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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 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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    Feel free to send us any comments, suggestions, or general feedback on this forum. Recommend new categories, shower us with praise, or discuss how we can improve this community. Our goal is to make this the best tattoo community on the web. You play an integral role in our development and your ideas help us achieve this goal!
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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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    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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    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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    Mark! I found something that is almost an exact fit to the profile! The tail is a little off, but it's possible that the artist changed it up a bit. The kids are really happy with it and that's what matters! I really appreciate you taking the time to reply to my message.
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    In my opinion I think your artist got a bit confused between ‘reflection’ and ‘shadow’ , the later would be longer where the former should be approx the same/ mirror image ?
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    Hahahha i really did piss myself fuck old age lmao
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    Good for disposable tubes and dentil bibs. Their Cheyenne stuff is legit. The other rotaries, coils, and power sources are all knock-offs or just generally cheap.
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    Go trawl the internet for tattoo artist and find one you like where in the world are you ? go have a chat and give him the ideas get hooked up
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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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    I wouldn’t dare David! I’m really hurt that you would even suggest such a thing ?
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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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    very nice. Did you do this in a single session? Think I'd go cross-eyed if I tried that
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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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    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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    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.
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    ^ that's most retarded shit I've ever heard
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    Jamie, Green soap is a combination of roughly 10% Anti-bacterial Dial hand soap and 90% water. If you intend to keep the mixture for more than a week or two, you can also add a little bit of alcohol to the mixture to help keep any bacteria from growing. The mainthing is you want the green soap to only foam slightly when rubbed on the skin. You will use this mixture for both shaving the skin, and placing the stencil. We mix our own green soap mix, but you can also buy it from a tattoo supply site as well.