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  1. Thank you, yes! Absolutely not poaching for specific rates, and this is entirely about the etiquette of a world I've only dipped my toes in. I suppose I'm viewing tattoo artists as being members of an elite club, and I'm the awkward kid knocking on the door asking "can I play too?". I'm aware that I'm probably pushing my own awkwardness into the situation of pricing, but awkward people want tattoos too. As I've gone through a few different artist pricing dramas now, I guess I was reaching out asking for the 'norm' - as a code of practice (if you will) do most artists typically make sure al
  2. ... why do I feel that it's the most awkward subject to approach when talking tattoos? Surely I can't be the only one? I'm by no means suggesting that tattoos should be cheap, and I'm certainly aware that you pay for what you get. Totally. I'm willing to pay fair-coin for good work. I will never haggle with prices. If I couldn't afford, I'd wait and save until I could. It's just that the topic of how much a tattoo is going to end up costing seems 'taboo'. For my first ever tattoo, a walk in with a specific design, I was quoted one price. After the design was printed on that fancy carbon pa
  3. Dear wonderful interwebbings. I have searched a few threads now regarding red ink, and mostly I can only see discussions about bad reactions or the longevity of shading. What I'm hoping to find out is how your red line work has held up over time, or if you're an artist, whether you would recommend this approach. Hoping to get some new mandalas soon, but I would love at least one of them to be just done in red. I've seen a handful of images online, however these look very fresh so of course the colour looks great. If it helps, I'm slightly olive skinned. Hoping to get this on my upper thi
  4. Thank you thank you. New Orleans and Oslow - reaching out far and wide!
  5. You're right of course. Tattoo's or no, asking for approval on any part of my appearance shouldn't be a factor. I think as it was early on, perhaps I was just trying to manage his expectations... "oi, matey! see these? More will happen. But it's OK, there will still be boobs"
  6. Opening my eyes and world via lots of threads here. Great place! Have a few small not really noteworthy tattoo's, but have started to up my game a little with a 4.5 hour lace inspired mandala piece on the back of my calf and wrapping around my ankle. Done in February at The Family Business Tattoo Shop in London (amazing place with amazing artists). Next piece will hopefully be some interlocking/overlapping cluster of mandalas on my upper/outer thigh, which I've enquired about. So I'm by no means one of the serious collectors, but my interest and enthusiasm is still up there - would love to
  7. Just putting my (delayed) pennies-worth in. Ankles are a killer. A killer! Back of calf was OK and the top of my foot was fine - just a tiny spot near the toes pinched a bit. By far the easiest was my upper chest - above the boob, below the collar bone. Not even a discomfort. A lovely day out to the stabby-needle-inky shop.
  8. Really interesting point. I would feel so awkward going back to an artist with someone's else's work right next to theirs, asking for them to now work around that. I'm just of the assumption that they just wouldn't appreciate it, or that i'd been disloyal. But then i'm a paranoid little bunny at times.
  9. I've only had the urge to itch on one tattoo, and that was a 4.5/5 hour piece. All my others are all v small and dotted about, I don't recall ever having the itch with those. With the bigger piece though, there was never a real urge - just a mild niggle. Nowhere near like a bad insect bite where you just feel the need to go at yourself with sandpaper. Perhaps if I ever went really big, that could be different - perhaps size DOES matter, after all. Sorry boys.
  10. Back of leg tattoo done in Feb also at The Family Business). That night in bed, not wanting clothes to stick, i origami'd the duvet and pillows to prop my leg up, convinced i'd stay still in the night. Awoke wrapped up like a wee baby, bed sheets stuck to one side of the tattoo and ink leaked through to my brand new mattress topper. So much fail.
  11. Why get your tattoo removed, when you can simply have Small Pox instead. Those results are shocking.
  12. Oh I would be heartbroken if I bumped into someone on the street with the exact same tattoo as mine - but my expectations are high: I saved and paid a lot of money for a top artist to customise something just for me. To maybe find out that a) my artist just plonked it on another persons body means i've been misled and effectively conned out of my cash-monies. Paying top dollar for a custom piece that turned out not be custom at all or b) some internet random couldn't muster the creative strength to work on customising their own and just printed mine off the interwebs, walked into a sh
  13. I doff my cap to almost anyone considering pieces for the head and/or face. I'm interested to know how long people can typically sit for those placements (of course size and experience dependent) but given they're such a painful areas, how quickly people generally tap out. A brave step I'm not too sure I would have the confidence to do. *applauds*
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