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  1. Dan

    The small things

    put the magnifying glass away and enjoy it.
    4 points
  2. suburbanxcore

    The wait

    I have a gigantic portion of my body covered by Scott Sylvia, and I can't recommend him and the crew at Black Heart enough. He is a legend in the game for good reason - a hell of a tattooer for 30+ years, fast as they come, and a great guy. Plus he started this website. Idle Hand is a killer shop in SF as well. Temple Tattoo is a bay area institution and worth looking into the guys there. FTW in Oakland is a strong shop too. A lot of the Spider Murphy's folks have moved and opened Shangri La. Both of those shops are pumping out killer work. Long story short, there
    3 points
  3. Quit overthinking it or giving a shit what anyone in your life thinks. Just enjoy your tattoos.
    3 points
  4. The light spot seems to have disappeared now. Thanks !
    2 points
  5. SStu

    Light spot on my tattoo

    too early to make any judgements. give it 4-6 weeks to see what you've really got. Wait several months for touch-ups, if needed.
    2 points
  6. I exercise at home or a gym. I don't exercise the day after a tattoo, but start in the 2nd day after a tattoo. As for the sun, I would just keep it out of the sun. It won't kill you to stay out of the sun for a week. The sun isn't good for your skin under any circumstance, but I wouldn't subject freshly tattooed skin to it. My dogs are pretty mellow, but I keep them away from the tattoo for a week. I wouldn't want them rubbing against it or god forbid, licking it this early. I'm probably overly cautious about my tattoos, but it's one of the reasons they all look new after 13 years.
    2 points
  7. It's really just semantics. What is it that you want to do? I'm usual pretty careful for a week, then cocoa butter and it's on its own. I wouldn't go into a gym with it uncovered, but I'd go into a gym if I covered it up 4 days out.
    2 points
  8. Hogrider

    The wait

    Yea, asking an artist to cop someone else's style is a no, no.
    2 points
  9. Please do not get any more tattoos.
    2 points
  10. Unfortunately many people do their research AFTER they are unhappy with the results.
    2 points
  11. 1) Listen to your artist. 2) Chill out. 3) Learn from your mistakes. You don't get a good tattoo from a shit artist. Good artists aren't cheap. I see way worse than that every day. I'm not even sure what is so horrible about the work. If I saw that on the street I wouldn't give it a second thought. If you can't get past this, don't get more tattoos. See #2 again. 😉
    2 points
  12. I've got 25-30 year old tattoos that aren't faded at all. Keep them out of the sun and a good application will stay good. It will gradually spread over the decades, but not necessarily fade.
    2 points
  13. Use just enough to keep the skin moist. Too little is better than too much. Yes scabbing is normal.
    2 points
  14. Your tattoo is healing. If there is no pus and it isn't hot to the touch, just leave it alone and let it heal. It looks like you are putting a lot of crap on it, so just keep it clean and dry. You appear to be drowning it in Aquaphor or something.
    2 points
  15. Hogrider

    The small things

    +1 When people talk about "touching up" lettering, I always wonder what the hell they think they can touch up. Make ALL the lines too thick, too crooked, different lengths? Because you can't undo a tattoo.
    2 points
  16. Thanks, I think I'll get there. I already feel better about it today than I did yesterday. I'm used to being the black sheep of the (somewhat traditional, Jewish) family, but tattoos are a much more visible representation of that status than my lack of spouse or children. 😂 I think I just need a minute to mentally adjust.
    2 points
  17. Stay out of the sun. There is nothing you can now, except stay out of the sun until it’s healed. It will take 4-6 weeks to heal, you’ll know what it’s going to look like then, not before. How do you “unexpectedly” get in the sun. Did you not notice it??
    2 points
  18. You hear a lot of stupid things on the internet, that’s one of them.
    2 points
  19. who ever told you that is wrong, get the style of tattoo you want.
    2 points
  20. Certainly don't need to be built like The Rock to display Maori styles. Find the artist that is very well experienced in that style and they can follow whatever contours your body provides. It's not like there aren't any tall, thin tribesmen in New Zealand.
    2 points
  21. Ok, it's been way too long - but I'm finally booked (in November) for some new work. Tine Defiore!
    2 points
  22. I'm two sessions in on a flora and fauna back piece by Virginia Elwood. The piece is covering up a somewhat ill-advised first tattoo that I got after surviving a very tough year at age 18, and I'm pushing 40 now, so it seemed like a good moment to move onwards and upwards. I'm so in love with how it's coming out. Everyone is right about some of these spots being no joke though — 3-4 hours feels like PLENTY for one day. My next session is this week to add some more creatures in some of the spaces along the sides and hopefully start some shading. Should be "fun"!
    2 points
  23. Reminds me of a time when my brother, his daughter and my father were in the living room and my brother said, "Show my daughter your back." I said I didn't think she wanted to see it, but she did so I whipped off my shirt and showed her my back piece (in my avatar). My father looked like a deer in headlight, like "this does not compute." He never said a word. I may have fried his brain.
    1 point
  24. My parent hate my tattoos. They're both 70, and they still think that only sailors or gang members have tattoos. They have literally said that to me. I have one of a skeleton, and that did not go over well at all. 🤷‍♀️ We've had a couple of fights about them, but we know there's no turning back at this point. I actually had a talk with my mom recently and told her that her "funny jokes" (also known as her thinly veiled dislike) about my tattoos were hurtful and not nice. Too soon to say if anything will actually change based on that, but the point is, none of us want my tattoos to ruin ou
    1 point
  25. looks really good! show em off! tattoo is better than no tattoo! btw, the car looks pretty darn cool imho.
    1 point
  26. SStu

    The wait

    I waited 2 years for my left leg appointment. On the other hand, $400/hr pushes even my boundaries . . . top notch around here (New Orleans, Houston and Austin) is $175-200. Obviously SOCal is another story . . .
    1 point
  27. u won't know what it will look like for 4-6+ weeks after fully healing. the re-work looks pretty good imho.
    1 point
  28. Thought I’d follow this up as I finally had this tattoo reworked by a decent artist. It healed predictably terribly. Very patchy and quite scarred. But now I’m 2 days since getting it redone and I can’t quite believe how terrible this one was at 5 days!
    1 point
  29. suburbanxcore

    The wait

    If you REALLLLY want to get tattooed by an artist, the time and money will be worth the wait. Plenty of people on this site have waited for artists they love, myself included. That said, that's a long time to wait when you do have pretty strong options in both Sacramento (Britton at Royal Peacock does great work!) and a reasonable drive to SF/Oakland with plenty of killer artists doing traditional work.
    1 point
  30. I'd start dry healing. Just keep it clean and stop putting anything on it. You are definitely drowning it.
    1 point
  31. Hogrider

    Clopidogrel and tattoo

    I'd check with my artist, I wouldn't just show up and hope they were cool with it.
    1 point
  32. There are errors on all tattoos. Yours looks great just remember the artist is drawing(tracing) on your skin. the transfer could slide a little bit or if your arm is slightly twisted when the transfer is being placed. If you can find any perfect straight lines or perfect symmetry on any tattoos let the rest of us know. The key is getting a very detailed piece. The more details the harder it is to notice any imperfections with a very few exceptions. Your tat looks great. Don’t scrutinize it. That’s a slap in the face to the artist. Honestly I don’t even see what issues you are try
    1 point
  33. Slap it. That's all you can do to stop itching. You are way overthinking everything.
    1 point
  34. Don’t worry about the price, focus on the artists. Request to see healed work and see if you can get a consultation. Seems so crazy now that many artists are not doing consults and are less patient with clients. Guess many are too busy. Post pandemic for you.
    1 point
  35. These are questions you should be asking your tattoo artist. We're just guessing. He actually knows what he's going to do.
    1 point
  36. You have nerves all over your body close to the skin, just let the artist do his work and don't worry about it. I don't know what to tell you about the touch up other than trust your artist. You left out the part where you are continuing the tattoo and touching it up to match. People get touch ups all the time with varying results. Make sure you're artist is a good one.
    1 point
  37. SStu

    cant post

    and if you've got a question - post it here
    1 point
  38. Hogrider

    The small things

    The line making the O is thicker than the others, the two lines forming the A aren’t the same length, and the S is crooked. script is one of the hardest things to do well because there is no room for error. There’s no such thing as a perfect tattoo. Look at any tattoo long enough and you’ll find something wrong with it.
    1 point
  39. SStu

    Using same motive

    Absolutely nothing wrong with that.
    1 point
  40. That was a very silly thing to do. As Hogrider said, how do you not know you are going out in to the sun?
    1 point
  41. jdub

    New from Sacramento

    Yes, I am planning on a half sleeve from wrist to elbow done in old school Americana. Exact images on the inside or outside forearm yet to be decided.
    1 point
  42. Armpit adjacent. That little crease off the side of your chest, right before it becomes the actual armpit. That was a very tough spot for me.
    1 point
  43. LOL IMO it all fuckin' hurts
    1 point
  44. 26 hours down with one session left! Spent the last session doing background shading and the whole branch. The lovehandle area had me almost tapping and *almost* in tears. A very special kind of searing pain 🌶
    1 point
  45. Art is subjective - and what style resonates with you is truly what should guide with with respect to style and artistry. There really are no wrong answers to this question. Learn to visually discern if a healed tattoo has clean, clear and straight lines PLUS good ink saturation. At that stage you can gauge if you've found a good tattooist. You'll need to satisfy both answers in order to be truly happen with the result and decades of wear.
    1 point
  46. Cassette monster coming to life (I'm 59 - loved cassettes). The artist put my favorite bands logo (Opeth) on the shirt after I had decided no logos.
    1 point
  47. Synesthesia

    Tattoo Blowout

    I got one pretty bad on a butterfly tattoo I have. It's in a sensitive spot, near my elbow ditch. I'm not too worried about it since I plan on surrounding it with more tattoos anyway and the negative space between them (where the blowout is) won't be as noticeable. It's also faded a little with time. Most of the time, it's not worth trying to "correct" a blow out because it ends up just drawing more attention to it. Tattoos are going to have "mistakes"...I don't think any of mine are perfect, but that doesn't mean I don't still like them. The best thing to do is try to accept that and just ke
    1 point
  48. Breakme

    Tattoo Blowout

    I've got blowout on my inner thighs, (more like ink seepage/spreading) from a very well regarded tattooer. It's quite faint but covers a large area and in some light you can't see it, in other light it's very noticeable but it's getting better over time. I do have very pale skin and I don't tan so I'm sure this doesn't help. I also have one particularly bad spot on the front of my thigh looked like a permanent bruise the size of 10c coin, it was really odd. It's been 9 months since they were done, and it has only started getting better in the last couple of months. I plan on having both th
    1 point
  49. DJDeepFried

    Tattoo Blowout

    It happens. No tattoo is perfect. It's a handmade craft. Gives it character, etc. Chances are it won't bother you so much as time goes by. But at least let it heal. Fixing it could make it worse. Up to you if you want to take that chance. But I'd do what your artist recommends if you trust him/her. The reason why "get more tattoos" is the best answer is because you'll drive yourself crazy nitpicking over every last detail so you may as well put that energy into planning the next one.
    1 point


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