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  1. Hey everyone, I could really use some advice making a big life decision! I have been talking to a shop in town and they recently offered me an apprenticeship (woo!) but I'm getting really nervous about committing to their contract. The apprenticeship contract states that after around a year of being an apprentice, I would be required to work there for FIVE years. Five years is a long time for anyone, especially a youngster like me. And this small town isn't the place I want to live in for most of my 20s. Seems like 2 or 3 years would be more reasonable, although I understand that they want to get a lot of work out of me after they teach me so much valuable information. Is five years normal? Is it unheard of for me to try to negotiate with them? Should I maybe just try for another shop in the town that I actually want to live in for the next six years? Thank you so much!
  2. hello! I've been wanting to get a second tattoo for a while now, and its been difficult for me to find one that has meaning to me. My first and only tattoo is of a mountain range- on my left arm's outer forearm near the wrist. It is about 3 inches long. I only have one picture of my tattoo on my laptop, so I hope the one I provide gives you an idea of what I have. Im considering another tattoo of either a dove, or a flower. The dove has meaning to me, and I'm still currently looking into what kind of flower I would consider. If I have anything done, I would want it on the back of my arm, above my elbow. Do you think that this placement would look stupid because of my already existing tattoo on my forearm? The tattoo I would get on the back of my arm would not be huge, probably the same size as my current one. also, Do you have any advice as to what kind of tattoo may compliment the one I have now? Im open to suggestions too, I just want another tattoo. Im open to any and all ideas, because I'm running out of my own. Thanks!
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  4. New To The Forum

    Hey, So as you've probably guessed from the title, I'm new to the forum. I'm currently in the process of building up a portfolio in order to hopefully find a tattoo apprenticeship so have joined the forum to gain some advice and feedback on my work and to help me along my road to successfully building this career. I enjoy doing a range of different styles, from traditional to portraiture to pointillism and I'd love to get to know others on the forum and see the work that you're doing yourselves and just hear what you have to say. I'm from Suffolk in the UK so it would also be great to get to know people from near me as well. Thank you for reading
  5. Hello, guys! I'm new here . I found your forum and i tought it is the perfect change to ask you, who I'm sure know a lot about tattoos, for an opinion. In march I had this tattoo, and now I want a flower shoulder. Do you have any ideea from where I should begin to unite this one with other flowers? Do you have an idea in mind? A flower design ? Thanks!
  6. First Tattoo Advice

    Hey, for a few years now I've been thinking about getting a tattoo and finally decided that it is time I do the proper research on it. In terms of design, I am thinking something alike the following image. From the picture only the outline matters, not the colours. It is basically a combination of the following: They both have huge emotional meaning for me personally as they do represent an important part of my childhood. In big lines, the first one represents courage and the second one friendship. Initially, I've only thought about getting the first one ( the sun ) but later I found a combination of the two. Here are my questions: 1. Where should I place it? I know I want someplace visible for me yet not sure where. As for my build, I'm a tall fit (gymnastics like body ) guy, in his early 20s. Thinking inner forearm but not sure. 2. What suggestions do you have about the design? All ideas are welcome
  7. Hi, I got a Polynesian mask tattoo on my upper arm around 6/7 months ago. I'm fairly happy with it, although it's slightly smaller than I would've liked. I want to go back and add a border design around it (in a circle), or add more detail with shading/colour to bring it to life if possible. I'd really like people's advice on whether this can be done and what would look good! Thanks!
  8. I'm a first year apprentice (I'll have been tattooing for a year next month). I'm mostly just looking for some advice on mags and shading techniques, as well as advice on good machines. My mentor sticks to a single kind of curved mag and gets good gradients and solids but I can't seem to get the same results. The supplier I like to order from doesn't have a list of mags so you have to know them before you order them. If someone could give me a full list of the different kind of mags and what they're meant for that would be awesome. As far as my shading, I hang the needles out about a nickles width. I have a 3-direction stretch (two fingers and opposite palm) and make small ovals with more oomph on the "push", with a good 45 degree-ish angle. I can get my solid black relatively solid without gnawing the skin but I feel like it takes me a lot longer than it should. I am so intimidated by doing large colour pieces because I feel like my shading is patchy. Even on grayscale pieces, I can't get the washes to look gradient and smooth. I don't know if it's my technique, my machine, or that the needles just aren't the best for what I want from them. As for machines, I am still using my first ones that she gave to me when I was ready. They're decent and the one i use for lining works well, but they're nothing fancy. My lines are very clean, I like to do thicker outlines (a 7 or 9 typically) and I can get good shading on smaller pieces using a round shader with that machine. I like rotaries for their simplicity, I know someone will probably tell me to try coils but quite honestly I never have tried one and my mentor hasn't used them in so long that she doesn't even recommend them anymore. I want to get a couple new rotaries and I've been looking at Bishop Rotaries but there are so many different kinds/suppliers out there that it would be useful to get pointed in the right direction. Sorry for the huge long post but I'd just really like to hear some different opinions.