Thinking about getting a tattoo

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by lonesome killer, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. lonesome killer

    lonesome killer Banhammered

    Help me. Never had one. Would like a cool one. Thinking I want it on my forearm. I mean what's the point of getting one if people can't see it? I can foresee maybe some employer's having a problem with it, but if it's tasteful is it that bad?

    What tips do you have for a 1st timer? (I don't mean in bed lava...)
     
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  2. Hexalan

    Hexalan Achievement Hunter

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    Get something small enough to get covered over if it ends terribly.
    Make sure it's spelled right.
     
  3. Statboy

    Statboy Resident Cueball

    Don't get one, it's permanent and someday you will change your mind about it. Also tattoos age poorly...
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  4. lonesome killer

    lonesome killer Banhammered

    When I'm old I'm going to have wrinkly skin anyway. Don't care how it ages.
     
  5. English

    English Global Mod

    Having multiple myself I have some that people can see and I have some that you can only see if I am in a bathing suit.

    That being said, Tattoos are art. If they are done well people appreciate art. If they are tacky and poorly done, people will react in turn.

    For me, all of my tattoos mean something to me on a personal level. I spent a lot of time thinking about them and making sure it was something I really wanted. (Contrary to my wife) I never walked into the shop and didn't know what I was getting. Like Statboy said, IT IS permanent so you will have to live with it, good or bad.

    As far as advice for the shop that you go to:

    I cannot stress this enough, YOU MAKE YOUR ARTIST SHOWS YOU EVERY NEEDLE HE/SHE WILL USE IN ITS STERILIZED PACKAGING! DO NOT LET HIM/HER USE A NEEDLE THAT HE/SHE DIDN'T TAKE OUT OF THE PACKAGING IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES. If you get HIV/Hep C because you weren't paying attention to the equipment he was using, do not come here crying. Be a smart consumer.

    As far as finding your tattoo artist, go into different shops. Find a place that is clean and comfortable. Talk to some of the artists and look at their books that contain their art. Each artist will have their own styles that they prefer, so pick your artist accordingly. When it comes to paying for your work, "Good work isn't cheap, and cheap work isn't good." Do not try to get discounts from your artist, all you are going to do is piss him off and you do not want a pissed off artist doing your ink. Know this, if he is working in a shop (and he doesn't own it) he has to pay the shop owner a percentage and/or flat rate for every person that sits down in his chair. The way to get discounts on future ink is to tip your artist well. If he knows that you are going to come back to him and he is going to be taken care of by you, he will do the same. Also It costs the artist (read the artist, not the shop) about $20 every time he opens up equipment to start inking you. Your tips should start at about $30. I have a good relationship with my artist and have been going to him for a while now and I tip him almost a minimum $50 every time. $200 tattoo I tip $50. $400 tattoo I tip $80.

    Take care of your ink and listen to what the artist tells you to do for aftercare.

    Hope this helps
    If you have any other questions just put em here and I will answer to the best of my knowledge
     
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  6. English

    English Global Mod

    Oh and I have a corporate job and not one person has said boo about my tattoos. Granted I wear long sleeve shirts while at work and they are rarely seen. As long as you stay away from hand, face, and neck tattoos you will be fine.
     
  7. LavaRed

    LavaRed Community Manager VF4-S (Server Operator) Staff Member

    Okay, time for the tattooed chick to chime in:

    Picking an artist
    The best tattoo artists in the biz are the ones who PREFER not to do Flash work. Flash work is the handy, poster-sized portfolio of generic designs at the front of the shop. These artists work best with original designs.

    Picking a design
    Like English said, take your time with this decision because it's on your body for life. At the same time, your tattoo becomes a part of your life. Every drop of ink on my skin has a personal meaning with my life. My wedding, my child, my miscarriages etc. My suggestion, and what my artist always prefers, is to come up with a list of items you want in your design, then let the artist sketch up an image for you. If you don't like it, SAY SO. This is not the time to be nice. You're not going to hurt your artist's feeling by being picky. They get it, really they do!

    Picking a location
    Okay. Like English, I have some that are visible in warm weather, some that are only visible to Reechard. In 2015, you're going to be hard-pressed to find a job that isn't okay with TASTEFUL ink. That being said, I would actually caution you in getting the forearm done as your first ink. There are some things in life that you should go balls-deep on, and I am of the mindset that your first ink is NOT one of them. Subsequent tats...absolutely. My first tattoo went unnoticed by my closest friends and family for months because I wanted to make sure it was in a place I could cover it up if I decided I didn't like being inked. Tattoos are not for everyone, so I urge you to choose your location wisely for your first time.

    Price
    Just...don't even think about bartering, or going to the shop when they are having a "sale". It's bad juju, and you're going to end up hacked, believe me.

    Hope this helps :)
     
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  8. English

    English Global Mod

    I have one on my forearm... I think it was my second. I figured as long as I could cover it up in business attire it wouldn't matter where I got it
     
  9. LavaRed

    LavaRed Community Manager VF4-S (Server Operator) Staff Member

    Oh I agree with this completely...but I'm thinking that as a first tattoo...ehhh not the best of ideas :)
     
  10. Reechard

    Reechard Server Admin VF4-S (Server Operator) Minecraft Operator Staff Member Minecraft Admin

    How quaint.
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  11. Statboy

    Statboy Resident Cueball

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  12. lonesome killer

    lonesome killer Banhammered

    Please, I already know what old people and tattoos look like. I've already decided I want one anyway.
     
  13. VintagePC

    VintagePC GodModePC (One-man Show) VF4-S (Server Operator) Forum Operator Minecraft Operator Global Moderator Staff Member DMC Tester TF2L developer

    Inb4 advice of "get a deformed tattoo so it will sag and look right when you're old" :D
     
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  14. Reechard

    Reechard Server Admin VF4-S (Server Operator) Minecraft Operator Staff Member Minecraft Admin

    This guy still looks like a badass.
     
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  15. English

    English Global Mod

    I was gonna say the exact same thing Reechard!
     
  16. LavaRed

    LavaRed Community Manager VF4-S (Server Operator) Staff Member

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    I'd be okay looking like this in 40 years....
     
  17. lonesome killer

    lonesome killer Banhammered

    I need a design idea. I want a 3D one that sticks out. Something like the dragon/Japanese style or whatever they're called. They look like this

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    But I want it 3D like this

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  18. lonesome killer

    lonesome killer Banhammered

  19. Hexalan

    Hexalan Achievement Hunter

    When I clicked on the link in shoutbox, the site took me to this part of the page, and I thought that was Lonesome's new tattoo'd selfie.

    Pretty cool tho. How long did it take?
     
  20. lonesome killer

    lonesome killer Banhammered

    2 1/2 hours. Couple little breaks in there.
     
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