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. at this point, this should be an auto reply to Initiation posts.
  2. 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
  3. My gem tattoo collector item - Original photo of Thom DeVita's hand on skull, taken by Mike Malone.
  4. not to worry! the LST community has been here to let people know that their new tattoos look fine, they just need to give it time to heal, and that they're not going to die.
  5. so, can we get a picture of this thing or what? too many words and not enough images! 😀
  6. Something a little different (i think). Let's share our tattoo related paraphernalia!! Here's a start... I got a couple masks from Chris Brand, a wooden hannya i scored at the Alamedia Point Antiques Fair and a pet rock painted by Jondix. I got more, but I'll show you mines if you show me yours. "Show me what you got!"
  7. i'm curious. Did the artist use a machine for the back end or was it hand poked?
  8. i'd be impressed if you could grab your martini with your toes and take a sip. impressed... and slightly grossed out maybe.
  9. "It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw."
  10. agreed... the tattoo is looking good for 1week and if it helps ease your mind, it's a good looking tattoo! it's gonna look awesome once it's all healed. i've never experienced stabbing pain during or after a tattoo. it could just be that the thick scab on the planchette is pulling at the skin when you move? your doctor may not be tattoo savy, but i'm assuming she's savy with the human body, in that she completed medical school and earned her degree. i grew up with calvin and hobbes and the line from the middle row, 3rd block came to mind (in jest!). 😃
  11. The tattooer's bedside manner might be something worth mentioning. Tattooing fast and clean is good for everyone. It might hurt like cuss as they're ripping through your skin, but at least it's not long and drawn out! I appreciate when the artist is sympathetic (or empathetic) towards the client and works quickly, makes you laugh or feel comfortable to ease the pain, checks in to ask how you're doing, wipes gently, etc. This is all part of the experience that can make it bearable if done right or horrible if done wrong. I had one artist who paid great attention to detail, but so much so that he wiped and checked his work after every tiny line. By the end of it, it felt like he was dry wiping with sandpaper! This also added to the duration of the pain. Even writing about it now makes me cringe.
  12. this is definitely a problem chad will never have. i'm gonna venture a guess that the outline of your entire front took less than an hour?!
  13. Awesome! May we ask who your appointment is with and what you're planning to get?