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The LST Tattoo Advice Commandments:

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Browsing around the board just now, I was struck by how often folks asking questions about tattoos they want to get or tattoos they have gotten end up getting similar responses, as their issues often correspond to a fairly narrow set that come up again and again. I thought it could be cool to have a thread where we list our generally accepted "tattoo advice" and wisdom in one centralized location. We could point people to it when appropriate.

For example:

1. Thou shalt never haggle in a tattoo shop.

2. Thou shalt not try to force a tattooer to tattoo an exact replica of an image you've brought in. If you are going to a skilled tattooer, you will always be better off letting them turn your idea into an actual tattoo design that will work for this medium.

3. Thou shalt consult with your tattooer for questions re: design, sizing, placement, ideas, aftercare instructions and any touch-ups.

4. Thou shalt not stress about how your new tattoo looks until it is fully healed.

5. Thou shalt accept that flaking, scabbing, swelling, itching, and a whole bunch of other uncomfortable stuff is all totally normal when healing a tattoo. Thou shalt only be concerned if it doesn't get better after weeks, or if it smells or looks infected.

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8. Thou shalt not get a Juggalo tattoo unless done from the Hatchet Man flash at Smith Street.

8.1 Thou shalt not google "Hatchet Man flash" hoping to get a glimpse of the aforementioned Smith Street sheet because you know very well that shit is not on the Internet and you are going to be upset with what you do find.

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8.1 Thou shalt not google "Hatchet Man flash" hoping to get a glimpse of the aforementioned Smith Street sheet because you know very well that shit is not on the Internet and you are going to be upset with what you do find.

Well now I'm dying of curiosity! resisting so far...

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Damn I broke like half of these commandments!

12. If you hold your breath, you will be laughed at if you pass out.

13. It is your tattoo not someone else's! Do not be talked into a tattoo because it would look cool or you want it because Kat Von D is the greatest and she must be the best portrait tattoo artist!

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11. Thou shalt not EVER get tattooed by a friend of a friend in his kitchen, motel room, truckstop, etc. Use ONLY reputable tattooers working in actual shops.

I got tattooed in a motel, but it was by Rollo, and I got tattooed in a bedroom by a semi-reputable tattooer. Forgive me, @Dan S, for I have sinned.

(I also got tattooed in a museum once.)

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I got tattooed in a motel, but it was by Rollo, and I got tattooed in a bedroom by a semi-reputable tattooer. Forgive me, @Dan S, for I have sinned.

(I also got tattooed in a museum once.)

Hey, as long as it wasn't by a "friend of a friend", and you didn't have to put out!

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