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Hello everyone! I have been lurking a long time and thought I would finally register. I am from South East Michigan. I have been tattooed by 5 different people in the area. started 10 years ago on my legs and took a few years off. I am back at a place in life where I can get tattooed again and am excited about learning more of the history and culture. Thanks for building such a cool community here! What is the secret to make tattoos not look like shit in pictures? tried to take a few pictures and they look terrible haha.

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