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    I married one, once upon a time .... it wasn’t a dragon when we first met.... blah blah blah..... killed that dragon and lived happily ever after ?
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    We use eternal and i love them as well as another artist here who is more prone to black and grey realism
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    Or all of the above lol
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    Well, achieving something on paper is totally different than skin. Completely different technique all together. When you're tattooing realism, you'd have to be mindful of this fact and understanding that its a different medium. Just like you can't erase with paint, its a different technique of applying the medium. Like with the different size mm pencil being different needle groupings, they may resemble one another, but they act completely different and even the same pencils in someone elses hands can have a completely different effect. It may be a 7mm pencil, but that 7mm point can be worked in several different ways. So to even compare 1 pencil in one's hand to the same exact pencil in another's hand could bare the difference of night and day. Therefor comparing a pencil to a needle would have an even larger set of differences. Manipulating the point of the pencil is a large factor of the tool which you can't do with a needle. The needle has a consistency which you have to work harder to maintain on a pencil. IMO, I wouldn't worry too much about the tattoo aspect of portraits until you're completely comfortable with general portrait work. Once you have a good grip on your portraits, a lot of your questions will already have been answered. The guide lines would be your stencil. If you make your stencil stuff or buy it, you'll have a stencil that won't come off and you won't need to blood line much, if anything. But again, everyone is different. The bottom line is, 2 different mediums which will have 2 different end results and are approached in 2 different ways for different reasons.
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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.
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    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
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    I wouldn’t dare David! I’m really hurt that you would even suggest such a thing ?
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    So many tribal styles out there...
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    You are not ready for your next tattoo if you were you would know what you want
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    Hello, my name is jessie I'm from central NY ive been tattooing for only a year outside of my apprenticeship I'm between shops at the moment looking for a new place to work. I am here for some advice because im still fairly new to the industry. Right now I'm trying to bulk up my equipment thinking about switching to rotary machines suggestions and any advice is welcome.
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    Darker skin = stick with clean colors and be aware that they will heal significantly muted. So if there's going to be green on your tattoo, the tattooer will probably use a bright green that will heal looking like a darker, leaf/olive green. Yellows look mustard, reds look like brick (relatively)
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    Maybe some more light bulbs ?to brighten it up a bit. ? lol, I fuckin crack me up sometimes! ?
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    Carry the grey shading down to the eye more. Outline the top of its head and ad small dark feathers coming off that line. The feathers should pepper up the lines so that it will not be as defined.No need to tell you made a mistake just go find a good artist and go "Full Color Bomb"
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    Go back to your artist and say " I'm here to get this finished ....properly !"
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    Well, if you want the best guy who is the best of the best who works best with the best guys of guys who are the best and are the best in the best top 10 of the best guys, you should be a little more patient. I'm not a top 10 artist, I'm only currently ranked 13 on the top best guys list, and it an be hard returning emails.
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    7rl, 7mag, Kuro Sumi, One, Starbrite white Healed
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    You want it? Pay it, if the work's that good. Artwork, if you weren't aware, is actually worthless. It's useless stuff that you look at. It's only valued if someone puts a price tag on it. You're throwing dollar signs around to attract "THE BEST"...and now showing concerns about it being a reasonable price? Pay it and fuck off.
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    very nice. Did you do this in a single session? Think I'd go cross-eyed if I tried that
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    Can't really gauge your drawing ability by the photos in that link. The images are all very stylized illustrations and designs; and don't demonstrate much in the way of control over the medium. The one thing that seems apparent from your photos is that you don't seem to have any tattoos. You might want to frequent tattoo parlors to see if the environment is something that really attracts you. I wasted a fair amount of time pursuing a degree in education, only to find out that I fucking hate children. And so it goes with tattooing as well: it's an interesting trade and you get to make art (sometimes), but the majority of your clients are just going to want trendy, minimum fee designs that they pulled from Pinterest. And a discouraging quantity of those potential clients are going to be assholes as well.
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    ^ that's most retarded shit I've ever heard
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