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Hello Everyone,

New to this site. I would really appreciate it if someone could recommend an artist in WI/MN/IL area. I have recently moved to Wisconsin from the East Coast and am not familiar with much out here. I would be willing to travel to Madison, Chicago, Minneapolis or near by for the right place.

I am looking for this new piece to be a detailed work of intricate geometry with an essence of fantasy, gears, and locking mechanisms. If anyone knows someone who does work like this and could help give birth to my idea I would be truly grateful.

That being said, I love all the great work I have seen on LST. Excellent art and input from all. Cheers everyone.

-Xeno

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Thank you for this. Amazing stuff. I am not very aware of what it out there which is why I came to LST. I would be willing to travel for the right person. It would be spectacular if this piece was done realistically, almost 3D. No color. Thanks again.

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Thank you Joe, I have been browsing the links you sent. Timothy has one piece of a thimble I really love. I wonder if anyone knows anyone who is more geometry orientated? Multiple fine lines creating complex shapes. Thanks again man.

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Thank you Joe, I have been browsing the links you sent. Timothy has one piece of a thimble I really love. I wonder if anyone knows anyone who is more geometry orientated? Multiple fine lines creating complex shapes. Thanks again man.

You may need to travel a bit farther than that to get someone who specifically specializes in geometrical tattoos.

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Anyone come to mind?

That style is gaining some popularity and foothold. I like black and dotwork a lot, so there is some crossover - but I don't specifically follow geometrical design specialists. Aside from Hooper - Jondix, Roxx, Erik Jacobsen and Dillon Forte come to mind - all in California, I think. John Sultana works out of Saved in NYC. Believe there might be 1 or 2 in or near Toronto, too.

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Guys, these suggestions are great. It is really inspiring me. Some (all?) of these artists are high profile, should I be intimidated by that? I only ask this because I want this tattoo around my ankle. A lot of the work I've seen are larger areas or more exposed. Is there a chance of an artist looking down on this sort of ankle band? This tattoo and location would have extreme meaning for me so I really want to do it right. Another concern with a high profile artist is cost, is it possible to estimate that? I am not against travel but it is an additional factor.

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You shouldn't be intimidated by them being high profile. They are well known because they are excellent at what they do. Generally, their rates will reflect that.

Some may be less interested in doing a small tattoo than others. Check out portfolios and see what they've been doing. At least a couple of them are rather spiritual in their approach to this style.

Don't limit the size if you can. It'd be a shame to get in with one of these guys and then wish later you'd taken more advantage of the effort it's going to take to get seated in front of one of them.

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The price of gas to go to Chicago vs plane ticket to NY, not that much of a difference, but what I always do is plan a vacation around my tattoo, so that it's not like i'm flying somewhere to get tattooed, I am getting tattooed while on vacation. If it's that important for you to get this tattoo it's worth the extra money.

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I think if you can't book Hooper, you go to New York and see someone at Three Kings or John Sultana at saved. But NY seems to be the common thread.

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I guess I should throw this out there, there are quite a few capable tattooers in Chicago that might be able to do your tattoo, but it may not be what they normally do. Mario Desa comes to mind, don't know if he would be up to it, but he seems like the kind of guy who prides himself on being able to do all styles even though he specializes in his own. If someone walked in the door of our shop and wanted something geometric, they would walk out with a well done tattoo, even though that's not what we normally do. In either case if you don't ask you will never know.

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Guys, these suggestions are great. It is really inspiring me. Some (all?) of these artists are high profile, should I be intimidated by that? I only ask this because I want this tattoo around my ankle. A lot of the work I've seen are larger areas or more exposed. Is there a chance of an artist looking down on this sort of ankle band? This tattoo and location would have extreme meaning for me so I really want to do it right. Another concern with a high profile artist is cost, is it possible to estimate that? I am not against travel but it is an additional factor.

As SStu said, they are high profile because they are so good at what they do. So, no, that shouldn't intimidate you! This will be on your skin for the rest of your life... It is worth it to pay more. Save up. I am a public school teacher and I am starting to acquire better tattoos than some of these millionaire celebrities out there. It ain't because I'm rich, it's because I have good taste ;). And yes, you can estimate the cost. When you start contacting artists to see if they will do your tattoo, ask how much they charge. They will usually quote you their hourly rate. Then, you can ask approximately how many hours they think the tattoo will take. They might not know exactly, but you could get a ballpark idea. Good luck!

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