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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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    Nothing beats a good dry humping not even a reach around first
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    I would rather have it still there at the end too. Just make the purple lines black , pretty easy really ?
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    Feedback, Suggestions & Recommendation Questions, comments, feedback about this forum. Love letters also accepted. ..... and post all of your "what should I get tattooed on me" questions here so complete strangers can make your permanent decisions for you. OR, scroll down just the tiniest bit to find the appropriate category for stupid question placement.
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    I really love this forum, and want to start using it again - so many tips and good artists in here I've been tattooing for almost 1,5 year now and I'm so in love with my job! But sometimes I just find it hard to keep improving on my own (because at the moment we're only two tattoo artists at the shop and we're about the same level). I'm lucky though, because the shop regularly have some amazing guest artists, so every chance I have, I try to learn from them Anyway, good advices are more than welcome - here are some of my recent work. One healed lion (with small touch up) and a bunch of fresh tattoos. I really want to start getting my customers to send me healed photos of their tattoos, because I think they often heal too light (I'm working on making my tattoos darker).
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    Wasnt it tony that made show pieces out of his buggered frames welded and soldered bits of metal together ? i was given a carrrier bag full of them by an artist a few years ago
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    Or, put a tree line reflection at the shoreline. Center it on the tattoo - not on the shoreline - and it'll even out the proportions of the mountain and its reflection. After that, if anyone's examining the mountain/reflection line for line, well then they're standing too fucking close.
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    Ultimately, it's an easy cover up if you just want to start over. Get this tattoo done exactly the way you want it elsewhere, and cover this one with something different. Or, just leave it be. You'll be amazed how easy it is to get used to an imperfect tattoo (especially when you get more)
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    Hahahha i really did piss myself fuck old age lmao
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    Machine too fast or hand speed too slow, either that or too much stretch when tattoo being done IMO , oooorrrrr.... you have a reaction to the invisible ink? maybe you’re also having problems maintaining an erection for any more than a minute or so... if so let us help.Here at Ink Trails tattoo forum we deal with many many many different problems from people from all walks of life, everything from stupidity to herpes and marital issues to broke down cars, but since your problem seems to be a medical one and most members only have the doctors degree they found at the bottom of their breakfast cereal box, it looks like your are bang out of luck today ? No one is available right now to answer your query ....Please try again later! goodbye ?
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    Read up on all the old posts on here, drop the $20 for the lifetime membership if you are anywhere serious about tattooing as it gets you access to a lot more info. Step back and grab some pigskin and practice your lines/shading/fill, find out what your machines are actually suited for whether lining shading etc . Don’t nt make your hand speed suit the machine, make the machine suit you. I’m not gonna comment on the tattoos as we have all done some shit at one time or another. Just slow down and do t let people pressure you into tattooing them just because you’ve got ‘guns’, wait until YOU think you’re ready because remember you’re still gonna have your name attached to bad ink regardless of how famous you get ?
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    What’s the point of joining a tattoo forum for “beginner” artists and asking a question like that? Ask your friends/ mom/ artist who done the work/ other artists in your area.....ffs how hard could it really be. Ranting as it seems in the past little while this forum has become a place to join to ask stupid questions about tattoos they have received, nobody here really gives a fuck about your new 2 minute, 5 line outline of a horse that a 3 year old kid could have drawn blindfolded full of crack cocaine ,so don’t ask for an opinion on work that wasn’t done by a current member of this forum, I’m pretty sure there is something about posting 3rd party work in the forum rules
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    It’s a bit like the age-old question of ‘how long is a piece of string?’ He’ll probably be married with a few kids to feed by the time you can get booked in with him anyway so what he wants now will probably have changed significantly.!
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    Sounds like he has enough to go on and speak to an artist and get somethng sketched up he needs to go and see bob tyrell or someone like that if money is no problem
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    blowout. That line work's having a hard time healing; but when it does, have a background tone put on it.
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    Said was his brothers and hes locked up. So there selling off hos supplies and critical power supply.
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    A stack of books makes for a pretty static design. And bland as well since they'd have to be huge to make the names on the spines legible. If you're looking to avoid basic portraits of these people, find an image that represents the heroic character of each person. One bit of advice that's repeated here, often, is to find a tattooer who you want to do the work and heed their opinion on what would work best.
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    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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    I was curious if anyone has made their own Stencil stuff, a couple of other artist I know prefer to do it this way vs buying the bottles. From what I've seen some of theirs is equal to if not better. I've been trying to decide if I should buy or try my own formula. Any suggestions, concerns, etc. ?
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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
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    Don't know if this will help you, but I softened up my liner quite a bit after I dug into one piece on my calf pretty bad, and am getting better results. I'm still going a little deep for my liking, but am getting more consistent results because the machine isn't driving the tips down so hard. With a softer hitter, you've got to really pay attention to your stretch, or it'll start bouncing around. It improved my overall lining considerably. I'm using a cutback pitbull with a medium-to-long stroke.
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    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.
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    a good way to practice mixing ppigments is using acrylic paints. Pigments mix almost identicly. I have had the best results mixing in the cap with a toothpick, although they do make pigment stirrers. Start with a base color, then dip the tip of the toothpick into the mixing color and stirr very well.dip once stir, dip again then stir, ect. here are some examples pink= cap white + one dip red hot pink= cap white + 2 dips red light blue= cap white+ 1 dip dark blue navy blue= cap white+ 3 dip dark blue battle ship grey = cap white+ 1/2 to 1 dip black