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Hi, 

I am only starting my tattoo journey. I am fascinated with graphic and a bit gothic tattoos, but recently after reading too much LST and finding a brilliant artist specialising in Traditional, so now it is really tempting to add traditional tattoo to my wishlist.

The question is - will it look ok on the same body? Maybe there is a good way to concentrate different styles on different body parts? 

And how should I proceed taking to consideration my first and (for not so long) only tattoo?

Attached - first is mine tattoo, and examples of styles I would like to have. 

So.. where to put thin line and delicate flora/fauna piece, and what suits my tattoo the best - traditional or gothic?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

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Thank you, 

I am just wondering what will be better.. Of course there are no rules and no need for justification,  but still esthetic part can't be ruled out imo. 

So any advice for this part, I suppose? 

 

A bit offtop - when getting a  tattoo overseas/when traveling what do you do with touch ups? How often touch ups after healing are needed? 

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I'm a bit in the same boat as you. I love big cohesive aesthetics, but I also have so many artists and styles that I admire. So my compromise is that I'm reserving my upper body for large scale cohesive stuff with my truly favorite artists, but I'm using my calves and thighs as my "collector's area," with smaller pieces of meaning, styles that I only want to dip my toe in, or specific artists' work. That way, I get some huge chunks of synergy up top, but still get to collect bits and pieces.

Any approach has ups and downs. Whatever your plan is, at some point you just have to pick a direction and pull the trigger.

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Actually I've printed the photos from post and some more examples, cut them out and played with arranging. Whole new level of crazy, I guess. But this way it's much more easier to visualise than trying to imagine. Big relief - I like the results:) 

So now I am waiting for response from polish artist (photo #2). Booking for 2019 was open for two days only! I so hope I will get a spot. 

 

 

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You don't need to confine yourselves with style restrictions. If you're like many of us here you will find that over the coming decades your personal tastes in art and tattoos will evolve, change, broaden, expand, loosen - or however you want to view it. Museums rarely have only 1 type of art. 😉

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Thank you all! 

Just a quick question - I will have to get home after tattoing - 8 hours in not so clean train and a plane flight later. So total close to 16 hours. How do I care about new tattoo? I am not sure if my artist use -derm products, actually I am not sure they exist in that country at all..

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12 hours ago, Decay said:

Thank you all! 

Just a quick question - I will have to get home after tattoing - 8 hours in not so clean train and a plane flight later. So total close to 16 hours. How do I care about new tattoo? I am not sure if my artist use -derm products, actually I am not sure they exist in that country at all..

so buy some yourself and bring it with you,Saniderm ships to many countries.

https://saniderm.com/

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I always get this one https://saniderm.com/product/personal-size-10-2-in-x-2-yd-roll/

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We don't have it where I live also. And I don't have time for it to arrive from USA..

Any other suggestions? Leave the cling film till the time of arrival? To wash the tattoo in airport and wrap again there?

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On ‎1‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 10:18 PM, Decay said:

Actually I've printed the photos from post and some more examples, cut them out and played with arranging. Whole new level of crazy, I guess. But this way it's much more easier to visualise than trying to imagine. Big relief - I like the results:) 

So now I am waiting for response from polish artist (photo #2). Booking for 2019 was open for two days only! I so hope I will get a spot. 

 

 

I just always keep a roll or 2 of saniderm at home.

you never know when a tattoo opportunity comes along.

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Hi again, 

So I found and put some kind of second skin on the tattoo.. it is oozing like crazy, and leaks out from film - should I take the film off? I was told to leave it for 5 days, but it looks a bit terrifying with all that ink and plasma dripping.. 

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@Decay Do you mean to say you put it on immediately after getting tattooed and the cover caught the normal ooze, or are you saying you put it on the next day and the tattoo is still oozing 12-24 hours later?

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I put it couple of hours after, to preserve the tattoo in rather filthy Ukrainian train.. Anyway I took the film off already, approximately 24 hours after putting it on.

Everything looks fine now, no ooze, no scabs. 

Than you all for your help and inspiration! My new tattoos are absolutely not what I imagined or even considered before, but admiration for this style grew in me slowly after reading all the treads here, and I couldn't be happier now.

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58 minutes ago, bongsau said:

mix em up, collect lots, get tattooed by many people

make your experiences wide, exciting and memorable

cheers

Man, that's the best advice I've heard in years! 👍

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I don't think there is anything wrong with getting one artist to do full cohesive and integrated pieces. Those tattoos are  quite spectacular.

I think though when you mix up styles, work with different tattooers you get a different experience and new perspectives. The tattoos become very collaborative between the receiver and the maker. You get to keep going on the neverending journey. You may make some mistakes, you may make great decisions, but the mash up of style and experience makes for very very interesting and real tattoo collections with many life lessons and realizations woven into your skin. You become a living quilt or "colouring book" as i say. At least that's what I'm going for.

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8 hours ago, Decay said:

Hello, that's me again!)

Can I ask you please to take a look at two portfolios and give some thought about the artists?

https://instagram.com/noabntattoo

https://instagram.com/nyxhc

And this is what I want to do.. not exactly this of course, just as an example

 

They both look like competent artists to me as long as you like the style.  I would be ok with going to either to get a piece.

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