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  1. looks normal to me. won't hurt to follow Dan's advice. probably wont hurt to follow plan A.
  2. Yeah, I'd say they did a great job with that cover. And the white ink will fade over time. All of my white now looks skin tone - but everyone holds it a bit different.
  3. Right, and I've never heard of a blowout happening during the healing process. Covering it up from the sun during the healing process certainly won't hurt. 2-3 weeks in you should be able to safely apply and rely on sunscreen. Showering in chlorinated water won't hurt anything. Just don't soak or submerge for any period of time for a few weeks.
  4. It's not healed yet. Ankles take a long time, so you don't really know what you've got, yet.
  5. SStu

    Hi to all tattoo fans

    The compliments always ring more true from another collector or a real artist - and both of those will be much less likely to be looking for "meaning".
  6. SStu

    Hi to all tattoo fans

    welcome! We can inject a fair amount of experience and strategy.
  7. not necessary, but if you want to try the lines could be fattened up. The whole thing could be a bit bigger.
  8. Indeed some ink occasionally falling out in the healing process isn't uncommon and touch-ups are easy and normal. I've never heard anyone say that it would take anywhere close to a whole year waiting time to accomplish that, tho . . .
  9. SStu

    Hello from Aust.

    Huh. Hard to imagine there is 20 years of experience behind that. Were you asking him/her to do a style (watercolor?) that wasn't in their portfolio? Just 7 weeks old? You're gonna have to wait a while before proceeding. Post up a link to your intended new artist (once determined) and we might be able to assist in the vetting process . . .
  10. My preference is for larger pieces, but I certainly see the validity of a large collection of small ones, too. Two things smaller tattoos have over large ones that it's easier to plan for obtaining and paying for them.
  11. Maybe a few dots with city names near their position? If that ocean shading gets too close to the boat I think it's going to get hard to distinguish what's going on. Meantime I like it.
  12. Not for me, thanks - but who am I to judge . . . . ?|8
  13. Yeah. I'd take it off, clean it good with anti-bacterial soap and let it dry for 30 minutes or so. Then re-apply new derm. You only really need to worry about infection if you get some foreign material in/on the wound area. Many, many tens of thousands (or more?) of tattoos over the ages healed just fine in the same area prior to derm even being invented.
  14. probably just a reaction to the bandage glue
  15. SStu

    Tattoo Infection

    10 days to fully heal the infection 3 months to completely heal the tattoo, especially that low on your leg.
  16. SStu

    Ink Recall HELP

    I have never considered ink brands, but I started getting tattoos in the '70s and had established a level of "trust" or comfort by the time the internet might open up the possibility of digging that deep. How about a picture of your tattoo?
  17. @Oiocha That is REALLY starting to shape up!
  18. You don't mention how long ago the tattoo was actually done, but a fair percentage of people have skin reactions to the derm sticky - and that does go back to normal with time. Personally, I would not have put moisturizer (or anything else) on the tattoo and then covered that with derm.
  19. Lol, @metalmancpa - I'll be Gunnar loved that fresh idea . . . !
  20. Well, @Dan - French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest are both coming up pretty soon!
  21. Yep - see what he/she has to say . . . but just like with all scars - not all heal flat on everyone all the time.
  22. Very glad to help! She's moving to New Orleans (next month, I think). Looking forward to having some additional creative talent around here.