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  1. Here's an update at around 20 hours. The outline took 3 sessions to finish, around 10 hours (so. many. lines.). But we've been making steady progress with relatively short appointments every 2-3 weeks, and the cover up is almost done. I'm loving the wildflower color palette and all the little creatures peeking out here and there.
    10 points
  2. Just dropping in a pic of my almost finished Matt Collins full back for the thread. Home stretch now, it’s 90% done just got a few touch ups to go, maybe 29 hours work so far I think? Stoked!
    8 points
  3. long time no post 🙂 kinda lost track of this place, so here's what i've been up to over the last few years...work on my legs by the fantastic @Scott Sylvia
    7 points
  4. jdub

    New Tatt

    I wanted to share the tattoo I got today from Bryan Randolph at Shangri La Tattoo. I think he did an amazing job. Great artists and shop there! Yes, it's oozing a bit 🙂
    6 points
  5. Dan

    Tattoo opinion

    /\ this
    6 points
  6. Hi This is my first tattoo I got the start of this month from Dave Swambo at Strongold in Cardiff - thoughts?
    5 points
  7. Just had the 2nd session on the top of my arm. Reworked an old tribal and added an eye and some dot work. Quite hard to see as it wraps around. 🙂
    5 points
  8. I got my left knee done yesterday, and it is HUGELY swollen. Absolutely brutal. I couldn’t sleep last night because it hurt so much. I’ll be glad when it starts healing. Even my elbows didn’t hurt as much as the knee.
    5 points
  9. cibo

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    oh and just because...another good decision after 10+ years, finally work by Jeff Rassier 🙂 2021 was a good year for tattoos...for me!!!
    5 points
  10. cibo

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    belated post and *no* regrets! l ❤️ me some sutro tower another by the one and only @scott sylvia can't wait for the 2022 visit 🙂
    5 points
  11. jdub

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Inner bicep and fillers at some point
    5 points
  12. Here is another to share. Excuse my old man skin lol. Little over month healed
    5 points
  13. tertia

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Hey all - it's been a long time! Between having a baby and surprise global pandemic, I took a 3 year tattoo hiatus. You can imagine I was very excited to put an end to that extended break this past weekend with this piece by Steve Flores at Spiral Tattoo in Ann Arbor, MI. Knee ditch butterfly: I was really nervous about how I was going to heal this spot with a toddler running around. I haven't bent my leg more than 45 degrees in 5 days, so we'll see how it turns out. 😛
    5 points
  14. My 1st tattoo, it’s going to cover my shoulder and wrap around my arm. So far I dig it
    5 points
  15. Started filling in my legs with stars and dots this last week. Also got this lil’ ZZ Top tribute on my leg.
    5 points
  16. jdub

    New Tatt

    I have another appt beginning Oct and will post it as well. I learned quite a bit on this forum about looking at artists work and choosing an artist/shop. Thanks to the forum helping educate this newb 🙂
    5 points
  17. jdub

    New Tatt

    Thanks guys! I gravitate to old school stuff ... the 50s was my time haha. Here is a better shot I think.
    5 points
  18. Welp, that's a wrap. 8 months. 5 trips to Austin. 18 hours of tattooing. Signature Tony Hundahl tough. Made at Rock of Ages.
    4 points
  19. Hi guys. New to the forum here. Got my first tattoo last week. It’s not 100% done yet. Gotta go back and add a dove, some clouds, and light rays in august. The lions eyes are purple because I fought and beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2020 and that’s the ribbon color. I’ll post fresh and current. Currently in the bottom picture my scabs are coming off. But can’t really tell that in the picture. Just trying to keep it lightly moisturized a few times a day.
    4 points
  20. Hogrider

    Idea. Any drawers?

    As often happens on the internet, you got advice you don’t like. Some of the people giving that advice have several hundred hours experience getting tattooed. I re-read your post. You’re right about so many items being a back piece. Depending on how detailed it is, this would probably run 35+ hours. A good artist is going to be $100 or more an hour. depending on how well you sit it could run 8 or more sessions. Most people find the back painful. It’s hard to care for just because it’s hard to reach some spots. That’s a huge commitment for a first tattoo. Here’s some more advice you won’t like. Get a smaller tattoo on an easy place like your bicep first so you have some idea what you are getting in to.
    4 points
  21. I agree with wait, a tattoo takes months to heal.
    4 points
  22. I love vintage bikes, and this weekend (May 13&14) a friend is hosting his second Possum Gathering in Sevierville, TN. I will be helping out on 12, 13, &14 and showing one of my bikes. Had a large time with beautiful bikes and great folks last year. If you are in the area, check it out!
    4 points
  23. This is obviously still healing, but here’s the other one I got the same day.
    4 points
  24. Dan

    Tattoo Renewal / Cover Up

    here is an example of what a good artist can do to rework/freshenup a tattoo, I follow this guy and IMO he is very good, this is one he freshened up for somebody.
    4 points
  25. SJP0tato

    New to the game

    It's been awhile since I posted, worked with my artist Brian to come up with this sweet wolf idea: Had the linework done today, just need to get back in to get the color filled in. Super happy how it's coming out so far, grateful being able to share with you all who appreciate/understand the process/result!
    4 points
  26. Hogrider

    Visible tattoos

    Read up on tattoo regret before you go all the way. The good news is that it goes away, but you should know about it so you don't freak if you get it. I've never had it so I can't help you with it.
    4 points
  27. Hogrider

    Tattoo infection

    Unless the cream had bacteria in it, it can't cause an infection. The infection has to come from someplace. On the other hand, the artist wiped the cream off, a layer of skin came off with it, and they tattooed you anyway? That's really irresponsible, if you are describing what happened accurately. I'd find a new artist and quit using numbing cream. It looks like some sort of allergic reaction to the cream, but I'm not a doctor. Tattoos hurt. I'm old school, but I think you should earn your tattoo. I've got hundreds of hours in the chair, lots of very sensitive parts tattooed and I've never used numbing cream.
    4 points
  28. I'm so happy to see others posting here again! I haven't posted an update in a while, but here's my Virginia Elwood back piece at around 26 hours in. We've been doing pretty short sessions (2ish hours, about once a month). We've done a few more hours in the last month since this picture was taken, but I've been healing pretty slowly in the cold weather and haven't gotten another good healed photo yet. My skin is kind of fussy about the dark red and dark green in particular. It settles in eventually but takes its sweet time. Hopefully next time we'll have a chance to shade some more of the little creatures too, which I'm really looking forward to.
    4 points
  29. Hey all, Know this thread has been a little sleepy as of late, but just writing to say how much it helped me prep for my first session with Tony Hundahl on my back. Had it a few days ago and I definitely psyched myself out. I traveled from Chicago to Austin so had plenty of time to let my nerves get the best of me. I went in preparing for the worst, and while it was definitely rough, the tips and techniques mentioned in this thread helped immensely. All in all, it was a wild experience unlike any other tattoo I've gotten. Sat for roughly 3 hours and he was able to get the whole outline done. The craziest part for me was that you never really "get used to it" like many other tattoos I've gotten. Every line feels like the first. But in doing so, your mind goes to some crazy places to help get you through it. The "stoke" definitely pulled me through. I finished the session with an incredible high and feeling of confidence that I really wasn't expecting. Such an incredible experience. Anyways, going back in a month to start on the shading, and then hopefully booking a few back to back sessions to really get the ball rolling. Can't (but totally can) wait. -G PS: Tony Hundahl is the man. Can't recommend the dude highly enough. Since I'm traveling, he wasn't able to trace my back, but he still managed to have a stencil that ended up fitting perfectly. Definitely feel like I'm in good hands.
    4 points
  30. jdub

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    2 months healed. Asked for no fangs.. but may add some what do you think lol
    4 points
  31. excuse how swollen my arm is haha — i’m so excited to see how this is going to look when it heals 🗡
    4 points
  32. I needed Tables/Workbeches for my new workplace. Since I couldn't find suitable ones, I made them myself, so they would use the available space as best as possible
    4 points
  33. Hogrider

    .

    You’re seeing things. Enjoy your tattoo and stop overthinking it.
    4 points
  34. Gingerninja

    Upcoming Tattoos

    So? An update on this? Hi! If you look at his IG from 8/13, you will see my arm!
    4 points
  35. suburbanxcore

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Finished my backpiece with Scott!! Not posting anything anywhere public yet, but threw some pics on Instagram if anyone is interested. Username @thrilledxbored.
    4 points
  36. It takes 6-8 weeks to heal. You’ll know then, regardless of how many times you ask or how you word the question. Having said that, thin delicate skin, like where you got your tattoo, is most prone to blowouts and thin lines make them the most obvious. There is nothing you can do except cover them up if it really bothers you. It’s been asked dozens of times.
    4 points
  37. I'm really happy with it, came out even better than expected. I went to my usual place and didn't disappoint The dots in the face are just my hair btw Here's the tattoo...
    4 points
  38. Please talk to a competent artist. Anyone who suggested a giant solid black arrow makes me question their ability. It's going to look even worse if you just cover it up with some ugly shit. Do not rush into anything.
    4 points
  39. Yeah, I seriously think they're stuck in a movie from the 1950s. It's like Pleasantville. 😂 No clue where all these sailors and gangsters are hiding!
    4 points
  40. I feel like Groundhogs Day around here
    4 points
  41. Multiple people are telling you the same thing and you’re not getting it. I’m sorry to be blunt, but let’s clear up a few things. 1. Tattoos are an imperfect artform 2. Skin is an imperfect medium 3. Tattooing is a wound that has to heal. Without letting it heal, nothing can be done. 4. Overworking a tattoo (and inflicting more trauma to the area) will rarely help a situation. 5. Stop worrying about what inks your artist use. If you are at a reputable shop and artist, they know more than you do. They also know more than most people here 6. Do more research on who you choose to tattoo you before you let them stick needles into your skin with ink that will be there forever. 7. The answer to further questions is probably “let it heal and wait a few weeks” or “no, you can’t fix it that way.”
    4 points
  42. No. It's healing. Leave it alone, keep it clean, and let it heal. Stop staring at it.
    4 points
  43. This is not a site for questions about HOW to tattoo. It’s a site for tattoo enthusiasts. Advice - don’t be a scratcher - get an apprenticeship and learn the right way.
    3 points
  44. purplelace

    Healed vs fresh

    I agree about how they lighten, especially the black/grey tattoos. Don't forget @Baldguy95 this is your first tattoo, you're still learning how tattoos lighten, when they heal. How you will feel after they lighten. It happens it's part of the healing process. Don't stress over it, you will learn from this 🙂 If you get more tattoos, you will be less stressful over it all. The first step to getting tattooed can be a mixture of emotions, especially when the tattoo has such a significant meaning as yours. Just take your time to process everything, if that makes sense.
    3 points
  45. Okay so it's been a while since have been here. Wanted to share this pic of tattoo I got done in 2019, pic is of the tattoo when it was done, fresh, haven't got around to taking a healed pic yet. 'Cause it's kinda difficult to do by myself lol Really must get around to sorting out a healed pic. The Dark Wanderer from Diablo tattooed on the back of my right thigh, and back of knee, and merging with existing work. Tattooed by Tommygunn in Belfast City Skinworks in Belfast. Pics show fresh pic (sorry, it's only one I have, it looks amazing healed). And reference pic. I fell asleep getting this done, was done in one session.
    3 points
  46. Same. If I trust the artist (and I do trust the guy who has done 99% of my tattoos), tell him roughly what you want and let them do their thing. Micromanaging a talented artist is gross, and you will end up annoying the artist like you did this person. Hope you can find someone else to tattoo you. Good luck.
    3 points
  47. My knee is BRUTAL. It's scabby and still a little warm after six days. I will not be doing my other knee in a hurry because YIKES. 😭 Healing this damn thing is awful.
    3 points
  48. the second pic looks like simple bruising, and regarding the first pic, put the microscope away
    3 points
  49. Not sure why...I can see it. Ah well. Here's my artist's Instagram. He posted pics and a video of my new cover up. https://www.instagram.com/p/CbAtW_xrNRN/
    3 points
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