jimstanley

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  1. I don't get asked these questions. I also don't draw attention to my tattoos. The annoying ones for me are "Show me your eagle!" to which I reply "Let me see your chest too!" If someone is asking for meaning they're trying to feel included and fuck them for not being able to stay in their own damn lane
  2. amalia makes a good point... Might also give clues to how the subject is viewed or treated by people in or out of our tribe
  3. I think it's a thing... I mean... Getting a tattoo is a decision made by a psyche just like any other decision. As for what it signifies? Probably nothing universally agreed upon
  4. Guy here. I don't like (or own) shorts so my leg tattoos are hidden by virtue of that fact, and I don't wear v-necks or unbutton my shirt far enough to see my torso, so most are hidden by virtue of their placement... But I wear long sleeves whenever I need a person to think I'm a positive tax-paying citizen. I answer disapproving looks with my regular scowl and stare back when people stare. Never gotten a negative comment on them... Usually the "dont fucking talk to me" message I put out is well received and only my friends really compliment them. As far as showing them off: hidden until you need to scare somebody ;)
  5. get it over your nipple. hopefully after seeing it daily for a couple years youll notice that it has become your nipple and you cant scratch it off. "oh, shit! so that really wasnt a painful sticker!" the ends of extremities (ankles/wrists) or somewhere central (try the top of your spine instead of your shoulder). also wanna say that certain designs make sense as stickers and certain designs make sense as tattoos
  6. Evolutionarily I like to equate tattoos to the coloring on venomous animals. And the mating habits of birds. Not necessarily essential for the individual, but an inextricable part of effectively living a good life... My body doesn't need it but my soul does @Graeme makes a good point about tattoos not having an exchange value... There is no real economic interaction between clients and tattooers except for flash. The thought of tattoos appreciating in value, though, makes me wonder how much the stuff from tattoo city and what back in the days would be worth now To call them a luxury item is a bit silly to me... Anyone can tattoo themselves or someone else for free, with an original image or with some old flash. I guess theres kind of a division between tattoos and luxury tattoos. Is spending thousands on a backpiece part of the human experience? Or is finding a friend/being a friend who will tattoo you part of the human experience? Or is receiving/wearing the tattoo part of the human experience whether you paid admission or snuck in?
  7. @RoryQ Why even bother? Just get a card with a high max...
  8. Only wear watches from chief keefs jeweler
  9. @Tesseracts VERY well put. Once tattoos can be put on by xerox machines the world as I know it is over Pretty harsh, but, I gotta ask if she really wants a tattoo out of love for her daughter, or one that makes her look like a celebrity? The disillusioned tourists used to get robbed... I pray she gets it lasered and is left with a horrific squiggly scar
  10. "borrow some socks from your dad" had me dying I always flex with my nicest sneakers... Throw them bitches out when they get ratty and clean your white ones. Dirty ass white converse don't look good in a tattoo shop or anywhere else
  11. The hours thing is interesting... I got a walk in once like at closing time, kinda made me feel like an asshole, but it was a good time and a pretty small tattoo. I figure if he would've rather gone home he would've said so... I know that's rude to do at a restaurant but it's not like I'm keeping the whole crew there late at a shop right? There's more ways to tip than with money! If you're just in a business transaction then sure throw some %%s on that but I like the idea of gifts way more than tips. They always seem more appreciated than tips too. Fuck a tough guy attitude just sit well. silence speaks volumes shouts to @Dan S for validating my shop visits when I'm too broke to get tattooed... Was worried I was annoying them but that's ridiculous... I'd generally like to think if I was doing something wrong a tattooer wouldn't be afraid to tell me
  12. Surprised at how casually the money issue was discussed here... If I had been giving someone money for (things that I deemed) necessities like rent or school, and then I saw them cruising around town in a brand new car, or with a brand new tattoo... That's super disrespectful. It's like being in debt to a drug dealer and blowing all your money on other shit... you're gonna get hit... If a person can afford this nonsense they should be able to afford everything else. Getting tattooed while still living under a financial security blanket is childish
  13. I've asked about hourly rates & estimates and given a rough budget on all my custom tattoos. Makes it very easy for both parties. For flash I get a quote and my budget is irrelevant. The way I see it, my tattooer is as worried about getting paid for his work as I am about paying for his work, and I've never had a tattooer ask for more than I said I could spend on it or be dishonest about his rate/how long he expects. I got a bigger piece where the pricing was a little vague but it seemed fair for both of us to me at the end. I tipped him with some other goodies
  14. @LizBee Yeah it was still sort of a big deal to have anything visible in high school when I was coming up, but myspace got these kids going crazy. Maybe the hand and wrist tattoos came from people being comfortable with piercing and stretching If he'd just not played at the bar I'd feel that, but no shouts for going just for the sake of getting in one of your fans' business... I guess I don't get it like someone else does.