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  1. 2 points
    Here’s an original idea, pick an artist you admire or the one who you would like to do your tattoo and book an appointment/consultation with them , pass your info to them and take it from there.... nobody here is gonna spend time thinking about your ideas or doodling something up for you when they are not going to be doing the tattoo !
  2. 1 point
    Wow, you have some great drawings! I'm brand new here too. Thanks for sharing and good luck finding an apprenticeship.
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    Probably because a few of us have been there. Although that was a long time ago when this place was jam-packed with others in the same boat and would chew each other out especially when it came to stuff like sanitation, the fact that some people’s idea of a tattoo is a hand drawn snake that resembles a worm with a tongue done in a bedroom or on a sofa with the cat usually in the background somewhere, playing with the leftover burger ,just doesn’t sit well with a group of people who are basically busting their asses to get into a shop, hence the flaming that goes on.
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    Start at the begining spauldings book first then work up from there it is still relevant today plus its history
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    Only book to my recollection that mentions ‘gun’🔫 would be eikons ‘machinegun magazine’ but that’s just me splitting hairs and uncle google had problems finding tattoo gun books and tattoo gun builders....Welcome to the forum and if you’re gonna search the archive it’s easier to find stuff to do with your guns if you use the term ‘machine’! Just saying 🤔
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    Not going deep enough, poor stretch technique , poor aftercare but probably the first one maybe paired with a bit of the second one 🤔
  7. 1 point
    Well, you want cursive. it's like saying you want a BMW, but you dont like the way they look
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    If a fully qualified dermatologist can’t answer your question I personally would play the safe card and not get a tattoo. You obviously understand what caused your reaction and also realise that some of the ingredients in tattoo ink/pigment has some nasty shit in it although in small doses but with your skin type could cause a very serious effect which could lead to even more serious health issues. Loads of people get armpit tattoos and don’t seem to have problems with them , but in your case I would just forget it and be happy that where your skin discolouration has happened is in a part that’s mostly hidden. Just my opinion
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    So I am looking at getting my first tattoo and the idea I have is for a lotus flower with a mandala type pattern inside each petal and the central petal representing Yoni, female strength, feminine divine and the vagina. However I am a caucasian female of european descent and am concerned that this would be offensive to Hinduism and possibly other cultures? The reason this tattoo is so personal and important to me is what it represents. I have spent the last four years studying a degree to become a midwife and have recently started practicing. These last four years have been the most challenging years of my life. For me the significance of a lotus growing from mud is metaphorically significant as my journey through challenges to flower as a midwife. The lotus flower also signifies rebirth and femininity. The significance of the Yoni reference is the appreciation I have for the female soul, mind and body. The strength and capability of growing and birthing a new life and my own strength as a woman. I could go on and but I think I have given enough detail... As in love as I am with this idea I really would hate to offend anybody from cultures which the history of these designs have originated. Please let me know your perspective on my tattoo idea!
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    Cheaper to get it laser treated in my opinion,at least that will lighten it whereas you’ll be paying an hourly rate for a tattooist to blast over it which may or may not work or may need a few sessions and then it’s more money! Just my thoughts on it 🤔
  11. 1 point
    spend more than a week on it
  12. 1 point
    Just do it! ( this comment is in no way, shape or form affiliated with the “Nike” sportswear brand or any of its associated companies!)
  13. 1 point
    quick little sketch before sleep :p
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    That's because when you are tattooing yourself you tend to have habits of slowing down your machine, which hits the spot more and saturates better, because you are hurting yourself and can feel it we don't feel the pain that we are putting on people and don't have an issue passing a line through someone's pretty rib cage but try that on yourself, nope. I simply think tattooing yourself and someone else is different, my legs are complete trash from my beginner days and I would hate to tattoo myself now, don't base your level of skill off of what you can do on yourself.
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    Wear a head lamp when you tattoo no matter how good the lighting is from above different angles cast different shadows and I also wear reading glasses to magnify the area so I can closely inspect my saturation, you can usually tell if the ink will stay when you are done with the piece and the lighting in this portfolio picture is doing a lot of the contrast for you, maybe this was one of your first great pieces and you were focused on getting it to look just right idk but make sure its in there, be confident and pack it in, you can always go back and put it in a bit more if you are working with coils they are much more forgiving, this happened to me on my first portrait piece, a little less forgiving as a subject matter but you have a lot of play room in a piece like this so don't be scared to put it there, check out your line on your nose is in there because you single passed it with confidence, play like that when you shade and this was color packing so pack it in, your machine should be bogging like it does with your lines, that or check your after care method, I figure if Mario Barth can rock intenze I can too so I use a lot of that ink and have no issues with it ever, dynamic is a good brand too also keep in mind contrast, you would have that contrast if you had more lines than the nose in the piece, like you definitely want to outline the eyes because you want that to stand out, if you didn't outline the top of the skull I would have chosen dark purple over a bright red, knowing that bright reds are like that idk hope some of this helps at all though, try healing with only aveeno lotion and dial soap too no ointments or petroleum's.
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    Looking after Your New Tattoo Well, now that my part of the work is done, it is now up to YOU to get the best from your new tattoo so if you follow these general guidelines for aftercare you shouldn’t have any problems with it……… 1. Go home and have a hot shower as soon as possible, washing the tattoo carefuly with normal soap(this will open the pores and let any blood/plasma be washed away) .Just before stepping out of the shower, turn the hot water off and run cold water only on it for around 10-20 seconds (this will close the pores back up)DO NOT RE-COVER YOUR TATTOO 2. Pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel, Do not rub it dry. Let it breathe uncovered for 15-20 minutes before applying a light smear of Bepanthen, savlon or pa-paw ointment. DO not use Vaseline or any other petroleum based products as these can lift the ink out.! DO NOT RE-COVER YOUR TATTOO 3. After around 3-4 days it will start to dry out and form a scab…Do not pick the scab. 4. Around the 6-7 day mark it will start to be itchy…Do not scratch it, give it a light ‘slap’, this will make the itching subside 5. Around day 10 most of the scabbing will have gone and it will look flaky and shiny, this is when it itches most… Do not scratch it!!!! 6. Keep your new tattoo out of direct sun for at least the first 3 weeks or until it has healed properly. Sunlight is a tattoos worst enemy and will make it fade. 7. Avoid swimming in chlorine pools or salt water (pools and ocean)…remember fish shit in the sea and you wanna dip a nice new tattoo in there!! 8. Keep it clean during the healing time by washing it regularly preferably with an antibacterial pump type soap (eg Palmolive/dettol) 9. Do not let your friends touch it/poke it/lick it ,as it is an open wound!!! 10. REMEMBER….. MY WORK IS DONE , IT IS NOW UP TO YOU………. Thanks or choosing me to do your tattoo, I do my best to tattoo you in a hygienic and safe manner ,as you will have noticed, all my utensils are of the disposable kind (needles, tips ink-cups) I hope this makes up your mind as to who is going to do your next one!!! Any problems with your new tattoo, please call me……. Iain Mac 0418572227 ------------------------------------------------------ THIS is the aftercare sheet I give to everyone some may agree and some may not but this is MY method and it hasn't let me down yet! Mac Mac
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    Val AKA Valerie came over the other day so I could help her with somethings she was having trouble with tattooing. She wants to get things right before trying on more people. She has tattooed pigskin and fruit but said she still has trouble and of course like all people starting out; it was with the lining not so much the fill or shading. Tattooing fruit is easy; if you have tattooed people before, fruit is exactly how you wish ink went in every time, sometimes a little too easy. Now pig is different, it’s very much like real skin and like people it has different skin textures and qualities.This is my first experience tattooing pig skin, when I started out I did one on myself and then went right to friends. The owner of the shop I learned at told me to get people who wanted free tattoos to bring in their ID and go to town. Kind of the Old Skool way, which looking back on it was kind of jackass on my part. People really weren’t using pigskin, fruit or that horrible plastic practice skin (don’t waste you time too hard to use and doesn’t clean off right) you just went for it. Here is a list of what we used and what you would need to try this on pig: Pig Skin-Ears and feet (non-pickled) are good but Fat back with non-perforated skin is going to be easiest when first starting out. It has skin and fat with a little meat for cushion. All these can be purchased from any good quality Meat Cutter or Mexican Carneceria *Any Vegans or vegetarians worried about cruelty to animals don’t worry. The pig in this feature died do to an automotive related death caused from alcohol.* 7 round Liner 7 Mag Green soap in spray bottle Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle (Lots of it like the quart bottle from Walgreen’s) Paper towels Petroleum Jelly Aluminum Foil Metal tray or cookie sheet House fan optional (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!) Set up like you would for any tattoo but your work area needs to have extra protection. Fatback like it is named for has a lot of fat on it and it will slide around. If you don’t protect your work area you will have pork grease and Juice (Pork Soda) on everything. I recommend a foil wrapped cookie tray or pizza dish and a couple paper towels under the pig flesh for absorbency and fluid control. Val had some sheets of fatback that were frozen and needed to be thawed. DON’T MICROWAVE FROZEN PIG TO THAW. Keep in a plastic bag and thaw in a pot of cold water that has running water pouring into it from the tap. It takes a little longer but won’t half cook the pig flesh on accident making a world of nasty smells that might convert you to vegetarian. Val brought some of her original artwork and we decided on a design she plans on doing on someone when she feels confident enough. We first cleaned the pig skin with Rubbing alcohol. Pigskin is very greasy and the alcohol cleans off all the dirt and oil. It will take longer then human skin to clean but needs to be done so the stencil will stick properly. There was enough space on there for two stencils. One for me to do and one for Val to follow with. I wanted to see how it looked when I did it because from my trial with practice skin it came out horrible. It was hard to tattoo and the ink wouldn’t go in or clean off. * Even though you can’t get or a pass a Blood born Pathogen to Pig Skin. Treat it like an actual person and glove up anytime you are using your machines. It’s a good habit.* Tattooing pigskin is slightly different then human it has some of the same texture and variances but it is slightly tougher in general. If you have ever touched a live pig you know what I’m saying. Since the flesh is dead it’s a little stiffer then that. The flesh on the back of the skin gives a good feel and cushions the needle a bit unlike practice skin. Pressing to hard will bog the machine down and you feel resistance coming back you don’t get with a person. They would also scream if you applied as much pressure as I was sometimes. I feel the hardest part technically in tattooing is getting smooth consistent lines. I noticed that the needle didn’t want to follow the lines of the stencil and I had to force it a little. The needle wanted to follow the texture of the skin on top of it being tough was making me wrestle with the line work. This can be discouraging for someone just starting out. They have no idea what’s wrong thinking because they are a novice that the line work sucks. In reality it’s just the tough pigskin. This was one of Vals problems she had with the pigskin when she tried this before by herself. Along with her machine, needle set up and rubber band tension. This is still great practice. All the screw ups none of the regret. You can see my lines are a little shaky from the struggle and some of them aren’t touching where they are supposed to. I cleaned up the pork with the soap and alcohol and then went and fixed my lines before letting Val have a crack at it. If you look at the top you can see her lines aren’t that bad. They are much better after giving her tips on the skin, what speed to line at and angle of attack. The top of the pigskin had a deeper wrinkly texture and I should have done that area and let her have the smoother part. You can’t stretch the wrinkles out of dead pigskin they are in there. That also adds to the Illusion of bad line work. The art she brought was very clean with strong line work. She didn’t bring in a color version leaving that to be made up and experiment with in the skin. When designing tattoos you should have complete line work and color composition done when working on a real person though. I took a more New Skool approach and did a color outline for the cheese where as Val wanted to make it more traditional and use black all around. I shaded the letters with Gray Wash and added orange for the shading to match the line work. This is where I turned on The house fan. It was a warm day and the pig was starting to warm up and slide around. My hand was kind of sliding on pig grease from the exposed fat by the heel of my palm. The odor of warm pork isn’t that appealing and I had to put the fan on to waft it away from my nose. I finished off the coloring with a cartoony golden yellow and some white. Here is where pigskin becomes more optimistic but can let you down in a real tattoo. Line work is hard but coloring is easy. The skin takes the ink with relative ease and all the colors show up bright and saturated. There is no bleeding and white looks like paint on the skin. This can be a total let down when you go to ink a person because blood changes the darkness and color of the tattoo and sometimes washed the colors right back out of the skin making fill hard. So this should be taken into consideration. One good thing though without bleeding you can see if you have solid lines or if they trail off and are too light. I did intentionally try to make a blow out by drawing a line in at an angle and pressing too hard, but the dead skin just holds and won’t do it so that still needs to be watched for. Vals completed piece came out really well for a beginner. She has a sharp learning curve and when told how to adjust she did and remedied that problem. As she progressed her line work got better and easier and after a few tips in shading the gradients are pretty smooth and the fill is rather solid considering the canvas. It helps that she is a good artist and that aids with problem solving and composition, which is important. Anybody can learn how to tattoo technically but after you learn how to apply ink the only thing that sets you apart from other artists is artistic ability, subject matter and attitude. Finally make sure to clean up your area and use a good strong cleaner to get any grease or juice and throw everything away and take outside. Don’t try and keep pig just take pics. By the end of this the pig was warm and getting a little ripe. I think freak summer heat and humidity in San Francisco didn’t help at all
  18. 1 point
    check out burne hogarth books. the best books i have ever read on the subject. explains the techniques used by divinci and others of that nature. makes alot of sense if you pay attention to every word. find myself learning something new even reading it four or five times over. has a book on dynamic anatomy, dynamic figure drawing, drawing dynamic hands, dynamic light and shade (a must), and dynamic wrinkles and clothing.