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Hi all,

I was wondering what your opinions were when it comes to filling in the spaces between old school style tattoos? Stars and dots, shading or let each piece stand on it`s own?

Any photos of what you love or hate would be appreciated.

Have a good one.

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My dude's arm, all starred and dotted. I think it looks good on just about anyone. It's very very very important to get someone who knows what they are doing and to do your whole arm at once. If you don't you'll end up with different sized stars which can look stupid. I'd recommend finding someone from Inksmith and Rogers or Smith St.

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These are my arms with no filler, that will soon be remedied once I get my one elbow and my wrists done.

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Both of us also have small things thrown in with the filler, like initials, numbers, little designs. I much prefer stars and dots to shading. To me shading just looks lazy almost. Or like the client wanted a bigger space filled but didn't have the money to make the tattoo larger.

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I plan on getting the spots filled in on my left arm, I have mostly traditonal stuff on that arm but only in black and grey and little bits of red. I think I am going to try to do some soft shading in between. Going for the look of skull smoke. I have already started the stars and dots on my right arm and my chest so I thought something different would be good. I will post a pic once it is done.

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As someone who's practiced the art of impatience my entire life, the advice on waiting to do the stars and dots filler all at once and also finding someone who knows how to do a proper star/dot fill, I can't stress those things enough. Got my elbow to wrist "filled" a few years ago and it looks... stupid. Waiting until I can get the whole thing redone at once. Oh yeah, and I also made the mistake of asking the dude to "throw some color" in a basic black tattoo and it also looks... stupid. Worst feeling: watching the tattoo and getting that sinking feeling in your stomach. Luckily, it's small, and at some point it'll get redone.

So uh, just wait and be sure it's what you wanna do and find someone who knows what the hell they're doin!

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on my chest I did a bunch of little single line stuff in between the stars and dots. I did a dagger, an anchor, a whiskey bottle, and some arrows. I don't know if it was the best idea, but the spots I had left were too small for a real tattoo but too big just to star and dot IMO.

Shitty pictures I took them all myspace style with my phone.

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I personally want to give my tattoos a bit of breathing room around them. But this doesn't mean I'm not trying to cram in as many small tattoos as possible. I really like how dots and stars look though! I would totally agree on the wait until the time is right advice, and whilst you might not manage an entire leg for example in one session, getting a section complete and having the same person do them makes good sense. For me the person to go to for dots and stars in Oliver Peck.

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In my mission to secretly become the norwegian eqivalent of @hogg I´ve decided to rip off all his tattoo ideas, shave my head and grow a beard. My beard-growing abilities aren´t up to par yet, despite me turning 30 in three weeks, but I managed to steal one of his filler idea´s the other day. Worst thing is I even ripped off the placement, haha!

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