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Lol. Maybe I'll just get a black bar. Seems meaningful. 

 

Anyways the biggest thing to me is that I get an amazing artist, not some dude in a tattoo shop that sells bongs (or that's at least funniest/best advice I've gotten from a tattoo artist so far). If I have to pay a premium price I will have no problem doing so, especially if it's going to be there the rest of my life. But my original question was just out of curiousity... I guess it really only applies to the people that get shit quotes like 'let it go', or obnoxious crosses. 

 

I will say I'm a fan of the work that (10chars) tattoo artist does, love the shading/simplicity of it. 

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My personal words of wisdom:

 

Artist: You're right regarding the artist. Go to someone that deserves that name and that you like personally and regarding his work.(At least I don't want to look at a tattoo and remeber a session I wasn't enjoying or a tattooer that I couldn't stand).

Pick someone with a defined style, that does what you like and is good at that. don't ask thomas hooper for a realistic portrait. Give him freedom and just set the rough parameters. This usually works best.

 

Motive: Don't be impulsive, but don't overthink as well. For example, if you like a motive and find yourself still liking it some months or years later, get it. If it's conntected to your lifestyle or personality in some way, even better. (If you don't know shit about punk, don't get the Black Flag bar logo because you saw it in Vice Magazine). Wait a few years if you're 18, it might help to be sure about what defines you and what you will like to show yourself and others for the rest of your life.

 

Bodypart: An interesting thought I read by a german artist lately. He only tattoos backs or non-visible parts on newbs. Just to make sure, they really like the tattoo for it's own worth, not to show off or follow a trend. I know that many want to show a tattoo to others, but the thought of starting somewhere where nobody can see it is great. Makes sure you get it for yourself, not others. Many japanese artists and customers share this view btw.

 

Hope this helps, feel free to PM me.

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While I'm here, I might as well share my latest ones. Excuse the flesh. And don't ask for meanings (though there are some).

Cheers!

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Lol.

And lax, i'm approaching 30 and still make stupid decisions; that never changes. However, the depth idiocy will be stunted by experience.

I recommend a butterfly tramp stamp.

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While I'm here, I might as well share my latest ones. Excuse the flesh. And don't ask for meanings (though there are some).

Cheers!

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shoulda sumhow incorporated yr nips into tha tattoo.  they could been like berries or flesh flowers or somethin

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Just out of curiosity, how many of you guys get tattoos for a certain meaning? I'm looking into getting a tattoo within the next two years (yeah long time away) but I don't know what I should get and if it should have a meaning or not.

I wouldn't worry too much. Just get what you like.

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Just got my first tattoo and full sleeve outlined a couple days ago.

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Just got my first tattoo and full sleeve outlined a couple days ago.

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Post some pics when its done.

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I've never really been one to think of tattoos but occasionally I'll get really amped up about them.

After browsing around this thread I've been thinking of hypothetical tattoos that I'd want to get done sometime in my life.  The question of "what" has always been difficult but I found inspiration in my childhood hobby of weapon design.  To be honest, I don't know what my fixation was (probably just too many video games) but it's stuck with me.

I whipped up some stuff in my sketchbook and have just been thinking about how people would place these and if they would ever consider getting them done.

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I'm thinking a few either vertically or horizontally striped, a long one down the back of an arm, in a circular formation on the back, etc.

Let me know what you guys think.

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I like it a lot (in fact I've been thinking about a similar mandala on my kneecap, but it might become something else). Who did it? And is there green or grey in the middle spots (colour looks a bit off in the second pic)?

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I like it a lot (in fact I've been thinking about a similar mandala on my kneecap, but it might become something else). Who did it? And is there green or grey in the middle spots (colour looks a bit off in the second pic)?

 

it's by thomas hooper.  i never really imagined i would ever get any work like this.  almost everything i have is traditional, but i was really lucky to get the opportunity to get a tattoo from him.  i actually remember emailing him to try to get a tattoo from him when i was 16...so it feels cool to have something from him.

 

and it's all black and grey.  the innermost segments surrounding the center flower bit aren't outlined.  just shaded in.  just hard to see in the photos.  sorry to go on and on~

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Out of curiosity, how long did you have to wait to get to see Hooper? (hopefully not since you e-mailed him when you were 16...)

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Out of curiosity, how long did you have to wait to get to see Hooper? (hopefully not since you e-mailed him when you were 16...)

 

my boss is friends with him so i kind of just took an open appointment time he had - i guess i scheduled it around a month ago.  he's leaving ny for austin, tx in the next couple months so i would imagine he'll be busy for a while finishing stuff in ny and then getting to all of the texas tattoo nerds that have wanted tattoos from him

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It's crazy that now that I'm 18 I can actually get dope tattoos.  Not sure if looking at this thread is a good or a bad idea... I love all of the traditional stuff on here (mainly for the color.)  I'm guessing that americana tattoos are over-represented on sufu? I feel like I never see stuff like this on people just walking around

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Very true, but I feel like tattoos are pretty common now.  Especially when you compare it to how esoteric the clothing is here.  When I see tattoos in person they mostly look pretty lame

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i know literally nothing about tattoos, but i can tell you that people on sufu generally have a higher sense of taste in the things they like. if they like tattoos, they'll seek better artists and have more of an appreciation for it as an art form than your average "person just walking around".

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@ADH92: I thought it was hooper. Awesome artist and how lucky you are to get an appointment so quick and live near him. Most artists I like are just too far away (Horiyoshi, Shige, Tomo, Thomas Hooper, Filip Leu, Mr.X, Xoil), so I envy you.

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is that the inner elbow? is recovery a bitch for that placement?

sry for the late reply...but yes, it´s the left inner elbow! recovery went actually pretty well i have to say. no problems at all.

if i find the time, i´m gonna post a new pic of it during the next few days!...

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curious how long/how many sessions it took for this tattoo?

 

looks fantastic!

it's by thomas hooper.  i never really imagined i would ever get any work like this.  almost everything i have is traditional, but i was really lucky to get the opportunity to get a tattoo from him.  i actually remember emailing him to try to get a tattoo from him when i was 16...so it feels cool to have something from him.

 

and it's all black and grey.  the innermost segments surrounding the center flower bit aren't outlined.  just shaded in.  just hard to see in the photos.  sorry to go on and on~

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curious how long/how many sessions it took for this tattoo?

 

looks fantastic!

 

just 1!  2.5 hours.  thomas is a great dude

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Just out of curiosity, how many of you guys get tattoos for a certain meaning? I'm looking into getting a tattoo within the next two years (yeah long time away) but I don't know what I should get and if it should have a meaning or not.

best way i know how to answer this is to let you know that life isnt that serious

if you want something blasted on you, then get it; whether it "means" something to you or not

sitting around critiquing the 19 year old kid with a black panther on his forearm isnt going to get you anywhere. theyre just tattoos go get one

or dont

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