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  1. The Full Back Piece Thread prompted me to start a new one about what the experience was/is like of getting your entire back done. I've actually always been extremely nervous about starting (my goal is to start before I'm 30) because I'm convinced my back is weirdly sensitive.. SO. How's it been for all of you who either have full coverage or are on your way? How's the process? How incredibly draining is it? How much have you had to plan, artistically? Mentally? Physically? Financially?
  2. So I know each person is different and sex can also come into play as females are "built" to handle more pain than males. So lets see what the most painful spot is to get tattooed? For me, it was the ribs and right now the inside upper thigh near my well you know. The under side of the arm near the arm pit tickled as I am a very ticklish person but know this can hurt for lots of people. So lets hear it and of course if you've got pictures you know we want to see them!
  3. Dan Higgs

    Not sure if this the right place to do this or not, but I wil do it anyhow. I was wondering if any of you had been tattooed by Higgs. That was one of my big regrets, I would love to have some of his work. I have a couple of friends who have, but there are not a lot of pictures on the internet of his work and I would love to see more of it. One of the shops I go to has a couple sheets of his flash and I think it is pretty awesome. Kenny
  4. Old tattoo photos

    Since Chicago Tattoo has been on the same 2 blocks for almost 40 years we get alot of people who come in with old work from Cliff Raven and Dale Grande so i try to take photos of these tattoos to document them. I often see old timers walking around the neighborhood or in the grocery store and see their tattoos and try to ask about them and photo them, there is just something about talking to old dudes about their tattoos that gets their attention and for the most part gets them into talking about where they got in and when and sometimes they can remember who it was. Im sure we all do this so i wanted to start a little thread and put up pics of old tattoos that we have all documented. The first three tattoos where done at Cliff Raven Studios (Chicago Tattoo) by Cliff Raven in approximately 1970.. since i cant figure out how to make these images larger you can click on them to get a better look. i look forward to the pics Nick
  5. Oooopppss

    What is the biggest tattoo mistake you’ve made and/or seen? How about some pictures?
  6. The who, what, where, when, and why of your first tattoo with a picture pls?!?
  7. We do this thing on the Jalopy Journal(an online forum for hot rodders) featuring an occasional friday art show where Pinstripers and the like share their artwork. Some really cool stuff would be shown, and I think that would be a fun event for this forum. So how about a picture of your favorite painting(s)? I'll start with this one, it's a liquid acrylic and coffee stained painting featuring Hans "King Whiskers" Langseth...Guinness World Record holder for longest beard.
  8. So I've heard some tattoo artists say that they can't stand stinky feet or stinky breath, what bugs you the most?
  9. Knee Tattoooo

    Going to get my knee done, what do you guys suggest?
  10. My experience has been that the tattoos I have that have the most visual impact are the ones with good amount of skin around them. When I first started getting tattooed about 4 years ago, I was on a mission for coverage. The more time goes by (and the more near-sighted I become :rolleyes:), I realize how hard it is to make out anything in full sleeve pieces with filler unless you're up pretty close. Does anyone else feel it's important to have negative space/skin between your tattoos?
  11. Instagram

    I know a bunch of us have this app because I've seen lots of you there. So if you care to share what's your user name? I'm @threadwizard for those that may not know it's a photo sharing iphone app
  12. Celebrity Tattoos

    "Heroes" starlet Hayden Panettiere likes to show off the tattoo she has running down her left side, but it seems to have been misspelled. Often visible above her dresses for the first word, the tattoo in full reads "Vivere senza rimipianti," which is meant to be "to live without regrets" in Italian. Unfortunately for Hayden, her tattoo reads "rimipianti" instead of "rimpianti," adding an extra "i." here is a shot for the fellas on here:
  13. finer things in life

    Post images of things and people that you find rad, gnarly, far-out or inspirational. I'll go first...
  14. Here are some of our Favorite Tattoo Websites. Check them out! SHOPS New York Adorned Tattoo Shop (NY, NY) Spotlight Tattoo (Hollywood, CA) Temple Tattoo Shop (Oakland, CA) Blackheart Tattoo Shop (San Francisco, CA) Elm Street Tattoo Shop (Dallas, TX) Jinx Proof Tattoo Shop (Washington DC) Perfection Tattoo Shop (Austin, TX) Inksmith & Rogers Tattoo Shops (Florida) Immaculate Tattoo Shop (Mesa, AZ) Goldrush Tattoo Shop (Costa Mesa, CA) Love Hate Tattoo Shop (Miami Beach, FL) Kings Avenue Tattoo Shop (Massapequa, NY) Frith Street Tattoo Shop (SoHo, London) The Family Business Tattoo Shop (London) Tattoo 13 Tattoo Shop (Oakland, CA) Ink Addiction Tattoo Shop (Verona, Italy) Horitaka, State of Grace Tattoo Shop (San Jose, CA) Chicago Tattoo Company (Chicago, IL) Three Kings Tattoo Shop (Brooklyn, NY) Smith Street Tattoo Parlor (Brooklyn, NY) Aloha Monkey Tattoo Shop (Burnsville, MN) Three Tides Tattoo (Japan) Two Roses Inc. Tattoo Shop (San Diego, CA) Lucky's Tattoo Parlor (San Diego, CA) Mark Mahoney's Shamrock Social Club (Hollywood, CA) Speakeasy Tattoo Shop (Toronto, Canada) Tattoo Paradise (Washington DC & Wheaton, MD) Conspiracy Inc. Tattoo Shop (Copenhagen, Denmark) ARTISTS Juan Puente Blog Juan Puente Website Thomas Hooper Blog Chris Garver Website Grime Website Tim Hendricks Website Luke Wessman Website Eddy Deutsche Website Nick Rodin Website Hector Fong Website Mister Cartoon Nick Colella Blog Julio Avila Blog Mario Desa Blog Bryan Burk Website Jill "Horiyuki" Bonny Website Jill "Horiyuki" Bonny Blog Chad Koeplinger Blog Valerie Vargas Blog Stewart Robson Blog Ross Nagle Blog Jeff Rassier Blog Jun Cha Blog Tim Lehi Blog Dan Higgs Blog Jondix Blog Blackheart Tattoo Blog Tomas Tomas Blog Kore Flatmo Website SUPPLIES Dringenberg Tattoo Company Lucky Supply Waverly Color Co. RANDOM Tattoo Elite International Anchor Screen Printing [/url] MAGAZINES Tattoo Artist Magazine
  15. It's not painfully obvious, so here is a quick tutorial on how to add images that live on your computer to your posts: 1. When replying to a thread, click the 'Go Advanced' button next to the 'Post Quick Reply' button at the bottom of the page. 2. Click the little paper clip icon - this is the icon that indicates attachments. 3. You should see a little pop up box titled 'Manage Attachments'. 4. Click the 'Browse' button next to any of the ten fields. 5. Browse to and select the image file you'd like to upload from your computer. 6. You can select up to ten images per upload batch. 7. Click the 'Upload' button. 8. Click 'Close this Window'. 9. You should now see your image files listed down the page below the text box where you are typing your post. 10. You can select 'manage attachments' if you'd like to add more. You can attach up to 20 images per post. 11. Once you submit your new post, you should see thumbnails of all of the images you have attached. Click on the thumbnail to see the full size version. *Note that you also have the option to link to images that live on other websites such as flickr by selecting the little image icon and entering the URL to the image - this is available from the 'quick reply' editor, without having to select 'Go Advanced'. Let us know if you have further questions, or are running into errors or problems when attaching images. Enjoy.
  16. Best post tattoo care?

    So I know there are lots of myths out there for tattoo after care, so I would like to open up the discussion to what has worked for you? Every bodies chemistry is unique so lets hear it....... About three to four hours after getting tattooed I wash my new tattoo with warm water and soap then until it heals I use non-scented, no vitamins Eucerin Lotion. This is the equation that I have learned works best on my body after many attempts and this heals quickest.
  17. Let me first state that I will not besmirch the name of several fine artists with a "Who is the slowest tattooer?" thread. Instead, let's discuss the fastest of the fast. I'll try to limit this to personal experience, but feel free to mention lightning-fast artists you've witnessed, too. Our very own Scott Sylvia inspired this thread. I was at Forever Tattoo in Sacramento over the weekend and Ian Carder showed me the Rock of Ages backpiece that Scott put on him. He said it took about 15 hours. I guess I should stop being surprised at this point, but damn. Horitaka is also really fast. I have a black and gray falcon from him that takes up most of my shin. It took him an hour. Theo Mindell put a huge dragon head on my knee in only 3 hours--and he kept apologizing for taking so long! I'm not a tattooer, but it seems like the knee cap is moving target. That skin shifts all over the place. And I've never been tattooed by Filip Leu, but no fast tattooer thread would be complete without him. I was lucky enough to see some of the work he did while at Diamond Club, like this tiger that (I think) he completed in 5 hours: Along the same lines, I've never been tattooed by Robert Atkinson, but holy hell, is that guy fast.
  18. So...anyone on here got any? I fancy one somewhere, possibly a big one on my ribs when I: a) Man up enough to get my ribs done and b) Have finished my current ongoing piece and my next planned one! I've found some on google images and instagram that I like a lot, but I have found a lot more that look a bit ropey! Anybody got any good photos of this great image? and what kind of artist would you go for for this kind of style? Someone specialising in japanese style and similar presumably? I will post some of the ones I've found and like when I get a minute to play with google and photobucket! :D
  19. I've been looking at a lot of tattoo cover-up pictures recently and figured it'd be cool to see what cover-ups LSTers have both gotten as well as tattooed. So if you have before and after pictures please post them up. Here's a recent one I found on Sarah Schor's Blog from King's Avenue in New York. I really like the use of the hair in this lady head to cover-up the old tattoo lettering. For me I enjoy seeing cover-ups that could stand on their own without being a cover-up. What I mean is yes the old tattoo is not visible but had you not had to have it placed where it is you would get in anywhere and anyways. Lets see 'em.......
  20. Just had a full sleeve done by Dmitriy Samohin. I did 8 days straight 8-9 hours a day for all this to be completed. Around 70 hours :) The Panther and Lion are on my thigh :) Hope this is in the right place :)
  21. So in response to recent inquiries about Chicago and its place in tattoo history and to try to up the ante here at The Last Sparrow Tattoo Forum I will try to breakdown what I know and have acquired about tattooing in Chicago from early on up until present day. All of this will revolve around the history of Chicago Tattoo because honestly I don’t know or care to know about any other present day shops in the city. This of course will give a broad range of information at first because most of the photographic history was lost to the trash or to the flea markets at the time. The stories of South State Street are very few, 99% of the tattooers that dominated that street in its hey day are long gone. There are a few still left and their stories are amazing, some look upon those times fondly as the last truly honky tonk time in tattooing other look upon South State as Chicago’s tattoo demise. The 4-block area of South State Street in Chicago from the early 1900s to the mid 1960s was considered the worst red-light district that ever existed in this country to date. It consisted of skid row flophouses, porn theatres, liquor stores, wino bars, shooting galleries, arcades, and of course in every corner of every arcade were the tattoo shops. Chicago was supposedly home to hundreds of tattooers through out the early years. All making tattoos cutting their chops and making their bones on the abundance of fresh sailors from Great Lakes Naval Base just north of Chicago, and the working class folks looking to let loose on South State Street. These first photos show the very early days of south state notice in one of the photos the Armed Services recruiting center, this later became and Army Navy Surplus store. This is one of the main reason I believe that attracted the tattooers to South State they had a fresh abundance of young men signing up to serve their country and at that time service men especially sailors and tattoos went hand in hand. These other three photos show the burlesque barkers looking to get customers in to see the show Thanks for your interest, more to come later
  22. so i went through a really dark patch a few months ago, and in a state of unmatched disregard i got a tattoo on my shoulder of my dog with a heart and flowers around it. very cutesie, and though beautifully done it is not my style at all and i've come to really hate it i'd like to remove the dog (fortunately it's black) and, if possible put in it's place an eagle or something. really anything. two questions: 1) this tattoo was done by Eli Quinters at smith street, who i deeply respect as both a tattooer and as a super nice person. should i tell him that i would like to remove / replace the dog in the heart? should i give him the opportunity to operate on his own work? or should i take the job elsewhere. i do intend to get more work from him in the future..perhaps i could just not show him that arm 2) what do you think is possible as far as a coverup / re-working? again, i only intend to remove the dog. i think that attempting a full cover-up / removal would be a bit ambitious. thanks all.
  23. I figured I'd document my laser sessions here for those that would like to follow along. The Woman doing it is the Physicians Assistant for a Dermatologist near my house. At my consultation she said she could do half at a time and today she said the reason was that if there was a negative reaction it would be on only half of the area rather than the whole thing. Today she said as long as this goes well she could probably do the whole thing in one session and after todays session it doesn't seem like it should be a problem, she did much more than half today. They use the Medlite C6 which is, from what I understand, one of the best lasers on the market. I'm happy with the outcome so far, the skin isn't broken or anything and there's no blistering. My wife got something removed by another Dermatologist on her finger and it blistered and bled like a motherfucker. I'm not sure if she could have hit it harder today but I'd rather she not and not have it be a big bloody mess. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll do what I can to answer :D Here's before... And after todays session which I understand will lighten more over the next 6 weeks as my body absorbs the ink... I'm getting the rest done on the 7th and from there I'll go back as my bank account allows me...
  24. The thing I love most about knuckle tattoos is the need to be clever within a predefined container of 8 (or 10) letters. Plus it's just some good ol fashion stupid fun to come up with new ones! I think my current favs are: BOOK WORM and TRUE GENT
  25. Every time I watch the movie Eastern Promises or see and flip through one of the various Russian Criminal Tattoo books (Volume I, Volume II, or the newer one Volume III) I am reminded of the beauty, significances, true tattoo stories, and rawness of these tattoos. There's a neighborhood in San Francisco were I used to spend some time in regularly drinking coffee and eating pastries when on some lucky occasions I would get to bear witness to one or some of these historically rich tattoos. On only a few occasions the individuals would see me checking out there tattoos and would notice mine so conversations would follow or they would see me looking at theirs notice mine and give me a nod. The few stories I've gotten to hear were amazing and I can only imagine they were censored for my ears. The combinations of religious and spiritual imagery mixed with deeper unique meanings I can never get enough of. So this thread is a place to share your Russian Tattoo Designs, pictures, and stories. I have attached some images I got off of the internet because I have never felt right asking those I've seen with these tattoos for pictures, go figure. Thanks! Here are some other threads that may perk your interest if you like this one: Old Tattoo Designs Tattoo Definitions Was tattooing as popular 100 years ago? Religious and Spiritual Tattoos What tattoo designs can you never see enough of? Tattooers Reference Libraries Visual Tattoo Opinions Stigmas?