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  1. 9 points
    grog

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Got a new one from Ian Haight at Sideshow Alley Tattoo in Portland, OR. This was surprisingly more spicy than my bear knee tattoo. Who knew?
  2. 8 points
    Just got back from the doctor. Clearly infected and put me on triple antibiotics right away. They were like, "yea we're going to give you the standard antibiotics because you can't wait any longer until you have to go the ER" They also said to clean it with hibiclens and put a thin layer of aquaphor. No tegiderm tho.
  3. 8 points
    JAC1961

    Upcoming Tattoos

    I've got an appointment for my next on 6/29. It's just one hour to add a frame of nails to my first saw blade tattoo. The shop where I got my first does a Veteran's benefit each year right around July 4th. They donate ALL their time and all the money goes to the VA hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. The last couple years they raised over $10k each year. You get a t-shirt and after care products and local restaurants bring in the eats. Really looking forward to be able to help out some folks that really deserve it.
  4. 8 points
    cyoonit123

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    My work from Augis!! We did the 3 day marathon and I am ecstatic with how it turned out!
  5. 7 points
    gtrjunior

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Just had a short session. The majority of the line work is done. We decided to fill in the inner bicep with an Oni mask at a later date. Pics to come in a couple of days....I’m a bloody mess right now. Lol
  6. 7 points
    oboogie

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    I find the liner hurts more than the shading. I get some kind of rush from it, but it is difficult to explain to people who aren't pretty heavily tattooed. I've sat for about five hours in the past. It get worse and worse as the time passes after about the third hour. Come talk to me after you've done more than 15 minutes. That's nothing. My Mom has done that, and she's in her 70s. Haha.
  7. 7 points
    Hogrider

    Is my new tattoo bad?

    Ditch whoever told you the lifework was bad. It's not perfect, but there is no such thing as a perfect tattoo. That's a real dick move, trying to ruin your tattoo for you. Enjoy your tattoo, it looks fine.
  8. 6 points
    The only advice I have is to be really careful what you do to that tattoo. I've seen more tattoos made worse than improved by monkeying around with them.
  9. 6 points
    Hogrider

    How Much Would This Cost ?

  10. 6 points
    Dan

    a little advice

    all tattoos have flaws, let it heal 6 weeks,then take a look at it, put down the magnifying glass.
  11. 6 points
    oboogie

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Bit of Robert Ryan flash, tattooed by Josh Henderson. Love it.
  12. 6 points
    Hands On

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I got this one last week from Lukas Speich at XXX Tattoo in Lucerne, Switzerland. I stole the idea from a story that Yoni Zilber retold from Bill Salmon, in a Podcast... there was a dude who saw someone's tattoo and said, "That's a pretty cool tattoo. I got a tattoo also, but mine's a little cooler." He showed the tattoo and there it was... a little cooler. 😉😉 I chose the classic Igloo Playmate, but the wording was too small to tattoo. So, I asked Lukas to add a little Swiss flag and he went with a red cross. It's kinda funny to me, as it now looks like it could be used to transport an organ donation.
  13. 6 points
    Dan

    bay area tattoo convention this weekend

    I just got a little one,my wife's name,I love Em's fine line. I have a bunch more of the show I will post later.
  14. 4 points
    bongsau

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    I want to feel ALL of that tattoo. The best. The worst. The excitement. The vulnerability. The fear. The anxiety. The confidence. The strength. The power. I have found a lot of peace and healing through the pain. Some people don't get that and can't. Some of you will no exactly what I'm talking about. Embrace that shit.
  15. 4 points
    soraya

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    This is one of my favorite tattoo topics: The experience of tattooing. I find tattooing therapeutic, enjoyable, exhilarating, empowering, painful, agonizing and annoying all at once. I echo Dan’s comments about the importance of the process. It is a ritual of planning, creating, collaborating, preparing, enduring, healing, and loving the result. I love every part of it. And as @Dan said, it is intimate, which is appealing to me. Not sexual intimacy, but the intimacy of permitting and trusting someone who is basically a stranger to touch you, to wound you, to permanently alter you body. You may be largely unclothed in front of them (my husband and I dated for over a year before he saw my breasts. My tattoo artist was touching them within 15 minutes of me meeting him). The pain? I like it…No! I hate it…No! It’s not that bad!…Well, sometimes it is bad, and I hate it. But I like it….Well…I don’t really like it… blah blah blah. The bottom line is, it is a pain I choose, no one that was inflicted on me unexpectedly. I don’t like it, but I like that I am able to endure it, I like that it challenges me and pushes my limits, And I love, LOVE the result.
  16. 4 points
    Dan

    Motorcycles

    so here is me and my son and willie G and the bud girls and a few of my bikes back in my hell raising days LOL many years ago,BTW I bought that KZ550 new in 81,I also had a 83 GPZ 750 and a 70 kawa twin
  17. 4 points
    JAC1961

    How Much Would This Cost ?

  18. 4 points
    gtrjunior

    How do I post?

    Hi! I’m psychic. The answer to your question is: “Your tattoo needs 4-6 weeks to heal. “ J/k But the vast majority of first time posters ask: “I had a tattoo done a week ago. Why does my tattoo look like.... Is something wrong with it?”
  19. 4 points
    Kimi

    Initiation and post-tattoo anxiety

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I just got my second tattoo and it’s also on my arm and I’m feeling exactly the same way. I’m trying to just accept it (it’s only been 5 days with it) but I have this dreaded feeling that I messed up. I know it’s not based on reality though. Here is mine:
  20. 4 points
    gtrjunior

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Session #3 tonight for my Japanese style dragon sleeve. I know, I know...I’ll get some pics up soon. Sorry about that. Edit: Should be the last of the line work plus the shading completed today.
  21. 4 points
    Every time I've used it the leaking has stopped after the 1st 24 hrs. If you're still producing sludge after 3 days I'd personally be inclined to unwrap it, let it dry out and get a better visual of what's going on.
  22. 4 points
    SStu

    Blowout on leg

    You can always add more ink . . ! 😏
  23. 4 points
    Dan

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    Hi, it is therapy in a way for me, getting tattooed is such an intimate experience,the entire process from consultation to mentally preparing and physically preparing the day before and the day of,eating good,pre-hydrating,good sleep the night before,mentally over coming the pain,to the after healing,etc,etc. is a process I enjoy.
  24. 4 points
    SStu

    Whats Next ?

    4-6 weeks for complete healing.
  25. 4 points
    Dan

    Line work tattoo healing?

    no, IMO a touchup will only F*** it up, it looks fine. it's a tiny fine line tattoo that's not healed yet, relax and enjoy it.
  26. 4 points
    VRH916

    Hi im new here

    Haven't been on in awhile but heres some new ink.
  27. 4 points
    Just got home yesterday from a 13 day 4200 mile motorcycle trip with the wife. Took US70 from Tennessee to its Western terminus in Arizona, then back roads to Williams, train to the Grand Canyon, returned via US60 with a side trip to the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest. Also a stop to stand on a corner when a hot girl in a truck pulled up.
  28. 3 points
    JAC1961

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Look at the bank account or ask my wife.
  29. 3 points
    VenomX

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    Had my first tattoo at the beginning of this month and then a second one last week. Waiting for them both to heal before I get my next one which will be a bigger one. I personally find the feeling quite therapeutic, and like looking after the tattoo once it's been done.. It's not as uncomfortable as having an injection or blood test in my opinion, how about you guys. Before I had my first one I thought it would be painful but i was wrong 😄
  30. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Opinion on tattoo

    I agree with @Dan, that's pretty bad. Awful design, poor execution. Looks like something done in a kitchen, or at a "tattoo party."
  31. 3 points
    Dan

    Opinion on tattoo

    it has many issues IMO,the leaves are wrong,they overlap like they are transparent , the solid rose makes no sense. the main stem is different thicknesses. there is not much I like about your tattoo,oh sorry your friend's tattoo. 🙄
  32. 3 points
    Gingerninja

    Infected tattoo care?

    Try not to worry and let it heal for a few months. You won't be able to tell anything until it's healed completely!
  33. 3 points
    scottyg

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    I've got no love for the pain: it's just three hours of pain. No adrenaline kicks in, I'm just getting stabbed repeatedly in my back while lying on my stomach naked, trying to talk as much as possible and to breathe through the pain. It's all about gaman: perseverance. I only ever do 3 hour sessions with breaks. It's about the rhythm of life and integrating sessions into that rhythm. The pain makes me discover my body in ways I'd no idea. haha. It's about doing something for me, only me; reconnecting with my body and focusing my mind in ways I've not done otherwise or previously. I do enjoy the me time. The ritual. The worst is having to take a shower when I get home. I just want to drink a pint and go to bed. But I've got to clean and coat my back. ugh. My tattooer rules; so much fun to shoot the shit with him, such a great artist with his own style and yet traditional. So part of it is being connected with him and with a certain tradition which I've chosen to be connected to. So like most long term things we go through in life, it's not so much about enjoying it. But I guess I'm heavily tattooed individual now. haha
  34. 3 points
    cyoonit123

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    @soraya You are a much more creative/profound writer than I. My gf's a phlebotomist and she told me the reason people are more afraid of blood draws/shots compared to tattoos is because of the difference in the needles and amount of penetration. Shots/blood draws have to go deep beyond the layers of the skin while tattoos (hopefully lol) are only going through a few layers of the skin. No idea if this is actually backed by any science but I love her so i'm going to go with it for now 😉 But I agree with people here. It's a therapeutic painful experience. 3 hours is my tipping point where the adrenaline is gone and it becomes miserable.
  35. 3 points
    SStu

    Am I botched?

    Yeah, it's a nice abstract design - but you're going to spend the next several decades telling people what it says.
  36. 3 points
    JAC1961

    Am I botched?

    I don't know, I read it before reading your post. It's your call as what to do with it, just live with it awhile and be sure you know what you want. Don't jump from one mess into another.
  37. 3 points
    Three Things 1) No one will ever notice except for you. 2) If someone does notice, tell them that it's supposed to look like that. 3) Work to reset your expectations....tattoos sometimes have imperfections. Actually, many times they have imperfections. It's just part of the deal.
  38. 3 points
    SStu

    Filler

    Yeah, I'm seeing enough room for at least 3 more small-medium sized pieces. Personally, I'd stick with the American traditional theme . . .
  39. 3 points
    Art is subjective, so no there is no perfect tattoo. Very early on my artist told me that if you look hard enough you'll find something wrong with every tattoo. He said step back and look at the big picture. I can honestly say I enjoy all of my tattoos and I don't look at any of them under a microscope.
  40. 3 points
    It's without any doubt a wrong way looking at your art. You won't ever be able to enjoy your tattoos if you always search for every single dot that could have done better. You gotta look at the big picture, there is no such thing as a perfectly done tattoo. The perfection is in the imperfection, your tattoos are perfect because they are yours and yours only.
  41. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Faded Red Ink

    I would have waited longer than a month to do a coverup. Every time you tattoo the skin you are causing trauma. I would give it time to completely heal before you do anything else. If you have this touched up it will be the third time tattooing over the same piece of skin. The color is unlikely to get darker, but wait a minimum of 4-6 weeks to see what it will look like.
  42. 3 points
    gtrjunior

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Ok...here’s a few crappy bathroom mirror pics. Lol The Led Zep Swan song tat was from when I was about 25. He said he can incorporate it into this current tattoo. It will be interesting to see how he does it.
  43. 3 points
    Dan

    Blowout on leg

    just leave it alone, and the ink is not a health risk.
  44. 3 points
    gtrjunior

    Can't Decide

    That is actually a great idea using symbol imagery instead of words. The sky is the limit going that route.
  45. 3 points
    Amit Levy

    Sitting Still During Tattoo

    You gonna be all good, just let your artist know before he starts and do tell if you feel like having a few minutes rest.
  46. 3 points
    SStu

    Vetting an online designer

    Your desire is going to have a very narrow window. Only a few tattooists can design and execute the finest script work. Insisting they also both be Jewish and have a deep connection to Hebrew is really shooting at a small target.
  47. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Line work tattoo healing?

    You don't know what it's going to look like until it's healed. 4-6 weeks.
  48. 3 points
    SStu

    Random Picture Thread

  49. 3 points
    Dan

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    very nice !
  50. 3 points
    gtrjunior

    Saniderm tape/ red rash.

    Sorry man....that’s there for life.