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  1. It looks like it's drowning. The purpose of lotion is only so it doesn't dry out, you put AS LITTLE as possible on, not as much as possible.
  2. +1 Don't try to fix it. You can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit.
  3. Absolutely nothing. Your chances of making it worse trying to fix it are about 99%.
  4. I wouldn't go back to that tattoo "artist." Wait until it heals (4 -6 weeks) and then find someone that specializes in coverups. People think that simple tattoos are easy. They aren't; it takes a really good tattoo artist to draw a simple design that works and lay down all the lines evenly. Good tattoos (and coverups) aren't cheap.
  5. Hogrider

    Advice Needed

    All tattoos don't heal exactly the same. Put away the microscope and just let it heal. There is NOTHING you can do until it heals anyway. 4-6 weeks.
  6. Not at all, especially considering how many shit tattoos people walk around with. It's hard to think of everything, that's why really good tattooers are so rare, expensive, and necessary. Just some things to think about next time.
  7. Find an artist whose work you really like and consult with them. My best tattoos are the ones where I just said, "Do whatever you're feeling."
  8. Lines don't "get" crooked. It's not a bad tattoo, but the design could be better. The script is too close to whatever plant that is. The 1 in Psalm 91, the 5 in Her 13:5, the "I' in the quote is too close and looks like a 1 and the spacing is all over the place. Having said all that, most people wouldn't even notice. The only reason I bring it up is so you do your homework next time you get a tattoo. Script is NOT easy to do, you need to find someone that does a lot of it and is really, really good.
  9. DON'T CHEAP OUT. Script is not easy, you can't go to just anybody to have then done right. If it's not done perfectly it looks terrible. The lines all have to be even, the spacing has to be right, letter high has to be consistent. Having said that, don't do it. Do you really think this is something you'll be happy to have in 20 years?
  10. That's a shitload of lines. Looks good!
  11. It will take more than three days to heal. You won't know until then what the problem is. And please, don't ever do that to yourself again. Sorry, but that's just awful.
  12. You're putting way too much lotion on it. Just use a tiny amount to keep it from drying out, you're not supposed to drown it.
  13. Yup, that's Clem from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  14. Takes 4-6 weeks to heal. You won't know what it's going to look like until then, but as @oboogie said, it looks fine.
  15. The un fades tattoos. You should always minimize the time your tattoo is exposed to the sun. Then there is that whole skin cancer thing. 😉
  16. What day did you have the tattoo done? Kind or hard to give advice without knowing how long you've had it. In general though, the inner bicep is thin, delicate skin. I don't see anything in your pic that would cause me to worry.
  17. As opposed to what? Nobody knows. You are a week in. If you read your own post, you'll see you're getting better. We all heal at different rates and different body parts heal at different rates. It's unlikely that anything you do at this point will affect it one way or the other. I'd quit screwing with it at this point and just put a little cocoa butter on it twice a day and let it heal. You've been to a doctor, so it's unlikely you'll get better medical advice on an internet forum.
  18. Step one - narrow down the style. Do you want Japanese, Traditional American, Realism, New School? Step two - find an artist that specializes in that style. Step three - ask for a consultation. Be open minded. I went in for a Kokopelli and wound up with a Japanese sleeve. Now I'm 3/4 of the way through a Japanese body suit.
  19. 1) I don't think so. 2) If you don't know what you want then you don't know if you have a good artist. I've seen people that are fantastic with Japanese style that are not so good at other things. If you don't know what you want, you don't know if the artist is any good at it and so you don't know if you have a good artist. 3) Yes. You seem fixated on this artist. That's a recipe for disaster.
  20. That's what a good tattoo artist does. 😉 Find someone that is good in the style you are looking for. Why on earth do you want to go to someone for something outside their "normal stuff?" The whole point of choosing an artist is to pick someone that is good at what you want.
  21. Hogrider

    Design Ideas

    If you want to pull that many ideas in a piece you'll need some major real estate, probably your back would be best. I'd suggest finding a really, really good tattoo artist and work with them. That's not going to be quick, easy or cheap.
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    It looks crooked to me. I'd be concerned how all those fine lines and tiny details will age. Having said that, it still looks good.