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I posted this as a blog by accident, but seeing as how I'm soliciting your stories, too, I think it's better as a thread.

Scott asked for stories, so here's mine.

There was a guy in Austin in the early 90s who tattooed out of his house for years. He wasn't bad, and the price was definitely right (I think he charged $60 an hour). He didn't have an autoclave; he used a pressure cooker, instead. Sounded good enough for me. Right after I got my first tattoos, I knew I was hooked, but I also knew that I was poor, so I went to see him about getting more work. I looked through his book (which included a cover-up over a peace sign that said "I WOULD'VE TAKEN A BULLET FOR JOHN LENNON" under it) and found a Haida Indian dogfish shark design that I liked. I'd seen some of his tribal and thought he did a good job on it, so I booked an appointment with him.

I showed up at the agreed-upon time and he stenciled it on. Then he grabbed a 3-round, which he proceeded to do the entire 3.5-hour tattoo with. You can see part of it above the gypsy cat in this pic:


The best part: towards the end, one of his friends stopped by. He'd just come back from Amsterdam and was telling my artist all about it. Then he said, " ever smoke hash?" My artist said, "No--but I'd be down to try!" So with my tattoo almost finished, he proceeded to take a smoke break and hit some hash for the first time in his life. He did the last half hour of my tattoo uber-stoned.

I'm sure lots of you have better stories, ones involving Walkman motors and guitar strings, so please share them.

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Thanks for the new tattoo thread, tattoo picture and tattoo story! All the ones friends and I did on one another growing up with a needle and ink all fell out clearly didn't go deep enough which could be a good thing. Though some would argue and have that I have some done by "tattooers" that look very amateur and could very well be tattoo mistakes.

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I see a tattoo there that comes from around my parts! Where did you get that dolphin tattoo on the back of your leg?!

Same bedroom, same guy. :) Austin, Texas is quite a few kilometers away from your parts (and 1992 is a long, long way from 2011).

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