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  1. 8 points
    JAC1961

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Here's a small one I got yesterday. It's a snail warrior, a symbol of the band Heilung. They play music derived from pre-viking northern tribes. Very ancestral.
  2. 5 points
    Hands On

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    I commissioned this from Yoni Zilber! Just saw it reposted on a new page called Tattoo Love Care, https://www.instagram.com/ttt_l_c/, created by @blackclaw @tttism @zacscheinbaum. Their description is "Aid-Promote-Educate. A place to help tattooers in need and discover new artists, causes and events." Check it out!
  3. 5 points
    AtomicMagpye

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    Tattoo studios are all shut in the UK also right now - I'm looking out on IG for art/prints/Tshirts to buy - there's a couple that are going to be doing that - I'm also hoping the Govt over here sorts out some money for self employed people while they are mandating the shut down.
  4. 5 points
    andysnowmi

    Looking for advice

    Quick Update on the tattoo. Saturday I did the first session and in 3.5 hours we did all the outlines. Here some shots of the day. For now really happy and surprise also about me. really didn't know what to expect from my first tattoo
  5. 5 points
  6. 5 points
    Gingerninja

    Looking for advice

    Think less is more. Unless you have a giant arm, you have more than enough going on. Let the design breathe.
  7. 5 points
    Hogrider

    Looking for advice

    I wouldn't throw anything else in there. That's already very busy.
  8. 5 points
    Hygge.

    Upcoming Tattoos

    I have an appointment next month with didac (@didactattoo on ig) for a big black panther covered in red hearts. I am so excited! It is going to be my biggest piece so far (about 35 cm)
  9. 4 points
    JAC1961

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    I follow quite a few local shops on social media along with others that I'd some day like to travel to and in the last week I'm seeing a reoccurring theme. The lock down of tattoo shops in many states is quickly causing financial problems for the shop owners and tattooers. Many are selling merch and paintings or prints and offering to do commissioned artwork. The shop that I've gone to the most is selling gift cards to carry them thru this lean times. I realize many collectors are also laid off or facing reduced hours, but if you are in a position to help consider throwing a little something their way. It'd be a shame to lose a bunch of good shops and artists that we'll be wanting and needing when this whole nightmare is over.
  10. 4 points
    Hogrider

    New here and I need advice!! :)

    This is not a forum for scratchers.
  11. 4 points
    Oiocha

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    I'm doing what I can to pre-pay for sessions and buy some art.
  12. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    Hi All - I hope that everyone is safe and well. My heart is broken for all of our friends and family that have been furloughed or had income disruptions. I have been doing what I can to support!
  13. 4 points
    They don't just take an eraser to your skin and rub the tattoo off. Getting that much ink off would probably take a year or more and I can't even imagine the cost and the pain. And it never really comes off. I've seen tons of tattoo that were lasered "off" and you can still see them. $2,000 for that much work is a bargain, particularly since it's good work. Finish the sleeve and do better on the next one. You only think you're unhappy now. By the time you get through mucking with that arm, you'll probably have $10,000 in it and be REALLY unhappy with the way it looks. Not to beat up on you, but this is why you think BEFORE you get a tattoo.
  14. 4 points
    Hogrider

    New & considering a coverup

    Lines don’t heal crooked. They are put on crooked.
  15. 3 points
    Gingerninja

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    My appointments with Garver and Rubendall were cancelled. Blah. That being said, I do have a cool commission happening. 🙂
  16. 3 points
    Steve

    New here and I need advice!! :)

    Please read this, thanks: https://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/guidelines/
  17. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Tattoo blowout? Mistake? Or normal?

    But if I ask in a different way, won't I get a different answer???
  18. 3 points
    oboogie

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    Our state shut all tattoo shops this week. I really feel for tattoo artists right now.
  19. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    We need to stick together during these crazy times.
  20. 3 points
    No real tattooist would tell you it's ok to submerge your new tattoo in pool chlorine. Did he/she happen to be working from a kitchen table? Only time will tell how it plays out.
  21. 3 points
    JAC1961

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Funny thing is, I'd feel safer going to any tattoo shop that I've ever been to compared to the vast majority of restaurants or stores.
  22. 3 points
    Hogrider

    New here, looking for advice?

    When you said the forehead area of your "little guy" I almost didn't look! Tattoos take 4 -6 weeks to heal. You won't know anything until then. It doesn't matter how many times you ask, how you rephrase the question, or what nuances you add to your inquiry.
  23. 3 points
    SJP0tato

    New to the game

    Last session is done... not sure how common it is to spend so many sessions on a single/first piece like this, but I'm having a lot of fun with the process so I guess it's all good! Again really appreciate all the info contributed on this site over the years (so if you're reading this: thank you!), it's helped my experience more than I can say. One more touch-up session scheduled in a month or so (artist wants to add a little more color to a few areas), but first tattoo down, now to figure out which of the dozens of ideas to have done next! Dang things really are addictive after all... 🙂
  24. 3 points
    Hands On

    Tattoo photography

    I've never joined photos to make one connected image, but I've taken rotating shots and put them together to show the various angles. Taking the Pics: this is obviously easiest if you have someone taking pics for you. have them stand at the same location as you rotate, to get the same lighting. pay attention to the distance from the camera to the tattoo - try to keep size and location consistent if you're taking shots solo set the camera on a level surface that frames your piece well set the timer and take as many shots as your camera will do on timer same as above - stand at the right distance from the camera and slowly rotate take more shots that you need. digital pics are free! check out the set and redo as needed. be patient. later, when you edit, you can choose the best ones that work well to show the piece as a whole I've never tried this, but you might also be able to just take a video, then take stills from the video. Editing the Pics Choose the best shots that show a good rotation Crop each shot at the same height locations of the tattoo - in this example, top of arm to bottom of half sleeve Resize each image to be the same height Adjust values of each image, to be as consistent as possible Save Open a blank file and insert each shot in the rotation Align to fit Crop if needed Adjust values as a whole rotated image, if needed This is pretty amateur, but it's good enough for my needs.I've got nothing on ATAK. If you haven't already, check out Bloodwork: Sleeves and Bodies. Hope this helps!
  25. 3 points
    Gingerninja

    Ink the Original

    @Hogrider - Many of the "brightener" product contain Vitamin C and/or some other types of mild acids (re: not retinols but salicylic acid) sold in regular "anti-aging" facial creams. The "brighteners" simply exfoliate. My concern around these product is sun exposure. Anytime you use Vit C or mild acids, the number one rule is to avoid sun exposure due to increased sun sensitivity.
  26. 2 points
    Dan

    Is my new tattoo gonna heal patchy

    so, you HAVE to wash it, a shower will not harm the tattoo, without seeing a pic of it we can't be sure, but a shower will not hurt a tattoo, it is usually something else, like scabbing or a poorly applied tattoo that causes issues.
  27. 2 points
    SStu

    Thigh tattoo questions

    Yep. Where do you live? Maybe we can steer you to a couple of quality options . . .
  28. 2 points
    oboogie

    Thigh tattoo questions

    What @Hogrider said. If someone says they can do it "cheap," run a mile. Quality tattoos aren't cheap. Also, not every tattoo artist will be comfortable tattooing scar tissue. Check around and ask a lot of questions if you find someone.
  29. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Thigh tattoo questions

    You need to see a tattoo artist to answer all those questions. Prices very widely, but good tattoos are NOT cheap. How long it takes depends on what you get and how much detail you put into it. Only you can judge "good enough." Do some research, find a good shop and book a consultation. Expect to drop a couple of grand for a really good tattoo.
  30. 2 points
    Looks like it’s healing fine to me. I don’t take white at all. Probably because I look like Casper. I had all the white disappear out of my samurai’s kimono. The longer it has to heal, the better.
  31. 2 points
    oboogie

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    Josh Henderson, the guy who does most of my work, has a lot of his artwork up for sale on Big Cartel. I already have some, but I may buy some more.
  32. 2 points
    AverageJer

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    As others have said. This really sucks and as contact employees tattoo artists are hit hard. Wife and I looking into buying a painting or maybe some gift cards.
  33. 2 points
    Dan

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    yep, I feel bad for these tattooers. they are all closed here too. plus all the ones we all follow & know around the planet. I am very fortunate to have an "essential" job here in probation, and my wife is retired so she is good at home.
  34. 2 points
    JAC1961

    Hi & my first big tattoo ^^

    Yes, it is a common phenomenon. It's a common question here. Take a breath and relax, it will pass.
  35. 2 points
    Samth

    Your favorite shop & COVID-19

    I agree, even if you can engage in bartering you can really help them out
  36. 2 points
    Welcome to the internet. You sometimes hear things you don't want to. 😉
  37. 2 points
    Another GoldWing rescued. Bought in December 2019 from a fence row in Kentucky. Still needs paint and a front tire, but this derelict is a runner again after at least 9 years.
  38. 2 points
    It's an open wound. Do you not get that?
  39. 2 points
    And it seems to me since you questioned the artist multiple times, you must have already known that you shouldn't do it. That puts at least 50% of the responsibility on you.
  40. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Advice is appreciated!

    You have to wait until it heals to know what it's going to look like. At two weeks, it's not even healed yet. Hyper fixating is a recipe for disaster hen getting tattoos. You're more likely to make things worse than better by acting without thinking. Patience is your best friend.
  41. 2 points
    SStu

    New & considering a coverup

    easily covered. Get used to the idea that it's going to be significantly larger - and send us a link to the intended artist.
  42. 2 points
    Gingerninja

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Gah...hoping that my appointments can still go on next month in NYC. #covid19
  43. 2 points
    SStu

    New here and in need of advice...

    Yep. The only way to even that all up would be to cover it with something fairly dark. It could end up awesome, but finding the right artist would be key.
  44. 2 points
    Hogrider

    New here and in need of advice...

    No, you can't fix bad line work. All you can do is make sure you don't make the same mistake twice. I wouldn't worry about that tattoo. I've seen many, many more that are far worse. Just look at it at a high level, don't look at every detail. I say this at least once a week - you start fooling with a tattoo like that, you're far more likely to make it worse than to make it better.
  45. 2 points
    JAC1961

    Looking for advice

    My 2 cents. 3 koi are too much. They'd be so small they'd lose their detail and look amateurish. If you're really set on having 3, consider moving it to your leg. Most important, if you really want it to turn out well, go to an artist that has studied Japanese tattoos and understands how they are to designed. Don't just go to someone who has "done a few".
  46. 2 points
    scottyg

    Looking for advice

    Plus aren't chrysanthemums a fall/winter flower? And sakura are definitely a spring flower. So you might remove the cherry blossoms and replace with maple leaves, but even then, there's really a lot going on. The sketch itself is nice, but the images are very compressed. Did you design this yourself? I like the style of the waves, certainly, but something seems static about the picture. It should of course seem completely vivid and in motion. That's my 2 cents and I'm by no means an expert and don't mean to offend.
  47. 2 points
    It's very common; we get posts on here like every few days. I'd hold off on another one for a bit if this one is this concerning. Nothing to do now other than to grow to love it, which you've indicated you already do; it ain't going anywhere.
  48. 2 points
    go see your doctor to be sure.
  49. 2 points
    Dan

    Ink the Original

    $8.45
  50. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Ink the Original

    How exactly does it brighten and protect tattoos? Sounds like marketing bullschitt to me. No need for special lotions and potents.