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Hi all,

I'm a self confessed tattoo virgin currently planning my first tattoo down here is sunny NZ.

I've wanted a tattoo for a while but to be honest I've found the whole journey a little intimidating, I feel I hit on what I really wanted about 12 months ago and I've spent that that time NOT getting that tattoo in order to make sure it's something I really want. In the meanwhile, I was inspired by reading Magpie Hall (and NZ novel about tattoos) and Bodies of Subversion (a fantastic non fiction book about women and tattoos)... I'm a librarian, can you tell?

Anyhow, I've found it quite hard to find quality advice around tattoos, not being part of the typical tattoo crowd (though I'm starting to learn there's no such thing).

Looking forward to tapping into the gold mine of info on LST!

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Welcome. I have but one tattoo, but have found the forum very helpful in gaining information while healing this one and planning future art. Do continue to read, study, and ask. Also, I would suggest visiting your best local artists. Discuss your plans, placement, etc. Also look at examples of both their sketches and finished tattoos to see if their style is what you have in mind, and their work is quality. There are several great threads on here to help you to judge quality. You may need to filter style preferences on those threads, however.

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Hi all,

I'm a self confessed tattoo virgin currently planning my first tattoo down here is sunny NZ.

I've wanted a tattoo for a while but to be honest I've found the whole journey a little intimidating, I feel I hit on what I really wanted about 12 months ago and I've spent that that time NOT getting that tattoo in order to make sure it's something I really want. In the meanwhile, I was inspired by reading Magpie Hall (and NZ novel about tattoos) and Bodies of Subversion (a fantastic non fiction book about women and tattoos)... I'm a librarian, can you tell?

Anyhow, I've found it quite hard to find quality advice around tattoos, not being part of the typical tattoo crowd (though I'm starting to learn there's no such thing).

Looking forward to tapping into the gold mine of info on LST!

Welcome to the board.

As someone that also came here for information, it will help a lot. Just don't rush and explore this awesome site as much as possible.

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Welcome, what direction are you thinking of going? Gordon Toi does some great work out of House of Natives in Aotearoa, NZ.

Thanks everyone:)

Yes I've heard of Gordon Toi, he's very well known locally for Ta Moko. I am thinking of getting a mermaid on my ribcage/shoulder. Looking forward to getting some guidance from the artist on placement! :)

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Hi again all,

Just came back from my initial consult (very excited!)

I have a few newbie-type questions though - the tattoo is long and will extend from my shoulder blade to my upper-rib area. Just so I'm prepared - what position am I likely to be in for this? And just how naked am I going to have to get?

Also (and this might be one more for ladies) - how long will I not be able to wear a bra for?

No doubt I'll find these out from my artist eventually - just wanted to get some thoughts from here first!

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^theres a "for the ladies" thread you should check out I bet those are all answered in it

That's an AWESOME thread - thanks for that!

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Hi! You sound pretty well prepared, can't wait to see your mermaid. When is the appointment?

Definitely check out the ladies thread, there is some clothing & bra related info in there!

http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/forum/general-tattoo-discussion/5371-ladies-thread.html

It's not until 3rd October, but I'm really excited:)

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