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  1. beautiful artwork. Welcome to the forum
  2. Do whatever has worked for you in the past. It's your skin and people heal differently.
  3. David

    Overworking Skin

    fewer needles; less solder.
  4. David


    What was the original plan for these images?
  5. David

    Unstable needle

    sounds about right. keep practicing
  6. David

    Ink of choice?

    that's application, not ink quality
  7. David

    Help With A Tattoo Design Idea

    Honestly, when I have a good idea for a common theme, I keep it to myself and charge someone a fair amount of money to tattoo it on them. That being said, though, I'll give you this: cupcakes. When I feel down in the dumps (evil) I like to have a cupcake and then I feel happy (good). So, my chest piece idea would be to have my health insurance bill on one side and a cupcake on the other.
  8. David

    professional opinion

    Beautiful work.
  9. Unfortunately, that looks like it does because the tattooer hammered it in there. It can be cleaned up with a background color.
  10. David

    Is this normal for a new tattoo?

    Don't know what the tattoo was supposed to look like; but from what I can see, it was poorly applied. So, no, that's not normal
  11. David

    Is this normal for a new tattoo?

    post a photo or link
  12. David

    Applying to new shops

    Try reaching out to other shops for short guest spots.
  13. David

    Alternative to green soap?

    Why not just use green soap?
  14. David

    Tattoo apprenticeship

    spend more time drawing from life with a pencil. Figure out how light and shadow shape an object and how to maintain clarity with more than one object in a greyscale drawing
  15. David

    Need advice

    Yup, fuck him. You give someone a fixed price, you stick to it (which is why I don't give fixed prices!). Unfortunately, you'll still pay more to get it finished by someone else; but I'd switch artists on principle alone.
  16. David

    Need advice

    how is he ripping you off?
  17. A basic knowledge of it is good enough. You never use any of the penmanship skills, since varying thicknesses in line work are built up rather than accomplished in one fluid stroke. But, hand written lettering always looks better than some "Word" font.
  18. David

    Is my tattoo infected?

    Maybe. We're not doctors. Go to a doctor.
  19. David

    I Invented Tattoo Ink Shaking Machine.

    I think I'd murder anyone who ran that thing within earshot.
  20. David

    Help me to get some inspiration (fix)

    Cover the writing with a back ground that joins your various tattoos
  21. David

    Foot tattoo not sticking

    Aftercare's not the issue. Ink needs to be deeper.
  22. David

    Problem with disposable tubes

    You might have to put up some photos, because I can't follow what you're trying to say.
  23. David

    Where to start

    You might just want to follow the modern trend: get a direct drive rotary (preferably with an adjustable cam) and run cartridges.
  24. David

    Where to start

    Nope....unless you can line real slow and real careful. Black Claw sells the best needles...when they're not sold out.
  25. David

    New member seeking advise

    "skin colored" pigment will do absolutely nothing to tone down a blackwork tattoo.