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  1. 10 points
    Gingerninja

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Finished up my sleeve this past weekend at Pagoda by Grez. Here's a little peek...
  2. 7 points
    Shoulder part is complete
  3. 7 points
    Hogrider

    Tattoo Faded

  4. 7 points
    Boiled Dove

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Hey all, been gone for a while, hope everyone is well. I have time scheduled with Chad Koeplinger in about a month to do my chest. This is probably gonna be my first multi session tattoo. Just breezed through the new tattoo pics, y'all age getting some great shit out there.
  5. 6 points
    Gingerninja

    London Tattoo Convention 2019

    On Friday, Rubendall is going to finish the background on my right leg sleeve. Lots of swirly bits. We will still have to finish up the crane but I'll get that done next year. On Sunday, in with Valerie for a geisha!
  6. 6 points
    Russ

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    It's been a good while since I posted on here so here are a few bits I've had over the last year or two, there are more but these are the only ones that I have pics to hand. A couple from Steve Byrne My leg as been in progress for about two years now, one session to go, by Damien Rodriguez Oliver Macintosh
  7. 5 points
    Dan

    Four letter word combinations

    this is what I came up with being a marley fan,and some traditional designs too
  8. 5 points
    Oiocha

    How Important is the Experience?

    A lot of my experiences have been with people who are heads down and quiet. I can take the lacking conversation in exchange for wearing a better piece of art for the rest of my life time. Kiku is the only person I had a good time with and got a good tattoo from, we took a lot longer to do the tattoo but came away having much more fun. I always book with the end product in mind, I can't form an interesting conversation during the experience anyways, I'm concentrating on not dying.
  9. 5 points
    1. Someone makes a comment to me about how dumb tattoos are while staring at my tattoos 2. I tell them they are memorial tattoos for all the family I have lost 3. Person looks horrified, tries to think of something to say 4. I drop the mic and walk away
  10. 5 points
    SStu

    Extreme fading on new tattoo

    Sorry, but that's mainly just poor application.
  11. 5 points
    Hogrider

    How Important is the Experience?

    No such thing as a perfect tattoo. 😉
  12. 5 points
    Hands On

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    I got this Filipino tribal collar/chest from Melissa Manuel at Humble Beginnings in San Jose, CA. I feel so much more complete! This is how it was lookin' before, after the two chest pieces from Walter McDonald.
  13. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    London Tattoo Convention 2019

    We're heading over next month for the show. Does anyone have some pro tips for the event? I know it's massive and all the videos that I have seen show really long lines to even get into the event. I'm wondering what time to line up to get in...I'd hate be be late for an appointment!
  14. 4 points
    bongsau

    Back piece advice

    I think if you are going to get a backpiece tattoo you should have a clear idea of what exactly you want...my $0.02.
  15. 4 points
    Another way to look at it: shit happens.
  16. 4 points
    1. it takes 4 - 6 weeks to heal, so you won't know what it's going to look like until then 2. it likely is an easy touch-up 3. you should listen to you tattoo artist
  17. 4 points
    Hogrider

    New

    Maybe the newbies should remember the stated purpose of this website. "The mission of this website is to help preserve the craft of GOOD tattooing and to serve as an educational resource for those who want to learn the difference between good and bad tattoos." In some cases that means telling people what they DON'T want to hear.
  18. 4 points
    bongsau

    Does anybody had insult your tattoos?

    I don't really care, I like my tattoos ! Every single one of them. And that is all that matters. At this point in my life, if someone doesn't like me simply because I am a tattooed person they can go f*ck themselves and frankly I don't have time or want to know them (family included). I choose to express myself the way I have - take it or leave it... Now if someone wants to get up in my face and insult me about my tattoos (or be rude in general), well you can guess what kind of response they would receive from me... ----really, the majority of people - friends and strangers - have been incredibly positive towards my tattoo expression. I have the odd conservative person look a bit queasy because of the pain you would assume from some of the nastier spots, but I just smile and laugh. The dumbest comments I have received are along the lines of money ie "how much did that cost" (which I will never answer, I just respond by telling them that is rude) or "that is a waste of money" which I just roll my eyes and end the conversation. It's my money to spend freely and my body my choice...I can guarantee my awesome bodysuit collection did not cost as much as their ugly truck/SUV or cocaine habit haha 😉
  19. 4 points
    bongsau

    Tattoo in Belgium & France

    Update - awesome time in Belgium and France ! Got to meet my LST penpal danceswithferrets in-person. Him and his wife showed me a wonderful time in Leuven and we had a really awesome tattoo exchange, including this photo op: I enjoyed Belgian sites and people (and beer!) so much that I headed back to Bruxelles after the Southern France wedding for my remaining days. Met some cool people by chance (one of which was a tattooist) within 5 minutes of leaving my airbnb...got this gothic skull blastover made by my new pal Taul Tattoo at his Atome22 Studio: And spent my last day in Bruxelles at the world class Purple Sun Tattoo: Hand poked finger dangler by Indy Voet and this incredibly powerful tattoo from Jean-Philippe Burton As an added bonus I got to see the Wim Delvoye exhibit at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium and see Jamie the tattooed pig from Art Farm and the Cloaca shit machine ! Very grateful for the experiences the universe and tattoo-karma provided me throughout this trip. It was a spiritual awakening of sorts. Highly recommend Bruxelles and Belgium, I can't wait to go back 🙂
  20. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    Opinions

    For me, exactly no on the eyeball tattoos. Blackout tattoos, if done well, are cool. Not for me but I can certainly appreciate (almost) any well done tattoo.
  21. 4 points
    ShenanigansFL

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    After taking the wrapping and bandages off. It’s complete, however you can tell the areas that have healed versus fresh ink. Looking forward to it completely healing and settling in. Hard to get the whole thing in one picture. I’ll get better ones once healed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. 4 points
    Hogrider

    Does anybody had insult your tattoos?

    Just my mother. 🙂 I ignore her.
  23. 4 points
    Well, it certainly is the day before!
  24. 3 points
    SStu

    Question about tattoo+PC gaming

    You don't need to worry once it's mostly healed.
  25. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Tattoo healing

    Everything @Dan said, plus it will NEVER look the same as it did when you walked out the shop doors.
  26. 3 points
    Dan

    Tattoo healing

    looks like normal healing to me, the milkiness will go away, it's basically an injury to your skin and so it needs time to heal, a week is very fresh,it will look better in 4 to 6 weeks, tattoos take months to heal 100%, keep a very light coat of Aveeno on a couple times a day.
  27. 3 points
    Gingerninja

    Longivity ?

    That design is awful to begin with. There are plenty of amazing b/g Japanese style artists and tattoos that will age beautifully.
  28. 3 points
    scottyg

    Longivity ?

    That "Japanese style" looks very unreadable and I don't think would age well, but I think that'd be more down to the specific style and artist than traditional Japanese tattooing generally. But, yeah, what @JAC1961 said.
  29. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Muscle gain

    It's very unlikely that you will develop enough muscle in your forearm to affect the tattoo. Maybe if you get as big as Arnold, but not many people have the discipline, or more importantly, the genetics, to get that big.
  30. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Could This Be Deemed Offensive ?

    There is nothing so innocuous that it can't be deemed offensive by someone.
  31. 3 points
    oboogie

    New Tat Question

    That's not true of "most" tattoo artists. I'm sorry you had a bad experience or two, but that's not remotely true. To the OP, that is shitty and uncool. I'd be so effing pissed.
  32. 3 points
    It looks fine to me. You can't be sure of anything for 4 weeks. Don't sweat it.
  33. 3 points
    Hogrider

    New Tat Question

    That guy has a set of balls alright. I’m not a billboard. I’d be really pissed.
  34. 3 points
    I Ill share my experience as far as healing went : went the exact same way for the 4 sessions scabbing from day 2 to day 5 then a bit of peeling looks "healed" a week after, still a bit blurry, then it improves over time i washed twice a day and applied lotion after showering some color part didnt hold that good and some really healed perfectly the black traits held perfectly fine appart from 4 small lines for some reason : P Nothing a touch up cant correct i m sure I ll post a pic in 2 weeks of the whole thing Take care
  35. 3 points
    JAC1961

    Jeff Gogue - Tattoo as I see it

    A new Jeff Gogue film showed up in my Youtube feed. It's a little longish, but still interesting. No doubt that the guy does amazing work. Jeff Gogue - Tattoo as I see it
  36. 3 points
    Sol James

    Back piece advice

    Yeah, that’s what I thought I’d do. Have a pretty classic central image, then have a couple of cherrubs, hearts, hand shake etc... Maybe a mermaid for the Mrs! Eagle could be cool too... he does mostly traditional stuff. He’s quite local to me and his stuff looks very solid... https://instagram.com/joegareyot?igshid=1ngvz0bmsgo8k
  37. 3 points
    Dan

    Getting my first tattoo in Vegas

    it was probably my reply,it was maybe too extreme, after a few beers I tend to be a little hard on the newbies.
  38. 3 points
    Dan

    Getting my first tattoo in Vegas

    1) there is no way in hell to get a "sleeve" of any quality for 900-$1500, maybe a 1/4 sleeve ? 2) and just because a shop is " most popular tattoo shop in Vegas" doesn't mean it has the best artists, probably has fast street tattooers,and popular vegas shops IMO are probably overpriced. 3) lastly but most important,is >>>>>>>
  39. 3 points
    I wouldn't feel guilty about having that tattoo placement. Just have your expectations in the right place . . . 😉
  40. 3 points
    Dan

    New Tattoo healing process. Need opinions.

    it means that palm skin(which is half that tattoo) does not hold ink very well, fall out means it will fade away, I have that opinion because, I know from personal experience, many years of being tattooed, like 35+ years, seeing other peoples hand tattoos over the years, reading and viewing online tattoo forums like these, and just generally being involved with tattooed people, the tattoo life style, attending many tattoo conventions, talking to other tattooed people, LOL
  41. 3 points
    Hogrider

    What?

    You're getting serious thoughts and advice, you just don't like what you are hearing.
  42. 3 points
    4 th session done Some lines dont look straight its because of the muscle underneath
  43. 3 points
    Tattoos take 4 - 6 weeks to heal, sometimes longer.
  44. 3 points
    scottyg

    Moisturising Before Tattoo

    absolutely just let your artist shave you
  45. 3 points
    When it comes down to it, plenty of people are going to love your tattoos and plenty of people are going to hate your tattoos. Some hate just because they are tattoos and some hate because of personal opinion. Always remember you got the tattoo bc YOU like it that’s all that matters.
  46. 3 points
    Hey guys small update Think we re about halfway done !
  47. 3 points
    JAC1961

    Light Headed

    You've got this, piece of cake. I was taught several years ago the technique of "belly breathing". On the inhale you push your stomach outward fully. The idea being that your diaphragm drops further, pulling air more deeply into your lungs. It seems odd at first, but is easy to get the hang of. It really helps relieve stress. Do it slowly, concentrating on each breathe. Good luck! 👍
  48. 3 points
    Boiled Dove

    Upcoming Tattoos

    Just figured out how to get to images again. There are several I haven't posted, including everything from Chad.
  49. 3 points
    Good! Glad someone else said it so I didn't have to! 🤣
  50. 3 points
    oboogie

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Robert Ryan flash