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  1. I'm actively debating about my Hodgkin's lymphoma tattoo idea. My first idea: a purple horse, head shot mostly with a little bit of the neck. The mane would be a lime green color, incorporating the green for the lymphoma awareness and the purple for the Hodgkin's lymphoma awareness Second idea: I'm thinking of steampunk DESIGN (no colors, just strictly design) clock with lime green clock hands and purple numbers on the clock, possibly purple outline for the clock. Regardless of which tattoo design I got, I would have it be under my memorial butterfly lung cancer tattoo. I plan for my sleeve of that arm to be covered in different awareness ribbon type tattoos since I have so many things I want to raise awareness for. It'd be a medium size tattoo. My skin tone is a light-medium olive tone, so these colors would naturally be complimentary of my current skin tone. I have a butterfly wing tattoo with the blue cancer ribbon for lung cancer awareness acting as the butterfly body on my arm http://i68.tinypic.com/2mm8jsn.png The tattoo would go under THIS tattoo
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    hello guys

    Welcome to the forum :)
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    Phantom pains?

    So I got my shoulder/arm tattooed about one year ago. It's a small-medium size tattoo, and it healed no problem. However, sometimes I notice I get "phantom pains" right where the tattoo (all over the tattoo, not localized to any specific part of the tattoo) is. Like, it feels like a bunch of tiny needles are sticking in my arm where my tattoo is. I read online that 10-35% of people who have tattoos will get these kinds of phantom pains. Anyone else get these with specific tattoos? How do you deal with it? I've noticed if I put moisturizer over it, it heelps soothe it, but doesn't make it entirely go away. The attachment is a photo of my tattoo for those curious.
  4. Haha, this is me and my boyfriend right now with my getting my Mehndi inspired tattoos, which will end up taking up my entire leg from the knee downward 🤣 we're going to one of the best tattoo studios in our state for it, so we're just saving up the money and trying to figure out when a good block of time (like a week, possibly more) would be good for said tattoo
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    Upcoming Tattoos

    I'm planning a 3/4ths view of a Jaguar skull with a dark green ribbon wrapped around it or transitioning (the ribbon) from the background to the foreground around the edges of the skull. It's representative of me overcoming my sibling abuse that happened the first 10 years of my life
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    7 year old tattoo artist-in-training?!

    There are laws in place in certain areas (I don't think there's any federal statues/regulations) where minors can't get tattooed without parental permission (or can't, period, depending on the area). Personally, I think you shouldn't go near a tattoo machine until you're closer to your teen years (12-14) due to the incredible amount of patience you need to be a tattoo artist (young kids aren't exactly known to sit still for long periods of time, even if they're playing a game they like). Like others have said, I'd say keep her to drawing and observing other artists and when she gets a little bit older, let her start practicing with an actual machine.
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    Tattoos at Whole Foods?!

    I just.......why?
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    Mermaid Tattoos

    I LOVE these watercolor type designs for mermaid pieces!
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    Mermaid Tattoos

    Love this portrait piece I've found online!
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    Hand Tattoos

    What's the protocol for the aftercare of hand tattoos? I figure hands would be pretty sensitive after said tattoos. I've gotten a shoulder tattoo before and I used aquaphor and moisturizer post healing. I'm guessing the pain is pretty bad too on hands since there's minimal muscle there?
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    Temporary Tattoos are bad

    I mean, anyone can have a bad reaction to whatever they use in the peel-on temporary tattoos or the airbrush tattoos you can get at amusement parks. If you're an airbrush artist yourself, airbrushing a tattoo idea is a great way to "test" if you actually want the tattoo permanently. I got a really neat airbrush blue-gradient small tribal design on my arm when I went to an amusement park when I was a teenager and I did my best to preserve it because I LOVED it. The estimated time it would last was like 3 days and I managed to make it last like a week because of how well I took care of it.
  12. A good chunk of storage on your computer is dedicated to future tattoo ideas.
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    Relationships and tattoos

    I've always loved tattoos on girls/boys/whatever you identify as. My boyfriend wants to get tattoos, but is currently waiting to be in a better financial place to get some. I'd be fine with dating someone who never intended to get a tattoo (as long as they don't hold my tattoo over my head).
  14. Tommy is an excellent tattooer (I honestly feel like he was robbed of Ink Master, but that's a thread for another day). In regards to "awful", tattoos really are "beauty in the eye of the beholder". What looks like trash to someone looks like absolute gold to another person. As long as you can't see the old tattoo peaking out through the new one and it's technically sound, it's a good cover up tattoo to me. Cover ups are very difficult considering all the factors tattoo artists have to consider with the old tattoo and the new one.
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    Hi everyone

    Hi everyone! I'm a 24 year old and just got my Master's degree in public health. I have one tattoo but plan for many more. I'm a huge fan of body modification in general. I'm a huge animal lover and have a few dogs with my boyfriend. I'm currently studying to be a health educator. I've also been binge watching a lot of things on netflix recently I'm also a PS4 gamer and pokemon gamer.