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  1. 15 points
    bongsau

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Finished the pit rippers ! The first session lined both, this second session we finished em up. Challenging second sit but a strong finish, where's my bactine sponsorship ?! Made with expertise by Handsome Dick tatts at Champion Tattoo in the Champion City, Alberta, Canada, Earth.
  2. 14 points
    Gingerninja

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Super honored to have new peonies from Henning on my right calf. Done at Kings Avenue last Friday. More than a little thrilled!
  3. 13 points
    Hands On

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    finally got the nerve to go onto the chest and decided on Walter McDonald at the Bay Area Convention. flipping thru his books of designs took FOREVER!.. the dude puts out so much work, Adam Shrewsbury called him maniacal. i fell in love with two different designs that fit the center and chest panel well. The center eye was actually dice in Walt's original design, but i asked him to change it up and he gladly did. he's a great dude with a glowing personality! now i just have to find something to fill that empty space to the right and perhaps the collarbone... although i'm not looking forward to the pain that would bring me. even just the tips of that glow were felt in my teeth. strange sensation, but damn stoked on the result!
  4. 12 points
    GlaryMilberg

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Went to Smith Street about two months ago and had the opportunity to grab this NYC rat from Bert. It's above my ankle. Pretty thrilled.
  5. 12 points
    Gingerninja

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    And here's what Mike made for me on Saturday. Next level chrysanthemum. I am so thrilled!
  6. 11 points
    Gingerninja

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Here's my healed mini-eagle from Grez... His name is Greagle. :) Coverup of a really, really bad tattoo...
  7. 10 points
    JAC1961

    New here & to tattoos

    Hey, hey, glad to see I'm not the only one that started/continued at an older age. I'd like to think that I'm past the point where I'll regret it later in life. lol Here's a pic of my first. Never have taken the time to get a good one.
  8. 9 points
    Manu Manu

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    long time I didn't post (but no worries, I'm still lurking around!) Here's my last one (2 days ago) by (again) Alix Ge
  9. 9 points
    Rei at Inkrat Tokyo finished up my old school Japanese-American-Japanese backpiece last week. It took around eight sessions - roughly one a month - and I couldn't be happier. In a weird way, I'm going to miss my montly sessions under the needle. It was prickly at times but it taught me a lot about myself... j
  10. 8 points
    Boiled Dove

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Tattoo by Cody @ Black Heart Tattoo in SF. about 3 hours. That last half hour was misery.
  11. 8 points
    AtomicMagpye

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Back in to my friendly local tattoo emporium this Thursday - rework of 25 (ish) year old dragon - before and after in the pics -
  12. 8 points
    Michaelshane

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Got this today by Nathan Blankenship at Exile Tattoo,KC.
  13. 8 points
    Dan

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I just got back from the SF convention ,it was a beautiful day in the bay area,got this from Greg Christian. I met up with Zetroc and Hands On,both really nice guys.
  14. 7 points
    Gingerninja

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Happy Halloween! This is older but it fits the day!
  15. 7 points
    Gingerninja

    Hello - Looking for Advice!

    Did you know that rabbits can turn their ears 270 degrees? It's a cool tattoo. Your bunny is listening on your behalf!
  16. 6 points
    bongsau

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

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  17. 6 points
    Colored Guy

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I was going to have my back worked on last night, but it was still tender from the shading of last week. She knew I wanted an old demon head covered up on my bicep, so we went with that. Took like 3 hours with all the BSing back and forth, cutting a stencil from something already drawn up.
  18. 6 points
    bongsau

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Tattoo #49 in the Colouring Book by one of my fave dudes Shawn Hedley at Champion Tattoo Edmonton, AB. This is now officially THE smallest tattoo in my bodysuit (it's about the size of a $0.25).
  19. 5 points
    JAC1961

    New here & to tattoos

    Hey all. I just got my first tattoo in August... at the ripe old age of 56. I've always doubted the 'once you get one, you'll want more', until I got one. It's true, I'm already planning my next. Thought it be nice to join up to be able to ask questions and enjoy everyone else's work. John
  20. 5 points
    Devious6

    New here & to tattoos

    Looks like I'm hanging in there for the "Oldest Living Person on Last Sparrow" award. Considering the alternative, I'm OK with that.
  21. 5 points
    Hogrider

    New here & to tattoos

    Got my first one at 52. I started with a sleeve and I've been working pretty steady for the last 7 years. Now have two sleeves, two chest panels, full back and working up the right leg to tie it in with the chest and back. May wind up with a body suit. All by the same tattooer, Japanese theme. Go big or go home.
  22. 5 points
    SStu

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Shit. I'd have gone in just to gaze in wonder and have the remote possibility of shaking his hand and thanking him for all he's done for tattooing!!
  23. 5 points
    Devious6

    need advice for new tattoo

    Ummmm....get one.
  24. 4 points
    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 !
  25. 4 points
    JAC1961

    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.
  26. 4 points
    Hogrider

    Back tattoo ideas to complete

    The back is a lot of real estate to waste. I would recommend stopping until you figure out what you want to do. What's the hurry?
  27. 4 points
    So, I met with my doctors. I think that I'm going to do some sort of radiation treatment, either Gamma Knife or Cyber Knife. I need to met with the next round of doctors. @pidjones - Most likely she and I both have the same type of tumor! It's called an acoustic neuroma and supposed to be rare (1 in a 100,000) but I seem to be finding a lot of people who have/had one. I can write off the hearing in my left ear (it's basically gone anyway) but I am tripping over the possibility of facial paralysis and mobility issues. That being said, I'm in a good place. It is what it is....I'll make the best of whatever gets thrown my way! I very much appreciate the support. :) I'm taking 2018 off from tattoo's to save money for my surgery/treatments. This stuff ain't gonna be cheap even with good insurance!
  28. 4 points
    going forward. the eyes of the tiger will be colored the same color as the owl. under the blue eye on my inner forearm will be trees and woods, similiar to what is under the owl. so what do you guys think so far? how is the work? good job so far? suggestions? tips on what to do next?
  29. 4 points
    Devious6

    New here & to tattoos

    That's not possible!!!!! You're not older than 35!!!!
  30. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    New here & to tattoos

    And I am the old lady at 54. Welcome!!
  31. 4 points
    rdinak

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Went back for session 2 on the dragon yesterday. Got all of the black shading done, and just started on color. After five hours I was wore out. Cant wait for my next session.
  32. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    Most painful spot to get tattooed

    So, tattoos hurt. Some more than others and the pain experience varies from person to person on the same spot. @Donelly1991 I've had my wrist tattooed twice and didn't even feel it. Other people say that the wrist really hurts. You won't know until you do it!
  33. 4 points
    el twe

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Super inspiring stuff here @Gingerninja @Hands On @bongsau @Colored Guy and @Boiled Dove - giving me the itch! Now that winter weather is settling in up here it'll be much more comfortable to get tattooed, too...
  34. 4 points
    Devious6

    Please help.... Tattoo related

    Welcome to the forum! At this point, your pieces have settled in and are continuing to heal. We all heal at different rates and it takes 6 months or so to fully heal. I'm not sure how much moisturizer you are using but it "could" be a reaction to the moisturizer - either using too much or just generally having some allergic reaction to this specific cream. You could try switching the moisturizing cream to another brand, or even cut it out totally now for awhile to see if that helps. In the end, your skin needs air to heal. Of course, the best way to ensure it's not an allergic reaction to the cream - or the ink - is to consult your doctor/dermatologist. I hope you figure it out soon!!
  35. 4 points
    pam

    Hello from Manila

    Thank you! Of course! Here are some! Rainbow Brite and Amy Winehouse by Jake Good at Artful Dodger in Seattle. Nine hours! My longest sitting ever. Yup I have a taco tattoo 😂 This is by Jim Parchen at Rabble Rouser Tattoos in LA. The brave tin soldier done by Jonny Rhodes at Peoples Art Tattoo in Copenhagen Wednesday Addams by Karla Aggarao here in Manila. But she's moved to the Middle East. Peter Pan by Gmaz at Mofo Tattoos in Hong Kong. Still my most painful tattoo experience ever. Diving girl by Huka at Timeless Tattoo in LA. One of my favorites, especially since she accidentally ended up looking like my grandma. Hansel and Gretel (me and my brother) by Dyun Depasupil at his studio here in Manila. Also one of my favorites. And here are a few more pics:
  36. 4 points
    Boiled Dove

    Upcoming Tattoos

    I'm in Oakland visiting family and called Black Heart on a whim. Scott was booked but Cody had a cancellation on Saturday. Guess who is getting his other ribs done on Saturday......
  37. 4 points
    Hands On

    Post your bloody tattoos!

    got a great shot of this guy's bloody new Greggletron gorilla from the Bay Area Convention.
  38. 4 points
    EastCoastHobbit

    Hello - Looking for Advice!

    Thanks! That's all really helpful. I am fairly new to tattooing and I do tend to overthink things. I did not know rabbits can turn their ears 270 degrees! That is a nice perspective on it. Sometimes I find the world of tattoing can be intimidating. I love the art and it's such a beautiful form of expression, but being new to it can be confusing. Again thanks! You all seem really supportive and that's nice to experience :)
  39. 4 points
    scottyg

    Hello - Looking for Advice!

    yeah, I kind of think you're overanalyzing it, which is really common when someone gets a new tattoo or is new to tattooing. it's a really nice piece.
  40. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    Tipping Question

    I sit well. I tip well. I don’t bring drama. You know what that gets me? Back in! I’ve had artists come in hours before the shop opens, stay late and fit me into their otherwise insanely booked schedules. I’m basically commissioning a piece of art from them for every tattoo. I am more than happy to tip!
  41. 3 points
    bongsau

    Hi! Conflicted after first tattoo

    1. "Books closed" always makes me laugh. The best tattooists I have encountered don't advertise their books are closed, they will tattoo anything anytime (if they choose to). If the schedule is full, they will just tell you to wait or ignore you. My $0.02 "books closed" is my red flag. 2. No problemo. Some people like the consistency and stick to 1 trusted artist. But I think it's great to get tattooed by lots of different people, they all tattoo a little different and you get a variety of different experiences. I have 20 tattooists who have worked on me to date. 3. Not seeing the sketch until the day of is part the game. It gives the work that proper tattoo magic. Very rarely have I seen my tattoo sketches in advance. It's normal to be freaked out about this but after a few tattoos you come to love the anticipation and excitement. It's like Christmas morning. Most tattooists sketch out your tattoo the night before or the morning of. Keeps the tattoo idea fresh and focused. 4. Question marks mean you haven't thought enough. WHAT DO YOU WANT. You should be able to answer that question in as few words as possible. Keep it simple. And be open to the tattooist expanding on your idea. 5. If your nervous about 'outing' your tattoos a) don't get a tattoo, they are not for everyone b) pick a spot easier to hide. I had this same feeling and I got a bunch of body work before I dropped my tattoos down to the wrist. And before I had my sleeves, I made myself wear long sleeves to work for 3 solid years (winter and summer) to prove to myself that I could do it. You will eventually get to a point where you don't care, the tattoo is for you. I am at the point where if people have a problem with my tattoos - who I am - then I have no time or room from them in my life. The commitment, permanence and standing by your principles is something I have learned from getting tattoos over the years and really helped me find who I truly am and be comfortable in my own skin. Good luck with your next one, sounds like a good choice for keeping some symmetry. Enjoy the ride ! Also, you are in Alberta - we have lots of excellent tattooists that are accessible (without closed books) scattered throughout Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and some of the small towns in between. There is a lot of tattoo history in Western Canada.
  42. 3 points
    Big day today. I have my first specialist appointment for my brain tumor (acoustic neuroma). Hopefully, I will be able to get some direction on whether I can do radiation instead of full on surgery. I am totally getting a ray gun tattoo if I do radiation!
  43. 3 points
    Dan

    New here & to tattoos

    welcome fellow old guy ! LOL I'm 58 and have been getting tattooed since the 80's and still getting work done and I am as addicted as ever ! I will say I have gotten more tattoos in the last 10 years than ever as well. welcome to the addiction.
  44. 3 points
  45. 3 points
    Whatsup everyone! I'm back with some more work from Alex. This guy is epic. I've fallen in love with another tattoo! My rib cages, back, and chest is finally completed after nearly 6 years of getting tattooed. :) Lets see how long I can stay outta the shop this time lol.
  46. 3 points
    bongsau

    Full Back Piece Experience Thread

    Meh you'll be fine dry healing, especially if you're used to the short-term discomfort of it. I've never had the desire to use the 'derm' products healing tattoos, maybe I'm just old and lazy haha. For an area as large as the back I'm not even sure how you would apply it on your own. Take an muscle relaxant (like Aleve) right before a session. It will help you stay relaxed and prevent you from getting worn out too quickly. Hot drink like tea or hot water helps too. Tattooing the back is hard on the body since it is such a large area. So maintain your health, keep in good physical shape leading up to the sessions and during, it will go a long way in helping you take the tattoo and heal afterwards. Wear an old shirt to bed. I slept on my back the whole time. I would just wear my shirt right in the shower and soak myself to unstick the shirt off the back tattoo. You'll be fine, good luck !
  47. 3 points
    thesinki93

    Tiger tattoos

    Nearly two years ago I posted here suggesting Adam Kitamoto for a Tiger. I now have one of my own haha.
  48. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Tipping Question

    I've got some really bad Karma from my younger days that I'm trying to make up for so I always tip well.
  49. 3 points
    SStu

    Hello from Manila

    Wow. That's either dedication or obsession -
  50. 3 points
    kitti

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Booking in with Jay in London for my whole right thigh, Characters based on one of my favourite books. She did my left ribs last year and so happy with that. Hoping to get first session in before Christmas. https://www.instagram.com/le_hegarat/