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  1. oboogie

    Initiation ?

    This forum is not for scratchers. Read the rules.
    4 points
  2. yes, adjusting things on the stenciled skin is totally normal, assuming you have done proper research on this tattooer, you need to trust them, of course you will look at the stencil before they start tattooing and approve it.
    3 points
  3. Yeah, Hogrider is right. Just enjoy your tattoo. Quit staring at it with a microscope. You will hate it more if you have the artist start futzing with it. I have NEVER looked at any of my many, many tattoos with such scrutiny. It is an art form, FFS. Enjoy your art. Stop obsessing.
    3 points
  4. If I was the artist I'd tell you to take a hike. "Fixing" tattoos makes them worse more often than better in my experience. The tattoo isn't even healed and you're complaining about it. Rushing to "fix" something is a recipe for disaster. I can't tell you how many times I was getting tattooed and someone came in with some shitty glob of ink on their body crying about how they hated their tattoo so they ran out and got a coverup and now it's even worse. You've basically got a lot of lines. They can't move them, they can only tattoo over them. My honest recommendation is "Don't get any more
    3 points
  5. You don't get an infection from washing it, you get an infection from NOT washing it. For the first week, I wash it twice a day and put a little moisturizer on it 2 or 3 times a day. Key word being LITTLE. So many people post pics on here and the tattoo looks like it's swimming.
    3 points
  6. Keep it clean, but don't keep futzing with it and putting too much stuff on it. I'd just wash it a couple times of day and maybe use a dab of lotion once a day. I dry heal—I just keep it clean with Dial Gold (maybe wash it twice a day), and let it heal. I don't put anything on it.
    3 points
  7. Just keep it clean and let it heal. And please quit staring at it. 😉
    3 points
  8. Yeah, when I was seventeen I also thought I knew what I wanted. I was wrong, of course. Don't get any tattoos on your hands, neck or face for at least another 10-15 years - and maybe not then, either.
    2 points
  9. IF part of your final tattoo is indeed misshapen it's because the tattooist didn't pull a good line. That can happen with our without a stencil.
    2 points
  10. 10 days is too early to tell. Might just be bruising. Aside from blow-outs (which occur during the tattooing application) ink does not migrate once it's been applied.
    2 points
  11. Your tattoo looks good!
    2 points
  12. Hogrider

    Uneven spine tattoo

    Laser removal isn't like an eraser on a piece of paper. Depending on the tattoo, it's more likely to fade it than remove it. Do your research and set your expectations or you're likely to be very unhappy with the results. I'd find someone good at coverups. That's probably a more realistic approach.
    2 points
  13. Hogrider

    This doesn't look normal

    As @oboogie said, if it's not hot to the touch and there's no pus, you're probably OK. Not much you can do at this point except wait for it to heal. Scabs that thick will likely take a couple of months, so pour a drink, light a bowl and relax. Your skin is shiny, and that usually means there is too much lotion. If I had scabs like that I'd probably let it dry heal.
    2 points
  14. You're putting something permanent on your body. Not the time to worry about price. Simple tattoos can be harder than complex tattoos because you'll see every minor flaw. There's no place to hide. Let's put it this way - It's still cheaper than laser removal and a cover up.
    2 points
  15. no difference in mine either way, once healed.
    2 points
  16. People get body suits. Get a tattoo any place you can stand the pain.
    2 points
  17. just checking in, hoping your second guessing and self hate has subsided a bit. Getting your first visible tattoo is a pretty big step. There are some threads here on LST that might help, if you do a little searching. FYI, this is a pretty old thread, relative to how long a lot of folks have been staying on this forum lately, so you might not get a response from the OP... especially since they only have 4 posts total.
    2 points
  18. Dan

    Am I healing ok?

    it looks normal for a 6 day old tattoo, look at it again in a month, keep it clean and put a little aveeno on it a couple times a day
    2 points
  19. What he said. Staring at it won't make it heal faster.
    2 points
  20. 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
  21. Just to be clear, you aren't using the same artist, right?
    1 point
  22. If you decide to get one regardless of advice, which is what I suspect will happen, at least don't get it in a place where you can't easily cover it up. When I was young I wanted to be a musician. I wound up in the pension planning industry for a long time. Talk about the most conservative, tight-ass group in the country! Any tattoos would definitely have been a deal breaker. I spent 15 years with short hair and wearing a suit and tie every day. I swore when I got out I would grow my hair down to my ass and never wear anything but jeans and a t-shirt to work again. I made half good on my promi
    1 point
  23. SStu

    Saniderm tape/ red rash.

    No - but if you're allergic to it why are you still using saniderm?
    1 point
  24. think about it for a couple more years first
    1 point
  25. SStu

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Ok, it's been way too long - but I'm finally booked (in November) for some new work. Tine Defiore!
    1 point
  26. Nobody else will ever look at it that closely! (Not even a spouse/partner.)
    1 point
  27. Well, the knee isn’t fun, but if you got through ribs, you’ll be fine.
    1 point
  28. Hogrider

    Anyone seen this?

    Looks like what happens when you use too much lotion. Too little is better than too much.
    1 point
  29. SStu

    This doesn't look normal

    That's the situation that often produces heavier scabs.
    1 point
  30. When did you get it done?
    1 point
  31. Trish

    This doesn't look normal

    Oboogie, That’s the thing. I am barely putting any on it. I don’t think it is infected but I did notice that this area oozed a lot the first day. I have had several tattoos before but never had this happen. Out of the entire colored portions those sections are the only 2 that look this way. I am careful when washing because that part only gets soft again. Also, the one in my elbow crease may take longer to heal I guess.
    1 point
  32. I don’t think this work is as good. Get your tattoo from the person that is fluent in the style, not from the “I can do anything” Tattooer.
    1 point
  33. I usually bring my ideas to my artist and since he knows better about placement regarding muscular shapes and whatnot, he’ll tell me whether something will work or not in that area. As someone who likes tattoos but isn’t a tattoo artist, I always forget that the shape of the muscle and the way it moves needs to be considered. For the most part, my ideas have been able to work on where I wanted them but maybe a slight alteration in placement and/or design that still ends up working for both per my artist’s expertise
    1 point
  34. Yeah you’re definitely right regarding those heavy scabs and long healing time, thanks. I’m just relieved it’s turning out not as bad as I thought it would so far. Here it is just now, 24 hours after the final scab came off. The day after all the scabs came off always looked better I noticed. I know you’re right tho, I’m keeping in mind to give it another month, thanks for your comment.
    1 point
  35. oboogie

    Am I healing ok?

    I'd just keep it clean and stop putting anything on it. Looks like you might be putting too much stuff on it.
    1 point
  36. If it's not painful to the touch, hot, or oozing, you're probably fine. I think most pimples come from people slathering on aftercare products by the quart, but you're doesn't look bad. You use just enough moisturizer to keep the skin from drying out.
    1 point
  37. oboogie

    Uneven spine tattoo

    I don't think so. It will be difficult to correct. Maybe just live with it for a while and get it covered up by someone who specializes in coverups? That seems the best bet. I'm sorry that happened.
    1 point
  38. pidjones

    LST Animal Lovers

    Thanks folks. He was such a sweet pup and left us with great memories of him that will live on.
    1 point
  39. Oops. Sorry!
    1 point
  40. If it’s leaking outside the bandage, which it sounds like it is, you have to just remove it and just heal it normally is what I’ve been told. Makes sense too, if stuff is coming out then it’s no longer sealed to prevent things from going in
    1 point
  41. Avoid red ink???! My back says no.
    1 point
  42. older red inks used to to do that on some people, but modern good quality reds these days hardly do it, I have not had a reaction in 35 years, and I have gotten lots of red since then with no reaction, and if you do get a red ink reaction that's pretty much all it is, maybe scab a little, not an infection. I wouldn't worry about it, if the tattooer you have chosen has a clean shop and clean practice, go get the tattoo .
    1 point
  43. Still early on in collecting tattoos but Scott Sylvia did this a few weeks ago at Elm Street and I’m way stoked on it. Thought I’d share
    1 point
  44. Hogrider

    Uneven spine tattoo

    No you can't "fix" it and it didn't move. It's ink under your skin, it doesn't move. Calm down and think! Don't tell everyone you know how much it sucks because no one will notice except you anyway. It's not on a piece of paper! Your skin moves and as your skin moves, the ink embedded in your skin will move. That's a nice tattoo. If I was a Tattooer and someone gave me grief about that I'd tell them to take their business elsewhere.
    1 point
  45. Totally this. Imo, tattoos chronicle our lives. They are ours and ours alone. No one will ever get what each tattoo means or what stage of our life each represents. And that's totally cool. No point worrying about what others may think. One man's meat is another man's poison and all that.
    1 point
  46. A lot of it probably has to do with you not being used to it. It's new, filling a space that was open before, so it stands out. Doesn't take long to get used to it 🙂
    1 point
  47. 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.
    1 point
  48. This is really well put, I really appreciate this input. I think as I was planning this tattoo I didn't realize I was admiring it on my phone all the time and not on my body. The thought of having it there forever is still messing with me (again this never happened with my other one..) I'm taking a break from staring at it for now haha.
    1 point
  49. I’d venture to guess that if this is only your second tattoo and first in a visible spot, your feelings of anxiety are completely reasonable and probably not too uncommon. Some of my friends have fun teasing me cause they know I tend to be very harsh and unsure about my tattoos. Compound this with the fact you can see 1,000’s of the best tattoos from the best artists all around the world, refreshing on your instagram feed hourly. AND the fact that you can appreciate all of those without the consequences of getting them and it makes even more sense why one would second guess, go through shock o
    1 point
  50. The latest addition, done today. Love it!
    1 point


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