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  1. I received my first tattoo after much thought and consideration on August 3rd. It's on the helix of my left ear and is a light green vine with pink flowers on it. Even though I followed aftercare instructions to the letter, it scabbed up, flaked off, and faded all within about a three-day period. The artist used a machine and rumor has it a helix tattoo has to be hand-done for it to stay? Is this true? I went in for a touch-up two weeks after the initial tattooing and had a similar experience; the tattoo was well-defined and beautiful for the first few days and now (two weeks later) it is mostly faded again. I scheduled another touch-up for this Thursday and the artist suggested using a purple instead of pink for the flowers, but I really want the tattoo in the color he used before, and it's worth noting that the green faded just as much as the pink did. I plan on suggesting he use the same colors, but go deeper, but will that be enough? I was in love with the tattoo after the first touch-up, and I just want it to stay. Is this a doomed area for a tattoo? Does anyone have advice on getting a helix tattoo to stay? Shown below is how it looked right after that touch-up. I would post an "after" but the file is too large :(.
  2. I got my tattoo done today and it's a small snake on my wrist. It was something I'd wanted for a really long time and was very excited about it. It's my second tattoo but on the whole I'm pretty inexperienced with tattooing so I apologise if any of this comes off as rambling or makes me seem a bit clueless. All of the images I sent the artist for reference beforehand were all line pieces (literally no shading on any of them) and so I assumed I wouldn't have to tell him "no shading", and I was very happy with the guideline temporary part/ink he put on beforehand (I don't know the technical term for this, sorry) but when I looked at the tattoo towards the end of the session he'd shaded not only on the snake, but underneath it (I stole a few glances whilst he was working and thought that what turned out to be shading was just ink smudges, I would've had a better look but I'm a bit squeamish). I asked him why he'd done the shading and stopped him from darkening it any further but all he said was that the shading would fade and not be anywhere as dark as it was fresh. I was with a friend who assured me it looked good but since getting home and removing the dressing to put cream on it, I've also noticed some shakiness on the lines of the tattoo and to be honest on the whole I'm quite unhappy with it. It looks unfinished and rough/sketchy up close, but I don't know what I can do at this point and it's in such a visible place that I can't even hide it with clothing until I find a fix. Roughly how long does shading take to noticeably fade? And should I go back to the place where I got the tattoo sooner rather than later? I know that shading DOES fade with time but part of my problem is with the line work as well. The receptionist at the parlour said that they do touch-ups for free and I was wondering if getting this remedied would count as a touch-up, especially as I didn't agree to or even ask for any shading - none of the reference/inspiration images I sent had any shading whatsoever and so why this guy did any at all is beyond me. I've already paid for it obviously but I really couldn't tell when I left how bad it was when it was bleeding and under a dressing. Is it worth me making some form of complaint so that he doesn't do this to other people? Would asking someone to go over the shading/any errors in flesh/white ink help (and if this is an option roughly how long would I have to wait before having it done?)? Would it be inappropriate or rude of me to ask someone else at the same place to fix the tattoo? As it's a very fine line, I wouldn't mind it being thickened a bit if it helps make it look more professionally done and even, and I have friends who have been to the same place who are very happy with their own tattoos. Any advice would be much appreciated as I'm pretty out of my depth here, so apologies again if I come off as a bit of an idiot. (currently trying to figure out how to post images on here so will do that in due course) Thanks in advance for any help
  3. Hi. I'm totally new to tattooing I was considering getting a tattoo similar to this one https://tattoozza.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/il_570xN.800031733_f6lo.jpg but then I was told that watercolor tattoos start looking really bad once they healed. is it true? do you have some experience with watercolor tattoos?