Hands On

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    Hello, my name is Chris and I'm addicted to tattoos. "Hi, Chris." I started getting tattoos relatively late in my life (25), but got the bug immediately. I was spoiled, since my first tattoo was from Jill Bonny at State of Grace and my first tattoo related book was Tattooing from Japan to the West by Horitaka. Not only was I dumbfounded by all the pictures, but I was mesmerized by all of the interviews and I got hooked. I started to read and watch everything I could to learn and soak it all up, but I found the best shit to be the interviews of the artists speaking their minds and telling their stories... dropping all kinds of knowledge that can't be found anywhere else aside from speaking with the tattooers in person. I found books like Underway is the Only Way, We Are Tattoo, Tattoo Artist, TAM mags, and videos from Needled.com, TAM videos, Tattoo the World, Horismoku, Tattoo Age, Stoney Knows How, Gypsy Gentleman, and of course here at LST. This bug has brought me to get an apprenticeship in 2010 and I come into this trade/business/industry/craft with the utmost respect for all those who have come before me. My goal is continue this passion without offending any of those people along the way. Like Kore Flatmo said in his interview, I know I'm one of those dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants. I try to get tattooed as often as possible, not only to keep collecting and feed my addiction, but to keep learning and building the relationships that make this community what it is. If you're interested, I'll post a list in the "Who HAS tattooed you?" blog comments. Thanks again for creating this great site! Peace!!
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  1. Future Filip Leu over here! They should change the name of their shop to Lu Family Iron.
  2. Don't get her wrong. Tattoo artists are welcome here and many have provided loads of insight in the past. However, the guidelines state: "Do not start threads asking about specific tattooing equipment or techniques, LST is not here to teach anyone how to tattoo. Ask your own tattooer, the next time you are getting tattooed. Maybe they'll answer you, maybe they won't." That said, if i saw that kind of practice, i'd never go back to that shop again and i'd advise everyone i know to do the same.
  3. @Theralex no psychology background, but i do like to try to understand people's perspectives. glad to hear you're doing better! i was only kidding about hierarchies, but I would say that "he who must not be named" might have a differing opinion than yours. 😃
  4. i agree that it's a nice tattoo. half jokingly - maybe the location has something to do with it? lettering on your arm is probably visible and neotrad on your calf is also visible to others. But YOU see this one on your thigh every time you're on the contemplative thinking seat of porcelain. more seriously - maybe the meaning of the tattoo touches a place in your heart and soul that you don't/didn't feel comfortable being touched. I dunno the meaning behind the tattoo, but if a castle is truly your home, perhaps there are other social and hierarchical issues in the realm, like who is going to sit on the Iron Throne. 😃 in all seriousness and assuming you don't live in a castle, perhaps the thought or idea of Home is something you're wrestling with and are being forced to confront. Nonetheless, sending good juju your way and welcome to LST!
  5. welcome to LST! feel free to share pics or stories of your tattoos, either here or in the appropriate thread. we'd love to see 'em. cheers!
  6. using LST right! best intro in a while. welcome! looking forward to see what you get. i'd say 40 isn't old in the tattoo world. still plenty of time for a body suit! most artists that are highly respected here on LST are probably in their 40s or above. you seem to have the right mindset to do things the right way and perhaps you have the financial stability to not go the cheap route. now to see if you get hooked like the rest of us.
  7. agreed! luckily, i hesitated to pull the trigger on the solid ones and couldn't resist when i saw the only available hand painted one.
  8. Just scored this hand painted gorilla head from Chad Koeplinger!
  9. Hands On

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    Welcome to LST! FYI, you likely won't get any good replies to this thread, per the guidelines: https://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/guidelines/ Do not start threads asking about specific tattooing equipment or techniques, LST is not here to teach anyone how to tattoo. Ask your own tattooer, the next time you are getting tattooed. Maybe they'll answer you, maybe they won't.
  10. I have some old tattoos that sometimes get a little angry, but i usually attribute it to my eczema, sun exposure, or some other factor. I'm sure pairing those things with ink and traumatized areas of skin don't help... but it sure looks cooler than eczema on blank skin! 😉
  11. You should be able to post or reply to other threads/topics from the start. According to, https://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/guidelines/, I think you need 10 posts to start new topics/threads outside of the Initiation Forum. Hope that helps!
  12. at this point, this should be an auto reply to Initiation posts.
  13. A great thing about this forum is that there's plenty of topics that have already been covered. To make it easy for you, here are the results of a simple search for the word "removal": https://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/search/?type=forums_topic&q=removal
  14. My gem tattoo collector item - Original photo of Thom DeVita's hand on skull, taken by Mike Malone.