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  3. i got my first tattoo 2 weeks ago and the colour looks patchy on the rose petals, was just wondering if its part of the healing or if i need to get a touch up. Sorry if it’s hard to see. Thank you 😄
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  5. joethelion

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    I am kind of stuck with one thing; is it really important to keep its orientation to be possible for other people to see it correctly? Is it something I`ll regret if I have it for my view mainly? For instance I was even thinking to have it reverse -if I decide to have it on my chest- so that I can read it when I look at the mirror. Does it make any sense, or is it plain silly?
  6. joethelion

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    For some reason I want it closer to my heart. I was even thinking of distributing the five lines to several parts, like the wrists, the neck, chest and maybe somewhere on the top ribs, but keeping it covered will be better I think. And being the beginner that I am, I think it will be better to keep it simple in order to avoid doing something weird.
  7. I posted this tattoo in reddit. And got people telling me its just going to turn in to a black blob.... I know this particular tattoo might not age well but its still going to look like a typewriter no? Stressing out as i just got this done a few days ago. Artist didn't express any concern with the aging of this tattoo. PS I could only post in this forum section. I'm not sure why. Maybe because i have to post here before i can post anywhere else?
  8. JAC1961

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    That's exactly the thing that I'd do, making them more ridiculous based on who asked. Since they are something that mean a lot to you, that's probably not the thing to do. Possibly put them on your thigh. More room to make them a decent size and would be covered the majority of the time.
  9. Dan

    Hi!

    it could be fun to makeup different explanations for different situations as to what the symbols mean when asked about them ! LOL
  10. scottyg

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    you don't have to explain shit to anyone man
  11. snyderju89

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    Whether you give an explanation or not is up to you. Whether the person asking thinks you’re rude or not is up to them. If you are comfortable not explaining it when people ask then I’d say it’s fine. I just want to warn you that everyone who sees it for the first time is probably going to ask you about it. I personally like the idea of getting some type of image instead of the Chinese characters and the script. I know you know what you think the characters mean but have you verified with someone who speaks and writes in that language? There are more than a few people walking around with Chinese symbols on their body thinking they mean one thing but it’s really another or is completely wrong. Chinese characters are complex and slight variances can alter the meaning. The person tattooing you probably won’t speak or read the language either. It’s going to be 100% on you to make sure it’s done precisely. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. joethelion

    Hi!

    Thank you all for so many really very useful ideas! I will definitely double check the Chinese characters (though I am quite sure they are the elements, like fire, water etc) and ask them to be made smaller. Even like that, though, I understand the Russian script wouldn`t fit on my lower arm. Something else that I haven`t thought before is the questions I would get. Is it considered rude to not give explanations, or say something like "that`s a long story"? This is too personal for me to be sharing with everybody. Which also makes me think -as John suggested- to put it out of plain view. But where would that be? I would love it directly near my heart but don`t know if that would be smart -again for maintenance reasons, as in shaving chest hair🙄
  13. He doesn't seem to make accessibility easy, does he? Maybe one of the many shops he visits has some insight?
  14. Hogrider

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    If you do this make sure you get someone really good at script. It's not easy, which is why you see so much really awful script. Do your homework or you'll wind up with a mess.
  15. As @gtrjunior said, too early to tell. I wouldn't go back to that tattooer or shop under any circumstances though, that artwork and line work is really rough. If you need a touch-up after it's healed, find someone really good.
  16. SStu

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    I would have to agree with whoever told you it won't fit properly on your arm. No problem for the Chinese characters but the little Russian words (at least in the proportion you're showing there) won't last forever. Consider changing the proportions and/or how it's layed out. Also consider an image based tattoo instead. One that reminds you of something you shared or something that reminds you of her.
  17. You’ll have to wait until it fully heals and see what it looks like. Worst case scenario is that it might need a touch up. I’m not seeing anything to worry about there.
  18. I just recently got my first tattoo last week, and the minute I left the shop I noticed the lettering and heart on my tattoo looked kind of carved into my skin rather than tattooed. Now that I have had this tattoo for about a week I can notice alot of the ink is fading away and the lettering is looking patchy. I feel like the tattoo artist went abit too deep, deep enough to carve into my skin. What should I do???? I've been caring for it (washing and moisturizing 4x a day) like I was told to and it's not getting any better. Ps; the rest of my tattoo looks normal, it's just the lettering that looks too deep. Third picture is a close up of what I mean by carved.
  19. Mine have just started doing this, it’s only my old tattoos though. I haven’t talked to my dr yet.
  20. I'm trying to find shinji horizakura, who supposedly works at a private studio in NYC. I can't find any way of contacting him or locating his studio. Any clues?
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  22. snyderju89

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    Agree 100%. Also, be prepared for almost constant questions about the meaning. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. JAC1961

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    I completely get you wanting it as a tribute, but if it where me, I'd put it out of plain view. Tattoos of Asian characters having become a running joke as of late because of so many of them being... well, enormous. Hope they come out well for you no matter what you decide.
  24. snyderju89

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    Like Dan said you want it to be correct when your arm hangs at your side. Also just going to reiterate make sure the symbols are correct to what you think they mean. You can find a lot of Chinese symbol tattoos from people online that are not what they think they mean. talk to a reputable artist about size and placement. You don’t want to go too small on text as it will blur and be illegible over time. Sorry to hear about your wife. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. Dan

    Hi!

    on your arm between your wrist and elbow is perfect IMO,the characters could be a good size there to look great, be sure and find the right artist that does that kind of work, and you don't want to read it yourself,it would be upside down,you want it so if you drop your arm and show it the person looking at it can read it. and lastly but most important,be sure of the character's meanings 1000%
  26. joethelion

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    Thanks John, I just found that out too 🙂 Anyway, I`ll just go ahead then. This is a letter I received from my wife, whom we lost later on. I feel I need to have this on me for my emotions for her, and also somehow think this will help me move on, and a couple of other spiritual reasons. Long story short, I would like to keep her handwriting exactly as it is if possible. It`s in Russian, and has some Chinese symbols (I found out they are the elements). I feel the Chinese symbols can be smaller and also placed differently (as long as they are still connected with the sentences they correspond to). The writing in Russian doesn`t make exact sense, in that it uses different tenses for some reason, but they do have an order. I was thinking my left arm, between my wrist and elbow, upside down in a way that I could read it, but I was told that would be too small and letters tend to deform by time. It could also be on my chest, but don`t know how to deal with the chest hair then, if I need to shave etc. It could also be my neck, but I don`t know if that is too bold an idea. Thanks a lot in advance for any ideas and sorry for so much undefined stuff, but I didn`t know where to start!
  27. JAC1961

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    Joe, being new I don't think that you'll be able to post there until you have a certain amount of posts. If you go ahead and post it here people will respond. Also, welcome!
  28. joethelion

    Hi!

    Nice being here! I have zero tattoos, and actually wasn`t thinking of having any, but I have this scripture that I want to be with me, or `on me` to be precise 🙂 all the time. It`s a little oddly shaped so I will post it in the tattoo advice section and see if anyone can give this first timer any ideas!
  29. Totally amazing! That's better than most the "tattoo models". 👍💪👏
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