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Hands On last won the day on January 18 2022

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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. @shabashe i've mostly heard it called a Borneo star. Here's a starter link for ya! https://tattooartfromtheheart.com/blog/borneo-rosette-our-connection-with-nature-and-our-desire-for-security/
  2. I agree with both points from both @SStu and @Queen Rocks, even though their points are quite different. From an artist's perspective, in person consultations are needed for larger pieces and to get an idea of what the client is looking for. This can apply to smaller pieces too, but I'd say that's more so for the client to get the best from the artist. But it all really depends on what you're after, for that. I guess I'm saying.. a good walk-in artist would be able to take that spot and your idea as an immediate consultation and be able to create your piece then and there. But they might also appreciate the time to get your idea, do some research, find references and create a drawing with a bit more time and effort. But then again, some artist will take the consult, schedule a time, and still draw the night before or when you get there. I think the most important thing is to do your research in finding an artist whose work you want to wear, then contact them and follow whatever approach they use.
  3. Hell yes!! Fuckin badass backpiece you're starting there! I appreciate your summary of the anticipation, pain, and emotions. It brings back good (but also horrible 😅) memories and feelings. This thread helped prep me also and posts like yours will hopefully help others in the future!
  4. dope! we'd love to see pics, if you're willing to share! Keep us updated on how the process and healing goes. I don't have any face tattoos, but I think the advice from @Star sounds spot on from an experienced collector!
  5. I guess it's time for you to find some direction! (it's a bad pun based on the subject of your tattoo). Agreed with all advice here... you're going to have to get used to it and I hope you grow to love it. It's a huge change to your physical self which impacts your mental and spiritual self as well. It'll all balance out, after this little shake up. Part of that balance might be to get something on the other side of your chest, perhaps? then maybe get a couple half sleeves to connect and BOOM.. maybe you start to feel more in balance. I don't think it looks odd. The tattoo is well done!
  6. i just thought of a hilarious mom tattoo! a realistic umbilical cord coming out of your belly button! dude.... dude. ok forreal tho. it doesn't have to be a memory, but perhaps something that reminds you of her or is unique to her. a favorite bird, flower, or animal. a trinket around the house. a song she used to sing, a saying or phrase. I think @SStu just meant that it doesn't have to spell out MOM. btw, plenty of 36 year old men get hearts and birds and those kinds of things. but also.. it's your body! if a realistic slot machine tickles your fancy, then doggonit, get a slot machine!!! but i'm also saying... i googled umbilical cord tattoo and it seems to be unique as shit! 😜
  7. go get it! post a picture! love it! get more tattoos! do it!
  8. 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.
  9. sending my best energies your way @pidjones 🙌💨💓
  10. also, designs they enjoy on laid back clients who don't take it too seriously and sit well.
  11. @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 effect your life, it's impossible to imagine and it's different for everyone. You're just getting started and it sounds like you have a good positive outlook which will lead to a positive journey to come! Getting tattooed will teach you many lessons along the way and you'll have the constant reminder of each one to mark your growth and evolution. Enjoy it!
  12. 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!
  13. welcome to LST! can't wait to see your progress and hear about your experiences! The back is definitely a different beast.
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