bongsau

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About bongsau

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    Got my first tattoo in 2003.now 220hrs in. Tattoo...makes me feel alive !
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    Edmonton
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    Shaolin, reggae and the applied sciences
  • Occupation
    Electrical Engineer
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    Tattoo Collector

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  1. terrible design/composition. and what's up with the solid black flower top? - looks like a biker blackout.
  2. I want to feel ALL of that tattoo. The best. The worst. The excitement. The vulnerability. The fear. The anxiety. The confidence. The strength. The power. I have found a lot of peace and healing through the pain. Some people don't get that and can't. Some of you will no exactly what I'm talking about. Embrace that shit.
  3. I have friends who talk about how they want their sleeves and tattoos, but don't want any part of the pain. -- I don't get that. Never have, never will. The pain is part of the tattoo process. Suck it up or embrace it. If you skip the pain, you're missing out on a major part of the tattoo experience in my opinion. The pain is temporary, the tattoo is permanent....well, i don't even know about that. Life is temporary.
  4. Purple Sun tattoo is in Brussels...so I will likely check that place out. I'm sure Pascal will have some other cool suggestions in around Belgium. Anybody know of any cool shops in Toulouse ?
  5. oh awesome @zetroc ! Poison Idea is playing Paris on July 10, so who knows I may find myself there! Or perhaps stop-in on my way back to Brussels before my flight back home.
  6. The experience is EVERYTHING in tattoo, at least to me.
  7. bongsau

    Am I botched?

    it looks fine, you can read it and you know what it says. don't overthink it, just live your life with it. it's just a tattoo.
  8. what's up friends I'm going to Belgium & France for 2 weeks in July...my best friend is marrying a french gal, so the wedding is in Montpellier, Southern France. I will be flying in/out of Brussels, Belgium. Going to check out Ieperfest hardcore music weekend festival as soon as I arrive in Brussels, planning to meetup with my LST penpal Pascal in-person, then will go with the wind to get to Toulouse and Montpellier areas to meet up with my friends for the wedding. But I also have a bunch of free days after the wedding before I fly home and have to make my way from the South coast of France back up to Brussels...seems like a great opportunity to smash on a new european tour tattoo ! Any suggestions of tattoo shops for a walk-in? Or cool ideas/places to check out? I've never solo adventured before, so I'm taking advantage of my new freedom. thx budz 🙂 Eric
  9. $800 CDN / hour ?!? ... that is outrageous. you could fly to Switzerland, Belgium, Arizona, New York or Japan...have a holiday and fly home with a really incredible tattoo from an OG tattoo legend for much less than it's gonna cost ya to go sit in your local shop and get tattooed by a Chinese 'grandmaster' for $600USD/hr. You could even get a crappy celebrity tattoo from Bang Bang for half that amount. there are so many local and accessible high calibre cats around that high quality tattoos and top tier artists are accessible and affordable. if you want to pay for the brand / name ... well, go for it, it's your money. i'd rather buy a nice looking, reliable Toyota that's gonna last until eternity myself...
  10. Medicine Hat...you will be closer to Calgary and they have a large number of skilled tattooers. But the tattooer will determine whether they would want you to hit a few laser sessions and do something completely fresh OR if they would be ok with re-working everything (really, depends on the tattooer). Look up OllieXXX, he works in Calgary/Canmore. His shit is so heavy he'd run over everything and you won't be able to see any sign of the past. There's also https://www.heavyhorsetattoo.com/ in Olds, Alberta, might be more your style. Shawn Hedley or Rich Harding at Champion Tattoo probably clean you up no problemo, great guys and easy to work with...they are in Edmonton but moving East to Sherwood Park at the end-April. You're gonna need to go talk to tattooers face-to-face to really see what your options are...Alberta road trippin' buddy !
  11. update - i've been flying solo for 3 months now. it's a different feeling but I suppose things could be a lot worse. there have been some pretty dark days...but there have also been some really fun and exciting days with old friends and new. my friends have been amazing I just finished repainting my house. In vivid colours like I always wanted - mystical purple and electric orange...like it's purple from one angle and then from the opposite angle you only see the bright ass orange. twilight zone haha. everything else is a warm white. It is a bit symbolic, as the house never got repainted (it was this dated,ugly, flat light green from the previous owner)...kinda sad my wife and I had 4 years in that house and couldn't even agree on simple paint job. So I just got it done and it looks great.Got a bunch of new tattoo and kung fu art - yknow cool shit like dragons, eagles, tigers, etc - framed up ready to cover the white walls. Starting to feel like home and ok with the new me, new life. cheers friends and thanks for the support
  12. ah, thanks @JAC1961 honestly this is all for best. I don't think I have ever had an opportunity for life freedom like this. Just shy of 40 and everything else in my life is going awesome, so I'm focusing on that. New beginnings...hey prob some more tattoos 😉 in places that weren't approved under the marriage contract haha.
  13. well, I had to put down my beloved pug-dog 2 months ago. My wife and I are separating and she moved out of our house this weekend. It's -40 Celcius in my city and my winter beater died. ...but hey, my tattoos still look awesome, so everything is gonna be alright...sigh...
  14. I don't think there is anything wrong with getting one artist to do full cohesive and integrated pieces. Those tattoos are quite spectacular. I think though when you mix up styles, work with different tattooers you get a different experience and new perspectives. The tattoos become very collaborative between the receiver and the maker. You get to keep going on the neverending journey. You may make some mistakes, you may make great decisions, but the mash up of style and experience makes for very very interesting and real tattoo collections with many life lessons and realizations woven into your skin. You become a living quilt or "colouring book" as i say. At least that's what I'm going for.