Hi all, great forum you’ve got here (:
Can you please give me some opinions on a few questions about my tattoo?
I had a tribal traditional to my people done one week ago.
The artist specialises in black and grey. I asked the shop if they’re comfortable with doing a tribal and whom of their artists would agree to do it. They set me up a consultation with this guy. He said he’s not done things exactly like that but he’s confident he can pull it off. Before you ask - I didn’t look for an artist who specialises in tribal because the piece isn’t a complex Polynesian tribal and from what I knew most tattooers start their career with tribals... so I trusted the shop because all of their work looked a lot more complicated that this and it was pricey - I paid £400 for 4 hours of work on this. He also spent one hour placing the stencil which he did very well and I’m happy with that. In the end when I thanked him and said it looks fantastic he said ‘Let’s wait and see how it heals - you may need to come back for a touch up, they’re free but yeah let’s see how it turns out’ - are touch ups on blackwork something normal and to be expected?
I’ve attached a couple of photos. The lines are looking sharp and crisp, the positioning is great and there’s minimal distortion when I twist my arm. However the filling looks a little patchy... now, this is a week old tattoo. The solid black parts peeled in big dry skin flakes. It scabbed very little in a few tiny places he overworked - something inevitable with blackwork from my understanding? Now I’m left with shiny dry wrinkly skin that looks like it’s gonna peel one more time.
The tattoo looks good when I look in the mirror however when I stick my arm in my face I can see uneven black.
From the photos does it look to you like:
a. It was badly done
b. It was badly taken care of
c. It will probably look different in another two weeks
d. All of the above
aftercare: word by word as per artist instruction. Wash and wrap 3-4 times a day for the first 2.5 days then stop wrapping and use Bepanthen (nappy rash cream) 2-3 times a day when t gets dry for a few days, switched to simple unscented mousturiser (the brand he recommended) on day 8. It was inevitable to wear long sleeves as I work in an office however I don’t think it rubbed the tattoo too much or left it too dry....
would love to hear your thoughts as I’ve got 3 day sessions booked with this guy to do a sleeve. While I’m feeling a lot calmer about that since he’ll be doing what he’s best at id still want to know if you think this tribal was poorly done.