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  2. I said a similar thing on here about a year ago when my boss at the time made some comment about me being 'pretty heavily tattooed'. Sure, compared to him and other people in the office I had a lot of tattoos. But compared to people here or people I hung out with I was still pretty green. Now I've gotten something on my ribs and that was a personal landmark. May sound weird but now I feel like I've graduated a level in being tattooed. Soon I too will go below the elbows. For some reason I felt that I needed to have some torso work done before I did that though.
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  4. Agreed - go see a doctor!
  5. At least from the pictures it looks just like mine did at that phase. For me at least, the edges healed faster than the middle in larger solid black areas. As long as it's not infected, give it at least a month from the date of your appointment to decide whether to worry. Side note: for me, those black shiny bits came off in big pieces like a sunburn. You probably already know this, but since you're worried about healing evenly - don't pick at the loose bits! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. The smell is not good. Go see your doctor.
  7. It's still healing. I'd just leave it alone for now. Don't put anything on it.
  8. Hey hows it going, its my first post and i specifically joined this forum in order to ask the tattoo community what they think of my situation. So exactly a week ago, whilst on vacation in canada, i decided to get another tatto, i already have two but they are very small, this one was my first larger and more intricate piece. Once i got the tattoo, the artist told me to wash it with unscented soap, and to not put anything on it until three days after, something that seemed kind of weird to me as it appeared to be a long time, after the three days he told me i should put on coconut oil. So i did as he said, however, when i got back to my country two days later, as i couldnt find any coconut oil i put on some cream which had been recomended to me by my other artists and worked fine before, its a moisturizing cream called dermaglos, it has vitamin a, vitamin e, and allantoin. Ive been doing as he said, the lines seem to be healing perfectly, the problem is that the solid black sky looks faded and milky, i know its only still healing but i dont think that will really change anything. Ive added a photo of one of my other tattoos, it has a black filling and i thought it would be useful to compare two tattoos that are under the same light. Unfortunately, as i said, i was on a trip therefore i cant go back to the artist, im almost certain im going to get a touch up in july however im kinda pissed because its going to cost me more money as its a different atist and i doubt theyll do charity work. I just wanted your thoughts and opinions on the matter, and wanted to see if you had any tips or recomendations.
  9. At this point, it shouldn't really be noticeably warm or stinging, and tattoos should NEVER have a smell besides soap or a faint lotion scent. Some of that scabbing looks a little questionable to me too. I think you need to see a doctor instead of waiting to hear back from an artist. It can't hurt anyway.
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  11. by Alix Gé
  12. I was just going to quote Jack Rudy! I've been getting tattooed for 34 years, 160 times and probably 300 hours and I've never taken anything. Yes they hurt, but then again, they're supposed to.
  13. May 18th - everything is normal except for the wet towel smell. Move been letting it air dry completely for about 30min and then put the Aquaphor on and now that faint smell is back. I just contacted me artist about it and am waiting on a response.
  14. Cant argue with that
  15. I dunno, I felt like a massive pussy taking the cream but I needed to finish up, my next one i'll still go in for with no cream. Um, generally pussies are one of the toughest things I the world. They squeeze out giant, living beings. Just sayin. @Freddie (And yes, ribs suck but you did it!)
  16. The smell concerns me. When was this done?
  17. Hey there...go get some antibiotics. Better safe that sorry if it's infected.
  18. Hi all, So this is my first color tattoo, my 5th total, but the largest of them all on my thigh. I've been using Aquaphor and properly washing it twice daily. But it's still warm to the touch at times and sore. It also sometimes stings, like I can feel my leg hair growing in and smells like a sour towel. Should I be concerned and is it because of where it's at? I don't think it's infected but the warmth and the occasional sting has me scratching my head. Helpful answers are appreciated
  19. No need to be a wiseass. I understand my mistakes thus the reason I wrote them. I was just looking for some input before I went to the doctor.
  20. by Henry Lewis
  21. by Henry Lewis
  22. by Randy Muller
  23. Ive never been good at being patient but I'll try. Haha.
  24. sorry, but I don't see any little white flakes or bleeding. how long ago after the tattoo was done was the picture taken?
  25. but you saved so much money!
  26. 2 weeks is too early to tell. Gonna have to be patient.
  27. That would be so sad. Haha just kidding! 😃
  28. Ditto SStu, his reply hit most of the info I found when I was researching the style. I may still get something in the watercolor or a hybrid style, if I do it'll be an artist who can show me pics of their tattoos after being worn for 2-3yrs that still look good. Instagram is a great place to start looking for that. A good artist will be proud to show how their work has held up over time (keeping in mind the wearer needs to keep up with the basics on their end like moisturizer and sunscreen) Edited to add link:
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