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  1. 24 points
    bulldog

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Dagger through neck, Valerie Vargas
  2. 8 points
    Woke up with a tattoo on my pimple this morning, what can I do about it?!?!?!?!?
  3. 6 points
    Our Endless Days

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    sorry for the shitty picture, but this is from my instagram. here's a little garbage can cat filler i got from dan santoro on saturday. he also spider webbed my right shoulder. my right arm is so close to being done.
  4. 5 points
    When I get a pimple I usually squeeze the heck out of it and can't leave it alone, it ends up massive. On that basis I recommend squeezing the heck out of it and you might end up with a full back piece.
  5. 4 points
    Graeme

    opinion on this artist?

    @spyro I don't think that you should be getting tattooed right now and I'd like to basically reiterate what @MsRad said earlier about it really seeming like you're rushing into this. I think it's great that you're looking for a good artist and want a good tattoo, but it's absurd that you need this much help. What are you going to do in the consult? What about when your artist shows you the line drawing? You have your entire life to get tattooed so there's really no rush to so it. I would suggest to hold off for a while and wait until at least the Toronto tattoo convention in June. Go to it, see what people in your city, across the country, and internationally are doing, see the tattoos in real life, and find out what you like and what you respond to best in person and figure out who YOU want to be tattooed by. In the meantime, lurk here, look at the design threads, look at the latest tattoo lowdown thread, learn about how to look at a tattoo in terms of design, linework, shading, coloring, and learn about different tattoo styles. Go to the library and look for reference. I know that my local library has Ed Hardy's Dragons book, maybe your has the same. It will certainly have books on medieval art where you can look at how European dragons have traditionally been drawn. Basically, what I'm trying to say here is that if anything is worth putting effort into, it's tattoos.
  6. 4 points
    David Flores

    Relationships and tattoos

    What does that even mean? - - - Updated - - - My Wife has a few tattoos, my girlfriend on the other hand......... rimshot!
  7. 3 points
    gougetheeyes

    DeVita at King's Ave

    Figured I'd start a quick little thread on this! Went yesterday afternoon with a buddy who bought a piece for himself and another for a friend. Wasn't expecting to be so into so much of Thom's artwork.. seeing it on a screen doesn't really do it justice. At all. Super powerful.. and really fun. Met him and Nick Bubash and Thom signed my copy of his book... They thought it was pretty funny that I didn't realize those little black stamps of the man in the hat IS THOM! Shoulda known.. that design would make a killer tattoo, too, by the way. Thom was funny and very nice. I asked him about a photo of him that was in display and he said he liked it because it looked like he'd just come out of a casino at 5AM. He talks very, quietly. He was rifling through his bag to find the brush he usually signs things with and came up with a ball peen hammer and gave me a sideways glance -- "Well, that's not it," he said. Another quick thing, as we were looking through the portfolios sitting out a dude asked, "Hey, you mind if I just look over your shoulder?" I told him no problem as my friend and I pored over the pages and this dude was all up over the portfolios.. ended up snagging four rubbings and pounced on one when my friend passed on it. I kept thinking shit, I know that dude from somewhere.. "That was Civ, dude," my friend politely told me. HA! Ok, not such a quick thread. The atmosphere was pretty electric there.. Talked to Mike and their awesome shop dude Jon (who happens to be a reg at my bar) and just had a really fun afternoon and wanted to share. Anyone else?! Thank you Chris Grosso for making it happen.. wanted to talk a bit more but it was a busy time.
  8. 3 points
    Chelsea Shoneck

    Relationships and tattoos

    I may have already posted in this thread but I'm too lazy to check. Oh well. Maybe this post will be different enough anyway? When I met my husband about 8 years ago, he probably wouldn't have been the type to really get tattooed - maybe one or two tops. I think being with me has definitely changed that. I tattoo and I have plans to be pretty heavily covered (although we agreed no face or throat - which I am totally okay with -everything else is up to me). He has a law degree and will likely work in very conservative white collar jobs for most of his life, so he is pretty limited as far as visible tattoos go. In the past year especially he has been getting more and more into tattoos, and now follows a ton of tattooers on Instagram. He constantly has ideas for new pieces he wants to get and I think he gets a little jealous that he can't really have his forearms done while I can do whatever I want with my job haha. I feel pretty lucky that he's very open to my plans to be heavily covered, and that he shares an interest in tattoos in general. Some people might not care too much about what their significant other thinks, and I think that's a perfectly valid stance, but how he feels about my body definitely does matter to me. I'm glad he and I are on the same page with that.
  9. 3 points
    tatB

    Are you ever going to stop?

    Right now my plan is to only have 4 tattoos above my knees. 2 sleeves (3/4 length), 1 back piece (neck to knees), and 1 front piece (also neck to knees).
  10. 3 points
    Our Endless Days

    DeVita at King's Ave

    I went on Saturday after my gf and I got tattooed at Smith St. It was really awesome. Thom's artwork is really great, and, as mentioned, seeing it in person makes it that much better. It's truly amazing how that dude doesn't waste an inch on any piece that he does. There are stamps and paintings on the inside, underside, and backs of nearly all of the cardboard box pieces he had showing. It was great. Thom was super nice, and I was really happy to have met him. I got to talking to him about his art, and he told me it usually takes him a few hours to complete a piece, but will wind up adding things to it over the course of several days. I was able to get one of the paintings he made from the art show fliers. I've gotta thanks Chris Grosso for 1) letting me take some cool pictures that I'll post sometime this week 2) introducing me to some awesome people, and 3) just being an awesome and really nice dude.
  11. 3 points
    Tight-Lines

    FST: On the Shoulders of Giants

    "Do you know how bad this would have hurt with pants on?!?!?!"
  12. 3 points
    Everyone knows that if you pop a panther head it will grow into a full crawling panther! Be careful!
  13. 3 points
    Tiny Tim

    Newbie from LA

    Hey Lin! First off, welcome! Secondly, In my opinion, you should steer well clear of getting tattooed in your friends kitchen, or anywhere that is willing to tattoo you under the age of 18. Best way to approach a tattoo idea, is to gather a few reference pictures that give the tattooer enough of what you're after and let them run with it. Keeping in mind they do this everyday, you'll get a much nicer tattoo this way. Other than that.. you seem eager, which is great, but please take the time to think your idea through! Nothing worse than a tattoo you regret. Welcome again, and enjoy your time here! -Tim.
  14. 3 points
    MsRad

    FST: On the Shoulders of Giants

    i think there should be a sound reel of just Oliver's reaction.
  15. 2 points
    rightbrigade

    Eddy Deutsche

    So I just booked an appointment with Eddy Deutsche In March, Im beyond thrilled. Who's else has been tattooed by hi? He seems like a really cool dude on the phone. post pics or story's. My friend Rick got a half sleeve by him in the early 90's of some demons and some H.R Giger stuff that looks awesome still, Ill post a pic when I see him later today.
  16. 2 points
    When Thomas asked me to film 'the event' a couple of days before, he suggested we get someone to make a track/song using Oliver's reactions as vocals. Sadly I just didn't have the time but it would have been funny as hell.
  17. 2 points
    Eilin

    fillers

    Some fillers by Tony Nilsson, Blue arms tattoo, Norway 2012
  18. 2 points
    Eilin

    sugarskull

    Again bad picture, will sort a new and better one soon. Sugarskull by Valerie Vargas, 2008/09
  19. 2 points
    Eilin

    valerieskull

    Sorry about crappy picture, will upload a new one soon. Skull and rose by Valerie Vargas I think it was in 2010
  20. 2 points
    Eilin

    Noblegirl

    Dragon girl, by Todd Noble, london tattoo convention 2012
  21. 2 points
    Tight-Lines

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    That's a sweet little memorial piece.
  22. 2 points
    jayessebee

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I got this as a memorial piece for my 18yr old cat that died a few months ago- its from 70's picture machine flash, modded of course- I dont have good pix but I also got a gi joe sized Shiva doing the Cosmic Dance - both from Aaron Carmody @ Skin Thrills Tattoo I also got my side outlined by Matt Bivetto, who by the way has moved to NYC @ 3 Kings, so go get it NYC people
  23. 2 points
    Dan S

    opinion on this artist?

    What Graeme said. Instead of taking an artist a vague idea of "what kind" of dragon you want, you should be able to track down a pic of one that is durn near exactly what you want. When I get work done that is "custom", I make sure I have pix of all the major elements so there is no confusion about how I want it to look. Shop around. The tattoo convention advice is excellent! Go, look, absorb.......AND GET TATTOOED LATER! Don't go there for the specific purpose of getting work done-it's too easy to get caught-up in the moment and end up with something that isn't exactly what you wanted. Far as "lubing", if you're a college kidliving in a dorm and can't get someone to put some lotion on yer arm, well, I can't help you! I will say, tho', that tattooing was around long, long before modern skin lotion was. That means that for many years, people actually got tattoos and let them heal, all on their own. Not the most comfortable, but certainly old-school.
  24. 2 points
    Brock Varty

    opinion on this artist?

    This thread is crazy...
  25. 2 points
    else

    opinion on this artist?

    @spyro - I'll ask my OT friends if they have any suggestions.
  26. 2 points
    Lochlan

    opinion on this artist?

    All you have to do is find a good tattooer whose work you like then two separate references; one of a wolf you like and one of a dragon you like......then if you choose a good tattooer they'll work their magic and blammo you'll have a badass tattoo that they've used their skills to morph and create. Remember to take their advice as its their craft not ours and they know the magic. Side note I used the word "magic" hella hecka times
  27. 2 points
    I gave my resignation letter at my job which I have grown to resent over the last year after finding a job where I am finally appreciated and learning more about my field of practice. As I walked out of our main station I raised my hands in the air and yelled: Best day EVER.
  28. 2 points
    David finally colored in the outlines on my ribs. There's still a background to get done, but.... not bad for one sitting of color. - - - Updated - - - PS: I blurred out his tallywhacker for our more sensitive viewers.
  29. 1 point
    RoryQ

    Food and Drink list

    Pecans candied in homemade caramel, with apple and an orange / olive oil vinagrette. Then ribe eye with mushrooms cooked in thyme, garlic and cream. Worth the time to do.
  30. 1 point
    VCarter

    HELP! There's a Tattoo on my Pimple!!!!

    If you are that concerned about it I would suggest going back to your pimple artist and having them take a look.
  31. 1 point
    gougetheeyes

    Newbie from LA

    Welcome! Nice intro. Sounds like you're smart enough to stay outta the kitchen. Pretty much what these other guys said, you can reference other tattoos with what you like about certain designs if you feel there is something really specific, otherwise find a tattooer whose work you like and let 'em have at it. I remember when I was just starting to get tattoos and I found a photo that I really liked -- so I thought, I WANT THAT, so I brought it to the shop and said, I WANT THAT and the tattooer (now a buddy) just sort of sighed and very nicely told me he'd give me something with those elements that he'd draw up himself. (He's got a good bedside manner.) And what was this super unique design that I thought I had to copy on myself? ...a skull with a hat. It's all been done before so just find a good shop and a great artist and it should work out!
  32. 1 point
    BoMcConaghie

    Eddy Deutsche

    I plan on getting tattooed by him as soon as possible. Got a spot right next to my Horitomo piece picked out for him. Thinking fudo or a dragon. I dont have a dragon yet.
  33. 1 point
    bulldog

    Dagger through neck

    Valerie Vargas
  34. 1 point
    phickey

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Big thanks to you and Richard as well for introducing me to the man!
  35. 1 point
  36. 1 point
    Jack

    HELP! There's a Tattoo on my Pimple!!!!

    Seppuku is your only option. Farewell, friend.
  37. 1 point
    kylegrey

    Full Back Piece Thread

    Xed Le Head , Divine Canvas
  38. 1 point
    Erica

    opinion on this artist?

    If I was your friend, I would not recommend that guy :|
  39. 1 point
    CultExciter

    opinion on this artist?

    My friend, just go talk to them. That's your best bet. Go look at portfolios, converse with the artist, tell them your idea. You'll know what to do next.
  40. 1 point
    MsRad

    opinion on this artist?

    Shitty tattoos sometimes happen. It's a part of life and getting tattooed. We are humans; we make mistakes. It sounds like you need to do more research as to the type of dragon that you want, as a Japanese dragon would not be seen at a "chinese fair" (though they appear similar in shape, Japanese and Chinese dragons are not the same ). It also sounds like what you are interested in is a gothic era European influenced dragon design. Really, it seems like you might be rushing into this. While my initial reaction to this thread was a snarky "google is your friend" type of response, in reality, it might be best for you to do some serious research offline, at the library, looking through some books. Once you find a good reference image (or multiple) PLUS a really good quality tattoo artist, then you'll have the beginning of an awesome tattoo. However, if you want something specific but can't provide a visual example of what you're looking for, then it feels like that's just a recipe to not meet expectations and for you to leave the experience feeling let down.
  41. 1 point
    ShawnPorter

    DeVita at King's Ave

    I couldn't get off work, so I sent my sister and brother in law (both have lots of work from O'Donnell, and just started getting worked on by Hooper) to 'cover' it for OV- if anyone takes pics and feels like sharing, I'd love to have multiple 'views' for Occult Vibrations!
  42. 1 point
    Stefan Johnsson

    lion

  43. 1 point
    YOMONEY

    Dumb Hipster Tattoos

    greaser greg if he were a tattoo..
  44. 1 point
    Aussie Tom

    FST: On the Shoulders of Giants

    "do you know how much this would hurt with pants on?!" hahahaha
  45. 1 point
    bulldog

    Lady Head

    Valerie Vargas Lady Head
  46. 1 point
    gougetheeyes

    Spell Check!

    The Oi! Lympics!
  47. 1 point
    Iwar

    White Tiger

    Tim Lehi - 2011 - Blackheart Tattoo
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    hogg

    snake back peice

    By Jill "Horiyuki" Bonny, State of Grace, San Jose, CA.
  50. 1 point
    hogg

    Crop Cat

    By Heath Preheim, Temple, Oakland