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Frester

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Ribs really aren't that painful. It's not pleasant, but it's not as bad as everyone says it is. Toes are the absolute worst.
 

ChiTownBuffalo

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Whelp, $400 for tattoos.

So, probably shouldn't buy Lolla tix this year. I wanted to see Foo Fighters this year, but I saw them at their Chicago garage show, so....nothing lost?
 

Guiberu

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Frester said:
Ribs really aren't that painful. It's not pleasant, but it's not as bad as everyone says it is. Toes are the absolute worst.
I've tattoo'ed my own toes.

It's not painful. Just tickly.
 

Anton Sugar

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Hey all, going to be getting my first tattoo soon. It's an excerpt from the Russian novel, "Roadside Picnic". I have the English translation and a friend who knows Russian well enough to converse. The phrase I'm getting is bolded (posting whole thing because it's AWESOME):

"I am an animal, you see that. I don't have the words, they didn't teach me the words. I don't know how to think, the bastards didn't let me learn how to think. But if you really are... all-powerful... all-knowing... then you figure it out! Look into my heart. I know that everything you need is in there. It has to be. I never sold my soul to anyone! Damn it all, I can't think of anything, except those words of his... 'HAPPINESS FOR EVERYBODY, FREE, AND NO ONE WILL GO AWAY UNSATISFIED!'"
I'd like to get it in the original Russian, but so far the closest I've found (short of buying a Russian version of the book) is, oddly enough, a statue in Russia with this very phrase on it (click for super large):



I'd LIKE to get the entire quote and incorporate it into some sort of design, but barring that, then definitely "HAPPINESS FOR EVERYBODY, FREE, AND NO ONE WILL GO AWAY UNSATISFIED!". My question is, does anyone know of any good resources for Russian typography/fonts? Really not sure where to even start looking or how to look for this. Thanks for any help!
 

SUPREME1

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Jugendstil said:
Just had my first session for my half-sleeve on Saturday. One appointment down, two more to go. I already have a decent amount of tattoos, but this was by far the most intense. The inside of the arm HURTS. Regardless of that, I can't wait for my next session. I'm thinking I might start work on a forearm sleeve when this is finished.





Excuse the photo quality, it was hard to take one by myself...



Dope shit.
 

andycapps

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samus i am said:
What do you guys think about a rib piece on a guy?
I have a pinup for my wife there.. It sucks pretty bad as far as pain, but if you've gotten your stomach done it's about the same. The front side is pretty bad, the back side of your ribs isn't nearly as bad. The front side though seems to have a lot more nerve endings or something.
 

Zekes!

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I have matching hearts on my left wrist


Says Ai Love Amour. Ai and Amour mean love in Japanese and French respectively.

 

hadar

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This is quite possibly one of the worst decisions ever, but fuck it.
June 9th I'm going to get this done somewhere around my left shoulder, possibly on the back.

http://planescape.outshine.com/crap.planescape-torment.org/images/symbol/blackwhite.jpg

Yes, I do know it's from a game, but the symbol itself and story around it just speaks loads to me. Plus it does look quite awesome!
Oh yes, it's my first tattoo ever, and it's quite on the large side.
This is going to be fun, isn't it? ;(
 

Zeke

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hadar said:
This is quite possibly one of the worst decisions ever, but fuck it.
June 9th I'm going to get this done somewhere around my left shoulder, possibly on the back.

http://planescape.outshine.com/crap.planescape-torment.org/images/symbol/blackwhite.jpg

Yes, I do know it's from a game, but the symbol itself and story around it just speaks loads to me. Plus it does look quite awesome!
Oh yes, it's my first tattoo ever, and it's quite on the large side.
This is going to be fun, isn't it? ;(
shouldn't be too bad I hate outlines but shading is a breeze for me. If you get it on the shoulder its gonna hurt a little more still nothing too bad.
 

MickD

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FIRST ONE EVER, Dunno why I waited so long, guess I needed to go through a ton of big changes, depression, and transitions in life. Not sure if I'll get another but if I did I would stick to the irish theme - Down in Austin, TX - Southside Tattoo on Congress

EDIT
 

hadar

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It's not really the pain that intrigues me, I have a fairly high pain threshold.
It's more the fact that I don't have anything to compare with, plus all the horror stories I hear about first tattoos. And this one is going to be fairly 'big' :p
 

Jugendstil

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Finally had my last session for my half-sleeve today. Here's a better photo of what it looked like with just an outline:



And here it is today after the last session (and still bleeding!):



Anyone in Chicago, I highly highly recommend you check out Deluxe Tattoo, especially Jason Vaughn. The dude is craaaaaazy talented.
 

Jugendstil

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It is a reference to a Samson's riddle: "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness."

I am not a religious person, but the riddle and legend of Samson killing the lion and bees making honey in the lion's skull is one that combines multiple pieces of imagery I had long considered for a tattoo. The lion for my Zodiac sign, the skull for my interest in animal physiology, bees as a symbol for renewal in alchemy and white magic. And most importantly, I just thought it would look cool and I knew Jason would design something really amazing, ha ha.

Taking a break till fall then I'm doing a forearm sleeve.
 

Anton Sugar

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Anyone have a good link to a tattoo FAQ? Was talking with a friend and he said not to get a tattoo if you tanned recently...? Any other little things I should know for pre and post care?
 

Etrian Oddity

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Mr. Snrub said:
Anyone have a good link to a tattoo FAQ? Was talking with a friend and he said not to get a tattoo if you tanned recently...? Any other little things I should know for pre and post care?
A quick Google search provided a lot of great tips, but ask your tattoo artist too.

Some rules of thumb for post care:
  • Keep contact (with anything) to a minimum on the area where the tattoo is
  • Always keep the tattoo moisturized with a moderate (not too thin but not too thick) lotion, but...
  • Only dab the moisturizer on; never rub or smear it
  • Same goes for soap: lightly dab suds on and gently rinse with warm water
  • KEEP IT OUT OF SUNLIGHT
  • DO NOT SCRATCH IT
 

PetriP-TNT

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Etrian Oddity said:
A quick Google search provided a lot of great tips, but ask your tattoo artist too.

Some rules of thumb for post care:
  • Keep contact (with anything) to a minimum on the area where the tattoo is
  • Always keep the tattoo moisturized with a moderate (not too thin but not too thick) lotion, but...
  • Only dab the moisturizer on; never rub or smear it
  • Same goes for soap: lightly dab suds on and gently rinse with warm water
  • KEEP IT OUT OF SUNLIGHT
  • DO NOT SCRATCH IT
month without swimming / sauna
 

Jugendstil

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A small amount of Aquaphor over the surface area as it heals works wonders. I had never used it until my most latest tattoo but the artist recommended it to me as part of the aftercare regimen, and it definitely helps. A little goes a long way though, you want avoid smothering the tattoo.
 

BankaiZaraki

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I realized I never posted any pictures of my tattoos so heres some for your enjoyment :)

This one is a right leg Dragon piece that covers my whole lower leg. Done by Myk Gilday at Autograf Tattoo.











Done on my right chest. Hurt like hell.




Here is my first tattoo. Done on my left calf. Also done by Myk Gilday.



A samurai sword on my left side.



This one I got done for my mom. I got it done for free a couple years back.



This tattoo is my newest one. Still a work in progress.



 

Plasmid

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two ideas right now.

One is "Prov. 28:1 "The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion." " barbed around my wrist.

"Prov. 1:28 " Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me " "

The other would be a trishul




Does getting it on my wrist show any negativity? i don't feel like having a chest tattoo because i want to be able to see it.

What kind of pain am i to expect on wrists? Lower wrists too.

General opinions, i'm not hindu, but the meaning is really cool.
 
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Going to get my first one on Saturday on my inbred forearm saying "solo los buenos mueren jovenes" in Mexcian style script, as a memorial thing for my cousin

Will post it here when all is done!
 
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To add to the after are discussion I've heard so much, but my parlour recommends to keep the cling film on for about 3 hours, wash it with antibacterial soap/scent free, then use a light layer of bepathen (Nappy rash barrier) and loosely wrap with more fresh cling film, twice a day for three days
 

Zeke

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never heard of that. Keeping it wrapped like that sounds bad tho you want it to breathe. I usually keep the cling on for a few hours then take it off. Wash it using the dab method after that I put some lotion on it rinse and reap until healed.
 
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Zeke said:
never heard of that. Keeping it wrapped like that sounds bad tho you want it to breathe. I usually keep the cling on for a few hours then take it off. Wash it using the dab method after that I put some lotion on it rinse and reap until healed.
Yeah it sounds strange but I think I'll just keep it wrapped at night as I know I'll sleep-scratch it and keep it open during the day

What do people do for showers? They say don't use regular soap to wash it, do I need to change showergel for a couple of days? Also I still will be going to the gym, I guess a quick wash after is advisable
 

SeanR1221

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Ok tattoo-gaf, I need advice. All of my tattoos are for people. Puzzle pieces for my autistic sister, triple 7s on my arm for my aunt who died (loved the casino), bluejay with a small rose in it's mouth for my grandparents (grandfather loved bluejays, grandmother loved roses) but I need ideas for my next piece.

My mom really likes my tattoos, and said she'd be honored if I got one based around her. Obviously I was going to get something later down the line in honor of her, but I don't mind jumping the gun and getting something this summer.

Here's some things...my mom, like my grandmother, LOVES roses. She is also diabetic and has fibromyalgia. The symbols for diabetes are a blue circle, grey ribbon with a blood drip and the symbols for fibromyalgia are a purple ribbon and purple butterfly.

So I wouldn't mind creating a quarter sleeve out of all this, but I'm really lost on design. It's going to be difficult to get a rose, butterfly to not look feminine.

So right now I'm just looking for ideas on this piece. It's in it's really early stages.
 

andycapps

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SeanR1221 said:
Ok tattoo-gaf, I need advice. All of my tattoos are for people. Puzzle pieces for my autistic sister, triple 7s on my arm for my aunt who died (loved the casino), bluejay with a small rose in it's mouth for my grandparents (grandfather loved bluejays, grandmother loved roses) but I need ideas for my next piece.

My mom really likes my tattoos, and said she'd be honored if I got one based around her. Obviously I was going to get something later down the line in honor of her, but I don't mind jumping the gun and getting something this summer.

Here's some things...my mom, like my grandmother, LOVES roses. She is also diabetic and has fibromyalgia. The symbols for diabetes are a blue circle, grey ribbon with a blood drip and the symbols for fibromyalgia are a purple ribbon and purple butterfly.

So I wouldn't mind creating a quarter sleeve out of all this, but I'm really lost on design. It's going to be difficult to get a rose, butterfly to not look feminine.

So right now I'm just looking for ideas on this piece. It's in it's really early stages.
Your best bet is to find a good shop and get an artist there to draw it up for you. They'll take an outline of your arm and see how much space they have to work with and will then come up with something based on your description.

Mecha_Infantry said:
Yeah it sounds strange but I think I'll just keep it wrapped at night as I know I'll sleep-scratch it and keep it open during the day

What do people do for showers? They say don't use regular soap to wash it, do I need to change showergel for a couple of days? Also I still will be going to the gym, I guess a quick wash after is advisable
Wrapping it at night for the first days probably doesn't hurt because you sweat out the excess ink, which some people think can speed up the healing process. There are so many different theories on tattoo aftercare, the gist is that the body is a pretty fantastic organism and is pretty good at healing itself. I've seen great results from people that scratch the crap out of their tattoos and put no lotion or anything on them, then some people pamper them to death and they look good too.

I personally keep the wrap on there for a couple hours after the tattoo, then I wash it off in the bathtub with warm water and gold Dial soap. Something unscented is what you want. When I got my rib piece done it was hurting so bad that I actually soaked it in a bathtub for about 10 minutes or so the first night. Different opinions on that too, but as you can see below it healed up pretty well. I wouldn't do it after the first day, I know that. So after the first day I've been drying mine out lately for a few days by not putting anything on it and taking a shower twice a day and washing it with unscented soap, and then wrapping it at night so I don't get plasma all over the sheets. After 3 days are up I start putting unscented lotion on it for a while.

Here's a couple of mine.


Father's day piece on my forearm from last year that I got for my daughter. There are 5 hearts in it, in case you didn't notice. Just something my artist through in there.


This is a pinup for my wife.. Yeah, ribs suck, hard. Stomach sucks pretty bad too.
 

jon bones

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andycapps said:
This is a pinup for my wife.. Yeah, ribs suck, hard. Stomach sucks pretty bad too.
ribs are the fucking worst... i'll post an updated photo of my piece in a few minutes. i'm like 80% done with it but the ribs are so painful. doesn't help that i'm a skinny dude.
 

andycapps

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jon bones said:
ribs are the fucking worst... i'll post an updated photo of my piece in a few minutes. i'm like 80% done with it but the ribs are so painful. doesn't help that i'm a skinny dude.
I hear that, yeah I don't recommend them at all. The only plus is that after you get that done, anything else is cake. I could honestly get my arms tattooed for probably 6 hours, rather than getting my ribs done for 1 1/2 or 2. Thankfully that rib piece only took my artist 2 hours because he's freaking fast. He's also got a hand like a sledgehammer so it hurts worse. But I'll take the increased pain + shorter time overall.
 

soundscream

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Pain is one thing but the desire to scratch when the hairs start growing back from where they shave is mind numbing.
 

True Underdog

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I sort of want to get a tattoo, but I don't know what I want to get and I don't want to get something unless it has a meaning behind it. My fiancee has been bugging me about getting one; she has eight. I told her I might just get the image used for my avatar and put it on my ass or something, but that goes against my whole, "I want it to have meaning," thing.

Pretty cool tattoos, GAF.
 

jon bones

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andycapps said:
I hear that, yeah I don't recommend them at all. The only plus is that after you get that done, anything else is cake. I could honestly get my arms tattooed for probably 6 hours, rather than getting my ribs done for 1 1/2 or 2. Thankfully that rib piece only took my artist 2 hours because he's freaking fast. He's also got a hand like a sledgehammer so it hurts worse. But I'll take the increased pain + shorter time overall.
yea i can only do an hour at a time... shit hurts. anyway, kind of a crappy picture i just took in the bathroom... you can see Hanuman's weapon is still healing (got that bit done 3 days ago). also, his arm looks funny from this angle.

 

Jugendstil

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soundscream said:
Pain is one thing but the desire to scratch when the hairs start growing back from where they shave is mind numbing.
This... I am really bad at fighting the urge to scratch, and it was ridiculously hard with my chest tattoo because of the hair growing back. I've avoided adding to it because of the itching.
 

andycapps

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Jugendstil said:
This... I am really bad at fighting the urge to scratch, and it was ridiculously hard with my chest tattoo because of the hair growing back. I've avoided adding to it because of the itching.
Sometimes I pat mine through the shirt or something. If you've ever seen somebody pat their weave because it itches, like that. Haha