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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. go get it! post a picture! love it! get more tattoos! do it!
  2. just checking in, hoping your second guessing and self hate has subsided a bit. Getting your first visible tattoo is a pretty big step. There are some threads here on LST that might help, if you do a little searching. FYI, this is a pretty old thread, relative to how long a lot of folks have been staying on this forum lately, so you might not get a response from the OP... especially since they only have 4 posts total.
  3. sending my best energies your way @pidjones 🙌💨💓
  4. also, designs they enjoy on laid back clients who don't take it too seriously and sit well.
  5. @Asthma Inhaler Jim a couple things that tattooing has taught me is to care less about what other people think and to be more comfortable in my own skin. The folks who knew the person who passed should be glad you commemorated that person and it should bring them some sort of positive feelings. If not, then perhaps that's a good way to weed out the folks who might not be worth being around, if their energy doesn't vibe with yours. On that same note, your family and friends who matter should accept you even more than those who just new the person who died. As for knowing how a tattoo will
  6. sometimes tattoos are a reminder to live and learn. After reading your first thread and response to this one, it sounds like you're on your way to some great tattoos that you'll be stoked on!
  7. welcome to LST! can't wait to see your progress and hear about your experiences! The back is definitely a different beast.
  8. Welcome to LST and thanks for sharing your tattoo and question(s). I don't have experience with touch ups or 2nd layers, but I do have a few raised portions of tattoos done by some great artists (Jill Bonny, Chad Koeplinger, Jondix, Mike Wilson). For reference, the raised areas on are on both of my forearms and the center of my back. Each of these raised areas are small portions of larger tattoos that healed perfect with no raising. The tattoos on my forearms are over 10yrs old and the raised portion of my back is ~7or8. In all honesty, it doesn't bother me in the slightest. Sometime
  9. @FXRrich, it's a pleasure to revisit LST and see some worthwhile content... especially on one of the coolest threads. I remember seeing or reading Myke's interview from Tattoo Artist Magazine and getting those same vibes that you described. There are many tattooers with similar traits who provide great experiences and create amazing stories to tell. I'd love to hear your experience, but burying it in this thread doesn't seem like it would do it justice. I'm not sure I've seen another thread with that content, but I'm thinking we could start one where folks can share their experiences
  10. i agree with all prior posts! i think it looks fine, you should settle your anxiety and depression and learn to live with it for a bit, and plan your next move(s). when i saw the title of this thread, i really just wanted to add "no regerts". 😬 you're learning the lesson you were meant to learn at this moment, and you will grow from it. you survived!!!
  11. welcome from out of the shadows! glad you decided to join us!
  12. Welcome to LST! Unfortunately, there aren't many tattoo artists who frequent this forum anymore.. it's mostly collectors or folks who are new to tattooing, asking if their tattoo is healing correctly. if you want to look back at some past interactions, there are my different threads to be mined with lots of gems within. I would say that most tattoo artist online interaction is done thru IG. I'm not sure if podcasts and youtube videos count, but if so, we can point you the right direction. For instance, Andrew Stortz has a great podcast called "Books Closed" that often discusses "new
  13. This is a fun game. My initial thought is that it looks like some sort of water creature or fishing lure.
  14. HE'S GOT THE BUUUUUUUGGGG!!! 😁 @minisoda not sure if you've let us know who the artist is yet, but feel free to share! check out their prior work and see what they're into. if they usually do traditional colors, they might prefer to stick to that aesthetic. if they do some crazy shit, they might be open to new ideas. i think adding an olive branch in an open talon would look a bit strange. during your next shading and color session, bounce your addition and background ideas off your artist and see what they think. in the end, you're wearing it and they're doing it, so your two opini
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