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Everything posted by scottyg

  1. flows much better on the arm than I'd thought. but yeah, I wouldn't add anything else. have fun!
  2. Plus aren't chrysanthemums a fall/winter flower? And sakura are definitely a spring flower. So you might remove the cherry blossoms and replace with maple leaves, but even then, there's really a lot going on. The sketch itself is nice, but the images are very compressed. Did you design this yourself? I like the style of the waves, certainly, but something seems static about the picture. It should of course seem completely vivid and in motion. That's my 2 cents and I'm by no means an expert and don't mean to offend.
  3. Three koi on one arm seems a lot. Also, wind doesn't seem intuitive, because they don't fly. You could pair with autumn flowers like maple leaves. Ultimately I think you'll have to decide if you want traditional Japanese or more modern, and then from there how trusting you are of the tattooer that he/she's going to do the right job.
  4. It's very common; we get posts on here like every few days. I'd hold off on another one for a bit if this one is this concerning. Nothing to do now other than to grow to love it, which you've indicated you already do; it ain't going anywhere.
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    Red lips

    it's so beautiful as is I wouldn't change a thing, but if it's bothering you this much a year later why not just have the artist add the lipstick?
  6. you're overthinking: it's really common for ppl to get upset when they first see it after its done. I wasn't panicked, but when I first saw a DUDE on my back... it took a minute. you'll grow to love it.
  7. should be facing into the center of the body, like you have it, right?
  8. oof. yeah one's mileage will definitely vary
  9. I had a similar problem: I wore jeans (I have to work) and they chafed my then-new tattoo, causing scabbing, and then discoloration. While getting other work done with my artist, I asked him about it and he said to wait. Here we are a few years later, and the color has healed fine: there's no brownish red anymore where the scabs were. So a touch up isn't necessary at this point. Now, the color falling out is a different issue, which will most likely need a touch up, and my tattoos are tebori, but the lesson is that allowing the body to work its magic over a longish period of time isn't an unreasonable or unheard of thing.
  10. fwiw all mine have "meaning" for me, but yeah, they need not. as to the one you're interested in, it might be something like don't bite the hand that feeds...., because superiors will punish you for transgressions. BUT the knife through it implies you SHOULD transgress: F*** the man. you also figure that hands represent manual labor: digging in the earth and shit. and so they've got like muscle memory: musicians practice in order to get their hands automatic using muscle memory. that's what comes to mind anyway.
  11. I use Dial Gold too, and would recommend it. But I'm not seeing it contains alcohol?
  12. I'm completely in the same boat. No way in hell can I do a munewari, much as I'd love to!
  13. I mean, you do you. You're right to protect yourself if you think that's what's needed. Better safe than sorry. But unless you actually think it's not as good a tattoo, and unless you've reason to question his ability, I see no reason to question the work.
  14. one way to think of it is three-dimensionally: the grey makes the green and blue pop out more, and the grey (being less important leaves) recede. you might come to like it.
  15. everything you're describing sounds completely normal for a healing tattoo
  16. Nice! I hadn't seen this thread previously, but my backpiece is of Jikokuten, the Buddhist god protector of the heavenly musicians, mentioned in the Lotus Sutra. I could use some protection. Cheers!
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    hard to tell because of the blurry picture but I agree with @Samth it looks like clogged pores due to too much moisturizer.
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    Blown out ?

    just keep it; for reals it'll be a hip kind of not good tattoo. add around it, eventually you'll embrace it. we've all got those.
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    Blown out ?

    that said you can always play it off that you're hip and got this kind of tattoo on purpose. it's a whole thing.
  20. Sorry to hear that; really tattoos should teach you ownership of your own body and self and F*** what others think.
  21. eh, not much more that a week or so. it's an open wound, and the new layer of skin needs to grow over it.