Hi all. Joining the site after lurking for a bit.
I am learning and researching for my first tattoo. I have some ideas and know what I like....also very aware that I know little. I am highly aware how easy it is to get a bad or mediocre tattoo. So I'm here to learn! I want to make a thoughtful and meaningful choice for my first tatto and artist. Not trying to over think it and I am realistic with my expectations (I am selective but not impossible to deal with). I am willing and able to pay for good work and also willing to travel for it (I live in a fairly rural area, but within 3-4 hours of Chicago or Minneapolis.)
I have wanted a tattoo and admired the good ones for many years. Two things have held me back from getting started: I detest bad, amateurish tattoos (and see a lot of them!). This site is helping a lot to resolve that fear. And I have been working in a very straightlaced, tight@$$ company, career and position. Plus my wife was dead set and rabidly against it. Well, F that.
Not starting out with grand plans for a sleeve or suit. I just want to get a nice first tattoo and go from there.
I like old school and Japanese styles the best.
Last thing is, I am 50 years old. My skin is in decent shape, I suppose. Interested in feedback on challenges that old skin might represent. Hey if I blew it by waiting too long, I know I can get straight talk here.
Looking forward to learning from all the knowledgeable people here.