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  1. 5 points
    Dustingormley

    Frogs and Toads

    Jake Arnette does some pretty sick traditional frogs https://instagram.com/handsomejaketattooer/
  2. 4 points
    Dustingormley

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I told my teacher a funny story that had to do with a gardening experiment and the law. One of his clients canceled the night after so he tattooed this design on me. :cool:
  3. 3 points
    llprg

    Frogs and Toads

    http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=12185&stc=1&d=1427281314 http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=12186&stc=1&d=1427281314 frogs from Nikita Kiryaev https://instagram.com/nikitakiryaev/
  4. 3 points
    abeukeveld

    Frogs and Toads

    Heres another sick one along with a painting I did a little while back.
  5. 3 points
    falco4758

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Somehow managed to get Gogue to do my leg sleeve. Start feb 2016 2nd and 3rd full days.
  6. 3 points
    jen7

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Ha, thanks. No color, just black and grey shading. Lots more to do with it. I went to the black and grey master, so hopefully it will finish up photorealistic. It's funny, I showed my back at the start of the session and the only reaction was "lookit all that white skin!" It was a relief for sure.
  7. 3 points
    pidjones

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Sorry, I don't see fat. I see an awesome turtle on some nice skin with beautiful hair. Is color planned? I've only seen one sea turtle in person (and the light filtering through the water may have shaded it) that had green/yellow tones.
  8. 3 points
    jen7

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Ok, this is my fat back after 7 hours. It is just roughed in and needs a lot of work still, but it's a great start! Go big or go home.
  9. 2 points
    llprg

    hi!privet

    Hello! I'm tattoo artist from Ukraine. I made tattoos about 2,5 years. My favorite styles of traditional and neotraditional..:) and my first tattoo work I will be glad to new acquaintances:D
  10. 2 points
    bongsau

    Rotary vs. Coil

    The mechanics of a coil machine vs a rotary are different, the way the needle moves in/out of the skin and the feel/feedback it gives the tattooer. To use a coil machine effectively a tattooer needs to understand how to build/tune/setup the machine for the way they tattoo. And that may be why a lot of tattooers use rotaries these days...convenience. Rotaries are more forgiving in terms of overworking the skin, lighter weight i.e. reduces strain on the tattooer, they are easy to procure, good to go out of the box and can facilitate faster tattooing (if you they know what they are doing). Coils can achieve the same things but come with a steeper learning curve to understand the mechanics, optimize the geometry of the machine build and dial in the tune for their method. My tattooer who uses coils exclusively, he knows how to setup his machines and can spec a machine build to compliment his methods. And boy, you can feel that control when he tattoos. wow. He can really achieve the subtle details, the smoothness in his gradients because of the way he can achieve finer control with coils, that perhaps could not be achieved with the out-of-the-box characteristics of the rotary. His coil tattoos heal like butter everytime like clockwork. Because of the optimized setup, experience and skilled hand doing the tattooing. I also have another tattooer who is on the rotary train (the first rotary I experienced) and runs it bastard hot (sounds like a coil) and can utilize the rotary to compliment his speed and methods. His rotary tattoos hurt like hell, however go in smooth, colours stay ultra-bright after long-term healing and he is FAST. Me...I like the LOUD noise, I like the pain, I like the mechanics. So whichever side of the rotary vs coil debate my tattooer is on, doesn't matter because I gain a better understanding of the big picture of tattooing when I'm on the receiving end of either method. I just love good ol ELECTRIC tattooin! The louder the more electric the better :cool:
  11. 2 points
    SStu

    Upcoming Tattoos

    My opinion = this one is way too small
  12. 2 points
    SeeSea

    To laser or not..

    Yeah, my post was kind of a "put up or shut up."
  13. 2 points
    Hi all! I'm a research scientist who studies paleoclimate, climate change, oceanography, and archeology/anthropology through stable isotope geochemistry. Stuff about me. My grandfathers pretty much raised me. Both were WWII veterans. My grandfather on my dad's side was a BAR-man in the USMC with the Pacific from 1942-1944. He was the embodiment of the Greatest Generation, I loved the man to death. He essentially raised me: he taught me how to shoot a rifle, how to fish, and gave me my moral compass and innumerable life skills. I miss him every day. He fought on Rennell, Bougainville, then was assigned to the First Provisional Marine Brigade, where he fought in the Second Battle of Guam, losing sight in in his right eye to a Japanese Grenade, sending him home. The Brigade would go on to Iwo Jima. The grenade probably saved his life. Yes, he was tattooed. My other grandfather was a total badass, as well. Field Artillery in the battle of Kasserine Pass. He was captured by Rommel's troops, and was a POW at Stalag III-B in Furstenburg. From which he escaped. Twice. Ratted out both times by refugees. They used to trade red cross cigarettes to the guards by making them give a salute and yell "Heil Roosevelt!" My dad was a 3rd generation Marine, of the Full Metal Jacket era. He was also a real POS of a human, and being in the Corps did that part of him no favors. He told me, to quote, that if I tried to carry on the family tradition, he'd kill me himself first. So, having grown up in Florida, I pursued what interested me. I'm not the kind of person who could ever have a job just to pay the bills. I get totally enrapt in whatever has my attention and interest. So science was a natural fit. I went to school for way too long. I paid my way through undergrad (chemistry/marine science) working in a boatyard, at a public aquarium and TAing/tutoring. I did research and taught more to survive through getting an MS in Oceanography and a PhD in Geoscience. Now I wake up and get to do what I love every day. So my main fascinations are the history of tattooing insofar as to be tattooed is to be human. Then, secondarily, American Traditional. As a scientist and person who tries to be an autodidact (and has sailed in the South Pacific, and was raised by Veterans), it's impossible for me not to be fascinated by and deeply respect Sailor Jerry. And as a general person who loves tattoo history, Paul Rogers, Cap Coleman, Amund Dietzel, Thom DeVita, etc. etc. etc. I am not a tattooer or artist. I don't have a visually creative bone in my body. To me, good tattooing is an ultimate and purely human art form. As human as paintings of mammoths and ungulates on cave walls. It's a truly special, endemic form of tool use that pushes the human brain out to the max. As a final note, the university I work at has a very conservative student body and is in a very conservative town. It's also too hot for long sleeves all year, so all of my past and future work is necessarily coverable by short sleeves, and preferably shorts as well. Thanks!
  14. 2 points
    embers

    Full Back Piece Thread

    im flying to la to start my back with bryan burk next week, appointment got pushed back a couple times, but finally after hundreds of wasted airline tickets were doing it haha. hes flying out that night so my appointment got moved to 10am. oof. going to be dead tired and after have no where to go until my friend gets off work at 8pm hahah
  15. 2 points
    Shaun1105

    Chest/Torso Tattoos

    I'm going to try to post a picture from my phone here: By Steve Byrne at Rock of Ages. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 2 points
    Another one by Brian Via, picked a drawing off his wall of stuff he wanted to do. Inner bicep and it hurt like hell, especially the stuff by the top near my armpit. So happy with it though.
  17. 1 point
    Graeme

    Frogs and Toads

    I looked and couldn't find a thread on this topic, admins feel free to delete or merge this thread with an existing one if there is one. I love tattoos of frogs and toads. I'm not sure exactly why that is, because they aren't an animal that I think about that much in real life, but I think there are few tattoos that have as much folky charm as frogs and toads. I saw something on Instagram the other day, I can't remember where, but somebody was commenting on how toads, especially Japanese toads, can also have this real sense of menace. I think it's super cool that they work so well as a subject in both kinds of tattooing: Western traditional and Japanese. I know that a bunch of you here have frog tattoos, so let's see them, and post some of your favorites. Here's mine, done by El Monga at Aloha Tattoo, Barcelona. Monga does some of my favorite tattoos, they're so fun and playful and have a real magical feel to them. The tattoo is obviously healed.
  18. 1 point
    Dustingormley

    Rotary vs. Coil

    Ive seen guys use both. Most just tell me they use the rotary because it's a quiet machine. In the end, you're getting bunches on needles dug into your skin. It hurts and there's no way around that unless you use numbing cream (which is very expensive if you want the stuff that works.) There are two things I know about tattoos for sure. Tattoos hurt and tattoos are permanent. That's kinda why I like em
  19. 1 point
    TattooUnityEu

    Rotary vs. Coil

    From Tattoos I've got on myself, machines I had chance to see and feel and feedback received from tattoo artists I formed my own opinion on this topic. Rotaries and Coil machines differ in skills needed by artist. Coil machines and their variability in settings require less mastery from artist in terms of using properly set machine, but require more skill at setting one properly to make whole experience (and healing) more of a pleasure than torture. That reflects on work quality as well. Rotaries on the other hand require more skill, feel and control from artist. This by no means put artists that use any of these lower that the others. It's just that some people have more skill at controlling their hand and can get away with less precisely setup equipment while others are able to setup their equipment with jewelers precision to work more delicately on skin, placement specifics etc. And because of that we will always see perfect and terrible tattoos done by either machine. All in all it all nails down to master to select equipment that suits him well. Just like in music- a good percussionist would probably hurt your ears badly while playing a guitar.
  20. 1 point
    knucklehead211

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Good luck dude! Show us!
  21. 1 point
    xcom

    How do they stay in business?

    Unlike allot of people here, My shop experience has been limited... Mostly because I like to stick with one artist's, I didnt even know that shops like this even existed but like some had said there is shops that cater the 50 Dollars tattoo. Good luck to them and I hope everybody is happy :) .
  22. 1 point
    knucklehead211

    To laser or not..

    They're everywhere today!
  23. 1 point
    knucklehead211

    How do they stay in business?

    Indeed. There's definitely a place for this stuff, but there's no way I'd give em my skin. I personally think the shops that don't go full bore with social media, specials and adverts are a bit more classy. Plus it preserves that feeling of being almost part of an underground community.
  24. 1 point
    marley mission

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    tell you what jen placement is perfect too - i also am looking forward to seeing additional progress - happy for ya edit: oh yeah turtle is on my list too - even more so now - though i'm thinking more sailor jerry :)
  25. 1 point
    @Tornado6 honestly I think tattoos have greatly helped my body image. I've always had some pounds to shed with some muscle but I hated how damn pale I am. Now at least I have color. Maybe think about that for your husband I have a Dominican buddy who wishes he was as pale as me so he could get color work, he laughs when I tell him people always think I'm sick because I just don't have color. @jen7 I really like your turtle. That is a lot of work for a first session. Not at all what I expected. I'm excited for your progress Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. 1 point
    jen7

    Fat people with tattoos: Your thoughts

    You guys are so kind. I used to be a body builder in my 20s and just cannot get used to the way my 40s look on me.
  27. 1 point
    pidjones

    Fat people with tattoos: Your thoughts

    I saw your recent photo and must comment that; a) the turtle is awesome! b) your back - you should not call it fat. It is curvy and seems to have great complexion. c) we have what genes give us. Sure there are reasons for some being overweight, but most of it is genetics. Love what you have. and d) the turtle is AWESOME!
  28. 1 point
    xcom

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Got my 4th appointment for my sleeve coming up tomorrow. No matter how many times I get tattooed I still get excited :)
  29. 1 point
    jen7

    Fat people with tattoos: Your thoughts

    Thanks everyone. You are so kind and loving. It really got me through the last few days. My artist and the others in the shop were truly professional and no one made fun of my curves and rolls. I am now looking forward to going back and perfecting this giant tattoo!
  30. 1 point
    David Anderson

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Who, Chase Tafoya, What everything in my pic just started working on the King yesterday. Bend Oregon - - - Updated - - -
  31. 1 point
    ironchef

    Full Back Piece Thread

    @BrianH @Diehardonvhs You two are DESTROYING this thread!!! WHOA!!!!!!
  32. 1 point
    Graeme

    How do they stay in business?

    Because people bring attention to them?
  33. 1 point
    SeeSea

    Horitomo Tattoo Cat Prints

    Upper right thigh. I gave him all the space from mid-thigh up to the swimsuit line, and around to the side midline. I just said that these are the boundaries, and however he wanted to use the space. Thanks! Hmmm, not sure there is a "club." Molly is very nice - she books for Horitomo, so write to her specifically. She uses the email stateofgracetattoo@gmail.com. When I called at first, they said to write an email saying what you were looking for, where on the body, and give as much information as you could about what you want. Molly emailed back the same day, and at the time (summer 2014) said she would put me on the waiting list and that I would get a call when they were booking for 2015/2016. I just had the consultation appointment (phone call and email follow-up) today. If it helps, I was incredibly deferential in my initial call and email, and wrote clearly what I wanted and provided reference pictures. I consider this an honor to be tattooed by Horitomo. Your email truly is a sales pitch. They probably pick and choose the work they'd like to do.
  34. 1 point
    Shaun1105

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I don't know how to share this type of Instagram post, and certainly can't from my phone, but here's a link to my chest tattoo, done today by Steve Byrne at Rock of Ages. http://instagram.com/p/0i-naeNBEe/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 1 point
    Hi folks, Search the iOS Market Place for 'Brag Art List' Well finally the first phase of the app on iOS has gone live and can be downloaded. (The remove ads doesnt work still i dont think but is being fixed this week hopefully but the ads are not as bad as on Android so shouldnt be too intrusive) I would really appreciate if people could 5 star and write a review on it as the best thing since sliced bread lol on the actual app to help it climb in searches. But I would really like the hard truths, feedback's, criticisms, suggestions etc here please. Please be brutally honest here! There is a small icon in the top left corner for searching, Country, City, Town, etc or you can manually use the touch screen. In device use of apps for the links should be working on Apple. Artists working at the same location will show as just one marker until pressed and then it will split as it zooms in to more markers for the other artists, so don't forget to check those out Anyhow, please let me know what you think, even if you think its shit, I want to know and wont be hurt or offended and how it works on your devices as we could only test it on a few handsets as I don't own every phone in the world lol So I hope it works on everyone's devices. I tested it on my phone which is a flag ship phone, so it runs super fast for me but I tested it on some cheaper phones and it was slower due to all the markers but that is to be expected I guess. It has been made for both mobiles and tablets. The fonts and home screen is being re-designed as we speak All and any feedback welcome Cheers!
  36. 1 point
    SeeSea

    Horitomo Tattoo Cat Prints

    Horitomo September 23rd! Woohoo!!! :: happy dance ::
  37. 1 point
    heathenist

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    First one since June (aside from a little Halloween special). Matt Arriola.
  38. 1 point
    SeeSea

    Fat people with tattoos: Your thoughts

    I was going to DM you, but I suppose this is universal. I am not fat but was overweight for many years. I am older, and have the delightfully attractive back flaps. Not bad, but you know we obsess about things that we focus on more than others do, so of course, that's where my eyes went. HOWEVER, I was/am amazingly delighted how my back tattoo hides them! My tattoo artist placed the long dorsal (top) fin of my eel right along that area, and it's gone! It even gives eel life in a way. There is another thread somewhere around here - maybe it's actually this one or the ladies thread - that talks about tattoos as cosmetic surgery. I've also got the dreaded batwings - but I see women with some awesome upper arm tattoos, and you know what - the batwings end up so secondary to the tattoo. A tattoo completely changes what you and others focus on. Try not to escalate it into something so encompassing. Believe me, when you get that tattoo, the focus is gonna be on the art, not on back fat. Hugs.
  39. 1 point
    exume

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Can't go wrong with a Lehi tiger.
  40. 1 point
    exume

    Upcoming Tattoos

    About to head down the road to the Summit Tattoo Invitational, picking up a little something from Mr. Lehi! Roommate is tagging along and is gonna try to score a walk up with Myles Karr.
  41. 1 point
    ThatGuy

    Chest/Torso Tattoos

    So I finally got my chest piece. So happy with how it came out. By Valerie Vargas of course.
  42. 1 point
    a1steaks

    Full Back Piece Thread

    Finally finished. Now I'll start working out again. On Monday. I promise.
  43. 1 point
    dirbab

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I've been avoiding my ditches as long as I could, but a few sundays ago I decided it was time. jason ochoa at greenpoint tattoo put this rose in there and now that it's healed, I'm stoked to do the other arm. it didn't hurt nearly as bad as I expected and it was pretty much healed within a week or so using tegaderm. definitely a believer in that shit. if there's a thread discussing that stuff, let me know and I can share my experience. anyway, here's a healed pic:
  44. 1 point
    blackdots

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Getting something by Jeff Zuck in a week. Really excited.
  45. 1 point
    redoid

    Upcoming Tattoos

    A bit way far but starting full back with Shige in Sept !
  46. 1 point
    MrToby

    Full Back Piece Thread

    I always look forward to the start of the month because it means another 3 hours of work on my back, and another step closer to completion. This session I just could not zone out at all. The whole thing just hurt. On the other hand we have now basically finished the background and I'm stoked with how it's looking.
  47. 1 point
    Flo Ania

    Full Back Piece Thread

    Some more pics!
  48. 1 point
    abeukeveld

    Frogs and Toads

    These are some of my favorite, not on me or done by me, but other people Ive seen floating around. Don't remember who did them as they're just saved onto my hard drive, but the last toad is one of my favorite tattoos ever. Its so stupid and goofy looking, its perfect.
  49. 1 point
    Hands On

    Frogs and Toads

    warrior frogs on my arm by Ryudaibori, June 2009
  50. 1 point
    bongsau

    Frogs and Toads

    "don't lick the frog" Shawn O'Connor / timbertattoo.ca