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

      I'm seeing a lot more questions from people who are looking to get tattoos, asking about ideas, healing instructions, etc. These are questions you should ask YOUR  LOCAL TATTOO ARTIST, not random people on the internet. This site is specifically for tattoo artists and those looking to get into the trade by way of an apprenticeship. Don't be shy! Google local artists and drop by a shop or two, check out their portfolio of work and talk about your ideas with a professional who can help you achieve the best tattoo experience. 

       Thanks for reading!
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Welcome to the Show and Tell Board. This board is a place for aspiring tattoo artists and enthusiasts to share and discuss pictures of their work. Here's your chance to show other members your tattoo skills and progress, and get feedback from others like you. In addition to pictures of completed tattoos, we encourage artists to share pictures of work in progress as well as their drawings and original tattoo flash designs.

CONDUCT GUIDELINES: Be prepared for honest critique when you post examples of your work. If you are overly sensitive to criticism, you might not be ready to post images in this forum. Conversely, when providing feedback, try to be constructive. We are all at varying levels of skill and each person has a different style and aesthetic they are drawn to. What binds us together is the desire to learn and improve.


1) High-Resolution Images: Try your best to only post decent images. Really, what's the point of showing off your work if it's grainy or difficult to make out.

2) Provide Details: The goal of your post should be to share helpful information so that other can learn from your experiences. If you’ve found a way to create smoother lines, convey that in writing. If you fucked up, tell us why and what you could’ve done differently. This isn’t about showing us that you’re an accomplished tattoo artist. Show us something that might help improve our work, whether it’s your best piece or your worst.



This site is not a substitute for a professional apprenticeship with a licensed tattoo studio. Nor is this site a definitive source for learning the art or trade of tattooing. Tattooing is not something that should be taken lightly. Not only is your work permanent, but if safe practices are not followed, there is the possibility of contamination and infection (and we mean the kind of diseases that really f*ck up your life). An apprenticeship is the ONLY universally accepted way to learn proper safety practices and sound technique.

While we welcome members of all levels, we STRONGLY advocate staying away from skin until you've received formal training from someone who works in the field. Hell, even hair stylists must complete over a year of courses, pass a state health board exam, and apprentice under a professional studio before earning a chair.

The trade of tattooing has a rich history and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. If you respect the art, please show your respects by learning the right way.

All opinions on this site are solely those of the author/member posting, and we accept no responsibility or fault for any damage or undesired consequences encountered by those following the guidance of ANY member of this board. We highly recommend finding multiple sources when seeking information of ANY KIND. We strongly advocate, go to your local tattoo parlor and get professional advice from a reputable artist.

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Following consultation, 06 May 2012, the following Rules/Guidelines are to be followed by any Membersubmitting work in this Section, and by any Member offering advice/constructive criticism/suggestions.

The following additions, are to be applied alongside the original ***Show and Tell Rules***, and not to be considered replacements.

1...All Members are welcome, and encouraged to submit images of any tattoo, that they have completed,or part finished. The tattoo may be on Pig skin, Synthetic skin or on Human skin.

2..All Members, can offer advice, or ask questions, raise discussions on "Pieces" submitted. This is the area where you will gain opinions, before moving on and possibly ending with a submission to The Woodshed.

3..A relaxed environment is encouraged, in which to help develop the experience and skills needed to transfer a design from Paper to Skin. Advice, discussion and questions are welcome. Constructive Criticism, if submitted, must be followed with supporting Advice. Throw away comments such as "put down your Machines, and go get an Apprenticeship" are not.

To Recap..A relaxed section, where discussion, advice and questions are encouraged, throw away comments are not.

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Good call , Nipper . Everyone ...lets put this one to bed ASAP and get on with business . You have your say in the running of this forum , use it now or , to paraphrase what they say in that dread ceremony known as a "wedding" (gulp!) .....

" if anyone knows a reason why these rules should not be joined in Inky matrimony - speak now , or forver hold your peace "

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