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Posts posted by scottyg

  1. I'd say it's just a bad-ish scab, given the area it's kind of to be expected, with all the natural movement that occurs there. Not hot or painful is a good sign.

    I'd just keep *lightly* moisturizing it, and let the body heal itself. You'd be amazed.

    And if necessary you can get it touched up later.

  2. Yes, the back is rough, but you power through it because you're tough and powerful. also, don't be afraid of breaks and communicating with your artist. I get completely naked, but I'm a dude so it's different.

    There's a thread here called "full back piece experience." Check it out for further ideas.

  3. There're right and wrong ways to do this.

    The right way is to slog it out as a shop assistant, eat shit, pay your dues, then MAYBE earn the right to be an apprentice.

    Then eat more shit, pay more dues, then MAYBE earn the right to tattoo.


    Do it the right way.

  4. 22 hours ago, Gingerninja said:

    Garver to continue on my arm and Rubendall to finally finish my leg! I had appointments in April for both then you know, the Corona. I am a little twitchy about flying to NYC for Garver, TBH. I plan to drive to LI for Mike.


    I feel you, but all indications are that it's safer here in NYC than other places now. I've got a session planned for this Friday in Brooklyn and not worried.


  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.