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Evening everybody, Jared here from the California Central Valley!

I got my first tattoo in '07 at 17 years old in my buddy's kitchen, four stars up the side of my ribs... living the dream! Later that year my high school buds and I all pitched in to buy our "artsy" friend a tattoo gun and supplies. He did a few on each of us and that fizzled out. Fast forward to 2014 and I began looking at some of the big names in B&G... Jun Cha, Lil B, Noah Minuskin, Carlos Torres, etc and fantasized about having a piece from one of them. Sat on my hands for a year and finally sent an inquiry out May of last year. I got two replies but they were either booked too far out or too expensive when factoring added travel costs. I kept my head in the game but didn't send out any more inquiries. Finally in September I got an unexpected email and we worked out some details and scheduled two sessions back to back for April of 2016. Luckily, I was able to squeeze in 2 sessions in December and March from last minute cancellations! The first session we did 10 hours of pure tattoo time and we did a little over 11 on my second. I'm hoping we can do just as much over these next two days (this week) as we did in our previous sessions, although 20+ hours in a 48 hour period is going to be rough!

If I thought I had the bug at 17... sheesh do I have it now. I'm traveling to Buenos Aires in May and will be getting a smaller 10 hour Japanese piece (lower body), and in December/January I have 4 full day sessions booked for a realism chest piece... though I might change my mind to a sleeve if I have the dough for 5th-6th session.

Wish I could post pics but until then anyone interested can follow me on Insta or Snap @jrayr90 , I will be posting a lot come tuesday/wednesday :)

Looks like maybe I can post pics!

This is two passes and this portion of the sleeve is pretty much complete. Last session was 5-6 weeks ago





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    • Thanks @Fig1996! honestly I think I’d probably hate if everyone in met asked me about or commented on it too! Haha grass is always greener I suppose! What was your first piece? Is it posted anywhere on here?
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