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Everything posted by Hollie

  1. Thanks for clarifying that. I don’t like misinforming people however it seems it was done to me! Lol
  2. I’m assuming. Definitely not an artist myself but I know scar tissue is permanent and once it’s there, there’s never erasing it. I’ve heard laser also hurts more than having the tattoo done itself sooo I’m not sure I’d personally be keen on that 😂
  3. As mentioned, even removing it, you’d never start from scratch unfortunately, there would be scar tissue etc.. in fact I could be wrong but I think it’d be even harder for the tattoo artist to work with.
  4. I thought that too... i did a half sleeve (two 8 hourish sessions) and I sat through a previous one at 3 1/2 and figured I’d be fine. It sucked, pretty bad. I feel for you sitting through that on your chest.... lol
  5. Depends what you’re into... I can see this being turned into horns... more on the demonish side but I think it’d look sweet..
  6. I personally think it looks awesome. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  7. My bad. Just saw this. I haven’t had my forearm done so not sure but I know the inner section of my bicep swelled like a mofo, hurt like a mofo and I hated life for a week... it was red, hot, and sucked 😂
  8. Sometimes the heat can just be the tattoo, some places it radiates heat more than others... red is normal also, after all your skins just been pierced millions of times with a needle and it’s fighting to heal. Where is the tattoo? I found my elbow was swollen, red and radiated HUGE amounts of heat for like a week. It sucked. When I finished the rest of my sleeve, there were only sections that stayed warm for probably 3 days and then started to ease off. I used tegaderm for my sleeve (two sessions).. I had a reaction to the tegaderm with the first session, left it on for two days and had to remove it because I started getting a rash around the ink and adhesive... it’s important to remember heat, inflammation etc on tattoos is pretty normal for the first few days but if you’re concerned you’re having a reaction, remove it and make sure you wash it regularly. The second session on my sleeve, tegaderm also was applied because I hate leaking shit all over my clothes and sheets.... I removed it the day after (in the evening) and ordered a roll tegaderm and reapplied for another two days (surprise... no reaction!) I personally think the ink and extra fluid underneath the tegaderm caused my reaction the first time because it had dried up by the time I took it off and felt really tight.... I’m by no means a professional but this was my experience. Goodluck with healing!
  9. There’s a few people in Columbus and surrounding areas that (from what I’ve seen) would be amazing at this, but it’s a decent trip. LOL. And I’d have to agree with SStu, I guess it depends on what you prefer and the artist you find that fits around that. Goodluck, hope you find someone that you’re happy with.. the shits permanent after all lol.
  10. I’d take your ideas and see what he comes up with, explain your concept and what you want to cover; artists are pretty clever with incorporating ideas and putting their swing on it. I went with a general concept (compass and flowers, representing my journey to the US - my husbands from here; Certain flowers that represent birthdays and significant events) and this is what he came up with.
  11. That’s truly awful, sorry to hear that. Sorry probably came across like an insensitive asshole. My New Zealand sailor mouth gets me into trouble over here LOL. All my family and friends are back in NZ so it’s been rough being so far away with everything going on. The business I was working for was kinda small so understand their reasoning but it put me in a horrible situation because of losing my insurance and being on a greencard etc.
  12. @oboogie yeah I’m just being a 😸 currently and feeling sorry for myself lol. I’m not working atm, got laid off work because of this COVID shit so it was a good time for me to do it so I could let it heal without too much movement. I probably will get the other side done in 3-4 years, that’s usually the itch for me.
  13. @SStu Mike isn’t really my style. LOL but he is really good. Challenjer definitely could work with but he’s over 2 hours from me lol. Not sure if you checked out the dude that did mine but he’s been doing it 23 years and owns Stained Skin. https://www.instagram.com/stainedskin https://www.instagram.com/anthonydubois13 Also he’s super versatile, he’s usually black and grey, Japanese style. But he took a crack, I trusted his experience and I’m super happy with the result.
  14. I love the concept! This is really quite sweet. I’m kinda with @SStu on the text part. You could always have the text added later, somewhere else but part of the fun of getting a tattoo (in my opinion) is sharing the story behind it and some sentimental mystery is always good. I love the leaves, I just finished a half sleeve on Tuesday so depends if you’re planning on wrapping it or just doing the front of your arm.. I did both (ouch for the back but worth it).. you could introduce a bit more of the tree, eg where the branch is attached... I guess the trunk? To also represent stability and the roots of your family - just a thought. Goodluck, again super sweet thought and concept is great 😊
  15. @SStu - yeah I feel like I’ve made comments about not getting another one before, and each time I usually go bigger so 🤷🏻‍♀️ Lol. My husband said I need to get the other side done to even it out now LOL. I still have a couple more flowers to add in a month or so but for now I’m done lol. The healing process I think is probably my least favourite as I always get the itches BAD and it drives me mental.
  16. The swelling and bruising is incredible under my bicep. LOL. The suck is real right now. Only finished it Tuesday so hopefully I’ll go down soon, have been icing etc. NEVER again will I get one under my arm or close to it. That shit HURTS! Lol
  17. Ditch for sure. Mine cracked randomly, thankfully it healed up without any ink loss. I used a small tegaderm bandage on the area for two days and it was closed by the time I removed it, I can’t recommend it enough.
  18. Recently got my first tattoo in the US. Originally from New Zealand where I have three others. Super happy with the result, two sessions 15/16 hours total. Done at stained skin in Columbus Ohio. Excuse the swelling on the inside and outside of my bicep, that shits painful LOL.
  19. End result, excuse the swelling on the inside and outside of my biceps! Brings fat arm to a whole new level lol
  20. So not sure if this will work for others but this process seems to be working for me...its now completely clotted and almost closed in a matter of days.. I had a reaction to the tegaderm that was originally put on my sleeve but I think its due to the build up of ink and fluids drying up. I was told to leave it on 3 days, I lasted two due to the redness and swelling purely around the adhesive edges. However, due to the crease wound being open I was 10 out 10 paranoid of infection so I was desperate to cover it. I washed the area with anti bacterial soap, dried it thoroughly, put a piece of tegaderm over it (I cut it, shits expensive). Following morning, removed the tegaderm and there was improvement however wasn’t closed enough, repeated cleaning process, let it air dry and air out for a few hours, cleaned it, reapplied tegaderm and removed the following day. This was the result and I’m super stoked, maybe attending uni and learning a bit about wound care helped me after all 😂 the little pink/red in the crease is actually now ink, not an open cut! Have another 8 hour session on Tuesday so will upload (hopefully) finished result. but for now, here’s the work so far..
  21. Looks like I’ve lost a bit of ink and I can’t work out if it’s started to scar a bit...
  22. It’s warm but I think it’s due to the area. It was worked pretty hard given how much shading it is... my other is kinda warm in the same area so I don’t think the warmth is unusual. I put tegaderm on it last night and it seems to dried out a little compared to previous days... here are some more photos of it today.