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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
    Tight-Lines

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    That's a sweet little memorial piece.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 2 points
    Brock Varty

    opinion on this artist?

    This thread is crazy...
  21. 2 points
    else

    opinion on this artist?

    @spyro - I'll ask my OT friends if they have any suggestions.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 1 point
    I'd really rather get this diagnosed online...just something about having t5o deal with my pimple-artist again.
  26. 1 point
    Brock Varty

    Random Cell Phone pics

    So does this guy...
  27. 1 point
    Scott R

    Relationships and tattoos

    I Am going through this as well except my girl is my wife, I will not get any for a while and let the dust settle
  28. 1 point
    Graeme

    Tattoo boooks

    I just ordered the Tattootime reissues and am having them sent to a friend in NYC so I don't have to pay crazy expensive shipping for them and can pick them up at the end of the month. I am super excited for those. A few months ago I found a $5 hardcover copy of George Burchett's Memoirs of a Tattooist on bookfinder.com, which is an insane price for that. A little while after that I found a copy of Dan Higgs' The Doomsday Bonnet in a used bookstore for $10, again an insane price. I am good at finding books.
  29. 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.
  30. 1 point
    CultExciter

    Relationships and tattoos

    NAILED IT!
  31. 1 point
    David Flores

    opinion on this artist?

    You don't really want to "lube up" a tattoo. Any ointment you put on should be very minimal, gooping it up could screw up your tattoo worse, plus the door jam is probably not the cleanest of surfaces, you wouldnt want what was hanging out there to get rubbed into your healing tattoo. I am sure you can find someone help you out, otherwise I would say keeping a tattoo clean has way more to do with how a tattoo heals than what or if you put ointment on it. But ultimately listen to what you tattooer tells you to do, it's their work and they are the one who end up having to deal with it if it doesn't heal right.
  32. 1 point
    Mike Panic

    To laser or not..

    You're half right. Red, along with black fades the fastest and usually has the best reaction to laser treatments. It's not that green (blue & yellow too) are more difficult to remove, they just might take more sessions. If your goal is to cover though, just getting the green light should do the trick. I'd say right now about 75-80% of my business is lightening tattoos for people to either get them covered, or to hide them inside a much larger piece because the original tattoo is now in "prime real estate". Perhaps where I differ from the other med-spa places out there is that I actually encourage you to keep an open dialect going with your tattoo artist through the whole process. I'll tell you to stop in 3-4 weeks after a treatment with your artist and discuss your future tattoo, and he or she will tell you if it would be helpful to get 1, 2 or 5 more treatments based on the level of fading you currently have. I work with a ton of shops in my area because of this mutual respect. For my clients who are getting cover-ups, my goal is for them to get the best possible tattoo that THEY want, not the tattoo that will best cover or hide the original piece. Far too often people end up with large dark-belly owls, roses, lotus and sunflowers because it's easy to hide old tattoos inside, sadly that's usually not what the person wants.
  33. 1 point
    Graeme

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Jennifer, when I was getting tattooed at Congress St. Tattoo in Portsmouth, NH last summer, Fat Tony Sellers who works there showed me a split painting he did with Richard and Aaron Coleman and it was ridiculously good. I think Richard painted a fox with a parrot in its mouth and Tony said it took him like 30 minutes to paint it. It's humbling to see things like that.
  34. 1 point
    Dumpleton

    opinion on this artist?

    The end.
  35. 1 point
    The most appropriate flash sheet for this thread, bar none: By Matt Staydohar, Anvil Brand Tattoo, Marysville, CA.
  36. 1 point
    Jennifer Stell

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Richard and I said around the same thing... finally someone listened.... No need to travel when Colemans in your backyard. GODDAMN!
  37. 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.
  38. 1 point
    David Flores

    opinion on this artist?

    Plenty of room trust me. You have to remember your arm curves around so essentially you have the distance equal to the circumference of you arm as tattoable space and obviously however long your arm is. So even if your pythons aren't the size of Hulk Hogan's you should still be able to get a nice sized tattoo about the size of a sheet of copy paper on your upper arm. You might not hear that the idea sucks because they want to make your idea into a good tattoo. The guys at Pearl Harbor won't bull shit you, I am sure they would rather turn you away than put a bad tattoo on you. But they can turn a questionable design into a kick ass tattoo if you give them the leeway to do so
  39. 1 point
    David Flores

    opinion on this artist?

    That tattoo is not very well done, It's kind of splitting hairs to criticize the anatomy of something that doesn't exist, but it's just not right, and the shading in the skull is not very smooth. It's looks like two different designs shoved together instead of a solid cohesive tattoo design. I would shy away from using other tattoos as refernce to be honest, especially if you don't have a keen eye for detail yet, also most tattoo photos are taken from weird angles and if someone tried to trace it, your tattoo would be out of proportion. Not to mention there are way more bad tattoos than good out there. Find some illustrations of the dragons you want, hit the bookstore and or library, a nice clean illustration will be something your tattooer will appreciate.
  40. 1 point
    EzRider

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    My latest....
  41. 1 point
    I fixed my washing machine this past Monday... no idea what it was at first. Go to the internets... find the manual, parts list and a couple of videos that pin pointed the problem and showed me how to change the part... $19.07 later and maybe an hour of my time.. I'm a hero. Rob
  42. 1 point
    I have started the next phase of my medical training - moving from student to intern! It scares the bejeebus out of me that I am now having to be responsible for real patients. First overnight on-call shift is Monday, which I anticipate will be both interesting and completely overwhelming.
  43. 1 point
    After a hellish last two months of general crap, I'm finally having fun! Started brewing beer Moved into my new house (real garage and yard now! Fuck yea) Buying another motorcycle soon (and workin on my 71 HD) Plus getting tattooed AND I got the Philly convention coming up soon.
  44. 1 point
    Nathanb19

    just got my whole arm zapped!

    Just want to let you guys know I am so grateful for finding this forum... going to set up my appointment when I am back from my business trip.
  45. 1 point
    Thank you everyone :) I wouldn't have gotten those amazing tattoos if it wasn't for Scott, this forum, and all if its wonderful members. And all of the other entries were just as worthy as mine, every month gets better and better. Again, thanks LST mods and all it's members. Looking forward to another year of amazing tattoos!
  46. 1 point
    YOMONEY

    Dumb Hipster Tattoos

    greaser greg if he were a tattoo..
  47. 1 point
    JeffK

    Are you ever going to stop?

    I have people ask me this all the time, I only have 11. I joke and say never. I'll be done when I feel like it. I know that's kinda vague but it's the most honest answer I can give. I don't sit around thinking "I'll get this here, and that there!" It's more instinctual almost. I just see something or an idea pops up and I go and get it (once I have the money.) I also hear a lot of comments about it being addictive. I don't view it that way. An addiction would mean I couldn't stop if I wanted. I don't want to. It's just something I really have a passion for and enjoy. That's not an addiction, that's a party!
  48. 1 point
    CultExciter

    Are you ever going to stop?

    'til the wheels fall off.
  49. 1 point
    chrisnoluck

    Are you ever going to stop?

    i've traveled and gotten tattooed ~20 times this year. no plans of stopping or slowing down anytime soon.
  50. 1 point
    MGblues

    Are you ever going to stop?

    I'm out of space on my arms and back for anything but filler, but I've got plenty of space open everywhere else. Since I'm 46 I figure I probably wont ever have to stop due to lack of space. I promised the missus I wouldn't get the neck or the face (not that I was ever planning on it anyway) so I guess that'll be when I stop for good. Besides, if I ever get to that point it'd be easier to live without neck tattoos than find a new missus.