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Everything posted by scottyg

  1. what blowout? it really looks like it's healing fine to me. you have to exercise patience with new tattoos. hopefully you'll learn to love it.
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    idk I really wouldn't add to it; traditional Japanese can look kind of cartoonish to modern viewers but that's the style.
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    it looks perfectly cool to me! aren't hedgehogs kind of derpy animals anyway?
  4. I've got no love for the pain: it's just three hours of pain. No adrenaline kicks in, I'm just getting stabbed repeatedly in my back while lying on my stomach naked, trying to talk as much as possible and to breathe through the pain. It's all about gaman: perseverance. I only ever do 3 hour sessions with breaks. It's about the rhythm of life and integrating sessions into that rhythm. The pain makes me discover my body in ways I'd no idea. haha. It's about doing something for me, only me; reconnecting with my body and focusing my mind in ways I've not done otherwise or previously. I do enjoy the me time. The ritual. The worst is having to take a shower when I get home. I just want to drink a pint and go to bed. But I've got to clean and coat my back. ugh. My tattooer rules; so much fun to shoot the shit with him, such a great artist with his own style and yet traditional. So part of it is being connected with him and with a certain tradition which I've chosen to be connected to. So like most long term things we go through in life, it's not so much about enjoying it. But I guess I'm heavily tattooed individual now. haha
  5. you might also try products without lanolin, which is a wool-derived product found in most moisterizers. I use Cetaphil because it doesn't have lanolin. but as @Gingerninja said, make sure not to use the like, advanced formula stuff
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    yeah, you still have room for some more American traditional work, but also, some American traditional cloud backgrounds could work too, once you've filled out some more images
  7. yeah, I think keeping the connecting material simple is the best way to go. hanya/skull/dagger + chrysanthemum + koi + dragon would just be too much. you want say two/three objects to stand out and the other things to be in the background, plus it has to make sense seasonally and symbolically. where are you living that there's no Japanese specialists?
  8. a chrysanthemum would make the most sense between the skull/knife/hanya mask representing transitioning to death I can't see what the background is behind the dragon, but waves would make sense connecting the whole scene, as dragons are kind of rulers of water in Japanese tattooing thought, and chrysanthemums are often tattooed with water But as @Hogrider said you're absolutely going to have to find a tattooer who specializes in traditional Japanese as I'm just a collector
  9. Not to pry, but why are you looking to cover up a sacred tattoo? I would think doing so would be forbidden.
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    Waiting Time

    this sounds like the beginnings of tattoo addiction... welcome to the club.
  11. it looks great. don't worry it'll be fine.
  12. right, but there are other animals besides owls and the idea would be to keep clean lines like you have, rather than bold American traditional or Japanese koi or something. again, was just my 2 cents
  13. no rules in American tattooing... no reason not to have multiple styles, though my personal preference would be to keep images unified by subject and to keep the kinds of lines you have with the triangle and straight lines, so that it doesn't seem totally random. that's my preference tho. don't owls represent wisdom and insight? and darkness cause they're out at night?
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    Back Piece

    Yeah, I'd say it'd be best to find someone who can come up with a vision for how the whole will work while incorporating the elements that already exist. It's a hard task. Picture?
  15. It looks like you're over moisterizing it: those small bumps are usually clogged pores. The very very lightest of coats of lotion should be used out of the shower.
  16. Looks like a chrysanthemum (kiku) and no, I don't imagine the color should or could be changed. Best!
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    I mean, not to be a dick, but it's two intersecting lines....
  18. his style looks amazingly complex. idk man I'm not into the huge long sessions.... slow and steady over an extended timeframe is my pace, but good luck.
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    sorry to hear that. my dermatologist asked to see my backpiece entirely haha
  20. Are hairdressers protective of their turf??? ahahaha
  21. um... I don't know about the white but man I wouldn't add to it.
  22. sure thing oy, I'm not sure of what to put with the turtle/dragon, yeah, but definitely waves. cool, I'll check him out! good luck, and keep us informed!