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  1. 6 points
    cyoonit123

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Just got this done by Matt Truiano in NYC!
  2. 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.
  3. 6 points
    jadore

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Done two days ago, very happy!
  4. 5 points
    Gingerninja

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Garver to continue on my arm and Rubendall to finally finish my leg! I had appointments in April for both then you know, the Corona. I am a little twitchy about flying to NYC for Garver, TBH. I plan to drive to LI for Mike.
  5. 5 points
    Hogrider

    Rate my tattoo - Direction and help

    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."
  6. 4 points
    Hygge.

    Upcoming Tattoos

    I finally did it! took more than anticipated due to the pandemic but it's done :) Enviado desde mi Redmi Note 8 Pro mediante Tapatalk
  7. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Back in the chair on 8/5 and 9/5!!
  8. 4 points
    Subzino

    Design ideas - how to build

    Switched it up slightly so the clouds were on the outside - I’ll update once healed too
  9. 4 points
    Dan

    What do you guys think of my tattoo?

    it's a cool tattoo, and I don't give a F*** what other people say or think about my tattoos. if somebody wants to talk about tattoos,then I like to do that,if nobody says anything about my tattoos,then that's fine too.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 3 points
    looks totally normal for a healing tattoo
  13. 3 points
    Gingerninja

    Design ideas - how to build

    @Subzino Just plan your full body suit and be done with it. 🙂
  14. 3 points
  15. 3 points
    I've figured out what may have happened! Firstly thank you Hollie (LOL grumpy bums ahahaha) and Queen Rocks for being understanding unlike the others here who are so quick to jump to assumptions like "I didn't spend time researching the right artist" - my artist has a wonderful reputation or that "I didn't do a quick search" lol as if I would be here if there was a any information out there about tats that darken instead of lighten during healing, which there isn't. Someone on another forum where I posted the same question (without anyone who jumped straight to "wait and see and stop whining, you irresponsible anxious newbie" routine) mentioned that since I haven't been out in the sun at all but my arm looks browner said perhaps I was having a mild allergic reaction which led to the skin reddening. I've spoken to the artist and switched creams now to something less heavy than the one she initially recommended and that seems to have helped a lot! It's only been a few hours but my skin is less red/dark so will keep using the new light cream. Thanks again for your help girls! To the others: keep an open mind, everyone's bodies are different 🙂
  16. 3 points
    I know you can't tell me anything until it's healed, but what can you tell me? I'm with you on the no anxiety after getting a tattoo. I read about it and understand it, but I've never felt it. Probably because I waited so long, researched it so thoroughly, and took my time finding the right artist.
  17. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Black vs. Color

    I wouldn't go to an artist that specializes in black and grey to get a color tattoo. Kind of like going to a proctologist because you have a cough. It doesn't mean they can't work on both ends, I just like specialists.
  18. 3 points
    Fig1996

    What do you guys think of my tattoo?

    Right! Especially when they go on and on about deeper meanings... people don't seem to realize that there don't HAVE to be these super deep meanings behind tattoos, haha! I haven't posted my first tattoo anywhere yet, no! But here's a picture of it: It's not even that special or anything. Frankly, in terms of technique and placement and the like, I like the second one more. But the whole geometric/ornamental generally does pretty well with people I've found. I think for most it's just the right amount of, say, elegance and coolness while not necessarily being too out there yet. It's also two years old by now so the lines definitely aren't what they used to be LOL, and especially with how admittedly poorly I protect it from sun it could very much benefit from a touch-up but I do still like it.... especially for a first tattoo which I, for all intents and purposes, wasn't nearly informed enough on. People will always ask why the orca, and while there is a story behind this one I'm not about to tell any stranger that. "You see, it all started 15 years ago, when my father........" 😂 I just tell them it's my favorite animal, which isn't a lie, but even then they'll go on about "but why?" Also, I'd have many a person ask what animal it is. I've heard whale, dolphin (not entirely wrong) and even shark. 😂😂 At least with your piece it's very clear what it is! Maybe that also has something to do with the whole getting people to comment on it... when it isn't entirely clear, people might be more predisposed to ask/comment. At any rate, I would definitely not consider folks not commenting on your tattoo as proof of them not liking it. I really don't think it works that way! Your tattoo is awesome and you should be proud of it! 🙂 (That, and of course the placement of the tattoo does matter a lot too, haha).
  19. 3 points
    oboogie

    What do you guys think of my tattoo?

    Did you get it for yourself or for other people? Doesn't matter what anyone thinks. It's a nice tattoo. Enjoy it and get more tattoos.
  20. 3 points
    In my mind you've already got the acceptable limit = "inspiration". If you take that picture some a willing tattooist and say "I want this EXACTLY as this is" and they trace it out then it's just reproduced artwork, like a cartoon character. If you take that picture to a qualified artist and say I'd like a goat's head and raven similar to this then you're likely to get an original piece of art.
  21. 3 points
    SStu

    Hello all, help me fix my chest tattoo!

    Not real familiar with WI but Solid State in Milwaukee looks decent. Also lots of world class options in Chicago and a couple in Minneapolis, too.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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 . . .
  25. 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.
  26. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Love/Hate my cover up tattoo Anxiety

    Have some of this and calm down! Seriously though, your tattoo is a disaster waiting to happen. The more you monkey with it, the worse it will look. If everyone else thinks it looks great, just accept it an move on. You are FAR more likely to make it worse, than make it better.
  27. 2 points
    SStu

    Tattoo newbie

    Twin Peaks is a surrealistic visual adventure so having a tattoo that follows that theme is understood by me. That being said any surrealistic tattoo is going to get odd looks = and that's OK, as long as you don't mind answering the questions that will arise. That being said, you're going to need a very high quality artist to pull off the artwork needed to make sure your surrealistic image is readable (even to the initiated). Abstract floor patterns and especially curtains are going to have to not just look random or sloppy. Who is your artist?
  28. 2 points
    Hygge.

    Upcoming Tattoos

    more pictures! I also got a traditional piece in May! I must say it's my favourite piece so far :) Enviado desde mi Redmi Note 8 Pro mediante Tapatalk
  29. 2 points
    Hogrider

    Tattoo newbie

    Nope. That's a coverup waiting to happen. Be prepared for, "What is that???"
  30. 2 points
    scottyg

    Tattoo Video Stills

    Hey guys. In like 2016 a film student made a video of an old session of mine getting waves and leaves added to my turtle by Takashi Matsuba in his old studio. Thought I'd post some stills from the video here. The video's locked, but it's cool.
  31. 2 points
    Guess which one I am. 🙂
  32. 2 points
    SStu

    Upcoming Tattoos

    I'm not going to be doing any flying anytime in the near future, and that's a shame.
  33. 2 points
    This. I have a piece on my back that I've not once fretted over. But after I got my first "visible" tattoo I started going over every f*cking detail. This was after waiting a long time, searching for the perfect tattoo artist, consulting with the artist prior, etc. I was calculated. But as already noted, some people (such as myself) need that little bit of reassurance because maybe our anxiety gets the better of us. We're all wired differently. To the OP, to me it looks like you got a bit tanner. Not to worry, even if it is darker, it will still look great.
  34. 2 points
    Subzino

    Design ideas - how to build

    Haha thanks! And today took about 4/5 hours so all together it was 8/9 hours for the whole chest piece. I’d say the middle part was the worst to be honest but the nipple area was kinda sore too
  35. 2 points
    Oh I know. I’ve been going back to a few years and there’s loads of the same stuff. Especially around Tattoo anxiety! I was actually surprised.. now maybe I’m weird because I never went through any of that...only type of anxiety I get is when I’m sitting there waiting for the artist to stab me with needles for hours LOL.
  36. 2 points
    @Dani2304 You acknowledge that it's too early to tell what it's eventually going to look like and in the meantime you persist in micro-analyzing what you worry might be potential imperfections in an art form with plenty of room for perceived "imperfections". Honestly, I wouldn't recommend proceeding with getting any further and/or larger pieces done anytime in the near future . . .
  37. 2 points
    oboogie

    What do you guys think of my tattoo?

    I had the cutest little old lady come up to me in the supermarket right after I got my elbow done on my first sleeve (right arm). She went on and on about how pretty it was and even touched it. I told her thank you, but I told her not to touch it because it was still fresh. But she was so adorable and sweet.
  38. 2 points
    Hollie

    What do you guys think of my tattoo?

    This post reminded me of a comment my family friend made about my father in-law. He made some comment about how he didn’t like women with tattoos and she was offended (she has a couple of small ones) and said “oh so you don’t like my tattoo” and he’s like no. I don’t like tattoos on women (he can be a bit of a knob from time to time). And my response was pretty much what most people have said... “if you got it for others to look at, rather than yourself, you probably got it for the wrong reasons”. I have four personally, half sleeve, shoulder, collar bone and lower back. Two of mine are pretty decent in size and honestly, I get nice comments from people, I get snarls from others.. mostly older women that view tattoos a little differently but ALL of mine have sentimental meanings and I could give a shit less what people think because they mean something to me. At the end of the day, regardless of what anyone thinks, you’ve got to be comfortable in your own skin, covered in tattoos or not. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  39. 2 points
    Queen Rocks

    Anxiety ridden canvases

    Sorry to bring up an old topic, but I was kind of embarrassed when reading this topic! My regret brought me here only a short while ago...though granted I'm not new to tattoos. There was a 12 year gap between now and the last tattoo I got. Back then I wasn't so much into social media or interested in looking up other people's tattoos. Nowadays I'm much more active online and constantly looking up fantastic tattoos and reading comments from other people (both positive and negative). It can be so F***ing toxic. And in hindsight, it's definitely had an impact on me subconsciously. I've finally gotten over the panic though, in part because some of you were super nice and gave me support, whether you know it or not. But also because I remember the reason I got inked in the first place. It wasn't for anyone else's gratification, but solely my own. F*** anyone else (and it feels great to finally say that).
  40. 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
  41. 2 points
    No, you can't "erase" tattoos. That's not how it works.
  42. 2 points
    That is a nice tattoo! The people commenting don't understand the original, so their comments shouldn't hold any value to you.
  43. 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.
  44. 2 points
    no,no,no,& yes
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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?
  50. 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 . . .