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warrug25

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  1. I'm not sure it would work: the silhouette of THAT dog would look just like a big black sausage (or a huge, possibly melanoma-related, mole) on your arm. By the way: I don't want to be pedantic, but the correct name of the dog breed is Dachshund 😉
  2. @MakaveliX just a suggestion: as you may know, an artist is an artist because he does not just draw/paint/play/write, but rather he creates images/music/words, which means that you can search your own designs and we could suggest other ones but I think that you should also ask your artist and listen to what he has in mind, maybe give him a theme or a suggestion an see what he comes up with.
  3. What @Hogrider said: I'm sure you would be trading one mess for another.
  4. The misunderstanding and misidentification of tattoos is an event each tattooed person has been forced to endure at least once: most of the people I know keep telling me "What a nice TRUMPET you have on your arm!". Now, I don't want to be pedantic, but this is a trumpet: And this is a french horn, which is what I have tattooed on my forearm: What I want to say is that many people will misinterpret, misunderstand or misidentify your tattoo... but that does not mean it has any defect: it usually just means people don't know what they're talking about 😂
  5. To me the tattoo looks good, and the head of the bird seems just like the head of any crow (which I can claim I know very well, since I've lived for seven years in a house which terrace was used by many crows - probably all the crows and ravens of the city, considering how many they were sometimes - as a haven 😂). What is it that does not convince you?
  6. I'm not an expert, so I can't provide a technical feedback: all I can tell you is that in my own, personal and humble opinion it looks very good and I'm curious to see how it will look when fully healed 😄
  7. warrug25

    Need ideas!

    Honestly I don't know what to tell you: covering the birds with clouds would just add more "colour stains" to the design (you know, realistic clouds are pretty much randomly shaped), probably attaining the exact opposite of what you were looking for. As for the "laser-and-cover" approach, again I don't know what to say: if you got this tattoo I assume it meant something to you, and as such I fear that "wiping away" a part of it would leave you with something incomplete and unsatisfactory. If I can be straightforward, I think that the first point you must figure out is not what to do with your tattoo: it is what you think about your tattoo. I would suggest you take a moment to sit down and focus on how you feel about the tattoo: is there something, some symbol or meaning or whatever, that you would've wanted but is lacking? What is the "force" that is making you think about changing something in the design? I'm not a tattoo expert which has been carrying around tens of designs on his body for years, so I don't think I'm in the position to lecture you about anything related to the "living with tattoos" stuff... my suggestion is purely general: if there is something that unsettles you, to be able to efficaciously work on it the first thing you have to do is to identify it and understand where it comes from (which is, by the way, a part of what is often done during psychotherapy... and if it works for mentally ill people trying to figure out very difficult feelings and behaviours, then it will surely work for you trying to understand how you feel about the tattoo 😉).
  8. warrug25

    Need ideas!

    DISCLAIMER: what I'm going to tell you is my humble opinion, and I will try to tell it the kindest way possible. Please don't get upset and remember that it's just an opinion, I apologize in advance if any part of it sounds offensive to you. I would add nothing to this tattoo, because I think its design is already messy: many of what I assume should be feathers look a bit like random colour stains, the association of all that stuff (the guy on the pylon + the birds + the feathers + the eye-like thing + the five encircled symbols) makes it difficult for the eye to "capture" the whole tattoo, there is really a considerable amount of different-sized and different-shaped birds (probably that makes sense for the depicted character - which I assume it's taken from an anime or some sort of movie or comic book - and it's not necessarily bad for the equilibrium of the tattoo, but those birds are everywhere)... Don't misunderstand, I'm not saying yours is a bad tattoo... but in my opinion it is already very "complicated" to look at, and so adding a background or some more details would probably result in a literal mess. I think I would leave it as it is.
  9. That's not what I said: what I said is that it's in the client interest to be sure that everything is performed as it should, and so it's indispensable that the client checks every possible detail and discusses everything explicitly with the artist. In an ideal world where everyone behaves in a professional and proper way, there would be no need for such a meticulous approach... but as the case we are discussing in this topic clearly shows, that's not how the real world works, and so the client is forced to literally nitpick if he wants to be as sure as possible that the job will be performed properly.
  10. Please, allow me to give you an advice concerning not only tattoos but the whole range of human experiences: you can't think people will do something the way you would like them to do it, you must tell them how you want they to do it. We could discuss the possible faults of the artist for years, but that would not erase the fact that the tattoo will stay on your body and so it's for your own sake that you must tell the artist what you want and how you want it in the most detailed way.
  11. Ok, then I will say it to you in italian (sorry for all the folks who don't speak it: I promise I will try to translate and convey the spirit of what I'm going to say if you ask): Fottitene di quello che dicono le persone, in tutta onestà siamo nati in un paese già morto e dominato da una mentalità in cui il giudizio e soprattutto il pregiudizio avvelenano qualsiasi tentativo di umanità. Qui parliamo di un tatuaggio, che è una cosa comunque "piccola", ma è un ottimo esempio di quali spiriti e quanto odio serpeggino nella nostra società... se prendessi due italiani a caso e li mettessi in una stanza isolata, probabilmente nel giro di due ore troverebbero un motivo per discriminarsi a vicenda. Ormai questo veleno è proprio nel tessuto sociale, nella struttura stessa dell'Italia in quanto nazione, e probabilmente - se qualcosa la storia ha da suggerirci - c'è sempre stato, aspettando nell'ombra i momenti più propizi per esplodere in tutta la sua violenza. Stando così le cose, io te lo ribadisco: fottitene di quello che dice la gente, o almeno cerca di imparare a fottertene, perché nulla di buono può venir fuori dal rancore, dall'invidia e dalla continua ricerca del nemico da odiare. Magari tutto 'sto discorso ti sembrerà eccessivo per un tatuaggio e ti chiederai se io non mi stia solo sfogando, e in effetti se fosse solo il tatuaggio il problema ti darei pure ragione... ma purtroppo questa è la realtà in ogni aspetto della vita degli italiani, e se inizi ad affrontarla nell'ambito comunque limitato della gestione dei pareri sul tuo tatuaggio stai già facendo un passo avanti per essere diverso e forse poter contribuire alla costruzione di un'Italia migliore, un'Italia da cui la gente come me (che oltre agli attacchi per il tatuaggio ho dovuto subire - per altri motivi, ben più gravi e radicali - letteralmente aggressioni fisiche e psicologiche) non sia costretta a scappare.
  12. I want to say three things: 1 - It will "fade" a little bit over time, tattoo always do. 2 - It's a very nice tattoo if you ask me, but in any case you should try not to worry about what people think: it's your tattoo on your skin, and your opinion is the only one that really matters. 3 - Southern Europe and tattoos (or any other kind of body modification, for what matters)... I can empathise with you: as a person coming from the southest part of Europe (I'm from Sicily, if you're wondering), I know how reactionary and judgemental our peoples can be. Again, just try to ignore all the shit people will throw at you (explicitly or by just looking at you with disapproval in their eyes): your tattoo, your skin, your choice.
  13. Welcome and have a good stay here at LST 😄
  14. The fact that we have not heard any news from @mzzz99 in the last 12 hours (the time that has passed since she wrote that she was going to the studio) is worrying me a bit, to be honest... I hope nothing unpleasant happened.
  15. I'm not the most trusting person in the world, so this offer he made you looks a little bit weird to me and I would have "investigated" a little bit before accepting it... but I don't want to project my doubts and insecurities on you or smear someone I know nothing about, so what I can recommend you is to just be careful and clearly discuss every detail of the process with the artist.
  16. You tell me: is there something missing? You said that this tattoo stems from an inspiration that's meaningful to you: is this inspiration, this feeling you had, represented by the tattoo? If it is, then the tattoo is finished. Sometimes you need a thousand colours and the most minute details to tell your story, some other times you just need a few lines and some spurts of pink, and in each case you decide what's needed: it's your story, after all. Have you ever read Raymond Carver's work, his short stories and most importantly his poems? If you did not, I strongly suggest you go to your local bookshop tomorrow and buy a copy of "All of us" (which is a collection of all his poems) and some collection of short stories (such as "Call if you need me" or "Where I'm calling from"). You will understand 😉
  17. I think it's a very nice tattoo, to be honest 😄 and as for your "tattoo remorse", I would suggest you think about the reasons that had you go to your artist and ask for that particular design: if you decided to get it, something in your mind (from the pure appreciation of the design to some deep feeling, you know what) told you that was the right thing to do, and the tattoo you've got now is a "celebration" of that moment, a permanent memory that it happened in your life. Now, I know it may sound a little too "romantic", maybe even cheesy or some sort of "pseudo-philosophical bullshit"... but I think that moments in our life are important (heck, that may be the only thing we have!), and if some moment led you to decide you wanted that specific design on your body forever then it is in someway a part of who you are now as much as that moment is a step that brought you to where you are now. That being said, if we must be cynical then you can always try to have it covered or removed... but before you even consider those possibilities please think about what I just told you 😉
  18. As far as I know, it's perfectly normal for your fresh tattoo to be darker than the older one and the situation will even out in the coming weeks. Eight days is definitely too short of a life for a tattoo to show its final form, as I learned on my own skin: at its 8th day of life mine had just begun forming scabs 😅
  19. You all are right and of course I will accept the inevitable impefections that my tattoo will have 🤗 Probably my phrasing was not really clear... When I say that I would like my tattoo to be "perfect" what I mean is that I want it to be "the best it can reasonably be": I will try to correct the fixable (and worth fixing: I won't run to my tattoo artist for a very slightly crooked line) imperfections and I will take care of my tattoo forever, but I will not freak out over every minor flaw and I will do my best to avoid staring at my tattoo with a microscope. I knew imperfections were inherent in what I was getting when I decided to get a tattoo, and I decided to accept them. This topic I opened was motivated by the fact that half the tattoo being of a very different colour than the expected one would not be a "minor flaw", and that being beyond correction would definitely upset me... but you told me that probably it's not the case, if I understood correctly, and that's enough for me: I will let my tattoo continue its healing, will get the necessary touch-up (if a touch-up will be necessary: as all of you clearly stated, it's too soon to know) and then I will learn to love what I have on my skin.
  20. I'm sorry @oboogie, I don't understand your question... could you please rephrase it?
  21. You're right... it's just that as I said I really care about this particular tattoo, so every little "deviation" from the healing path I had in mind turns rapidly into the fear of having to deal with some permanent defect of what I really need to be as perfect as humanly possible. 😔
  22. A very good choice, if you ask me... I hope you will publish some photos of the finished tattoo, because I definitely would like to see it!
  23. So you say that stuff will probably disappear as the tattoo stabilises? That's very good to know: I really care about the tattoo (it is on my body because of the only two people I've ever loved), and I absolutely need it to be as perfect as a human-made work of art can be. Let's hope for the best, then... thank you for your advice 😄
  24. Good morning LST members, I'm here to ask for your advice and experience: as some you may already know, I got my first tattoo on July 19th and after a few problems with cracking scabs it seemed to heal pretty fine... now, I'm in the middle of my third week of healing and I'm starting to notice that something's off: as you may notice from the photos, there are areas of the tattoo in which the colour of the ink seems to have become someway "greenish" and more in general the tattoo still looks very patchy. Now, I'm wondering if any of you has seen this kind of reaction before and can tell me something more about it: is it just a "let it heal, it will naturally disappear with skin regeneration" situation, or is it something more bothersome which could plague my tattoo forever without any possibility of fixing? (Just to be perfectly clear, as soon as his studio reopens I will schedule an appointment with my tattoo artist for the first week of Semptember because there are some areas of the tattoo - some faded parts, for example - which definitely need a touch-up... but in the mean time some advice from you tattoo veterans would be really appreciated)
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