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Post by malesheetz » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:12 pm

Not sure where exactly to post this, but this seemed like the best bet. Anyone have any neat ones/have some ideas of stuff they wanna get? I think I'm gonna finally take the jump and get my first one. Planning on going with this picture from an old cover of The Subterraneans by Kerouac on my left arm
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Post by meepmeep » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:35 pm

It's interesting that you started this thread just now, because I was just wondering if there was a tattoo thread on here. Also, I've just surprised myself in the last few days by feeling that maybe I would after all want a tattoo. If I had one it would be on my upper arm and it would be a rather big 1950's rockabilly floral thing, I think.

I like to do things properly, so if I was to have a tattoo I would want it to be big and special enough to be noticed. I really can't see the point in having something like a tiny black Chinese sign meaning "take it easy" on my back just above my bum (other than for instruction purposes, then).*



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Re: Tattoos

Post by hayleygerms » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:23 pm

Ooh, you saucy mare, you!

I've been flirting with the idea of getting a tattoo for, ooh, about 8 years now. I booked an appointment about 3 months in advance once, but ended up cancelling it and getting my deposit back because I was too broke to pay for it. I like the idea of a big 50s rockabilly floral thing - the idea of getting something small and subtle seems completely absurd and pointless; what's the point in getting a tattoo if it's going to be so small that no-one can see it?

I've been looking at lots of images that would make good tattoos for the last year or so, but that's only served to completely confuse me because there are lots of images that I absolutely LOVE, but if I got them all I'd be completely covered in the bloody things like someone from an oldey worldey freakshow, and that's not my bag. So I do need to narrow it down a bit. No rush though - I can't really afford to get one at the moment, so I've got plenty of time to choose something I really really want.

If money were no object, I'd pop over to Amsterdam and get one done by Angelique Houtkamp, who does the most beautiful tattoos I have ever seen:
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Post by linus » Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:21 pm

I'd go for a Mitch O'Connell tattoo if I was forced to at gunpoint

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my biggest fear of getting a tattoo is having some klutz tattooist with a shakey hand and poor penmanship

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Re: Tattoos

Post by let it ride » Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:27 pm

My sister got her first one done last Monday. She said it hurt a ridiculous amount, but she had tons of colouring and shading done. She got a really gorgeous (massive!) phoenix on her upper arm, and it's so beautifully done! It goes in red and orange mainly. It has the sweetest little claws.

My mum is getting her second one soon, I'm going with her for her consultation on Wednesday! She wants Tara, a goddess (she's reallyreallyreally Buddhist. My mum that is, but I guess the goddess is too!) done, maybe on one of her calves.

I don't think I would ever, ever, ever get a tattoo. My cousin and I were talking about it and we both agreed that the second we realised it was permanent, we'd freak out and want it gone. I've thought about quotes or images I've wanted throughout my life if I ever had to get one, and I can say nothing has ever stayed with me. It's just really not my thing, but I find it oddly fascinating with my family members who love them. And a wee bit scary!

My sister and mum have both gone to the best place in Stockholm, East Street Tattoo.

Oh man, I get nervous just thinking about getting one on me, haha!
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Re: Tattoos

Post by meepmeep » Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:10 pm

My main fear about getting a tattoo is that the tattoo place will be dodgy and I'll get HIV or hepatitis C or something. Probably not realistic, but still!
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Re: Tattoos

Post by Life on Deck » Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:24 pm

meepmeep wrote:My main fear about getting a tattoo is that the tattoo place will be dodgy and I'll get HIV or hepatitis C or something. Probably not realistic, but still!
Don't worry about getting these. In fact, when I got my tattoo done I didn't get HIV or hepatitis C - I only got a shit embarrassing design that is shit and embarrassing.

Anyone had any experience of tattoo removal or getting a better tattoo to sit atop a piece of shit tattoo?
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Post by obo-bobolina » Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:03 am

I had a couple of small tattoos (a lizard on the front of my right ankle and a wee pattern on my lower back) done about 7 or 8 years ago and I finally went up to Sunderland last Monday for my third which is somewhat more substantial. This is how it looks after five and a half hours of needle stabbing. I'll go back at the end of the summer to have the rest of the colour filled in and the shadow work done. I'm really happy with it, especially because it has healed so quickly. No scabs at all. Hurrah.

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Post by malesheetz » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:27 pm

See, that's hella awesome. Stuff like that has always seemed cooler to me than big colorful sailor/rockabilly style tattoos or dumb tribal stuff. Afriend of mine has a coy fish on his forearm that's pretty neat like that. Also, I think I'm gonna also try and get this Image (just the girl and the train) on the back of one of my calves.

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Post by Gordon » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:40 pm

This crazy marine guy accidentally killed my girlfriend's goldfish and now has a massive tattoo across his chest and back of a massive goldfish. This guy is properly nuts and I'm glad i haven't met him yet. Hannah, yours looks almost like it was inked on the photograph...

I've dallied with words and things, all of which I am now grateful are not stuck on my arms. If I ever get anything t will probably be straight lines. I like straight lines.
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Re: Tattoos

Post by bluespring » Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:32 am

obo-bobolina wrote:I had a couple of small tattoos (a lizard on the front of my right ankle and a wee pattern on my lower back) done about 7 or 8 years ago and I finally went up to Sunderland last Monday for my third which is somewhat more substantial. This is how it looks after five and a half hours of needle stabbing. I'll go back at the end of the summer to have the rest of the colour filled in and the shadow work done. I'm really happy with it, especially because it has healed so quickly. No scabs at all. Hurrah.

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Very nice! Minimalistic flowers. I love the lining and shading of green.

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Re: Tattoos

Post by Emilie » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:40 am

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I think this could be a REALLY awesome tattoo. I got my first last November...I have ideas for others that I want, but the first one hurt A LOT...the guy getting tattooed next to me said, "oh yeah, I feel asleep during my back piece" and I was just like, "HUH?" But I think tattoos are really fascinating. My worst fear was also that the artist would somehow mess up. And some of the lines did end up being a little crooked...but apparently that was from me "breathing too much". Pah! Luckily, that doesn't seem noticeable to anyone but me. (I need to take a picture of it when it's not all red and swollen-looking...)

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Post by Liv » Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:18 pm

I love the idea of tattoos, but everytime I've almost had one done, I've suddenly remembered at the last minute that actually I'm far too fickle to make that kind of a commitment. I just can't think of anything I like enough to want it on my skin forever and ever.

Plus, I might get old one day, and tattooed wrinkles might not be sexy.

And yet, I still get tattoo envy. I need to retain a henna tattooist in my entourage.
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Post by obo-bobolina » Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:05 pm

I got my vine coloured in fully on Monday. That brings the total time for this tattoo to nine hours. The shadow work is much darker at the moment than it will be when it heals. It will fade so a pale grey. My shoulder is really sore and i can't have any clothing touching it yet which means I'm a bit chilly, but I love it. Hurrah for ink.

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Re: Tattoos

Post by let it ride » Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:31 pm

Wow, that's great! It looks so different when it is all coloured in.

My mum got her second tattoo done yesterday. She was like "It was only 2 hours, if it was longer, I think I'd probably have fallen asleep" and to my "!!!" response, she went "Oh, if you've had to go through childbirth three times, it's just not that bad", haha. She was originally getting the Buddhist goddess Tara on her calf but it was too hard to get it in proper detail unless you'd do a massive one on the back, and she definitely didn't want that. So she got the Sanskrit sign for it which kind of looks like a pretty 5, coming out in front of some magenta little clouds. It's hard to describe, but my mum's own sketch to show the tattoo guy what she had in mind looked lovely. Even more stylised, I bet it looks fantastic.
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Post by bend sinister » Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:17 pm

this is awesome.
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Re: Tattoos

Post by Big Nose » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:19 pm

I love lovely tattoos, and I love bad tattoos.

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Re: Tattoos

Post by obo-bobolina » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:50 pm

I got my new ink done yesterday. Took six solid hours of needle time. Ow! The design was created for me by the artist (who I now consider a friend) using Audrey Kawasaki as the inspiration. My brief was two girls representing me and my sister, with her holding a doll. He's done me proud. The colours will all fade to muted tones and the grey will end up as gentle shading.

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Re: Tattoos

Post by bluespring » Wed May 06, 2009 3:20 am

^can't believe nobody said props to that! yeah that's cool! great shading and color but six hours for that????? the lining isn't that detailed, so that's like saying it took him/her 5 hours to shade? who's the artist btw?

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Post by obo-bobolina » Wed May 06, 2009 11:09 am

Nah, the shading took about two and a half hours tops. Most of the time was taken with line work. Artist is Bez from Triple Six Studios in Sunderland. Same guy that did the vine on my back (above) and the wee robot on my wrist which I've not posted about yet I realise. Had it done when I went in to talk about the design for my arm. Here he/she is:

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