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  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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  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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    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!

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