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  1. Vita

    Hello!

    It isn't the past infection I am concerned about. It is day 5, and the tattoo is healing quick and easy this time around. My concern is over how much trauma an area of skin can take. I've had it worked on 4 times already, so I fear lasering and reworking more will eventually cause some sort of permanent damage or trauma. I will give it time to heal yes, but the depression and anxiety over this persists. I feel like I've just made some kind of big stupid mistake. I never want to show my arm to anyone let alone explain it. Maybe with time this will alleviate, but it is hard to let go with som
  2. Vita

    Hello!

    It's discouraging, because it seems like a lot of artists out there want to get more experience, and will go any length to gain it. It seems hard for someone who isn't basically immersed in art/the tattoo world for years and years to know who to trust. It is sad that some artists would knowingly take advantage of people. I have spent the last few days horribly depressed and anxious to the point where I feel physically ill. I want to hide my arm constantly and am severely insecure overall. I know I have options to rework + laser...but I don't know how much my arm can take? I've had 4 sessi
  3. Vita

    Hello!

    And I would like to add some additional thoughts I have about all of this... Admittedly, I don't have a lot of experience with major tattoos (i have a few from the distant past) or a regular artist. I followed all the advice I could (go to a reputable shop, look at the person's art and portfolio first, ask around about the artist) and each time, everything was fine. Each tattoo artist knew what I was looking for and were excited and wholeheartedly optimistic that they could give me what I wanted, which in turn made me optimistic as well. There are an abundance of tattoo shops in my a
  4. Vita

    Hello!

    I appreciate the input. I will sit with it for awhile before considering if removal is what I truly need to do, and if it is even possible for this tattoo anyways.
  5. Vita

    Hello!

    It is based off of this picture. I did not want an exact replica, but something illustrative yet cohesive. I initially wanted it to be simple, without too much color, shading or added items. Maybe my expectations were too uninformed and the piece is just too difficult
  6. Vita

    Hello!

    I know it is a year later, but I wanted to revisit this post as my tattoo journey continues with this piece. I've had it worked on two more times, and I still can't seem to get it where I want it. The last session I had on it was yesterday, which is reflected in the most recent picture. I have tattoo anxiety over this piece all the time, and am starting to think I should just let it be, remove it altogether one day, or accept it for what it is. At least I can say this last round of tattooing was a bit easier, and the healing is already much less painful than when I got my infection!
  7. Vita

    Hello!

    Thank you! The infection is clearing up now, the peeling and itchy phase is in full force right now. It's kind of amazing all the stages that injured skin can go through!
  8. Vita

    Hello!

    Good advice. What's that saying....patience is a virtue? Tattoos are not for the faint-hearted...or the impatient....
  9. Vita

    Hello!

    Hi there folks. I'm called Vita, and am working on a forearm half-sleeve. I have a total of 6 (left shoulder, wrist, back, right shoulder blade, inner forearm) tattoos. Most of them I got when I was much younger, with the forearm work being the most recent. I had somewhat of a mishap with my recent tattoo, here's the story on it: My tattoo was extremely painful for 4 days after I received it, and I was very worried it was infected. Well, it turns out it was! So I got meds, and things are getting better. But I am concerned about how the infection will affect my tattoo. I also fear it may n
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