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  1. 10 points
    pam

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Got this little bowl of ramen tattooed while I was in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. Picture taken immediately after session so it’s a little reddish but it has healed really nicely.
  2. 10 points
    oboogie

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Today’s piece. On the back of the arm with the Ganesh from a month ago.
  3. 10 points
    Stephanie

    Full Back Piece Experience Thread

    I am FINISHED yaaassss!!!!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 9 points
    Cody Deegan

    How is this tattoo going to age?

    This is a tattoo I have on my leg which was done 22 years ago. It looked completely legible at the time. Now the black mass of hair and the face have become quite obscured. The one redeeming factor with time is that the ink tends to fade a bit in intensity, which means the option for a touch up after a good chunk of time can help remedy an old tattoo. I may one day get this one reworked with more whites to help create better separations. But ultimately it was a bad design choice. I thought maybe sharing an aged tattoo with lots of black could help this thread.
  5. 7 points
    JAC1961

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Thursday finally arrived and I got my 4th tattoo. Really happy it and already thinking what might be next. Many thanks to Mike Schlicher at Lake Erie Studio.
  6. 6 points
    HundredDr4gons

    New here

    Just got this sleeve almost finished by Eddy Deutsche recently. I am currently a Tattoo apprentice but I do paintings and such my instagram is @sg.artist
  7. 6 points
    Got an update for y’all , not as old school as I originally planned but I’m happy with it
  8. 6 points
    AtomicMagpye

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Here's how it's all hanging together at this point - at least from one angle... leg has been started and booked in for a bit more in two weeks - it will all join up eventually 🙂
  9. 5 points
    the-nerdiestwitch

    Introduction/Anxiety

    Well guys, the day came and went, and honestly its fantastic. The artist did a great job with the design, and it didn't hurt nearly as much as I thought it would. Overall I think I was just having first time jitters (plus I have major anxiety over even small desisions so...yeah). But now that its done I have no regrets!
  10. 5 points
    Thank you everyone for your responses. It was very nice to read and some of you make really wise comments. JAC1961 comment was pretty wise actually. And reading from some of you who are heavily tattoo and have similar feelings was reassuring. I am sharing a pic of the tattoo 3 days after the session. It was around a 10 hr session. As it is healing and I am getting used to my reflection it is feeling much better. Actually, I feel much better now than when I posted this. I think I will be ready to continue up to my shoulder and give it a finish feel soon hopefully.
  11. 5 points
    Tsam

    Full Back Piece Experience Thread

    A healed photo showing where I am currently, I'm back in the chair in about two weeks and I can't wait! Looking forward to those last traces of the old pieces disappearing.
  12. 5 points
    Dan

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    this was the inspiration for this piece. this is a beautiful song,sit down and take a good listen to it.
  13. 4 points
    A full sleeve would be twice as much as a half sleeve. ;-) Don't cheap out, don't rush or you'll wind up even more unhappy. I always get anxious when people start asking "how much." It's usually followed by "how do I fix this."
  14. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    Upcoming Tattoos

    This. I think from both sides it's a recipe for misery. The artist most likely is going to lose focus (who doesn't after a long day). I have sat for 6-7 hours a few times and I always say I won't do it again. Between breaks (even short ones) the time really adds up. Then, you are a giant open wound just asking for an infection. It really takes a toll on your body. PRICE shouldn't have anything to do with your decision. Save your money and get the tattoo(s) you really want.
  15. 4 points
    Dan

    How is this tattoo going to age?

    please don't do that.
  16. 4 points
    Dan

    Hi!

    it could be fun to makeup different explanations for different situations as to what the symbols mean when asked about them ! LOL
  17. 4 points
    Hogrider

    Did my tattoo artist go too deep?

    As @gtrjunior said, too early to tell. I wouldn't go back to that tattooer or shop under any circumstances though, that artwork and line work is really rough. If you need a touch-up after it's healed, find someone really good.
  18. 4 points
    update - i've been flying solo for 3 months now. it's a different feeling but I suppose things could be a lot worse. there have been some pretty dark days...but there have also been some really fun and exciting days with old friends and new. my friends have been amazing I just finished repainting my house. In vivid colours like I always wanted - mystical purple and electric orange...like it's purple from one angle and then from the opposite angle you only see the bright ass orange. twilight zone haha. everything else is a warm white. It is a bit symbolic, as the house never got repainted (it was this dated,ugly, flat light green from the previous owner)...kinda sad my wife and I had 4 years in that house and couldn't even agree on simple paint job. So I just got it done and it looks great.Got a bunch of new tattoo and kung fu art - yknow cool shit like dragons, eagles, tigers, etc - framed up ready to cover the white walls. Starting to feel like home and ok with the new me, new life. cheers friends and thanks for the support
  19. 3 points
    AverageJer

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Going to finally get a tattoo at Aloha Monkey next week. A bunch of guest artists are coming in for there 20 year anniversary weekend party and I'm booked with Doug Hardy. It's going to be a good time and hopefully it doesn't hurt at all.
  20. 3 points
    demod3m

    Hey

    yes all 3 when they were freshly done
  21. 3 points
    cyoonit123

    Different Tattoo Styles

    I got trash polka, lettering, realism, and looking forward to getting oriental next. I like em all and idc what anyone tells me.. except my bank when they tell me I don't have enough money for all these tattoos 😉
  22. 3 points
    oboogie

    Just a quick hello

    Well, that was a thrilling read.
  23. 3 points
    AtomicMagpye

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    ongoing leg weirdness by the magical El Tragico from Saturday.... next up two headed snake blastover to cover some eighties/nineties "tribal" and a bit more leg...
  24. 3 points
    Dan

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    we added some more to it,the bee and a little shading
  25. 3 points
    cyoonit123

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Yep! i'm weird and am gonna keep one side of my body completely black and grey and the other side with color lol
  26. 3 points
    Hogrider

    being out in the sun

    Sun is almost certainly going to do more damage than rubbing against your shirt. I don't think there is an answer to your question. I think it depends on a lot of factors. As far as being dull, you won't know what it's going to look like until it's healed in 4 to 6 weeks. There's just no getting around that.
  27. 3 points
    AtomicMagpye

    Upcoming Tattoos

    having a nice *short* tattoo session next Saturday... a marvellous eye thing above the tree person.... anything over 4 hours for me is too long - as I have discovered to my detriment..... it sort of goes... first 20 mins... ouch 20 mins to 2 hours ... oh that's nice I have endorphins. 2 - 3 hours... that's sightly less nice.... 3 - 4 hours... please can I go home now. I have picked a poor hobby for someone with a low pain threshold 🙂
  28. 3 points
    scottyg

    What do you think of this artist?

    appears very good for the style, the problem being that watercolor tattoos aren't typically recommended, as they'll be a was in a few years' time. good luck.
  29. 3 points
    Hogrider

    How is this tattoo going to age?

    Putting that tattoo on you without warning you what was going to happen is just wrong. I wouldn't go back to that shop. Everybody's skin is different; there is no way to tell if it will last one year, three years or ten years. Enjoy the tattoo right now. There is NOTHING you can do now anyway. And forget about learning to tattoo.
  30. 3 points
    oboogie

    Hi!

    Don't do that.
  31. 3 points
    Dan

    helloooo, need some advice

    let it heal for 3 months before you take too close a look at it, THEN maybe you could get a touch-up if needed. for now,keep Aveeno on it daily, enjoy it, and start planning your next bad ass tattoo. and stop looking at it with a microscope ! it looks fine.
  32. 3 points
    scottyg

    Hi!

    you don't have to explain shit to anyone man
  33. 3 points
    SStu

    Hi!

    I would have to agree with whoever told you it won't fit properly on your arm. No problem for the Chinese characters but the little Russian words (at least in the proportion you're showing there) won't last forever. Consider changing the proportions and/or how it's layed out. Also consider an image based tattoo instead. One that reminds you of something you shared or something that reminds you of her.
  34. 3 points
    Dan

    Hi!

    on your arm between your wrist and elbow is perfect IMO,the characters could be a good size there to look great, be sure and find the right artist that does that kind of work, and you don't want to read it yourself,it would be upside down,you want it so if you drop your arm and show it the person looking at it can read it. and lastly but most important,be sure of the character's meanings 1000%
  35. 3 points
    Hands On

    Motorcycles

    I recently treated myself to a new Arai brain bucket. Turns out a 7 Doors sticker matched the pin striping perfectly!
  36. 2 points
    BriGuyRN

    Hi from Southern California

    Hey everyone. Brian here. Just starting on a chest/shoulder/sleeve tattoo. Here for community and advice.
  37. 2 points
    kickflipdad

    New here

    Hello all, brief introduction. 26 y/o male from Virginia Beach. Recently got my first tattoo a few months ago. Of course more to come most likely in the near future. I see it’s tradition to show what you’ve got to start off, so I’ll include a picture with a quick explanation. My cousin, who I was very close to, passed away a few years ago, taking his own life at the age of 18. My uncle had drawn this caricature of him when we were younger titling it the Stew Beluga, which became a nickname of sorts. The tattoo design was kept very close to the original crude pencil drawing, only cleaning up the line work and hair a bit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. 2 points
    cyoonit123

    Introduction/Anxiety

    He seems to be a trad/neo-trad/oriental tattoo artist. Is that the style that you're wanting it in? Typically artists want to continue tattooing in their own style so it's most likely not going to turn out exactly how you wanted it as @oboogie stated. The first tattoo always gives the most anxiety because it's the first step into the tattoo world (imo). If you're still that unsure, you could do the ole "change your phone background into the tattoo or a picture of your body with the tattoo using an app and look at it everyday to see if you want to commit to that." jus my 2 cents
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Hi

    This isn't a "learn how to tattoo" site. Seriously, if you want to learn, go through an apprenticeship and do it right. You are damaging your skin.
  41. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Hi

    Just stop, that is painful to look at.
  42. 2 points
    JAC1961

    Need some advice!

    I'm no doctor, but I don't see how a chemical would affect the tattooed skin and not the surrounding skin. Anything is possible though. There was a recent thread discussing bumps on black ink. You might want to check this out. As far as a doctor, you're the only one that knows if it's bothering you enough to need a doctor's help.
  43. 2 points
    SStu

    Allergy or not?

    yeah, you're into uncharted territory for me. also agreed that allergic reaction is much different than an infection.
  44. 2 points
    SStu

    What do you think of this artist?

    This. And a combination of styles (hard outline with watercolor shading/background/highlights) might satisfy both courts in the right design. This particular artist looks like she might be able to capture this.
  45. 2 points
    Hands On

    What do you think of this artist?

    Hi @Kitsune! Welcome to LST! There have been plenty of threads here that discuss the watercolor style. A quick use of the search tool will get you a lot of information. 😃
  46. 2 points
    oboogie

    How is this tattoo going to age?

    @duckgoosed, it will probably end up looking like a black blob in a few years. Nothing you can do about it now. Just enjoy it and get more tattoos.
  47. 2 points
    snyderju89

    Hi!

    Whether you give an explanation or not is up to you. Whether the person asking thinks you’re rude or not is up to them. If you are comfortable not explaining it when people ask then I’d say it’s fine. I just want to warn you that everyone who sees it for the first time is probably going to ask you about it. I personally like the idea of getting some type of image instead of the Chinese characters and the script. I know you know what you think the characters mean but have you verified with someone who speaks and writes in that language? There are more than a few people walking around with Chinese symbols on their body thinking they mean one thing but it’s really another or is completely wrong. Chinese characters are complex and slight variances can alter the meaning. The person tattooing you probably won’t speak or read the language either. It’s going to be 100% on you to make sure it’s done precisely. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  48. 2 points
    joethelion

    Hi!

    Thank you all for so many really very useful ideas! I will definitely double check the Chinese characters (though I am quite sure they are the elements, like fire, water etc) and ask them to be made smaller. Even like that, though, I understand the Russian script wouldn`t fit on my lower arm. Something else that I haven`t thought before is the questions I would get. Is it considered rude to not give explanations, or say something like "that`s a long story"? This is too personal for me to be sharing with everybody. Which also makes me think -as John suggested- to put it out of plain view. But where would that be? I would love it directly near my heart but don`t know if that would be smart -again for maintenance reasons, as in shaving chest hair🙄
  49. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Hi!

    If you do this make sure you get someone really good at script. It's not easy, which is why you see so much really awful script. Do your homework or you'll wind up with a mess.
  50. 2 points
    scottyg

    Full Back Piece Experience Thread

    man, my ass and thighs don't hurt nearly at all, even though everyone else says they're the worst. my back is what kills! yeah, that's the sense of loss at not being fully able to witness our back(sides)!