where the skin was inked. I made an initial contact with my artist and he told me that the redness appeared because I kept the adhesive tape for too long which might cause an allergy and it should be back to normal in a couple of days. That made sense to me at the time. The thing is, it hasn't gone back to normal, so after 2 weeks I visited a dermatologist and got diagnosed with contact dermatitis, I got some antibiotics and some ointment based on a steroid, for a while it did make the redness from the clavicle go away, but then redness went a little bit further to shoulder, first days the treatment seemed to be helping but then was suddenly not having any effects. I was supposed to go back to check with them after the treatment, but because I didn't like the way I was treated as a patient to begin with in the first place also the way they spoke to me was rude, having tattoos it was like I have some sort of HIV for them, then instead of looking for solutions I was being questioned the meaning of every tattoo, yeah they come across very judgmental as F***, pardon my language. So fast forward this Tuesday, I visited a second dermatologist and this time the diagnosis was Dermatitis atopic, they gave me some antibiotics for allergy and some ointment named Elidel based on pimecrolimus. Now I know its only has been 2 days since I took the new treatment, but there has been no change so far and I am worried as hell, as for symptoms, it doesn't itch nor has swollen so far or anything else other than redness and dry skin. I guess Its worth mentioned that I have asthma and I am allergic to some stuffs which I avoid and I used to have all sorts of allergies in the past but with all went away in within daysor a week. Never mind that, I had 4 successful tattoos before, therefore I don't know what is the anomaly here. I did take very good care of it, following the protocol, cleaning with antibacterial soap and still using Bepanthen ointment on it, same thing I did to the previous tattoos. The tattoo was made on 18 october, there has been no improvements in almost a month on my skin and it drives me mad to the point of thinking worst case scenario; like removing it with laser as some cases suggested on the internet, just thinking about this stuff breaks my heart really, so if anyone experienced anything similar I would like to hear your thoughts on the matter or what treatment worked for you. I will attach a photo of the tattoo and its redness around it, I would like to apologize in advance for writing such a long post. PS. The redness is more prominent in real time than in the photo.
  16. As SStu said, you can't change it much other than to get some real dark to cover it. It's going to change color more and more anyways so I don't think you should do it especially at such an early point of getting tattoo. I'd wait til it settles more and is fully healed before you become to dislike it. but it doesn't look bad in my eyes! just my 2 cents
  17. I think it looks fine like that, if it's a little different than all the other chrysanthemums on other people, isn't that better ?
  18. I think you should leave it. it will just end up darker and muddier.
  19. one way to think of it is three-dimensionally: the grey makes the green and blue pop out more, and the grey (being less important leaves) recede. you might come to like it.
  20. that's going to depend on the ability of the tattooist who might change the color - but imho it can only end up quite dark
  21. Hi there. I’m in the process of getting a full Japanese style sleeve on my left arm. We just finished the color on the large chrysanthemum on my lower arm and ended up having a misunderstanding with my artist. I ended up with a greyish green color on the inside of the petals, which I don’t like. If anyone has any advice on possible options for changing the color and what’s possible, I would really appreciate it. thanks!
  22. Thank you for your well wishes. Yes this experience is definitely no joke. I grossly underestimated the process when I went in for my first consultation. At that time I was told it would likely take 10 sessions for a complete removal and I was shocked. every person and every tattoo responds somewhat differently to the process of removal but in my case some factors working against me include that my tattoo was relatively new at only 2 1/2 years
  23. You won't know what it's going to look like until it's healed. Who told you it was infected? Is it oozing puss? Does it smell? If neither of those, it's unlikely that it's infected. If it IS infected, you need to see a doctor to get antibiotics. You have way too much lotion on that, it looks like it's drowning. The idea is to use just enough to keep the skin from drying out. Did you get that done in a shop? Whoever did that really mauled your skin.
  24. Something a little different (i think). Let's share our tattoo related paraphernalia!! Here's a start... I got a couple masks from Chris Brand, a wooden hannya i scored at the Alamedia Point Antiques Fair and a pet rock painted by Jondix. I got more, but I'll show you mines if you show me yours. "Show me what you got!"
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