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  1. scottyg

    Longivity ?

    That "Japanese style" looks very unreadable and I don't think would age well, but I think that'd be more down to the specific style and artist than traditional Japanese tattooing generally. But, yeah, what @JAC1961 said.
  2. Yeah, no point in risking. I've got a NYHC tattoo in Fraktur. Needless to say that doesn't always go over well....
  3. I mean, I'm getting a Japanese traditional backpiece, where they sign it, which is the most traditional way. that's what I wanted. But if we're talking any other piece I'd flip shit.
  4. I'd lose my shit....
  5. 900 clams for a 6 in tattoo seems reasonable, but your top priority in this should be choosing an artist whose portfolio you love. If you love the artist's whose work costs you 190x4 hrs and you trust them, then you go with that person. I can't imagine getting a sleeve for in the 900-1500 range; that's insane: insanely low and would be insanely low quality.
  6. Another way to look at it: shit happens.
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    best to attach pictures
  8. absolutely just let your artist shave you
  9. sorry, I don't, but please let us know if/when you find out!
  10. scottyg


    ah I see; yeah, then the arm or calf could work well: the upper calf muscle would work for the circular portion.
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    back of calf is a good place for a circular image, though. I can see that working.
  12. I usually cover mine, but while people look they've never said anything.
  13. I could see this working with the right artist. *Red* white blue, and then for the ducks green brown blue (depending on the type). I'd be less worried about the colors than the amount of imagery/number of images. Generally less is more. But I could totally see a flag rip on the upper arm, and a duck/water OR baseball scene on the lower. All three on one arm (if I've read you correctly) seems really difficult. Everything's down to finding the right artist though.
  14. I don't know about driving, depends on your wherewithall, but you can definitely go back to work if you want. Just be aware there will probably be significant swelling on extremities like that (I got a lot of swelling in my ankles and feet) and so you'll want to elevate your leg if possible. Also, don't wear jeans as they'll rub against the tattoo, which is an open wound at that point. Try to wear slacks/etc if possible.
  15. looks great; totally normal, it won't really be healed for a while.
  16. If you're new to healing tattoos best to do exactly what your artist told you. Once you've had a few you'll get a routine down that works best for you. But yeah, generally they say aquaphor for the first 2/3 days, VERY light coating, then switch to a fragrant free moisturizer. But again, best to go by your artist's directions.
  17. on the other hand my artist doesn't wrap my back piece, I just schlepp home and shower when I get there.
  18. definitely go with what your artist says. 2-4 hours tops. never overnight.
  19. yeah, man, you really need to relax your body, find your zen, and breathe. being tense will not be good for getting tattooed. glad it came out well though.
  20. @Dan is absolutely right: you'll only make matters worse if you try to make "in" into" "&". I just can't see it working. Small mistakes like in instead of and are livable. Especially considering it's how they sing it? I would definitely leave well enough alone.
  21. scottyg

    Small Smell

    it's def the case that less is more with moisturizing
  22. looks like it's healing normally to me; I wouldn't worry about it, it looks nice
  23. I'm no bitch but at times my backpiece using tebori has been absolutely excruciating. You power through it, you find ways, but at times it does feel unbearable....