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      THIS IS A SITE FOR ARTISTS, NOT CLIENTS (Please read before posting)   04/18/2018

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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. hi all Sorry, I'm sure this has been brought up in the forums many times before, but I did a search and couldn't find the relevant info...soooo, I got a tattoo two days ago that I'm not happy with. My fault; I didn't really think it out well enough. But it's a large tattoo covering my shoulder/upper arm, and quite dark with lots of shading. I am positive that I don't like it, and would like to fade it to the point where I could possibly do a cover up in the future. I feel time is of the essence right now, since the first couple days really makes or breaks a new tattoo...if I intentionally sat in the sun without sunblock for a couple hours a day for the next week, would this help fade the tattoo? Or just make it blister-y and worse? Other people have suggested soaking it in hot water...but would this distort the tattoo in addition to pulling out the ink? I have 8 tattoos already, so I'm not just panicking - I realize it looks darker now than it will later on...but I already know that it's not what I want, and I really want to fade it. And I feel I should do it now, while it's still new. I just want to make sure I fade it evenly, and not distort it or make it blotchy, which would be a headache... If anyone has any suggestions it would be much appreciated! Thank you!!