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Well this is my first thread. Hope to make it count!

My sister gave birth to a baby who has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and basically, my nephew will need to have 3 open heart surgeries within the first two years of his life. They are not simple procedures either, and a lot of his chance of survival is tied in with his strength and "willpower" to fight and survive.

These things being said, I want to get a heart w/ a dagger tattoo in his honor.

However, I am having a hard time finding hearts that I like. How do you guys like your hearts to look, more on the realistic side, more on the traditional side? Know of any artists who have a real skill for hearts?

I will add a few pictures from the guy who will most likely be doing my tattoo, Juan Arreguin at Superfly Tattoo, he has been working on my sleeves.

Thanks!

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Sorry these pics are so huge!

But you get an idea for his style and whatnot.

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So sorry to hear about your nephew. Wishing your whole family the strength to get through these surgeries. As for hearts, I can't really recommend a style as that has to do with your taste but the ones you posted look pretty cool. Maybe that artist can figure out something just for you.

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So sorry to hear about your nephew. Wishing your whole family the strength to get through these surgeries. As for hearts, I can't really recommend a style as that has to do with your taste but the ones you posted look pretty cool. Maybe that artist can figure out something just for you.

Thanks!

I do have a style in mind, however I would appreciate knowing what kind everyone else likes also, just to see whats out there!

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I'm not much of a heart person, but I like a valentines heart more than an organ-heart. I swear I saw one the other day that was black and looked like it had been done w/a paint brush, you could see the strokes..it was neat. Now I can't find it tho, so who knows what I saw. I like some of the abstract-ish hearts.

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Can I link from the gallery? http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/gallery/heart-tattoos/6487-bird-heart.html this is one of the kinds I like

And the more traditional ones w/the flowers on the sides too.

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Sorry to hear what your family is going through, tough business.. Personally I dig traditional style, don't get me wrong realism is cool too..

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This with a dagger would be way cool IMO, you mentioning a dagger makes me think traditional as well.

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I too prefer the tradition valentine heart shape designs over the anatomically correct ones with veins and valves etc.

I figure when the kid gets old enough you can show your dedication without creeping them out. The. again if do e correctly it can also be used as

an informational/educational piece for the child.

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So sorry about your nephew. I have a teo year old myself and I can't imagine how stressful that must be. I hope everything goes well with his surgeries.

As far as the design goes - maybe the artist can add the dagger of your choice to the heart of your choice? http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/228/4/9/Realistic_heart_tattoo_by_2Face_Tattoo.jpg

Have you talked to your sister regarding a design? Maybe she has some personal suggestions so you can find something that really suits how everyone feels.

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