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Everything posted by 1esotericguy

  1. I would rank inside wrist as low level discomfort, or at least I don't remember it. I was getting something I really wanted though, so that always helps.
  2. Armpit adjacent. That little crease off the side of your chest, right before it becomes the actual armpit. That was a very tough spot for me.
  3. Consider Raven and the Wolves in Long Beach. That’s who I think of for black and grey realism in LA. https://instagram.com/theravenandthewolves?igshid=qcnm8ngvh5fi Also Deren Hall who tattooed there formerly also: https://instagram.com/deranhall?igshid=1vcnrnpfctbw3
  4. This artist isnt new school, but seems to do comic books, video games, pop culture and realism. Tattoos out of Palm Springs area in Southern Ca. I wish I was Into the above themes for tattoos, I’d want to get tattooed by him. https://instagram.com/poch_tattoos?igshid=1ub2xyhwd7t5q
  5. Saniderm is my hero. Luckily I don't seem to be allergic to the adhesive. It's just so handy to not worry about bumping into stuff or pets etc. I had a few healing blems on tattoos before I caught wind of this stuff; never going back to the old way.
  6. Maybe the artists could just use some structure around what you want. Japanese, American, Realism, Surrealism, water color, trash polka, black and Grey, Color, Objects, scenes, animals, cars? What are you circling as a jumping off point? It’s kind of vast just looking out from a hole.
  7. Looks great! Big long sittings = big work. Always a fan of seeing these. Super satisfying too, those long sittings.
  8. It could be a little deceptive because it’s lined in red color, but it does look like they went a little deep in that wrist area. The fleshy area under the thumb jumped out at me too, as an area that looked a little deep. Has it settled down any yet?
  9. Maybe Something traditional & nautical themed to go with the mermaid? Could help tie together with an eventual gap filling plan if you are thinking of gap filling eventually. I can’t tell exactly, but it appears like the elbow is under the mermaid. So, some sort of undersea thing...?
  10. I’d think bigger now, just to be proactive. You don’t have to actually do it, but you’ll at least not paint yourself into a corner if you do decide to eventually build to a full back piece. You never know. And that’s some high value real estate.
  11. In terms of tattoo collecting, I have always naturally broken up the body into body part panels . So I end up thinking in medium size pieces mostly. In my brain, The only ‘panel’ that is a foregone ‘giant’ piece is the back piece.
  12. I always use a zinc based sunscreen which is the best for protection. But it’s also the greyest, thickest balm. Gets on everything like the op described. So now I wear golfing sleeves whenever I’m commuting or taking any kind of prolonged solar beat down on my arms. They’re really comfortable actually. Just google golf sleeves.
  13. Looks cool. I guess you could lazer the letters away...if you’re determined. But it looks cool to me.
  14. Looks really cool. Can’t wait to see it done.
  15. Thanks. Since I got my first tattoo on this arm at 222, I thought it was super cool when I got the chance to have Eddy Deutsche do the last two tattoos to finish the sleeve. Ended up being like bookends on a story. That's why I kind of hit the gas and did two session in Dec, just because I was able to get in. Didn't want to miss the chance. Also, it was an elbow and a weird gap fill that I tasked him with. I really wanted a master level person, just because I had no idea how to fill 2 such weird spaces. So, when I was able to book with Eddy, it was perfect.
  16. Hello Last Sparrow Forum. Got my first tattoo around 1999 at 222 Tattoo in San Francisco. (Just to put the time in context: this was so long ago, I had to type out my idea, print it out, and FEDEX it to the shop. Also, I actually picked up the phone, and called to make an appt) Stopped getting tattooed around 2002. At that point, I had an above the elbow half sleeve and 1/2 chest panel. I didn't get tattooed again for 15 years. Jumped back in in 2017, when I saw the amazing things that people were pulling off now. I feel pretty fortunate to have gotten tattooed by some really cool artists. Finished my right arm this last Christmas, and I have 98% of a full chest done. I didn't plan on a sleeve or a chest piece when I got my first tattoo 20 years ago. I had NO plan, but in my opinion - it's a testament to the power of great artists that my patchwork collection of dissimilar ideas can live together in some cohesive way. I put a bunch of pictures down below.
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