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InkInterest posted a topic in General Tattoo DiscussionHave some questions before getting first tattoo, any tips? I want to get a full sleeve black (grey) tattoo as my first, but really want to think this through. I wanted to ask a couple of things: 1) Where can I find "good tattoo" galleries with excellent work from top notch experts in the field? 2) Any tattoo books that you could recommend to order and browse through to get ideas for how I want my design to look? 3) Any general tips for getting the first tattoo? 4) Any red flags I should look out for or general recommendations when choosing the artist and saloon? Thank you!
Well, getting right into it, I got my first tattoo 2 days ago. For the most part, it's going fine, I love it and it seems to be following the usual healing process. I do, however, have a little dent (about 3mm) and I'm not sure what it is (no smell, pain or discharge). When I finished the tattoo I didn't have it but after cleaning it a few times, while drying with a piece of paper, I noticed littles flakes of skin and ink coming out. Since then I have been more careful, but am just a bit worried. I've been searching around and haven't found anything that LOOKS similar, but from description I have two possible explanations 1- it was overworked and the skin caved in a bit; 2- when I dried it, I could've removed skin, since it was softer. I'm having a hard time taking pictures of it because it is so small, but I appreciate any help (: (in case anyone is wondering, it was done at a very reputable place and I am meeting with my artist in 2 weeks to see if I need a retouch, it was included in the price)