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. thanks for adding the pics for our reference. The forearm tattoo has a lot more intricate and delicate detail... the linework looks to require a bit more precision than your upper arm. Those are some cool lookin tattoos and will work well together. you're collection will be coming alone nicely!
  2. welcome to LST! you're correct that every artist's process, rates, etc are different and the amount of detail and coverage in the piece can have a big impact on how long it will take. the artists may also be quoting on the high side, to make sure you bring enough dough, then charge you based on the time it took them to complete the piece. again.. artists all work and do business in different ways, so it's hard to tell. artists also work at different speeds, so charging by time might not even be a great indicator. some pics of your previous tattoo and the reference pics of what you're looking to get on your inner forearm could help us provide a bit more insight.
  3. I got this one last week from Lukas Speich at XXX Tattoo in Lucerne, Switzerland. I stole the idea from a story that Yoni Zilber retold from Bill Salmon, in a Podcast... there was a dude who saw someone's tattoo and said, "That's a pretty cool tattoo. I got a tattoo also, but mine's a little cooler." He showed the tattoo and there it was... a little cooler. 😉😉 I chose the classic Igloo Playmate, but the wording was too small to tattoo. So, I asked Lukas to add a little Swiss flag and he went with a red cross. It's kinda funny to me, as it now looks like it could be used to transport an organ donation.
  4. 😂 you looked familiar, but I wasn't sure. You also seemed to be well into the pains of a chest tattoo. Looks dope!
  5. @Dan I thought i recognized you! i was sitting right there at the Raking Lights Project booth! I think your hair got longer and my hair got shorter. 😁 I went on Sunday only and refrained from getting anything too expensive. Chad was trying to sell me some original pieces, but I couldn't pull the trigger. The best thing I got was a zine from Jason Tyler Grace.
  6. that's a bummer! i second everything @cyoonit123 said. do some research and find a great artist. with the right effort, you'll find that there's more than enough great tattooers who are also great people. you should be able to rebuild some faith in tattooing pretty quickly!
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    Hi :)

    @Torsie24 if it's any consolation, i remember my inner forearm, right by the ditch, looking COMPLETELY insane when it was healing! i was sure it was gonna be a disaster, but it healed pretty close to perfect. *sending good tattoo juju your way for a similar outcome!!
  8. Hands On

    new here

    bummer! live and learn. plan ahead next time!
  9. In case you all haven't been following this podcast, Andrew's had some pretty interesting guests and discussions this season, ending with Toothtaker. Good stuff with some interesting perspective!
  10. Hi @Kitsune! Welcome to LST! There have been plenty of threads here that discuss the watercolor style. A quick use of the search tool will get you a lot of information. 😃
  11. @finegentleman i sent you a DM. 🤞 also, this wasn't too long ago! perhaps worth a shot... http://checker-demon-tattoos.de/en/horizakura-of-the-horitoshi-family-guesting-weds-30th-jan-sat-2nd-feb/
  12. I scheduled a consultation with Melissa Manuel from Humble Beginnings in San Jose to get a Filipino-inspired tribal collar piece. The consultation isn't until April 29th. Hooray for links!
  13. Go to San Francisco, visit Jeff Rassier, and let him do his thing. Chad Koeplinger, Steve Byrne, and Greg Christian have also been doing some super creative fillers.
  14. @bongsau glad to hear you're hanging in there! if you're willing to share, I'd love to see pics of that paint job. Sounds super interesting! i went thru a broken engagement back in the late 2000s. We had just bought a condo together and she left me with a single income right when the housing bubble was bursting. Perfect timing. I also had some dark times, but good friends and family helped shine some light on shit and brighten things up. I eventually fell in love again with my current wife of nearly 10yrs. We ended up foreclosing on the condo, like many Americans, coz the mortgage wasn't worth it and my new lady wasn't digging the spot that didn't feel like her own. That said, we got to live there for at least a few months without paying the rent! hahahhahaha... it was kind nice to somewhat feel what actually OWNING a home would be like, not having to pay the bank. Anyways... i guess i'm just pointing out that cons, pros, ups, and downs come with the ticket to ride. That time taught me many lessons about myself and life, in general. Still learning with far to go! Sending the strongest good juju your way, my man! 🙌💨💞
  15. Maybe you have a mutant power!! Wolverine butt. Either that or you're working for Jondix and Chad Koeplinger, trying to get me to extend my back piece.