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  1. I think the placement is good. If it was higher, the beak would move onto your neck and the angle would make it appear bent.
  2. That looks great! Welcome to the club!
  3. Topper is leaving Philadelphia Eddie's for the True Hand Society.
  4. I like the sacred heart idea. Might not have to be all black, either. Or there's always the tried and true panther.
  5. I'm sure that if anyone laughs, their laughter will be about the joke of the Darwin fish itself, not at you for getting it tattooed on your shoulder. No self-respecting artist would laugh someone out of their shop like that.
  6. SF is the best! I had a whole big post written up but my laptop crashed and I lost it, so here are some of my favorites. Food: Tommy's Joynt, House of Nanking, Miller's Deli, Taqueria Pancho Villa, Taqueria San Jose, El Toro, El Farolito, La Corneta, Los Coyotes, R&G Lounge, Nopa, House of Prime Rib, Tony's Pizza, Halu, Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, The Cliff House, Suppenkuche, Swan Oyster Depot, Tadich Grill, Park Tavern, Alfred's Steakhouse, the Pinecrest Diner, and Buffalo Burger. Drinks (some of which have very good food): Mikkeller Bar, Giordano Bros, Zeitgeist, Bender's, Lucky 13, Smuggler's Cove, Whitechapel, The Old Ship Saloon, Aub Zam Zam, Molotov's, 540 Club, The Plough & Stars, Edinburgh Castle, Vesuvio, 15 Romolo, Mr. Bing's, Emperor Norton's Boozeland, The Pied Piper, House of Shields, Li Po, Buddha Lounge, 21st Amendment, Schroeder's, Alembic, Elixir, Delirium, Whiskey Thieves, Thieves Tavern, Toronado, Noc Noc, The Buena Vista Cafe, Gino & Carlo, Hemlock, Tempest, Trad'r Sam, and many many others. Have fun!
  7. I'm sorry that you had such a rough entry into the world of tattoos. It sounds like you're giving yourself a hard time about it based on the nature of your relationship with your mother. I would, quite frankly, recommend that you talk to a professional to work it out. Feelings about it aside, that tattoo looks perfectly fine. Try not to make any decisions about removal or modification until you've lived with it for a while.
  8. Got an appointment with Erik Rieth when he's here in late March at War Horse Tattoo in Berkeley. Thinking something panther-related.
  9. That's not what a blowout looks like. Give it time, keep it clean, and try not to stare at it too much. Ten days is not that much time.
  10. I'd feel a little bit bad for the person with the stolen design tattooed on them, since they likely have a worse version than the original, but that's about it. Another type of theft in tattooing that I do have a major problem with is when someone uses a photo of another artist's work and claims it as their own. A few days ago Valerie Vargas posted a photo of a backpiece that some instagram-famous "artist" stole from Stewart Robson's portfolio and posted as his own work - extremely lame, since it's basically false advertising. That guy is getting customers who think he's legitimately talented, and it's pretty pathetic.
  11. Check out Snake River Tattoo in Boise. They do both color and black and gray very well.
  12. It's fine. Don't attempt to have it "fixed."
  13. Man, these are all amazing. Theo does the best demons for sure and I love that scorpion. Alex is back at Idle Hand next weekend and I'm sorely tempted to get something.
  14. I might be there for one of the weekend days but my tat fund is pretty low so i'll likely only be buying books and whatnot.