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  1. Last session is done... not sure how common it is to spend so many sessions on a single/first piece like this, but I'm having a lot of fun with the process so I guess it's all good! Again really appreciate all the info contributed on this site over the years (so if you're reading this: thank you!), it's helped my experience more than I can say. One more touch-up session scheduled in a month or so (artist wants to add a little more color to a few areas), but first tattoo down, now to figure out which of the dozens of ideas to have done next! Dang things really are addictive after all... 🙂
  2. Dan's right: It's too early to tell, full healing will take 6-8 weeks. There's nothing you can really do besides take care of it as best as possible in all circumstances until that time is up. Take good care of it using whichever method your artist recommended and enjoy it for what it is.
  3. Not sure what you mean by this. The design/style/layout is all your artist and you. Go with what feels best.
  4. Sounds like you've got a good idea around what you want, just not the absolute specifics. This can actually be more beneficial: Find an artist in your area whose style/portfolio you like (traditional, neo-traditional, photo-realistic, etc). Once you find one, schedule a consult, bring in your sketch, ideas, and any other example images you can find that have aspects you enjoy and talk with the artist. They'll work with you to help implement a design that will look good in tattoo form (some images on paper/screen don't translate exactly the same into tattoo form well), take your deposit, and present you a stencil of the design the day of your scheduled tattoo. You can make any final alterations then if needed, then you're ready to go! Good luck, let us know how it turns out!
  5. Session #3 done, I'm really happy with how things are shaping up! Looks like one more session to add in a few more fine details, and then fill in a bit of background/border. I still need to come up with something for the background, I think something relatively simple so it doesn't detract from the main subjects is probably best (any ideas or suggestions would be awesome too).
  6. I agree with you here 100%. Then again maybe the client trying to take the reins is a side-effect of not feeling comfortable with the artist, which then gets worse/amplified as things go along. Hard to say which is which, but I'm sure there's a good match for almost anyone out there. It sounds like her initial experience wasn't a good match, but there'll be someone who hopefully is.
  7. My totally unqualified opinion: I think it looks cool so far. We tend to really overly criticize these things when its our own body, but seriously I can't imagine a single person who'd come up and try to find some "flaw" in what's been competed so far. As far as the artist: Nah, life's too short to put up with bullshit, especially when I'm sure there's plenty of talented artists near you who'd be happy to give you a much more positive experience in exchange for your money. I wouldn't bother looking for someone who cares about the subject matter exactly, but more someone that has a portfolio that you like (if you don't rate 75%+ of the examples as 9/10 or 10/10 then they're probably not "your" artist). Once that's done see if you can schedule a consultation and see if you "click" with them. In my experience it took a couple tries before I found someone I really felt like I had good communication with about my ideas and implementation. I personally don't want someone who can barely listen and obviously doesn't care to be "stuck" tattooing my ideas for hours on end. Sounds miserable for both of us. $100 is a drop in the bucket when it comes to getting what you want, and having a good experience. I'd say let it go & never go back. Good luck, let us see the progress if/when you find someone better to work with for you!
  8. I wonder if a "best of both worlds" could be achieved by having it not stick to the actual tattoo, but keeping a healthy border all around the inked areas? That way it'd seal things in, but not need to tug so aggressively on the inked skin upon removal?
  9. Just finished my 2nd Flexifix round this morning: Thursday afternoon had color fill, left the cling wrap on until Friday morning. Friday morning I removed the cling wrap, washed with Cetaphil, dried with paper towels and let air dry for ~10 minutes, and applied the Flexifix (no aquaphor this time). I left things for four 24-hour days (Fri morn -> Tues morn). There was a slight bit of bubbling/fluid visible on Friday, but after Sat morning I couldn't really see any bubbling/fluid at all underneath the covering. Upon removal this morning (still a bear to remove) the color fill was dry, and the bandage was definitely sticking to the colored areas. After removal the surrounding skin was very red/angry looking, which I think is just a reaction to the physical removal (no redness at all while the bandage was on). I'm wondering if it would have helped to apply aquaphor to the colored area before the bandage (I'll try this next color session coming up and see if it helps with the removal later). The colored areas skin feels very lizard-like, which is much different than when I just had the outlines (which remained smooth after removal). I'll keep things lotioned for the next few weeks. I'm guessing my difference between the first time and now is outline vs color fill.
  10. I think it's too early to tell: I'd keep it as clean as possible, moisturize lightly several times a day (try to keep it from fully drying out), and give it another 4-6 weeks. Worst case if you had some color fall out, your artist will probably be able to touch it back up once it's 100% healed.
  11. Session number two down, we were able to get about 95% of the Black Mage colored in. I'm really happy with the detail so far, the color fill experience is definitely a different sensation than the linework. 🙂 I was talking with my artist, we'll need to come up with an idea for a border/background after the next session or so. I'll be paying more attention to how other designs handle it the next few weeks from looking at examples online. I'm sure we'll come up with something clever!
  12. As someone middle-aged but new to the tattoo scene (just started the work on my first a couple weeks ago, going in for the second session tomorrow) I'm theorizing maybe it's the "social media + Instagram" popularity/bandwagon thing? People see all these awesome tattoos online, usually a zoomed in, well lit/cropped image that looks amazing. The hype starts, they rush out to get in on the awesomeness, then suddenly reality hits "wait, this isn't a nice cropped imagine online, this is on me forever and it does have some affect/impact on my daily life". Probably mostly an overblown impression that fades over time, but that first realization hits hard. Dunno, that's my worthless $0.02 on it. That feeling isn't something I share: I'm pretty sure my first one I'm getting is perceived as "dumb" by the general public (my wife gave me the 'hmmmm' response so far lol), but I'm cool with that, it makes me happy to get anyways.
  13. SJP0tato

    Having anxiety

    Nice! Yeah I'd get that finished up, then you can re-analyze how you feel about it. I bet you just need a little more time to get used to things, be proud of what you've got!
  14. SJP0tato

    Having anxiety

    It looks cool to me; do you still have more work pending on it, or is it completed now?
  15. I think this is what I'm going to do for the color fill on mine: clean after a few hours at home, re-wrap with plastic overnight, next morning clean again, then saniderm application. This stuff is tenacious to remove (even after 4+ days), I'd hate to disturb things so much with only 24 hours passed.