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  1. Hi all, I'm wandering outside of my Introduction thread now ;) As indicated, I've got an appointment with Claire Reid on Sunday. It's my first tattoo, I'm not sure what the unspoken rules of tattooing are, but if Claire doesn't mind and you feel like it, I'm up for meeting new people :) (And I might welcome the distraction too ;) so don't hesitate to say hi to me, I'd like that :D ) Kind regards, Diana
  2. @Graeme, thanks. That obviously makes total sense, I just needed to hear it from someone. Very excited, I will definitely post pictures :)
  3. OMG, a last minute spot to get tattooed by Claire opened op at The London Tattoo Convention!!! I booked my flights and hotel. I'm excited and a little scared, haha. I find myself Googling for what skin products to use afterwards, since I have a sensitive skin and want to make sure it heals well. Now, I can't seem to find consistent advice on normal care products (i.e. do / don't use vaseline or bepanthol, opinions differ). There are apparently some care products specifically for tattoos, like "Tattoo goo". Also, there are some differing opinions on whether or not to wrap the tattoo with plas
  4. Ack, Claire cannot make it to Europe in October after all.. Darn, and we had been e-mailing back and forth about my ideas and it will become a custom tattoo after all. Now I'll have to wait until I visit Australia next year. Here the "it depends on how long you're willing to wait" comes into play after all. I've approached a few different artists now, but I'm thinking I'm going to go for something different and save the original idea for Claire. In my mind's eye, I can see now what her style would do for that idea, I'm gonna save that for her :)
  5. In the process of making an appointment with Claire Reid :)
  6. I've contacted some artists abroad via e-mail and tomorrow I'll be calling a few that are based in The Netherlands :) I hope I can visit some of them in a way that allows me to talk to them, even if for a short time. I've seen some gorgeous tatoos and sketches from various artists thanks to the suggestions in this thread. I haven't visited much else in the forum yet, work has gotten in the way. Edit: I've read some things on the forums and one of them included the "most hated tattoo request" thread. I'd hate to be one of those customers who brings in a reference image and then doesn't like th
  7. Thank you all very much for your replies, I'm very grateful for the help and the referrals to good tattoo artists. This is exactly what I had hoped to find in joining LST. @else, I was a bit worried that a good artist might not like working with an 'average' customer and that my request isn't .. what do you call it, 'fancy' enough? Now that I think about it, that is a bit silly indeed. @Joe Shit, I can't say this enough, thank you for giving concrete artists' portfolios to look at. There are just so many, a head start is most welcome. I will certainly make use of your sug
  8. Thank you very much for your replies. I'll reply in order. @slayer9019 Thank you for your input. I'm glad to hear I didn't step over some line by e-mailing those two artists. I hope they will find the time in their busy schedule to respond :) I think I understand what you mean. I've seen one piece before that was based on the same artist's work, that, to me, didn't look as good as it did on paper. I'm trying to gain a basic understanding of the tattoo medium, so I'm glad that you share your experience. The 10 post quote remark is noted. There's no need for me to hurry, I'm
  9. Hi exume, thank you very much for your reply! I live in The Netherlands. However, I'm willing to travel for my tattoo! I would be very grateful for any recommendations, there are just so many tattoo shops and artists out there, recommendations would be of tremendous help! I think I have two paths to go with this idea: Either stick with the original as much as possible (please correct me if I'm wrong!), or ask an artist to do a custom piece based on this 'setting'. The latter, however, I find difficult to imagine, since I find - and please forgive me if this is an uninformed opinion - few por
  10. Hello all, here's my introductory post. After searching online for a community, I'm glad to have found LST. I've had an image on the shelf for over a decade (see attached), quite literally on the shelf since it's in a comic. :) When I saw it the first time, I knew I wanted it as a tattoo. (The artist has no objections to images being used as tattoo, she quite likes seeing the end results.) Since I have no tattoos yet and since I would like to have it modified so that it works as a tattoo or perhaps use it as the basis for a new design, I've started doing some research. I have visited a tatto
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