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  1. 6 points
    The only advice I have is to be really careful what you do to that tattoo. I've seen more tattoos made worse than improved by monkeying around with them.
  2. 5 points
    bongsau

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    I want to feel ALL of that tattoo. The best. The worst. The excitement. The vulnerability. The fear. The anxiety. The confidence. The strength. The power. I have found a lot of peace and healing through the pain. Some people don't get that and can't. Some of you will no exactly what I'm talking about. Embrace that shit.
  3. 4 points
    Dan

    How can I fix this cover up?

    IMO just leave it alone,if you F*** with it ,will only screw it up, my guess is if you don't point it out to anyone ,nobody will notice the tiny lines. it looks fine to me.
  4. 4 points
    JAC1961

    Regards

    I always think it's best to get a simple tattoo as your first and save the large/special meaning one for later. Take it slow, learn the ropes and make sure you know about the process before jumping into a big one. Just my 2 cents.
  5. 4 points
    Hogrider

    Hi!

    Everyone wants people to like their tattoos, but the most important thing is that YOU like them. I never had any negative comments, other than that I have too many (live with it mom), but if I did, I'd try to blow them off.
  6. 4 points
    Hogrider

    Hi!

    Whoever said that is a jackass. They know nothing about tattoos and even less about being a decent person. I'd leave the tattoo as is. I say this over and over, I think you have a better chance of making it worse than you have improving it. It's a nice tattoo. Did you see examples of the artist work that looked like what you wanted?
  7. 4 points
    Gingerninja

    Hi!

    Your tattoo looks just fine! You are also comparing it to work by Wendy and Tomo which are incredibly high standards. Me, I wouldn't touch it but plan to add more to your leg. Good luck!
  8. 4 points
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  9. 4 points
    soraya

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    This is one of my favorite tattoo topics: The experience of tattooing. I find tattooing therapeutic, enjoyable, exhilarating, empowering, painful, agonizing and annoying all at once. I echo Dan’s comments about the importance of the process. It is a ritual of planning, creating, collaborating, preparing, enduring, healing, and loving the result. I love every part of it. And as @Dan said, it is intimate, which is appealing to me. Not sexual intimacy, but the intimacy of permitting and trusting someone who is basically a stranger to touch you, to wound you, to permanently alter you body. You may be largely unclothed in front of them (my husband and I dated for over a year before he saw my breasts. My tattoo artist was touching them within 15 minutes of me meeting him). The pain? I like it…No! I hate it…No! It’s not that bad!…Well, sometimes it is bad, and I hate it. But I like it….Well…I don’t really like it… blah blah blah. The bottom line is, it is a pain I choose, no one that was inflicted on me unexpectedly. I don’t like it, but I like that I am able to endure it, I like that it challenges me and pushes my limits, And I love, LOVE the result.
  10. 3 points
    scottyg

    Is this Blowout? Fixable?

    what blowout? it really looks like it's healing fine to me. you have to exercise patience with new tattoos. hopefully you'll learn to love it.
  11. 3 points
    snyderju89

    Regards

    I wouldn’t recommend having your first tattoo experience be on your back down your spine. That being said, welcome! Do your research on an artist that has done similar work to what you want. Show them some references and don’t rush the process. Try to think about your future plans too and where this tattoo will fit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 3 points
    scottyg

    Hi!

    it looks perfectly cool to me! aren't hedgehogs kind of derpy animals anyway?
  13. 3 points
    JAC1961

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    Look at the bank account or ask my wife.
  14. 3 points
    bongsau

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    I have friends who talk about how they want their sleeves and tattoos, but don't want any part of the pain. -- I don't get that. Never have, never will. The pain is part of the tattoo process. Suck it up or embrace it. If you skip the pain, you're missing out on a major part of the tattoo experience in my opinion. The pain is temporary, the tattoo is permanent....well, i don't even know about that. Life is temporary.
  15. 3 points
    Hogrider

    Opinion on tattoo

    I agree with @Dan, that's pretty bad. Awful design, poor execution. Looks like something done in a kitchen, or at a "tattoo party."
  16. 3 points
    Dan

    Opinion on tattoo

    it has many issues IMO,the leaves are wrong,they overlap like they are transparent , the solid rose makes no sense. the main stem is different thicknesses. there is not much I like about your tattoo,oh sorry your friend's tattoo. 🙄
  17. 3 points
    Gingerninja

    Infected tattoo care?

    Try not to worry and let it heal for a few months. You won't be able to tell anything until it's healed completely!
  18. 3 points
    scottyg

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    I've got no love for the pain: it's just three hours of pain. No adrenaline kicks in, I'm just getting stabbed repeatedly in my back while lying on my stomach naked, trying to talk as much as possible and to breathe through the pain. It's all about gaman: perseverance. I only ever do 3 hour sessions with breaks. It's about the rhythm of life and integrating sessions into that rhythm. The pain makes me discover my body in ways I'd no idea. haha. It's about doing something for me, only me; reconnecting with my body and focusing my mind in ways I've not done otherwise or previously. I do enjoy the me time. The ritual. The worst is having to take a shower when I get home. I just want to drink a pint and go to bed. But I've got to clean and coat my back. ugh. My tattooer rules; so much fun to shoot the shit with him, such a great artist with his own style and yet traditional. So part of it is being connected with him and with a certain tradition which I've chosen to be connected to. So like most long term things we go through in life, it's not so much about enjoying it. But I guess I'm heavily tattooed individual now. haha
  19. 3 points
    SStu

    Somethings wrong? - need advice

    Agreed it looks unfinished. Is that the artist's normal style? Definitely going to need to proceed with caution . . .
  20. 3 points
    cyoonit123

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    @soraya You are a much more creative/profound writer than I. My gf's a phlebotomist and she told me the reason people are more afraid of blood draws/shots compared to tattoos is because of the difference in the needles and amount of penetration. Shots/blood draws have to go deep beyond the layers of the skin while tattoos (hopefully lol) are only going through a few layers of the skin. No idea if this is actually backed by any science but I love her so i'm going to go with it for now 😉 But I agree with people here. It's a therapeutic painful experience. 3 hours is my tipping point where the adrenaline is gone and it becomes miserable.
  21. 3 points
    SStu

    Am I botched?

    Yeah, it's a nice abstract design - but you're going to spend the next several decades telling people what it says.
  22. 3 points
    Michaelshane

    Am I botched?

    I can read it just fine and I think it's cool as hell.
  23. 3 points
    JAC1961

    Am I botched?

    I don't know, I read it before reading your post. It's your call as what to do with it, just live with it awhile and be sure you know what you want. Don't jump from one mess into another.
  24. 2 points
    VenomX

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    Had my first tattoo at the beginning of this month and then a second one last week. Waiting for them both to heal before I get my next one which will be a bigger one. I personally find the feeling quite therapeutic, and like looking after the tattoo once it's been done.. It's not as uncomfortable as having an injection or blood test in my opinion, how about you guys. Before I had my first one I thought it would be painful but i was wrong 😄
  25. 2 points
    Princess Sparkle Mittens

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    Yeah, I wouldn't recommend newbies start with a full back piece. But the arms and legs aren't that bad, except for ditches and joints.
  26. 2 points
    I agree with everyone else that it's good the way it is. I'm not a tattoo artist, but I gotta believe covering black (I assume it's black underneath) with yellow wasn't the best plan. But that's just me.
  27. 2 points
    Quit listening to idiots. How exactly do they propose you fix it? You can't pull the ink back out, all you could do is make the lines thicker and you'll most likely wind up with a mess. Thin, delicate skin is prone to blow outs, that's just a fact. Stop obsessing over it.
  28. 2 points
    snyderju89

    Is this Blowout? Fixable?

    It won’t “fix” itself. You should fix your expectations of tattoos. Tattoos are imperfect. They are made by imperfect people on an imperfect canvas. They are not meant to be looked at through a microscope. It’s a small tattoo on a delicate piece of skin and any imperfection is going to be spotted easier. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. 2 points
    snyderju89

    Is this Blowout? Fixable?

    3 weeks is too soon to tell. Also it’s on some very thin skin. Wrists tend to be more prone to slight blowouts. If it is blown out you won’t be able to “fix” it without making it worse. I would just stop obsessing over it and let it finish healing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  30. 2 points
    Brenna

    Hi!

    I appreciate all the feedback! I do plan to add more and more to my legs until they’re covered. I plan on getting my ferrets as Kamaitachi on my calf, my 3 shibas on my thigh, and many more on the other leg. To answer, the artist does great work I saw I liked. He has done monmon cats and other wonderful Asian inspired tattoos. He’s won awards for Asian inspired tattooing. That’s why I was really wanting to go to him. And haha hedgehogs can be very derpy. Mine sure was. I appreciate the help. I think the comments just really got into my head.
  31. 2 points
    I know I am late with this post, but I wrote my own thoughts about Lyle back when he passed away, but never got around to posting them. I think it is fair to say that Lyle Tuttle was absolutely the pivotal character in bringing tattooing to a wider population. I believe there is a direct unbroken line between Tuttle tattooing Janis Joplin in 1970, and the popularity and mainstreaming of tattooing that we see today. The fact that this website exists, where people of all backgrounds are sharing their enthusiasm about tattooing is a testament to the movement that Tuttle set in motion. I was 18 when I read about Tuttle tattooing Joplin in Rolling Stone. It stoked my interest in tattooing, and I have followed it closely ever since. My girlfriend (now wife) and I – two good, normal clean scrubbed middle class kids – got tattoos a couple of years later because Tuttle made it seem accessible and appealing. Tuttle’s tattooing of Joplin generated interest by newspapers and magazines, probably in part because a woman getting a tattoo was something virtually unheard-of at that time, so articles exploiting that angle attracted readers. Nevertheless, Tuttle was quoted or referred to in almost every single one of those articles, and amazingly became the subject of a feature in in a 1972 issue of Life magazine, the most popular family publication in America at the time. He was quotable, said things in a humorous way. He was just outrageous enough to be interesting, but cleaned-up enough to be suitable for mainstream consumption. He was a character. I have read that Tuttle was somewhat controversial among some old time tattooers, some of whom viewed him as a shameless self-promoter, and resented the popularity of tattooing that he fueled, feeling that it ruined tattooing, taking away its outlaw cachet. That is a topic for another discussion, but suffice to say that Tuttle was the straw that stirred the drink. I have often wondered if the popularity of tattooing would have grown as it has – or would have grown at all – if another artist had tattooed Janis Joplin. I can easily imagine a different, more crusty tattooer at that time being interviewed after tattooing her, and saying something like, “F_ck ‘em. They want a tattoo, so I give it to them, and they pay me. Chicks, guys, I don’t care. Just so they pay me. But all these goddam hippie chicks really have no f_cking business getting tattooed. They don’t know what tattooing is about.” His quote might have made it into Rolling Stone, but would have done little to make a more conventional clientele feel good about tattooing. I doubt that he would have been widely quoted in other magazines and newspapers, and he certainly would have never made it into Life magazine. He probably would have done nothing to promote the industry to a new clientele. He would have reinforced the same decades-old perceptions of tattooing as a gritty, outsider practice carried out by outlaws on outlaws. in a sense Tuttle was precisely the right guy, in the right place, at the right time. Part showman, part salesman, part promoter. He had one foot firmly in the traditions of tattooing, and the other in the counterculture that evolved in the 1960s and 70s. I suspect that many of us on these forums would have never gotten tattooed were it not for the wheels that Tuttle set in motion nearly fifty years ago, and the tattoo landscape of today would been much different without him.
  32. 2 points
    Dan

    Latest tattoo lowdown.....

    you don't ,just give into it
  33. 2 points
    JAC1961

    tattoo lines

    The problem with a "lines only" tattoo is that's all your eye has to focus on so you're more likely to notice flaws. If there was shading or color you'd be much less likely to notice shaky lines. If you look closely at some outstanding black and gray or color tattoos by really good artists, you'll probably see some shaky lines. They're just a much smaller part of the whole piece.
  34. 2 points
    bongsau

    Opinion on tattoo

    terrible design/composition. and what's up with the solid black flower top? - looks like a biker blackout.
  35. 2 points
    oboogie

    Opinion on tattoo

    That is an abomination. I feel sorry for the person who is stuck with that forever. YIKES.
  36. 2 points
    SStu

    Opinion on tattoo

    Yep. looks like a cover done by a non professional.
  37. 2 points
    4-6 weeks to completely heal. I wouldn't get any touch-ups before then, even if needed.
  38. 2 points
    JAC1961

    Tattoo in Belgium & France

    Sorry, non-pc joke... Why did God make Belgium? To give the French someone to make fun of. 🤣 Have a wonderful trip and please share some pics.
  39. 2 points
    bongsau

    Am I botched?

    it looks fine, you can read it and you know what it says. don't overthink it, just live your life with it. it's just a tattoo.
  40. 2 points
    Gingerninja

    Pinprick itch on 3 day old tattoo

    Have you contacted your artist and/or talked to your doctor?
  41. 2 points
    I read the comments on the instagram photo, and the tattoo actually had been treated by both laser and saline. The person who posted the photo was not happy with the saline treatment. Quoting her comment: "I had three laser removal sessions and one saline removal. The saline was not worth the minimal results and horribly painful healing process. The laser hurts quite a bit to have done, but there’s basically no downtime (if any at all) with the healing process of that - and the results with a good laser can be pretty awesome!"
  42. 2 points
    oboogie

    Am I botched?

    Not at all. (Also, don't call it a "tattoo gun.") 😉 If you get another tattoo, think about being less literal and go more figurative. 🙂
  43. 2 points
    oboogie

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    I find the liner hurts more than the shading. I get some kind of rush from it, but it is difficult to explain to people who aren't pretty heavily tattooed. I've sat for about five hours in the past. It get worse and worse as the time passes after about the third hour. Come talk to me after you've done more than 15 minutes. That's nothing. My Mom has done that, and she's in her 70s. Haha.
  44. 2 points
    JAC1961

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    I agree, I put off getting my first tattoo because of my fear of injections and blood draws. They are completely different. A tattoo, to me, is more of a scratching sensation, where an injection is a sharp poke. Tell the truth, I think getting tattooed has helped minimize my fear of the medical jazz. Your mind set is also different. You want the tattoo and are looking forward to it, whereas the shots and draws not so much. Two other factors. I've found there is difference in artists, some are definitely more heavy handed than others. Also it amazes me how much of a difference there is within just a few inches. The outside of the bicep, directly below the shoulder only feels like a vibration. But move around to the underarm... yikes! Feels like they're pealing the skin right off.
  45. 2 points
    Dan

    Enjoying Tattoos ?

    Hi, it is therapy in a way for me, getting tattooed is such an intimate experience,the entire process from consultation to mentally preparing and physically preparing the day before and the day of,eating good,pre-hydrating,good sleep the night before,mentally over coming the pain,to the after healing,etc,etc. is a process I enjoy.
  46. 1 point
    oboogie

    Hi!

    Ignore the other people. It looks like a hedgehog. The end. Just go and get more tattoos.
  47. 1 point
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyle_Tuttle
  48. 1 point
    karoshi

    Somethings wrong? - need advice

    Thats what I'd call a perfect advice. Really appreciated!
  49. 1 point
    This. I would call or email your artist ASAP and then schedule a doctor's appointment, because what you're describing sounds unusual and really really unpleasant.
  50. 1 point
    I have a 2 day old full color tattoo that is extremely itchy. It feels like a pin prick at first, followed by an very intense, short itch. Maybe 5-10 "pricks" a minute, on different spots over the entire tattoo. There is absolutely no redness, swelling or pain, and appears normal in every other way. It's driving me absolutely crazy, it's been happening about 7 hours now. I have lots of large full color tattoos, so I know that this is not normal for my healing. I use A&D for two days and switch to Lubriderm lotion, I have used both today. There are two new components that could potentially be the culprit: I did find out in the last 6 months I could be allergic to red ink, (ongoing issues with a redwing blackbird tattoo) and my new tattoo has orange which is a first for me. However, it's the entire tattoo experienceing this, not just the orange. It has brown, purple, green, orange, black, and blue. Second, my artist used Saniderm on this tattoo for the first time. I left it on 24 hrs. I sometimes have reactions to adhesive in bandaids, but with different symptoms than this. Saniderm has been off for 30 hours, it did not start this itching till 24 hrs after it had been off. I have taken 75 mg of Benadryl to no affect. Has anyone experienced this? Please help before I go crazy!