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  1. 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.
  3. 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".
  5. Odd question. So, you are aware of a "special" pigment - that is toxic - that tattooers prefer to use over standard, nontoxic ink?
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    Welcome to the forum
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    Tattoo Brainstorming

    I don't usually condone the suggestions of tattoo flash spammers; but in this case I'd say this jackass's link is exactly what you're looking for.
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    Ink cleaning from plastic tips

    this guy has "students?"
  9. No. I'm lazier than you.
  10. Main concern with "scratchers" is their lack of hygiene. Working out of your home doesn't necessarily define you as a scratcher. Being a slob does. Cold calling for apprenticeships is never received well (unless you happen upon someone who churns out shitty apprenticeships for a lot of money). Approaching the tattooer that does most of your work's usually a good way to go. I never did an apprenticeship. I just researched the process and equipment; practiced on myself a LOT; took a blood born pathogens/cross contamination prevention course - then applied what I learned through that with extreme overkill; then found some friends who volunteered for my first tattoos with a full understanding that I was without experience. I was also acquainted with a few tattooers who considered me to be a competent artist and didn't mind giving me advice (also knowing full well that I was tattooing on my own). After a few years of that, I started tattooing out of a shop. If you have a portfolio of good tattoos, you can pretty much bypass the apprenticeship stage. That being said: learning on your own is a very slow learning process. I'd have much rather been in a shop learning to tattoo.
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    Help me figure out what this is

    stylized chrysanthemum
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    Tattoo critique please

    Overall, not a bad start; just has room for refinement. There's a few places where the shading doesn't meet a line. Could use more shading going around the side of the skull to give it more form. And the one piston needs to be darker to separate it from the skull. I have a hang up about illustrated objects have to be able to exist in three dimensions. To that end, those pistons couldn't really be set into the eye sockets at that angle. BUT, I've seen a lot of great tattoos whose imagery defies perspective; so my personal hang up may be to my disadvantage.
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    Tattoo moisturizer

    nope and nope. Once its healed, any moisturizer will make the outer layer of skin more translucent; making the tattoo seem brighter. Sunlight will fade a tattoo. Age will soften its edges. "Daily Ink Sealer" is about as much bullshit that can be packed into three words.
  15. Maybe post a link to the image on another site. Too small to see.
  16. There's other tattoo forums out there? I thought we were the last group of douchebags on the last ghost town of an antiquated discussion format!! We're douchebags basically of r the sake of amusing each other; and to see who's either got thin skin or a knack for the snake comeback. (You're getting picked on for not introducing yourself prior to asking equipment questions). If you've been using a Stealth - or anything from WWTS, for that matter - almost anything's going to be an upgrade. I've been using John Clark's magnetic rotaries for a couple years now. Dan Kubin's machines are great, as well. Getting machines from both of these guys can be like winning the lottery, though, as they're hand made in small batches that sell out almost immediately.
  17. Pretty much anyone who can put ink in the skin.
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    Is my tattoo infected l

    Could be an ingrown hair or clogged pore. Wouldn't hurt to go to a doctor, as I am definitely not one and am just guessing.
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    Does Numbing Cream Effect The Skin?

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    You let him start on a tattoo design you weren't satisfied with. Never heard of anyone getting a fever without some kind of infection. Or, do you just assume you have a fever because you have the chills. Feeling cold after a session is normal. So is exhaustion. It's a response to stress.
  21. That'll be $25, thank you. I take Paypal.... or you could just give all of your credit card info ..... and your SS#.
  22. 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.
  23. 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)
  24. Whew! Well, I feel a bit older after reading that in its entirety But, it does have the appearance of not-quite-right perspective. If you can't live with it, layering the bottom off and redoing it's an option - but expensive. Finding something to cover the reflection with wouldn't be difficult. The inkblot effect sounds like it would work. How to interact with the tattooer's an awkward situation. I'd tell him the reflection's off and ask him if he could fix it or cover it. Might happen.