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      THIS IS A SITE FOR ARTISTS, NOT CLIENTS (Please read before posting)   04/18/2018

      I'm seeing a lot more questions from people who are looking to get tattoos, asking about ideas, healing instructions, etc. These are questions you should ask YOUR  LOCAL TATTOO ARTIST, not random people on the internet. This site is specifically for tattoo artists and those looking to get into the trade by way of an apprenticeship. Don't be shy! Google local artists and drop by a shop or two, check out their portfolio of work and talk about your ideas with a professional who can help you achieve the best tattoo experience. 

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  1. 2 points
    I was a bit confused there and looked for the ‘crescent shaped part’ with raw skin!🤔. I’m guessing that it’s the part right in the centre of the rise that you are referring to?... that part never had ink in it in the first place as it’s representing a fold on the front petal ! 🤪 maybe you were a bit too stoned or pissed to notice when you got it done or maybe you didn’t even remember getting it until a few days later and that’s why it looks so dried out, a bit like how a dog shit goes white in the sun 😉
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    Overall, not a bad start; just has room for refinement. There's a few places where the shading doesn't meet a line. Could use more shading going around the side of the skull to give it more form. And the one piston needs to be darker to separate it from the skull. I have a hang up about illustrated objects have to be able to exist in three dimensions. To that end, those pistons couldn't really be set into the eye sockets at that angle. BUT, I've seen a lot of great tattoos whose imagery defies perspective; so my personal hang up may be to my disadvantage.
  3. 2 points
    Nothing beats a good dry humping not even a reach around first
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    "μεράκι" is a greek word and a -tattooed- version of it may be seen in the picture. It really does not make sense to get it done in Thailand no matter whether you intent to have in english or in greek. In general, it is not a mature choice to get tattooed while on holiday as Mark said already. cheers Michael
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    No., you paid for the info that is in the archives of the forum, past, present and future. Here we have a guy who’s first post is to look for a handout as he is too lazy to look for himself. There is a big difference in asking for pointers and just being too fuckin lazy to look yourself. All he needs to look up is ‘prison tattoo gun’ he should be able to work it out from there 😉
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    Main concern with "scratchers" is their lack of hygiene. Working out of your home doesn't necessarily define you as a scratcher. Being a slob does. Cold calling for apprenticeships is never received well (unless you happen upon someone who churns out shitty apprenticeships for a lot of money). Approaching the tattooer that does most of your work's usually a good way to go. I never did an apprenticeship. I just researched the process and equipment; practiced on myself a LOT; took a blood born pathogens/cross contamination prevention course - then applied what I learned through that with extreme overkill; then found some friends who volunteered for my first tattoos with a full understanding that I was without experience. I was also acquainted with a few tattooers who considered me to be a competent artist and didn't mind giving me advice (also knowing full well that I was tattooing on my own). After a few years of that, I started tattooing out of a shop. If you have a portfolio of good tattoos, you can pretty much bypass the apprenticeship stage. That being said: learning on your own is a very slow learning process. I'd have much rather been in a shop learning to tattoo.
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    tattoo blowout is generally the artist penetrating the skin too deep or at too much of an angle, unless you have had a substantial bump to the tattoo area then the blowout was most probably the artist, note tho that the skin does bruise too around the area being tattooed, and tends to look like a blowout, this generally goes away within a few weeks. the area on the skin plays a role too, looks like yours is on your upper back across the spine, the change of areas on the skin without adjusting hand movement could mean deeper penetration in some areas than others, hope this helps
  8. 1 point
    thought it would be nice to show you guys some of my machines ive collected over my time tattooing here thay are!!! in order as if you was reading 1. scot sylvia henry 2. todd hlavaty (saved this from ebay it had been given cheap crap tiger coils from china) cost £45 3. early irons wrap around 4. another early irons 5. tim hendricks black widow 6. bought this from thomas hooper. he seems to think it was built by a guy called redman. great little machine wish i new more about it 1. mike drexler model 2 2. mike drexler (early machine dont know what model) my personal favourite shades like a fucking dream 3. mike drexler model 3 4. rick saviera 5. jeff srsic. ( works at red letter one. best attention to detail in his machines. bar none ) 6. another srsic 1. one i built up myself out of parts . frame from bob coils and binders from hm tools and dye 2. bought from a russian dude who visited my old place of work. doesnt get used its to heavy and yes i do need to trim that spring down 3. my old sharpz t dial . i blued it and fucked about with it its my first good machine and has sntimental value but never gets used anymore 4. seth ciferri machine that needed saving from e gay. it was beat up but im bringging her back to life. ( will post it up when shes done ) 5 & 6. two old machines i belive were made by tony lynx. asked lal hardy and lionel tichner but neither of them could be sure and were both baffeld by them. hope you like em
  9. 1 point
    There really is no need to market to people who are tattooed the ways it is done is facebook instagram websites magazines and to my mind the best which is word of mouth no fancy analyst with graphs is going to mean shit to a pirate just shows someone has roo much time on their hands the market is so flooded now the only way to survive is be better than the next man in the street and that means putting out good ink not by putting up marketing bullshit in the window why pick tattooing anyway there is plenty of other business out there that would probably love all this white collar stuff
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    Hello my name is Mark some of you know me on the forum but for all the new people signing up I'm one of the moderators. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area of california. I have been tattooing for almost 8 years now. I have worked in three shops in the northern Bay Area and now I have taken a leave from working full time in a shop to finish my fine art degree in Illustration. I'm working privatley till I can rent my own studio space. I'm best with things regarding technique and artistic applications; for more technical questions like fine tuning machines and custom appplications feel free to ask and if I don't know it I'll find someone that can. I like to think I'm fare and will tell you what you need to improve on and any mistakes to avoid for the next time. So enjoy the forum and read and learn as much as you can. There is info here that people won't find anywhere else including their own apprenticships.
  12. 1 point
    knowin you have a lot to learn is a good thing. i tell that to myself every day, and hope i keep doing that... i think you are attempting to chew many things at one go. nothing wrong in itself, as it s just practice, and on a throw away skin.. but it could make sense to make slower steps, as in, get the lining right... practice lining on it s own. that thing you did is good practice but has too little lining. try doodling, writing freehand, straight lines, curves... try shading on simpler shapes.. sphere / cube.. leaves, cherry. do them as long as it takes... i know it sounds boring, but if you focus on too much at one go, then everything gets diluted. i would read a lot, or take a course on bloodborne pathogens / cross contamination etc.. never touch real skin before you know your shit on this one, and well.. what machines / needles are you using?
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    did these at the malta tattoo expo.. the dog could have used a bit more finishing, as ran outta time.. meeting again for a second hit after it heals, but thought id share.