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  1. 6 points
    Sorry, but that is really awful. Frankly, if you are on an internet forum looking for suggestions, I think I'd find another artist. A really good artist should be able to look at that and make multiple suggestions for fixing it.
  2. 6 points
    jadore

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Done two days ago, very happy!
  3. 5 points
    I'd say you have too much time on your hands if this is what you spend your time worrying about. If you'd gotten it the other way people would be telling you that was wrong too. Next time someone says that just say, "You know if I want to hear an ass hole I'll fart."
  4. 4 points
    I know you don't like it, but I'd leave it. You are in a hurry to get it fixed which is a recipe for disaster. You are about 95% more likely to make it worse than better by rushing to get this done. You've already tried to fix it once and you're still not happy with it. My advice is leave and when you come back TAKE YOUR TIME. I've heard tons of stories from people that were in a hurry to get a tattoo, or cover up a tattoo, or fix a tattoo and made it exponentially worse.
  5. 4 points
    Hollie

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Recently got my first tattoo in the US. Originally from New Zealand where I have three others. Super happy with the result, two sessions 15/16 hours total. Done at stained skin in Columbus Ohio. Excuse the swelling on the inside and outside of my bicep, that shits painful LOL.
  6. 4 points
    pidjones

    New & considering a coverup

    The casual observer would never notice the original unless you brought attention to it.
  7. 4 points
    shampoobottle

    New & considering a coverup

    Old one can still be seen through it but it looks better than it did
  8. 3 points
    SStu

    Hello all, help me fix my chest tattoo!

    You'll find several historical threads here regarding lasering. It shouldn't leave actual scar tissue and tattooing over it isn't a problem - it's actually the goal for most lasering. That being said, it's NO fun and quite expensive. Cover options are usually the better route depending on what you're starting with.
  9. 3 points
    Abnormal

    Rate my tattoo - Direction and help

    Hi, Soo.. this is my traditional tattoo of the classic piece "Pharaohs Horses". I got this 2 years ago, and I'm still happy with it! But... Some may say it's facing the wrong direction, since the proper way of displaying art is towards the centre of the body(?). I had the discussion with my tattooist prior, and he said he could flip it to the other direction, but then it wouldn't be facing the original way. Since I didn't wanted it on my left arm for some particular reason (will cover that one soon as well lol), I went ahead and got it facing outward on my right arm. So my question is, What do you guys think of it? Should I get something below which is facing forward to balance out the overall look? Will it make it (more) awkward? Ps. Picture is from before it was healed.
  10. 3 points
    SStu

    Hello all, help me fix my chest tattoo!

    I agree with @Hogrider. If your artist doesn't know where to take this then you need to find someone with some inspiration. Are you prepared to pay a qualified tattooist?
  11. 3 points
    ROAD TRIP! DeMoine = https://www.instagram.com/joshuabowers/ Fort Collins = https://www.instagram.com/curtisburgess/ Kansas City = https://www.instagram.com/markgalloway/?hl=en Chicago = https://www.instagram.com/r_goodkind/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/kellysevertson/?hl=en plus a whole host of others . . .
  12. 3 points
    SStu

    New member and about to design a sleeve

    Welcome! Bacanu looks quite capable from this instagram page. You should do quite good with him. Congrats! You'll find several historical threads here that discuss text as tattoos. My take on it = find an event or memory that brings you to a favorite feeling about your family. Go for the images and drop the text. Tattoos don't have to be literal for the casual stranger.
  13. 3 points
    Hollie

    Open skin on crease (side of ditch)

    So not sure if this will work for others but this process seems to be working for me...its now completely clotted and almost closed in a matter of days.. I had a reaction to the tegaderm that was originally put on my sleeve but I think its due to the build up of ink and fluids drying up. I was told to leave it on 3 days, I lasted two due to the redness and swelling purely around the adhesive edges. However, due to the crease wound being open I was 10 out 10 paranoid of infection so I was desperate to cover it. I washed the area with anti bacterial soap, dried it thoroughly, put a piece of tegaderm over it (I cut it, shits expensive). Following morning, removed the tegaderm and there was improvement however wasn’t closed enough, repeated cleaning process, let it air dry and air out for a few hours, cleaned it, reapplied tegaderm and removed the following day. This was the result and I’m super stoked, maybe attending uni and learning a bit about wound care helped me after all 😂 the little pink/red in the crease is actually now ink, not an open cut! Have another 8 hour session on Tuesday so will upload (hopefully) finished result. but for now, here’s the work so far..
  14. 2 points
    Hollie

    Hello all, help me fix my chest tattoo!

    Thanks for clarifying that. I don’t like misinforming people however it seems it was done to me! Lol
  15. 2 points
    Subzino

    Design ideas - how to build

    Thanks guys I’ll try to respond to this thread once it’s done 👍 (July 10th)
  16. 2 points
    Don't get anymore tattoos for a while. You can't obsess over details and worry about what people think. Seriously. Just wait a while before you do anything else. I love Freddie Mercury, and the records they created when he was still around. I am not a fan of the other three guys and their botching of his memory, but I love Freddie.
  17. 2 points
    No, you can't "erase" tattoos. That's not how it works.
  18. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Tatt advice

    Again not beating up on the OP because I don't know him or what he thinks, BUT I think there are a lot of people that think you can just laser a tattoo off and the skin will look like new, or that you can cover any mess of a schitty tattoo with no trace.
  19. 2 points
  20. 2 points
    You may or may not be surprised to learn that we hear this more often these days. Let it ride for awhile. It's not poorly done. Nothing there to be ashamed of. You look fairly young, and your tastes in art and how it appears on your skin will very likely evolve. My guess is you'll eventually add more AROUND it, and that will reduce the impact of what you're seeing right at this early moment.
  21. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Tatt advice

    Not to beat up on the OP because about half the threads here are the same, but man people don't do anywhere near enough homework before getting a tattoo and tattoo artists don't appear to be doing anywhere near enough to educate their clients.
  22. 2 points
    Dan

    Tatt advice

    that's normal and what all tattoos do over time,don't try and have it "fixed", that will not do any good.
  23. 2 points
    SStu

    New member and about to design a sleeve

    You should be going in with general ideas, images and some loose reference material. They should be proficient in layout, design and provide honest and realistic feedback. Between their historical evidence and ability to communicate their vision you'll have to decide which makes you more comfortable with how to proceed.
  24. 2 points
    SStu

    Is this a blowout or bruising?

    The answer could be one of several possibilities. Was your Mom's earlier work by him done in the same style, or is the tattooist trying to learn new things? Has he developed a personal "habit" that inhibits production? Any number of factors could change how any "artist" performs. I'd find someone new, myself. Where are you located?
  25. 2 points
    SStu

    Is this a blowout or bruising?

    It's way too early to tell. You'll have to wait 3-4 weeks before you really know what it's going to look like. I'd be more concerned with how it already appears to be significantly lighter in just one week. That might change with healing, too. Hopefully the tattooist really got the ink down in there adequately . . .
  26. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Rate my tattoo - Direction and help

    Drives me crazy when people rag on other people's tattoos. That's a nice, quality tattoo that you shouldn't hear anything but complements about.
  27. 2 points
    SStu

    Open skin on crease (side of ditch)

    Very pretty!
  28. 2 points
    oboogie

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    My artist's shop reopened with one person at a time and only two artists working. Everyone wears masks, and they can only get in a couple of scheduled tattoos a day (no walk-ins). Got this yesterday. My artist and I both love John Prine.
  29. 1 point
    cabbagefacelego

    Hello!

    Hello, tattoo fan here, got a few dotted about (arms, hands, legs). Also i've created a Lego Tattoo Parlor, if you want to see it let me know!
  30. 1 point
    Yeah, I have heard that as well. Tattoo laser removal definitely isn't something you'd want to do, I'd say it's one of the absolute last things you'd wanna do, actually. From what I've heard (no direct experience), the pain of the laser just doesn't compare to tattoo pain as it's on a whole 'nother level, it takes multiple sessions for the tattoo to really fade and because of how incredibly tough it is on your skin you need an interval of at least one month in-between sessions. That, and the thousands of dollars it can add up to... My artist told me that she has advised customers to get one or two laser sessions done before cover-ups only a very few handful of times because of all the above cons to lasering, and even with them she suggested no more than one or two sessions just to extremely dark tattoos to lighten the slightest bit so it would be easier to then cover up - to get tattoo lines to fade "wholly" not infrequently takes years and like others already said, would still be visible anyway. 😅
  31. 1 point
    SStu

    Hello all, help me fix my chest tattoo!

    @Lefteye where are you located? Let us help find you the right person . . .
  32. 1 point
    Hollie

    Hello all, help me fix my chest tattoo!

    Depends what you’re into... I can see this being turned into horns... more on the demonish side but I think it’d look sweet..
  33. 1 point
    Your tattoo looks GREAT honestly. I'm super big on placement and which way something should face and whatnot, but I feel that it's perfect and true to the album! I think that if you were to get the image flipped it just wouldn't be true to the original. It looks awesome! I'm also experiencing a bit of tattoo doubt but hopefully once they settle in it'll go away 🙂
  34. 1 point
    I personally think it looks awesome. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  35. 1 point
    Hollie

    Tegaderm/Saniderm/Tatuderm healing process

    Sometimes the heat can just be the tattoo, some places it radiates heat more than others... red is normal also, after all your skins just been pierced millions of times with a needle and it’s fighting to heal. Where is the tattoo? I found my elbow was swollen, red and radiated HUGE amounts of heat for like a week. It sucked. When I finished the rest of my sleeve, there were only sections that stayed warm for probably 3 days and then started to ease off. I used tegaderm for my sleeve (two sessions).. I had a reaction to the tegaderm with the first session, left it on for two days and had to remove it because I started getting a rash around the ink and adhesive... it’s important to remember heat, inflammation etc on tattoos is pretty normal for the first few days but if you’re concerned you’re having a reaction, remove it and make sure you wash it regularly. The second session on my sleeve, tegaderm also was applied because I hate leaking shit all over my clothes and sheets.... I removed it the day after (in the evening) and ordered a roll tegaderm and reapplied for another two days (surprise... no reaction!) I personally think the ink and extra fluid underneath the tegaderm caused my reaction the first time because it had dried up by the time I took it off and felt really tight.... I’m by no means a professional but this was my experience. Goodluck with healing!
  36. 1 point
    Couldn't agree more. I've had my share of anxiety with two of my three tattoos. I felt unhappy with a tattoo I got last year almost immediatly. I stressed and stressed about it, seeing things that NO ONE else was seeing. I ended up getting some work done underneath it...and you know what happened next? I was unhappy again. Finally I had to stop. Still haven't done anything with it, but I try to remember that it can be added/lasered out, if I want to later. I think your tattoo looks nice though. It's certainly pretty and well done. As Hogrider and SStu said, give yourself some time and don't rush into anything. I'm now laughing to myself because I just posted about my own regret with my latest tattoo. It's so easy to give advice, but not always to give yourself the same advice. Ah well...
  37. 1 point
    @Hogrider You're right, and that's solid advice. I do tend to go into these "obsessions," basically, usually shortly after getting the tattoo, where all I can think about is getting it redone. I do already feel more toned down and chill about the tattoo by now, a week later, so with a bit of hope I'll feel even more chill about it a few months from now, haha. I did feel myself going off on this rampage for new tattoo designs to cover up what I have now which I now already think were really bad ideas (mostly because they were incredibly dark and not even necessarily something I particularly liked, I was more looking for anything that works as cover-up). I'll continue to think about it while I'm abroad and not take any action until I'm back by the end of this year. I just figured, if I'm going to think about my options, that it might be handy to know beforehand which options are even feasible and which totally aren't, hehe. 😅 Thanks so much for your response and your advice! Edited to add: You know the whole concept of postpartum depression? Sometimes I really feel like there is something similar for tattoos as well LOL. I had something somewhat similar with the first tattoo I ever got, started thinking immediately of things I'd want to add to it or things I'd change and now, more than a year and a half later, I'm super happy and satisfied with that tattoo and am only glad I didn't get it changed. So Hogrider, you'r definitely right in how that rush can have really bad results! 😱
  38. 1 point
    Don't do words. Far too literal for my taste. Think about the things that brought you two together, things you enjoy as a family, and have something designed around that. It's a sweet idea, but images make for much better tattoos.
  39. 1 point
    1esotericguy

    Open skin on crease (side of ditch)

    Looks great! Big long sittings = big work. Always a fan of seeing these. Super satisfying too, those long sittings.
  40. 1 point
    Hollie

    Open skin on crease (side of ditch)

    End result, excuse the swelling on the inside and outside of my biceps! Brings fat arm to a whole new level lol
  41. 1 point
    That looks OK, but man it looks like he mauled your hand.
  42. 1 point
    Abnormal

    Rate my tattoo - Direction and help

    Thanks Dan! That's true for sure. Well, I am pleased with it, just can't help the second thoughts from coming.
  43. 1 point
    SStu

    Open skin on crease (side of ditch)

    they do take forever to heal
  44. 1 point
    First thing I would do is talk to the artist, or if you're really concerned about an infection speak with your doctor.
  45. 1 point
    SStu

    New & considering a coverup

    That's a pretty good looking free bird!
  46. 1 point
    Dan

    Sunscreen

    me when I go to the islands
  47. 1 point
    Loveitwhentheyrun

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Jesus I got the other day. Was a much needed session with all the craziness going on. Glad shops are opening back up!🤘
  48. 1 point
    Dan

    New & considering a coverup

    LOL I would not go back to that guy.
  49. 1 point
    Hogrider

    New & considering a coverup

    Lines don’t heal crooked. They are put on crooked.
  50. 1 point
    /\ that is the biggest complaint my wife has about me getting tattooed. Dead bodies all over my tattoos? Fine. But ink/blood/plasma on those Egyptian cotton sheets? No fuckin' way pal... Doing more research currently on it... One observation though is that everyone who has used it once uses it for all future tattoos, which to me is a pretty big indicator