wildcat

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    wildcat reacted to Oiocha in Shop recommendations - Fort Lee/Richmond, VA   
    There are still nothing but heavy hitters at Absolute Art, the indomitable Brian Bruno to name one. 
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    wildcat got a reaction from SStu in Shop recommendations - Fort Lee/Richmond, VA   
    S Stu....thank you!  I'm not usually drawn to neo-traditional as a lot of it is too cartoon-ish for me, but I absolutely love all the color and fantasy style many of their artists use. I have followed several of their Instagrams and will check them out.
    Wildcat
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    wildcat reacted to SStu in Shop recommendations - Fort Lee/Richmond, VA   
    Unkindness is the only shop I'm familiar with and could recommend to you there, but it's more of a neo-traditional specialized crowd. 
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    wildcat reacted to Dan in funny but true   
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    wildcat reacted to SStu in Latest tattoo lowdown.....   
    😎 I hope you ate'em.
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    wildcat got a reaction from Kingdomhearts25 in Latest tattoo lowdown.....   
    Finished this one up Saturday!  (I hope the Instagram linky thing works...first time I've tried it this way)
     
     
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    wildcat reacted to Gingerninja in Tipping Question   
    I sit well. I tip well. I don’t bring drama. You know what that gets me? Back in! I’ve had artists come in hours before the shop opens, stay late and fit me into their otherwise insanely booked schedules. I’m basically commissioning a piece of art from them for every tattoo. I am more than happy to tip!
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    wildcat reacted to ThatGuy in Tiger tattoos   
    Got this tiger a couple of months ago at Smith Street Tattoo.

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    wildcat reacted to Dan in this is so awesome for me that it needed it's own thread.   
    It’s been a long road, and soon I will start the next chapter on this adventure of mine.
    I was laid off from a job I had for 21 years in July of 2016 because of downsizing, I left there on good terms believe it or not. Thanks to the Human resources manager and general manager, they were both willing to and did give me great references the entire time I was job hunting.
    To back up a little, my job search actually started in late 2014 as I knew the company I worked for was doing badly and was in the process of barely surviving, downsizing, maybe going under.
    So I had started applying big time, I knew I wanted to work for the state of California, or county of Sacramento, or City of Sacramento, and I also told myself that I never wanted to have to cover my tattoos again, like I did with the job I had.
    After countless applications and interviews, and a couple seasonal jobs and used up unemployment, and several offers from a variety of places, mostly part time, no benefits, limited term, low pay,etc,etc.
    So fast forward to July 2017, I finally got a job offer from an application I did in May of 2015!
    After all this work and trouble, Not only did I get a good offer, it was the PERFECT offer!
    I start August 21st with the County of Sacramento Probation Department !
    Which is going to be 7am to 3pm M-F,
    12.5 paid holidays,
    2 weeks’ vacation to start(5 weeks after 5 years),paid benefits for my wife and myself, permanent  full time,good retirement pension, etc, etc.
    I held out for a few things and got them, weekends off, I don’t have to cover any of my tattoos, and paid benefits.(those may seem trivial but they are important to me)
    After a year of no permanent good work, this is really huge for me and my wife, any of you in the job search world, you know how important benefits, full time, and permanent are.
    It took me almost 3 years of searching to get to this point.
    So that’s my awesome news!
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    wildcat got a reaction from Flora&Sons in Hi! Conflicted after first tattoo   
    S Stu gave you good advise.
    I'll add to #5: I have a half-sleeve on one arm and a large piece on the other upper arm. Neither is actually very visible in regular short sleeved shirts. I have several large pieces on my thighs and lower legs and those definitely draw attention when I wear shorts, but jeans of course hide them all. I haven't yet progressed to forearms, as I'm not quite ready for something I can't cover easily (I live in the deep South and long sleeves are a rare thing for me out of uniform). You have to realize that you WILL get looks/stares, but that doesn't mean disapproval!  You'll probably get asked about your visible tattoos fairly often; again that's not a bad thing! I think S Stu's advise is sound: get more tattoos in more easily hidden places, and move to more visible places as your confidence grows.
    Good luck!
    Wildcat
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    wildcat got a reaction from Gingerninja in Stomach tattoos   
    "Full front torso w/o boobs" sounds like exactly what I need to talk to an artist about.....thanks for the terminology assistance!
    Wildcat
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    wildcat got a reaction from oboogie in Hi! Conflicted after first tattoo   
    S Stu gave you good advise.
    I'll add to #5: I have a half-sleeve on one arm and a large piece on the other upper arm. Neither is actually very visible in regular short sleeved shirts. I have several large pieces on my thighs and lower legs and those definitely draw attention when I wear shorts, but jeans of course hide them all. I haven't yet progressed to forearms, as I'm not quite ready for something I can't cover easily (I live in the deep South and long sleeves are a rare thing for me out of uniform). You have to realize that you WILL get looks/stares, but that doesn't mean disapproval!  You'll probably get asked about your visible tattoos fairly often; again that's not a bad thing! I think S Stu's advise is sound: get more tattoos in more easily hidden places, and move to more visible places as your confidence grows.
    Good luck!
    Wildcat
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    wildcat reacted to Gingerninja in Hi! Conflicted after first tattoo   
    You are not a basket case. These are great questions and ones that SHOULD be asked/considered. You are putting something permanently on your body. Go with @SStu and @wildcat advice. I'm hard core corporate during the day and almost everything is covered (which is hard in the summer) but my tattoos on my upper back/neck peek out of my shirts. It's all good.
    Funny story from last week: I showed up at a customer site all buttoned up and wearing black tights in the middle of summer. I had read that this customer had a "no visible tattoos" policy for customer facing roles. About 10 minutes into my visit, the Director rolled in wearing shorts and sporting a large calf tattoo. I silently giggled to myself.
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    wildcat got a reaction from Gingerninja in Hi! Conflicted after first tattoo   
    S Stu gave you good advise.
    I'll add to #5: I have a half-sleeve on one arm and a large piece on the other upper arm. Neither is actually very visible in regular short sleeved shirts. I have several large pieces on my thighs and lower legs and those definitely draw attention when I wear shorts, but jeans of course hide them all. I haven't yet progressed to forearms, as I'm not quite ready for something I can't cover easily (I live in the deep South and long sleeves are a rare thing for me out of uniform). You have to realize that you WILL get looks/stares, but that doesn't mean disapproval!  You'll probably get asked about your visible tattoos fairly often; again that's not a bad thing! I think S Stu's advise is sound: get more tattoos in more easily hidden places, and move to more visible places as your confidence grows.
    Good luck!
    Wildcat
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    wildcat got a reaction from Devious6 in Hi! Conflicted after first tattoo   
    S Stu gave you good advise.
    I'll add to #5: I have a half-sleeve on one arm and a large piece on the other upper arm. Neither is actually very visible in regular short sleeved shirts. I have several large pieces on my thighs and lower legs and those definitely draw attention when I wear shorts, but jeans of course hide them all. I haven't yet progressed to forearms, as I'm not quite ready for something I can't cover easily (I live in the deep South and long sleeves are a rare thing for me out of uniform). You have to realize that you WILL get looks/stares, but that doesn't mean disapproval!  You'll probably get asked about your visible tattoos fairly often; again that's not a bad thing! I think S Stu's advise is sound: get more tattoos in more easily hidden places, and move to more visible places as your confidence grows.
    Good luck!
    Wildcat
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    wildcat got a reaction from SStu in Stomach tattoos   
    "Full front torso w/o boobs" sounds like exactly what I need to talk to an artist about.....thanks for the terminology assistance!
    Wildcat
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    wildcat got a reaction from SStu in Stomach tattoos   
    I know that I am reviving an OLD post, but I couldn't really find anything else on the subject.
    I am female, and although I don't care for the underboob thing (for me), I recently saw a picture that opened up a whole new world of possibilities in my mind(attached for illustrative purposes). The subject matter and/or quality of work isn't what struck me, but placement! 
    I never even thought of doing of front piece that way - placed under the breast line, but continuing as one cohesive piece past the waistline, similar to a back piece.  Don't ask me why this never occurred to me, but it hadn't. 
    However, this is the ONLY photo of this sort of placement and size of work that I have found.  Anyone else have any experience, sightings, etc.?  What is your opinion?
    Wildcat

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    wildcat got a reaction from suburbanxcore in Stomach tattoos   
    I have lots of tigers so I really like yours! 
    I guess I just don't see many pictures of women with large scale stomach tattoos. It's always those little underboob things or something across the bottom.
    It's a nice large open space....I need to start planning something apparently :)
    Wildcat
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    wildcat got a reaction from pidjones in Stomach tattoos   
    I have lots of tigers so I really like yours! 
    I guess I just don't see many pictures of women with large scale stomach tattoos. It's always those little underboob things or something across the bottom.
    It's a nice large open space....I need to start planning something apparently :)
    Wildcat
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    wildcat got a reaction from bongsau in Stomach tattoos   
    I have lots of tigers so I really like yours! 
    I guess I just don't see many pictures of women with large scale stomach tattoos. It's always those little underboob things or something across the bottom.
    It's a nice large open space....I need to start planning something apparently :)
    Wildcat
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    wildcat reacted to Acedia in Full Back Piece Experience Thread   
    My backpiece by Chris Crooks is finished for now. Will be extending down to the knees this summer. Two full consecutive days to get it finished, forgive the redness and bloodinfused colors.
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    wildcat reacted to Transplant in Tiger tattoos   
    One of the most interesting threads i have read!
    Here is my input:

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    wildcat reacted to Elerrina_7 in Latest tattoo lowdown.....   
    All finished now ^_^

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    wildcat reacted to PlaceInTheSun in The Definitive American Tradtitional Tattoo Thread   
    Just got this guy on friday from Chris Marchetto. It's my first one from him and I'm pretty stoked about it. Got another appointment for next month. Also, not sure why the picture is coming out sideways.

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    wildcat reacted to ThirstyDog in Glad I found you!   
    Hello
    Great site! I am a 47 year old collector. Started over almost 30 years ago with the small pieces most kids got back then, and started getting serious a few years ago. Call it an early midlife crisis. Came across this site looking for ideas for my second sleeve, hope to get inspired here!