Hogrider

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    Got my first tattoo at the ripe old age of 54.
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    Music, Motorcycles and my wife (not in that order of course!)
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  1. I can't relate, I've never had that. However, I've heard it's pretty common. Have a drink, sit back, relax and enjoy your tattoo.
  2. None of my tattoos have "meaning." They are cool art. If you want to get something that has meaning to you, go for it. Don't except it to mean anything to anyone else.
  3. It takes 4 - 6 weeks to heal. You don't know what it will look like until it's healed. You have thin lines on thin, delicate skin which is the most prone to blow-outs. as @Dan said, put away the microscope and enjoy your tattoo.
  4. "omg what will it look like when you're older" Probably the thing I hate to hear the most. I always say, "And you think your cellulite- ridden, saggy, mottled, PINK skin is going to look good?
  5. The tattoo business is not for the thin skinned. If you want to be a tattoo artist, you do what you need to do. Nobody else is offering you any job and you don't know if you want to take this one?
  6. As moist as possible? I'd keep it clean and just a bit of cocoa butter. Sounds like you're over moisturizing it.
  7. Looks nice. Kind of ballsy getting your lower arm tattooed at 18. Not every industry is tattoo friendly.
  8. You don't know anything until it heals. I've had lines that looked blown out that were actually fine. The bruising made them look blown out.
  9. I thought people had to be over 13 to post on this forum??? 🙂
  10. First, you won't know anything until it completely heals - 4 to 6 weeks. Second, even if you do know something, you CAN'T fix a blow out ... not now, not in six weeks, not in a year, not in ten years. You got thin lines on thin, delicate skin which gives you the highest chance of a blow out.
  11. I can't wait for the airing of grievances!
  12. That has nothing to do with your tattoo, if the tattoo is 9 months old. How long have you had the scratch? Is it oozing? Does it smell bad? Is it hot to the touch? Is it painful? Those are signs of an infection. The fact that the wound is on your tattoo is irrelevant.
  13. Hogrider

    Having anxiety

    You're overanalyzing everything. No tattoo is perfect. If you closely examine ANY tattoo, especially an entire sleeve, you'll find something "wrong" with it. My artist taught me that early in the game, now I just look at the big picture and enjoy my tattoos. With all of the shit tattoos people run around bragging about, I don't know how you can even think that your tattoo isn't awesome. Take two bottle of wine and call us in the morning.
  14. Hogrider

    Having anxiety

    Very common. I've never had it myself, but I guess a lot of people get the anxiety. Put away the microscope and enjoy your tattoo.
  15. First, no chemicals are going to lighten the tattoo. If such a thing existed there would be no laser industry. Second, if someone wanted to start working in on a tattoo that's a cover-up of a cover-up after only 4-6 weeks old I'd find someone else. You say you're not in a hurry, but this coverup isn't even healed and you're looking at monkeying with it again and you are setting a one year time line for finishing your sleeve. Each time you get a tattoo, scar tissue forms as part of the healing process. This will be the FOURTH time you're working that skin. You don't want to hear it, but that skin needs to really heal and it's going to take time to see how much the tattoo lightens up. If you just jump right into this you'll be back on here in a year asking how to fix the cover-up of the cover-up of the cover-up of the bad tattoo.