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  1. David

    Staying motivated

    Drinkin', whorin', and gamblin' usually fill up the time pretty good! Joking, of course (I'm too cheap to take up gambling). I have difficulty staying motivated, as well. If work doesn't come to me, I have a tendency to do nothing. To keep things interesting I use a lot of different media and have several drawings, paintings and sculptures going at once. If I'm not in the mood to continue one thing in watercolor I may be in the mood to push around some oils. And when I really just don't feel like doing anything I read biographies of accomplished artists. This doesn't really inspire me as much as it shames me into being productive.
  2. Those lines set the pattern. He placed only a few where there will be dozens when it's finished. There is nothing wrong with it. It isn't a shame. It's the first session of a large, densely-packed design. It's actually perfect. I've always wondered how many people tell their friends that I do shitty line work after the first session of greylining a detailed B&G back piece. How many locals have you told about your dissatisfaction with this guy's work?
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    What Dissolves Old Dried Up Ink?

    Just soap and water, scrubbed with a toothbrush should do it. Rubbing alcohol if it doesn't cooperate. Usually, needle groupings need to be rinsed out during use to keep the ink from congealing. Don't wait until you're finished (I assume you're tattooing many animals at a time). Rinse it out regularly during the process; then shake the water out of the needles so you don't dilute the ink in the next tattoo
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    Pet Blowing Machine Production Competitiveness

    Wrong forum for "blowing pets". Might want to check the dark web for a like-minded venue
  5. Hot damn! A thoughtful question about the function of the tools! Unfortunately it's generally frowned to discuss technical details in an open forum - and I'm not even sure there's any mods left to accept a membership fee. It doesn't equate to a slingshot's "distance equals tension". It's a magnet that shuts off... almost as soon as it turns on.
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    Grey Wash Probleme

    spend more than a week on it
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    Sun exposure to new tattoo

  8. Punctual example of the "what tattoo should I get?" FAQ that is about 95% of the new posts here.
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    Immortal ink black fading early?

    Dynamic Triple black: that's new to me! I just looked it up and their site's completely revamped since I last ordered ink from them. I will have to give it a whirl.
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    Proper Introduction

    Yup. Mac, Mark and myself are pretty much the only long term members -that I'm aware of- still stopping in regularly.
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    Proper Introduction

    Yup: welcome. And that concludes the welcoming party by all of the regular visitors to this forum!
  12. You just be you! (response brought to you by a "best basic response"search on Pinterest) Kidding aside: do whatever you want - it's your skin. Best option is to use images as a reference; take them to a tattooer you like; and let him/her use that as a starting point.
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    Skin markers throw em away?

    A good percentage of my work is freehand. Usually go from orange to red Sharpie, then blue ball point pen. All in, I don't think I have $10 of disposables used at a completely covered workstation. That being said, if I set up three machines and don't end up using one of them, I look at those unused needles and tubes like I just actually lost money. Because I'm a cheap bastard.
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    HD Stencils

    Saw these a few months back. I go with simple on my stencils. Hard line, dotted line, and a little hatching here and there. The less purple I've got on the skin, the better for me. I would expect the subtleties of that stencil to wipe away almost immediately.
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    Original flash

    Draw in your spare time. If you're trying to do these designs for clients as they wait, you're putting too much pressure on yourself. If you're not busy tattooing, you should be busy drawing. Copy the same flash enough times and you'll come up with your own even if just out of boredom.
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    Immortal ink black fading early?

    I believe he specified that it "sucks to line with"; and that it was "too greasy" *in his opinion*. Therefore, Dynamic could be considered a less viscous ink that may be easier for the original post-er to line with. Personally, I like Dynamic for lining; Talens for greywash, and Waverly dark black to fill and whip shade with.
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    need a bit of help with new tattoo

    There really should be some sort of a prize for that accomplishment.
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    need a bit of help with new tattoo

    I'm sure it's infected. Face the music and ask your mom to take you to the doctor
  19. Shart, huh? I don't know about your neck of the woods; but here, "shart" means shitting your pants when you thought you only had to fart.
  20. Hilarious or evil....or a bit of both!! I foresee an hours-long consultation; followed by an indeterminate number of sketches, emails and late night phone calls; all for a minimum fee "tribal" pot leaf. Steer clear of the Netherlands, Mark: there may be a comeuppance, and it's two against one!!
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    What is this tattoo??

    It means that someone doesn't know how to do a simple black fill properly. No idea. I won't even entertain translating for customers. They want something they can't read, then spelling's their problem.
  22. Reason for practicing on your thigh is that you need two hands to tattoo properly. While you're out looking for an apprenticeship do not tell them that you did that chewed up shit on your wrist/hand.
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    Phoenix Ink by Valen

    This is a poorly designed and poorly applied tattoo. Sound advice would be to start with much smaller designs until you know exactly what each machine, needle grouping, and pigment color are going to do to various types of skin. Just announce, "free single cherry blossoms - by a complete amateur - to the first two hundred people that respond" on your favorite social media account. That should do it. Thanks for serving your country; it's a very noble endeavor. But then using it as an excuse for doing shit work just makes it irrelevant. And anyone who would kill themselves over a critique of their work is probably making the right choice. Life's definitely got some tougher hurdles than the occasional, "you suck at this".
  24. Odd question. So, you are aware of a "special" pigment - that is toxic - that tattooers prefer to use over standard, nontoxic ink?