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  1. Great meeting you Dan! Had a lot of fun that Saturday.
  2. First tattoo and almost 18!

    Shrouded and hooded figures can look really cool when done well. Take a look around your area (where are you located, anyway?) and see if you can find a tattoo artist who does work in a similar style. And welcome to the forum.
  3. First tattoo!

    Vaccinations should not be a problem at all.
  4. info

    Time depends on a combination of factors like how fast the artist works, how well you sit and how big the design is. If you're trying to guess how much money to bring, maybe your artist can give you a ballpark estimate (and always bring more than you think you'll need.)
  5. What happened to my new tattoo?

    Hi, welcome. One week is not enough time to know how a tattoo will look once it has healed. Give it at least 3 more weeks and then see what it looks like (and 3-6 months will really tell you.)
  6. I don't have any appointments (yet...) but will be there.
  7. Hey people!

    Welcome! Really dig the tattoos you posted, they are pretty killer. Gonna have to see photos of whatever you get from Holly, too. Idle Hand is a great shop.
  8. How much do you think this will cost?

    Something like this is going to have to be pretty big, like most of the upper arm and wrapping a bit. It's not going to be a 6-8" tattoo unless you simplify it a great deal. The price is going to depend on many factors, like how fast your artist is, and their hourly shop rate. P.S.: Stargate is a fun movie. James Spader was great in it.
  9. Hi, welcome. I wouldn't include the thigh in my "list of most painful spots" unless it's the inside, higher up. The outside of the thigh is not that bad. I'd say the shoulder is a little easier but it'll probably come down to how gentle or not your artist is. What are you getting?
  10. Upcoming Tattoos

    Got an appointment for late August to start something with Kahlil at Tattoo City. I am very excited.
  11. Question about tattoo???

    Hi, welcome. That's part of the nature of tattoos - they look one way when put on, but as the body moves, the image changes. Not to worry though, it'll always straighten back out.
  12. Thigh tattoo for a man and Tupac tattoo for it

    I like it. The good thing about choosing a dead celebrity for a portrait is that it's much harder for them to embarrass you later. For a panoramic piece like this I'd also say it'd be best on your chest or back. It'll be framed better and won't have to wrap like a thigh piece would. Your friends who called a thigh tattoo on a man "gay" are homophobes who don't get it. Let us know what you end up doing.
  13. Hey guys! Looking for some insight.

    Roxx at 2Spirit in LA does some really big open-but-full-body stuff that's really cool but it's more geometric and abstract than your example.
  14. Worried about translation quality

    Here's a pro tip for the road. Don't use "tattoo design" websites to design tattoos. Use the person's hard-won skills and artistic talents, since you're paying them anyway. Otherwise you might as well tape a printout to your arm. Another pro tip: if you ask for advice, don't attack the people who give it. That's more of a life lesson.
  15. Worried about translation quality

    Let the tattoo artist draw it up. You might have to lose a few elements but it will work better as a tattoo.