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    i thank everyone for their kind words. i was thinking of adding a little geometrical into this sleeve, how do you think that would play out? also for the cherry blossom, i have opted for red, giving it slight highlights. would appreciate some advice!
  3. Hi all! New here. Been posting on a few forums just to get some kind of idea about my first tattoo. I’ll give you guys some background and a picture and would love some input! - it’s my first tattoo, it’s on my wrist - I got it Nov 12th. I washed it with unscented soap soap 3-4 times a day and used aquafor afterwards and when it was dry for the first 3 days and then switched to unscented lotion (I’m learning I may have overused the lotion) - the tattoo took probably less than 10 minutes overall - I can’t go back to my original artist because I got it done on vacation. I think that that pretty much covers it? Any input would be appreciated!
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  5. New here was wondering if this was normal?

    Looks to me like you over moisturized and then it chaffed and then you've got scabs. That happened to me once. It'll heal but might need a touch up.
  6. New here was wondering if this was normal?

    How old is the tattoo? Looks fairly normal to me, although I'm by no means an expert. If you're really concerned, talk to your artist and/or a doctor.
  7. Sounds like you found the right place, @Dan. Congratulations!
  8. Video is now live on And guess what? It's great! I love this series and am happy to see Marcus continue it, especially after what he and his shop have been through in the last year.
  9. pretty cool !?!?! right !?!? and yes,I had to control my little boy excitement !
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    Welcome! Pull up a chair and sit a while. What type of tattoos do you have?
  12. That's some good karma. I bet you had to try to control yourself from totally geeking out!
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    Hi everyone, Just thought I'd say hi and see what's new in the world of tattoos. It's great to be around like-minded individuals and see fresh takes on ideas. Looking forward to some awesome posts!
  14. So I met an interesting person recently at my work, I work at a max security juvenile county jail and there is a full school there and a classroom and teacher in every housing unit. So there is a full faculty and a principal. I just met the principal, and she is very nice, we hit it off right away, she asked me for some help on something and we were walking together and I noticed a little edge of a tattoo peeking out from her conservative clothing, she said she keeps it covered at work, so I asked her about it and when we got to her office she pulled up one sleeve and there is this beautiful tattoo sleeve, she said she has both arms and a full back piece done. So of course I asked her about them, she said she had them done by a longtime friend of hers, a childhood friend, she said he has a shop in Oakland, so now I am really interested, she said it was called Temple tattoo, it’s the only place she goes, she said one artist there has done all her work, she asked if I have heard of Freddy Corbin ! Totally cool !
  15. I’ve had 21 tattoos and I’ve had some scab but I’ve never had one scab and have yellow color in it didn’t know if it was nothing to worry about or what?
  16. Tegaderm/Saniderm/Tatuderm healing process

    I'e only used Tegaderm I bought a roll of saniderm for my elbow piece. I took the first piece off after 24 hrs and replaced. I noticed it's not leaking much plasma after the first 24. I saw sanidem says you can put lotion (i have aveno and hustle buttr) on the tattoo before you derm it to keep it from sticking . Anyone else do this? I haven't ever done it that way.
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    I like the Daruma below the kneecap. Eyes[edit] A daruma doll with one eye filled in for wishing "The eyes of Daruma are often blank when sold. Monte A. Greer, author of Daruma Eyes, described the "oversized symmetrical round blank white eyes" as a means to keep track of goals or big tasks and motivate them to work to the finish. The recipient of the doll fills in one eye upon setting the goal, then the other upon fulfilling it. In this way, every time they see the one-eyed Daruma, they recall the goal. One explanation how this custom started says that in order to motivate Daruma-san to grant your wish, you promise to give him full sight once the goal is accomplished. This practice might also have something to do with the "enlightenment", the ideal attainment of Buddhism. This custom has led to a phrase in Japanese translated as "Both Eyes Open". Referring to "opening" the second eye, it expresses the realization of a goal. Traditionally, the Daruma was purchased as a household, and that only the head of the household would paint in the eyes." - Wikipedia
  19. Tattoo advice

    no such thing as a perfect tattoo...and tattoos that people think are 'perfect' generally suck! your tattoo could be better...and it will be better in 10 years after it's been lived in for several years ;) you did good. don't overthink it. get more tattoos.
  20. Tattoo advice

    No, I have never felt this way. In so many ways, its not even your tattoo and your need for perfection is probably going to just stress out your artist and result in a worse tattoo. Plus, one day you will be dead and this thing wont even exist anymore. Just enjoy it while you can!
  21. Forearm "Life changing" ?

    Im not sure if it is life changing because based on context, it seems like you are worried about what others are thinking or possibly implications it could have in the workplace. First, I am extremely fortunate to work in the film industry where no one cares. I also mostly work in New York and can always toss a long sleeve shirt on if I don't want anyone to see or something. Either way, thats never been too much of a concern of mine. That said, am I the only one who sometimes wakes up, sees what their body has become and starts laughing? I am not really all that much covered- about 15 pieces of varying sizes, but it is a weird visual story and its a huge change for me. It certainly changed my life to some extent.
  22. Tattoo advise from native speakers

    If it means something to you, then it doesn't matter what others think. Welcome to the forum!! I opted to go for the visual last name is Volk - which translates as Wolf in Russian.
  23. LST Animal Lovers

    What a beautiful girl, @JAC1961!
  24. Upcoming Tattoos got busy and i got lost last year didn't get to have my yearly appt w/ScottSylvia as i got my ACL replaced, but i'm baaaack!!! consult this weekend, and two appts booked for December. i.can't.wait.
  25. LST Animal Lovers

    They are a large part of her charm.
  26. LST Animal Lovers

    I love the wrinkles. :)
  27. LST Animal Lovers

    Here's our girl Dixie. Never when I've thought about what kind of dog we might like to own, did a bloodhound ever cross the radar. We wanted to adopt (we're big on rescuing instead of buying) a gentle dog that would be good with the grandkids. Wanted a golden retriever or lab, but was getting frustrated as so many want to adopt them. A google search led us to bloodhounds and then to a rescue based in Ontario Canada. You just couldn't ask for a sillier, happier family dog. Not a day goes by that we don't chuckle about something she does or 'tells' us.
  28. New one!

    That is dope. Reminds me of a lot of Matt Bivetto's work. Wild and tight. Dig it.
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