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Tattoo Artist
Name:Tatted Mom
Location:Tucson, AZ
Gender:F
Age:32
I'm a tattoo artist who underwent a standard apprenticeship under a certified tattoo artist. I am an artist first, tattooer second, which means I put creativity and art into my tattoos, not just the 'you pick it, we stick it' type of tattooer. Apprenticeships for tattooing vary by state, according to the laws. I'm also a trained body piercer, as well. Any questions about the job or apprenticing, I'd be happy to help!

PLEASE NOTE: I will NOT price tattoos. Seek a shop for that.

Find me online: My website
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Is it illegal to tattoo someone who is drunk, and why? Is it just because they may get a tattoo they regret, or is it unsafe or something?
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To my knowledge, it's not illegal to tattoo a drunk person, it's just annoying (lol). Most paperwork that is filled out before a tattoo is done states that the person is signing that they are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they are getting tattooed. There are several reasons why most tattoo artists will not tattoo a drunk person:

1- Yes, people don't make the best decisions under the influence of drugs and alcohol, so we don't want to be held accountable for the Tweety Bird tattoo you wanted to get on your butt last night in a drunken stupor.

2- Drunk people do not sit still when they are getting tattooed.

3- Drunk people usually come in groups, and then we have an entire tattoo shop full of drunk people.

4- People who have been drinking bleed slightly more than
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If a customer asks for a tattoo that you're 99% sure he will regret, do you try and talk them out of it?
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Me, personally, yes- definitely. I don't put my name on any work that I don't think the customer will always be happy with. If a young person comes in and wants something I think they'd regret later down the road, I either try and approach their idea in a more long-lasting direction. (For example, if they wanted a band logo, I'd try and talk them into a generic music tattoo, or to get one of the song lyrics that holds the most meaning to them tattooed instead.) If I can't talk the person into a different idea, I will usually pass on the tattoo.

Just as an FYI, I do the same when people come in wanting their husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend's name tattooed on them, too. If they are hell bent on getting it done, I try and steer them toward using a colored ink or gray ink because it's easier
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Is there one tattoo you've done that you're most proud of?
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There is. It's my Panama piece (you can see it at http://www.theinklingsoflife.com/p/my-art.html#.UOyaQORqRs4). A customer of mine used to travel the world on his summer break, and when he got back from his various vacations, he'd bring me an idea of what he wanted to memorialize his trip, and then let me have creative freedom. After his trip to Panama, he told me he wanted some of the animals he saw on a night safari, gave me a list, and that was it. I chose to put the animals in the shape of Panama on his back, and we did the whole tattoo in one sitting, taking about 5 hours (if I remember correctly). To this day, that's my favorite tattoo that I've ever done.

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What is the certification process for a tattoo artist? Is there a minimum level of proficiency you have to show?
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It all depends on the state. Where I apprenticed in South Carolina, a minimum of 1,000 hours of apprenticeship under a certified tattoo artist is required by the state to be a tattoo artist. You also have to have certain certifications such as first aid, CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control. Many states require apprentices to take an exam upon completion of their apprenticeship hours, and many states also require a license to tattoo.

What a lot of people don't understand when they venture into the tattooing industry is that most apprenticeships don't pay. People interested in becoming a tattoo artist will mop floors, clean a shop, scrub tattoo tubes and more for about a year of their life, without getting a dime for it. It's been my experience that only 1 in every 10 people
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Can anything that I can draw be turned into a tattoo, or does the ink limit you in certain ways?
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The ink and skin limit you. Ink expands under the skin over time, no matter how well the tattoo was done or how amazing the skill level of the tattoo artist. This is why you see people with 30 year old tattoos that look like black blobs on the skin. The ink will naturally expand over time, so any tattoo that has a lot of fine line or details in a small space is at risk, years down the road, of being a blob. Anything with a small face (full-bodied pinup, fairy, etc) shouldn't be smaller than the length of a forearm. Portraits of loved ones should be at least baseball-sized. Tattoos should be done in a way to where they look good now, but they also look good 10 or 30 years from now, and while it may look impressive when it's first done to have fit all 50 stars and 13 stripes on that American ...More

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Have you ever messed up while giving someone a tattoo? Or is it a "perfect" execution every time?
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I'm probably the first tattoo artist to admit that they'd messed up tattoos before (lol). The good thing is, I know how to fix them. Generally speaking, if I mess something up, it's usually small, and can be covered or fixed by adding more shading or changing the light source on the tattoo (if it's not too late). Thankfully I have never misspelled a tattoo or screwed one up beyond repair.

If I do screw up in the tattoo process, I never let the person know because I have always been able to fix it or incorporate it in.

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i'm thinking about getting a tattoo and am checking out local shops in my area. what are the red flags to look out for so I don't wind up picking a bad place?
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Always, ALWAYS check artists' portfolios first. If you see a bunch of crap but one or two really great tattoos, then pass. You want to see a portfolio that is consistent throughout. You also want to make sure they only use single-use needles, and you can ask if the artist uses disposable tubes or if they steralize metal tubes. Either option ensures you aren't getting tattooed with contaminated tools.

Price can sometimes tell you a lot about a shop or artist, too. For example, if you go to a few shops with a drawing and they all tell you $300, and you walk into a shop that tells you $150, you may think you've found a deal. You need to question, however, WHY all of the other shops said $300 but this guy says $150. Chances are he's either just starting out, or doesn't have a clientele built
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How do you "practice" creating tattoos before actually doing a real one? Do you practice on "dummies" or other skin-like surfaces?
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I started by tattooing honeydew melons and grapefruit. Tattoo supply companies do sell fake skin, but it's thicker and more durable than human skin, so it's hard to get the depth right on fake skin (which isn't good for a newbie, because they need to learn how deep they can go in a person's skin just by feeling how the skin moves). I've had some apprentices practice on pig skin that the shop got from a butcher. That's the closest thing to human skin, but it made me sick (lol). Once the basics have been learned on one of these mediums, the next step is finding friends or family members that will let you experiment on them.

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Nice blog:) So if your kids wanted to get tattoos, what sort of motherly advice would you give them?
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Think before you get something. Don't cover your body in small, random tattoos because you'll regret it (speak from experience). If you like tattoos, commit to them and plan parts of your body out for big pieces. Always look at an artist's portfolio before getting tattooed by them. Always get tattooed in a shop. Let your mother see the drawing to approve it before you get it (lol).

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On a scale from 1 to 10, how much does it hurt while getting a tattoo? How do you get customers to hold still while in so much pain?
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It all depends on the place of the tattoo and the person. For me, the ribs are the worst- up there around 9, but the lower back didn't hurt a bit. I've had customers almost jump out of my chair on a lower back piece, so it's all according to the person's pain tolerance. I usually try and just get them to concentrate on something else, read a magazine or talk to me.

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Is it a bad idea for someone to get a tattoo just for the sake of having a tattoo, as opposed to having something meaningful come into their life and *then* deciding to immortalize it with a tattoo?
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That's completely up to the person, but I have noticed that spontaneous tattoos are generally regretted later. Either the subject is regretted, or the placement (for example, someone wants to plan out an entire sleeve and we have to work around a little butterfly tattoo they got when they turned 18 or cover it up, which isn't easy). I am covered in random, spontaneous tattoos (we used to get really bored at the tattoo shop in the off season and would practice new techniques on each other) and I regret a lot of them. I hate how splotchy and not-brought-together my body art is. I think if you wait until you have something meaningful to tattoo, there's a lot less chance of regretting it later.

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Do you think tattoo artistry gets enough respect as an art form? Or do you think it carries some kind of social stigma?
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Honestly, I think it carries a stigma. Even with all of the reality shows on TV about tattoos and the tattooing industry, which have helped to make tattooing a little more mainstream, there still seems to be a stigma attached to it. For those who don't care about the stigma, tattooing is definitely an art form. We can view beautiful tattoos like we would a famous painting, staring at shading, color, light source, etc. For those who don't see tattooing as an art form, every tattoo looks the same to them and they can't find the artistic quality in it.

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I feel most tattoos seem to lack a specific light source? I feel many confuse light source with shading. Is this because some are tattooist and some are true artists? Do you feel there is a difference?
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There is definitely a difference. Many people are pick-it-and-stick-it tattooists. I would never call these people tattoo artists because they can only replicate the flash on the wall. If you wanted a custom piece, they'd be lost. Tattoo artists are that- artists. They can draw, get a light source correct, and create custom pieces. Thank goodness there is a rise of tattoo artists as society accepts tattoos more, but unfortunately there's still an abundance of tattooists out there.

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Kudos to you for admitting you've messed up a tat on occasion :) My question is, let's say you ROYALLY messed one up, like a mispelling or something. Can the customer sue you in that case?
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Hey, everyone's human. ;)

To be honest, I have no idea. If the paperwork signed before the tattoo is done is worded correctly (and most are), then no. Most paperwork says somewhere on it that the customer releases the tattoo shop and artist of all liabilities involving the tattoo. That's written, not so much in case someone screws up (though it will cover that), but in case someone has tattoo regret down the road, or to keep people from saying they don't like the tattoo and trying to get their money back.

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How much does a really intricate tattoo cost?
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It all depends on the artist. Standard rate across the country is $100-$150 an hour at most shops. Top artists charge more because their art is worth it. Some artists have a minimum amount per hour AND number of hours you have to sit to even book with them. The highest I've ever actually seen charged is $350 an hour, but the artist was definitely worth it. His tattoos looked like realistic pictures when he was done.

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Are tattoo removal techniques getting better? Is it generally easier to get a tattoo you don't like REMOVED or incorporated into a larger design that conceals it?
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Tattoo removal is very easy nowadays. They just blast it with a laser. Painful, yes, but effective. Dark black ink takes a few sessions to be removed, reds take a few more. Color ink (other than red) is usually removed in 1-2 sessions. A much less painful approach is covering up the old tattoo with a new tattoo, but it all depends on the old tattoo. Tribal is almost impossible to truly cover up, unless it's thin tribal or severely faded. And the customer has to be open to the design being used as a cover up. It has to have lots of lines and shade points to disguise the tattoo below, so things like faces and words won't work to cover up tattoos.

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Are there different inks or techniques you have to use for people with dark skin? I notice that black people typically only have very dark tattoos; is it just because colors won't stand out enough?
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Generally speaking, that's exactly why. In darker skin, usually the only colors that show up well are black, green, red and blue. The rest of them are too overpowered by the skin tone. In medium toned skin, purples and pinks can show up too, but it's hard to get orange and yellow to really show up.

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I got a nipple ring but it never really healed and then kept getting shallower under the skin til i showed a piercer who insisted he remove it or else it would grow out completely. Is that common and why did it happen? I took really good care of it.
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Many people have the problem of their body rejecting a piercing. I had my eyebrows pierced 6 times before I finally accepted the fact that I wasn't meant to have eyebrow rings. Every time I had them pierced, my body pushed them out. It's common. It happens because the body senses a foreign object and does what it can to remove the foreign object. Some people are fortunate enough that their body accepts the piercing and they never have a problem. And, unfortunately, it doesn't have anything to do with how well you take care of it. Your body just attacked it and forced it out.

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What's the male to female ratio of your clients?
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Being a female tattoo artist, I tend to have more female clients. I used to have women specifically ask for a female artist because of where the tattoo was, or because they were more comfortable with a woman touching them for a few hours. For me, it's probably a 70%-30% split between women and men clientele.

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I just got a tattoo on my shoulder cap 4 days ago and it is NOTHING like the stencil or what I asked for. The artist said they are so embarrassed and it can be fixed but I seriously do not know how it can be. Its way bigger than I wanted, etc.
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Okay... did I miss a question somewhere in there? If you aren't satisfied with the artist, then don't go back to them. If they botched it in the first place, chances are they will just continue to mess it up in an effort to "fix" it. If you are comfortable with them fixing it, they shouldn't charge you, so get it done. If you aren't comfortable, talk to the shop owner to see if another artist can do it free of charge, otherwise you'll have to pay for a cover up or rework somewhere else.

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Do you think tattoos can become an addiction?
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Absolutely. I've had several clients over the years that returned each week to get a tattoo just to have that feeling. I used tattoos to help me get through several hard parts in my life, too. It most definitely can become addicting because of the rush of endorphins that the body goes through.

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What's a tattoo that's trendy now that you wish would just go away?
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White tattoos. They've been the biggest craze on Pinterest and other online picture sites and people don't understand that they are useless and a waste of money. In these pictures you see online, you can see the tattoo, only done in white ink, just fine because the skin around the tattoo is red and irritated from the tattoo process. Once that redness goes away, the tattoo won't show up the way it looks in those pictures. White ink doesn't work well in the skin anyway in large areas- it should only be used as highlights so it really shows up. White tattoos are a waste of ink, a waste of a tattoo artist's time, and a waste of money because they won't show up a few months from the time they are done.

When people would ask me to do a white tattoo, I'd always get the same reasoning: "I
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When choosing a significant other, is it important to you that the person also has tattoos?
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For me, it isn't, but I will say that nice looking tattoos do help. I've dated guys with tattoos and without tattoos, though I married one with tattoos. It's all personal preference, and I think generally it doesn't matter unless one person has tattoos and the other person is completely opposed to them. That might cause some problems down the line.

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I got a tattoo that I don't like with my daughters name will a good tattoo artist cover it up?
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Most tattoos are coverable, yes, but you need to pick your artist carefully. Cover ups can be tricky. When you are looking for a piece to use as a coverup, look for something with a lot of lines and a lot of places the artist can use as shade points- that's what will disguise your tattoo. Flowers and dragons make awesome coverup pieces.

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Would having my infection control certificate significantly help me get a foot in the door towards an apprenticeship
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Most definitely. With a proper apprenticeship, you wouldn't be allowed to even scrub tattoo tubes unless you've had infection control training. I did my first aid, CPR and infection control classes before I even stepped into a shop to ask about an apprenticeship. That way I was able to start the very next day! It shows them you are serious about wanting to apprentice and take initiative. 

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Okay, I've got this gorgeous chest piece I want done, but I'm overweight, by a lot.. I'm losing weight now, and have about 100 llbs to go, should I wait to get this piece till I'm done losing weight, or can I get it now without it deforming?
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Theoretically, a tattoo adapts with the changes in skin and the body. But, if you have 100 lbs to go, I'd wait. I've fluctuated about 20 lbs in my own weight in the past, and the tattoos I have on my lower stomach shifted slightly to accomodate for my extra weight. Normally this isn't a problem and you wouldn't even notice it, but I have symmetrical tattoo machines on my abdomen that are no longer symmetrical because of the weight gain. The tattoos themselves are fine, the ink expanded with my skin, but they are just slightly off center due to the inconsistant weight gain. I'd hate for you to get the perfect chest piece and have it shift.

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Hi, I started tattooing on my own and Im not half bad. I did a piece on my arm and I need some advice on how I can fix is. It's the illuminati symbol. I made a mistake and closed the letter U so now it looks like O. How can I fix it so it will show
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If you weren't half bad, as you say, you wouldn't have closed a U and made it look like an O.

My advice to you is quit tattooing yourself, go see an actual tattoo artist in a shop to fix it, and if you want to be a tattoo artist, do an apprenticeship like everyone else who becomes a tattoo artist. Then you'll be taught how to not turn a U into an O.

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Have you ever had clients who changed their minds about getting a tattoo midway through the process? What did you do?
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Fortunately that's never happened to me. I've had to ask a customer to leave in the middle of a tattoo because they weren't sitting still and they were messing up my work (this customer and I had a long history of problems with him sitting in the chair, but the last time I couldn't take it anymore and told him to leave), but I've never had anyone change their mind mid-tattoo. Usually so much time and effort goes into planning the tattoo, and if the person seems nervous we get the money first, just in case, so once all of that is done, the person generally commits.

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HELLO IAM LOOKING FOR A FOOT TATTOO STARTING ABOVE MY ANKLE GOING DOWN I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MY CHILDRENS NAME ERIC DESTENY IN BETWEEN PECOCK FEATHERS COLRFULL AND LIVELY COLORS ,I REALLY NEED IDEAS 8( PLISS HELP IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS.THANK YOU
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You should probably talk to a local tattoo artist so when the person draws up a tattoo for you, they'll be the ones actuallly doing the tattoo as well. You have a great idea, and enough information to take to a shop where you are and hand the idea over to them. 

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I am seriously considering getting into tattooing, but when I see intricate custom pieces that seem to be drawn from the artist's imagination, I feel baffled! I can only draw something if it's in front of me. How do you bring your ideas to life?
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I happen to be one of those artists who has to look at a refernce to draw, as well. I'm great at piecing things together, so if I have a custom piece to draw, I usually either take pictures myself of different components to piece together, or search for actual reference pictures on the internet. One of my favorite pieces was a custom compilation of animals that my client had seen on a nighttime safari trip in Panama. I looked up pictures of each animal and drew them together in the shape of the country of Panama to create the custom piece.

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I had an appointment with my Tattoo Artist. He was sick and cancelled on me. He said that he would have to fit me in but did not give me a date that he would get back with me. I am very disappointed. How long should I wait to hear back from him?
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Maybe a week?? It all depends on the artist. Some artists have wait lists 2-6 months long. But, if he cancelled on you, he should make it a top priority to fit you back in. I wouldn't wait long.

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can you sue a tattooists if hes under the influence of alcohol and marijuana? and if he didnt read your rights and explain the step by step procedure??
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Honestly, I'm not sure. If you signed the paperwork, which has the procedure written on it, then I'd say no, but you'd have to take that up with someone in your local area to see what the laws there are.

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I got a blacklight tattoo, and when it peeled it doesn't glow anymore. What causes that to happen
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In all honesty, it happened because blacklight tattoo ink isn't meant to last. It's a fad- not something for long term. It fades very quickly- within 3-6 months max. It's a horrible way for tattoo artists to charge more for a tattoo because the ink costs more, and because it will have to be touched up several times a year (which they will start charging you for, to keep it glowing). I've never done a blacklight tattoo nor will I ever because they don't last, the ink doesn't penetrate the skin the way normal ink does, and it comes out looking spotchy and doesn't heal correctly- much like it peeling out when your tattoo healed. 

And, if any artist tells you the blacklight ink is FDA approved- it's not. It's FDA approved for tagging FISH, NOT for tattooing HUMANS. 

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What was the most clever/original tattoo anyone's ever asked you for?
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My Panama piece was probably the most original. After going on vacation and participating in a nighttime safari in Panama, my customer made a list of the animals he saw and wanted me to create a tattoo with them. I put the animals next to each other and enclosed them in the shape of Panama and tattooed that on him. To this day it's my favorite tattoo, and one of the most original tattoos I've ever done.

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Would you be interested in helping me cover or camouflaging a tattoo of a crown I have on my back? Or do you know of someone in the Chandler area that you would suggest ? Thanks for your help.
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I'd be happy to help you with ideas for your cover up. I'm not familiar with anyone in the Chandler area, sorry. Head to my website above (The Inklings of Life) and find my email address in the Contact & Disclosure section! =)

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Have you dealt with underage teens using fake IDs to get tattoos? If you didn't detect that the ID was fake and gave the person a tattoo, are you liable?
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I haven't had a problem with that, personally. I've had underagers try and tell me they left their ID at home, which is when we rip up the paperwork we started and tell them to go home and get it. They never show back up. All tattoo shops photo copy the ID with paperwork, but if it's a fake one, I'm honestly not sure what would happen.

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I'm really keen on getting an apprenticeship and have started building my A3 folio of flash and other designs and finally got into my infections control course would it be a good idea to first get a tattoo done by the artist I want to train with 1st
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I think that's definitely a good idea. You also need to inquire as to whether or not the person you want to apprentice under will even take an apprentice. Many tattoo artists won't. Some states require the tattoo artist to have a license saying they can teach others how to tattoo. Definitely check out the shop, the artist, and their work. Having work done by them is a bonus.

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Can you get a tattoo if u have a airbrush tan ?
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Yep. Not if you have an airbrush sunburn, though. (That's a tattoo artist joke...)

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Im an African American with brown skin thats like a chestnut brown i want to get one sleeve in color and one in realism black and grey as i dont see many ppl do this would this be a good idea
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Darkers skin doesn't show colors the way light skin does. Greens, blues and reds are about the only colors that really show up in dark skin, and even then the colors aren't as vibrant as with lighter skin pigments. The choice is ultimately up to you, but darker skin tones show black tattoos and black and grey tattoos better than color tattoos, generally speaking.

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I've been thinking of getting my first tattoo done in white ink right under my collarbone, but I've heard that a lot of tattoo artists won't do just white ink. Is that true, and why?
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White ink tattoos are a fad, and in my honest opinion, a waste of time and money for the customer. They don't show up after the healing process. The only reason they show up in those cute pictures all over the internet is because the skin around the ink is inflamed and red. Doing a white tattoo with nothing around it to help make it stand out is like drawing on a white piece of paper with a white colored pencil. 

White is an accent color in tattoos. It shows up best when placed directly next to a dark, contrasting color. Placed by itself, it gets lost.

If you want a tattoo, get a tattoo. If you don't want people to see it, then don't get it on your collarbone. But a white tattoo will stick around for maybe 3-6 months, and right under the collarbone is not a pleasant area
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Do tattoo artists get mad/annoyed when a client wants a simple/generic tattoo, like a star? I understand they don't like repetition, but if THEY won't end up doing that simple tattoo design for me, who will? You know? Help please lol
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You should always be able to find an artist who doesn't mind generic tattoos because it's money in their pocket. As much as I hated doing things like stars, hearts and names, sometimes it's a necessary evil.

My question to you is, with all of the possibilities out there of gorgeous pieces of art you could have tattooed on your skin, why would you choose something generic like a star. A million other people have star tattoos. Just think about it before you get it permanently inked on your body.

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I want a really small tattoo but I want it executed perfectly by a real artist. How do I ask someone good to do something so insignificant without upsetting her?
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Flattery usually works. No matter how small the tattoo, I found it very hard to turn a new client down if they told me that they did their research, loved my portfolio and only want me to do their tattoo. It's almost a guarantee they'll take an hour or so to do your tattoo.

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I have a butterfly tattooed on my lower back. It was done by an amateur. How hard would it be to fix it, or would I have to cover it up?
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It all depends on the tattoo. Some can be fixed, others have to be covered up, some only have the option of being removed. The darker the tattoo, the more difficult it is to cover up, but it's not impossible.

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I have my kids name on me and it didnt come out good can it be fixed?
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It all depends on the tattoo. Without seeing it, it's hard for me to tell someone if it can be fixed, is better covered up, or should just be removed.

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I already have a black pentagram about 5 inches down my shoulder on my arm that needs a touch up but My question is do you think a tarot illustration might look tacky? I want to put the High Priestess above it.
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Completely up to you.

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hey tatted i wanna ask you about my tatto, i had my tatto like 5month now it was black but now is getting blue what i have to do ? sorry for my english :)
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Sounds like a poor quality of ink. You'll need to get it re-colored, but I'd go to a different shop or tattoo artist because it sounds like they aren't using a true black ink.

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I know for a fact of a tattoo shop that is under the influence all the time....what is the legality on all of it.
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I'm going to be brutally honest on this one, and leak out a trade secret that not a lot of people know.

Being under the influence of anything- drugs, alcohol, even prescription meds, and working, no matter what the job, is not advisable. With that said, many tattoo artists out there smoke weed. With many, it goes hand in hand with the whole 'artist' thing, and many of them will get high before doing a tattoo because it "helps the creative process," and I've seen some gorgeous tattoos come from people who just smoked up. So, if the shop in question is under the influence of weed, watch and see if they mess anything up or can't control themselves, but I'd let that one go, personally. If it's alcohol, harsh illegal drugs or prescription meds used in an illegal manner, that could result
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So, I've never gotten a tattoo before and have my heart set on a splashed watercolor house sparrow -Silhouette only, If I got that roughly around the size of 2inx2in wide. what would you charge me for that kind of work?
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I don't price quote for shops or even throw numbers around online, just as a respect to whatever artist you have do your tattoo. I'd hate if someone came to me with "Well, this tattoo lady online said she'd charge me x-amount, so that's what I want to pay."

Talk to whoever you want to do your tattoo to get a ballpark range. Very nice idea, though, and something I'd love to be able to do. Good luck!

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What is the life expectancy for a tattoo? Obviously, I know its permanent. But, how long until it turns into an indecipherable blur like many old people I see?
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It depends on how well the tattoo was done, the ink used, etc. If there's a lot of detail in a very small area, the tattoo will blur more than ones with lots of open area or clearly defined spaces. A lot of the older people out there with the blurry tattoos are just a victim of a bad quality of ink. 

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I got a foot tattoo 3 weeks ago. It's the quote, everything happens for a reason. The problem: the artist placed for a reason with almost no spacing and connected the r, a,r. The spacing stinks. The stencil was right. Do you think iCan it be fixed?
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Probably not. Ink is permanent. You can usually fix a tattoo if you have to add something, because there isn't ink there to begin with, but you can't remove something that's there unless you have it lasered off and start again.

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how much does it cost to get a name tattoo
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It all depends on where you want it, how big it is, what style lettering, how long the name is, etc. Walk into a shop and talk to someone. Please, whatever you do, don't call a shop to ask. One of the biggest pet peeves of tattoo artists are people who call a shop to get a price quote. You could call and say, "How much does a name cost?" and we're thinking it's a little name on the wrist and say it'll probably be the shop minimum, but when the person shows up, they want "Sarah Elizabeth Smith, aka Princess" tattooed down the back of both arms, and think it's still only going to cost them under $100.

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i have to ask, do tattooist charge you to draw a picture or a design.
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Some do, some don't. Most tattoo artists make you put down a deposit in order to draw your tattoo, and that deposit goes toward the cost of your tattoo. It isn't likely to find a tattoo artist that will draw a tattoo for you with no guarantee that they'll be the one doing the tattoo.

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getting a Irish knot bracelet with a dangling celtic cross, would you suggest color of Irish flag or black ink
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If you are getting the bracelet to look like it's a realistic bracelet hanging on your skin, then go black and grey for authenticity. Otherwise, color vs. black and grey is completely up to the client.

And, in reading further into your question, Irish flag colors might be overkill with the celtic knot and celtic cross. Stick with black and grey, or just green. But that's what I would tell a customer if they came to me with that idea, so it's purely my opinion.

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What is the type of tattoo called when its just a lighter shade of your skin, not colored ink?
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I'm not sure about a 'lighter' shade of your skin, but black and gray tattoos are done with different shades of gray ink and no color. 

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Hey, a really good friend of mine does all my tattoos. I want one covered up, would it be wrong of me to ask him to cover up his own work
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That would have to be between your friend and you. Some artists don't mind it. I've had to cover up my own work before (though it was a name of a significant other that I advised the client not to get, she found out he was cheating and I had to cover his name up). Honestly, I'd talk with your friend and give them the option. It's better to do that then to just show up with their work covered up and they had no idea.

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So recently got a tattoo and it was supposed to say "into this house we're born into this world we're thrown" but instead of it saying world it says house.. is there any way it can be fixed?
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Nope, not without covering the word, which would probably look strange. You might be able to get just that one word removed by laser tattoo removal, but I'm not familiar with the removal process, so you'd have to ask a licensed removal person about that.

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Hey what's going on? So I've been thinking about getting a tribal tattoo on my shoulder but i wanted one that meant something. I was wondering if there's any kind of tribal that means perseverance?
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If you are getting tribal, then I assume you are a part of a tribe. In that case, ask the person who is the head of your tribe. If you are not part of a tribe, it's my opinion that you shouldn't get tribal.

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Do you accept pictures for advice? I had a tattoo with numbers in it and the numbers got switched. I was hoping to find someone that could look at the area I need fixed and see if they "see" a way it could be done.
Thank you!
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You are more than welcome to send me a picture to everchangingmoon81@gmail.com and I can take a look.

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I got a tattoo recently and discussed the coloring with the artist before doing the tattoo. A significant portion needed to be "white", he went with gray. Can it be fixed?
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Maybe. You have to understand that white is just an accent color, best used in small areas to highlight something, and only stands out when directly next to a dark, contrasting area. If there was a big space of the tattoo that should have been white, the artist may have opted to go with a light gray wash to add dimension to the piece, without wasting white ink on a large area. In larger areas, white ink tends to just fade right into the skin, or even worse, turn yellow over time.

It might be possible to add white highlights here and there to trick the eye into perceiving the whole area as white. Without seeing the tattoo, it's hard to advise you.

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Hi, I'm looking for someone online that I can send a picture and stencil of my current tattoo and engage them on a cover up design. It's a small letter M on my right arm. I'd like to pay an artist to come up with some designs then find someone local.
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I wouldn't advise doing that. You want whoever your tattoo artist is to create a design that they would enjoy doing, that they are comfortable with, and that they have already put the work into drawing it. Plus, not all drawings can be tattooed, so you really need to find the tattoo artist you want to do your tattoo and work directly with them. Take out the middle man. It can be an insult to some artists, and they may not even tattoo someone else's work.

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I got my third tattoo 2 weeks ago and on my small hearts that the artist went back and added more ink too, they still have rough dried skin. One heart still has the scab on it. They also are are bit red around them. Is this normal? It is on my ankle.
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Scabbing can happen when an area of the skin is overworked, or if the person bleeds a lot during the tattooing process. Redness around the tattoo is normal during the healing process. Without seeing your ankle, it's hard for me to judge if it's healing properly, but if it were infected, it would smell horrible, would hurt like hell, and you'd have a greenish or yellow ooze coming from it. So, if you don't have those symptoms, you are probably fine.

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I just got a tattoo of a flower that needs more definition/outlining. Do I need to wait until my tattoo I'd healed or can it be done sooner?
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You definitely need to wait until the tattoo is finished healing. If a tattoo is gone back into before it's ready, it's like dragging a needle on the outside of a filled water balloon; things may go fine, but you may hit that sweet spot that causes the skin to break open and bleed out, resulting in loss of ink, too.

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How much would it cost to get a name done? Because I want to get my grandpas name and date of birth and death on me
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Check with your local tattoo shop. Pricing is different everywhere, and without being the one doing your tattoo, it wouldn't be right for me to give you an idea that's completely different than you local market. And, like I answered above, don't call a tattoo shop for a price quote. Go in and speak with them in person so they have a better idea of what you want. Calling shows the shop that you probably aren't serious about the tattoo and are price shopping, which also isn't something you want to do with a permanent piece of art on your body.

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Is there a way to fix expanded lines so that the originally empty spaces show again? I really loved my tattoo before and it's very special for me so I would hate to have to get rid of it.
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Nope. Ink expands under the skin over time- it's just a fact. There's nothing you can do to take permanent ink out of the skin, except laser tattoo removal treatments. I'm not too familiar with the process, so I'm not sure if they can fine-tune the area just to remove expanded ink, or if the process would just remove the entire tattoo.

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It was a lil red before i started using the peroxide only been using it for two days i will try just leaving it alone thanks
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Redness around a tattoo for the first week (or more, depending on if it's a highly exposed area on your body that has clothes rub against it or bends) is completely normal. Just keep that in mind for future use, and always follow your tattoo artist's healing instructions... unless they tell you to clean your tattoo with hydrogen peroxide. Then, find a new tattoo artist.

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I'm going to get a half sleeve done of a scroll with a map of the world on the scroll.I am going to mark everywhere I've been in the world and continue adding as I travel.I want the continents a solid color, but will that cause trouble for the marks?
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If the continents are a light color and the marks are dark, then you should be fine. In fact, I'd probably do the marks in black just in case. Keep in mind, though, that you don't want to fit too much detail into a small space, because over time the ink will expand under the skin. While your idea sounds awesome, I would worry a little about fitting all of that into a half sleeve. Maybe consider making it a back piece? If you are determined to make it a half sleeve, just keep it simple so it holds its purpose over the years.

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I'm wanting to get a tattoo of a bird for a dear friend that passed away but I don't know any sayings that he liked he didn't have any bible verses that we knew off an thebonly music he liked was country so I cant do a song lyric an I have no idea
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Why not just get the bird? Sometimes, keeping a tattoo simple is the best way to go. Many people add words to tattoos, and it ruins the meaning of the artwork. If your friend had a specific quote that they liked, then get that. If they didn't, then just get the artwork. You'll know what it means.

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Hi! I saw a tattoo online and I really love it. But it was on pinterest and I can't discover its provenance. I wanted to buy the art from the designer, but I can't find him/her. What do I do? Thanks!
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I'd take the tattoo to a tattoo artist and have them draw their own original version based on what you saw on pinterest.

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Hi there
I am wondering if you can help
Is it possible to tattoo colour over healed blackwork?? I seen it done with lucky diamond he has a coloured sleeve done over his black healed sleeve is this actually physically possible for many artists?
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Lucky Diamond Rich is pretty much one big black-tattoo-ink blob. I barely see any color on his body. If the tattoo is solid black, then no, it's very difficult to put color over black and have it show up. If the tattoo is a black-and-grey tattoo, then yes, usually color can be put over top or used to accent.

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i was wondering if a tattoo artist realizes a line is straight and the ink is fresh, like they are still doing the tattoo, can they some how remove the ink and redo the line
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Once the ink is in the skin, it's in there. There is no eraser in tattooing.

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Can a tattoo that's too dark be made to look "lighter" by adding brighter colors to it?
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In a way, yes. Lighter colors can be added to the tattoo or around the tattoo in a way that tricks the eye into seeing an overall lighter tattoo. But, can you put white ink over top of black ink and have it turn completely white? No.

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What's your opinion on which is a better form of tattoo removal out of the 2 options below:

Laser or Tattoo Vanish

Also, is it possible to ink a 'skin colour' over an old tattoo, as a form of cover up?
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I've never heard of Tattoo Vanish, so I looked it up. It looks sketchy to me; most of the photos look photoshopped, sorry to say. It could work, but it's been my experience with clients who have used topical ointments for tattoo removal, that they just don't work. I've never used one, though, so I can't fully say one way or another.

If the ink that the skin color is going over is darker than skin color, then no, it's not possible. I get asked that a lot, though.

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I've been looking for info on Autoclaves and Ultrasonic cleaners, some forum said you don't need one if everything about your machine is disposable. Is that true?
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It depends on the laws in the state where you are tattooing. If your tubes are disposable, you generally do not need an autoclave or ultrasonic cleaner. There are no disposable machines, though. Those are always some sort of metal, and they are NOT autoclavable. Only single use needles should ever be used, so you wouldn't need to autoclave them. Look into the laws for your state, because every state is different.

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I have a butterfly tattoo on my lower back. It is a cover up. I expected it to be dark, but it looks almost solid black. Can anything be done to "lighten" it up? I believe another cover up would be impossible. I hate it!! Please help. :-(
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You can't lighten a dark tattoo. Once the ink is there, it's there. In order to lighten it, you'd need to do some sort of tattoo removal. Even one session with a laser remover should lighten it enough to have a cover up be more effective.

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I WANT TO GET THE SERENITY TATTOOED ON MY RIGHT SHOULDER BLADE AND I WANT IT LIKE 4 INCHES BY 4 INCHES APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH WILL THAT COST ME?
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I don't price tattoos. Head to a shop and ask the artist you'd like to have do your tattoo.

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I just got a butterfly tat on my inner calf its 5 days old and red around the edges no push or swelling or odor been washing with antibacterial soap and hydrogen provide it doesn't hurt real bad should i see a Dr
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Redness around the site of a tattoo is normal, but for the love of all that is good in this world, STOP washing it with hydrogen peroxide. That's the LAST thing you want to put on a fresh tattoo, next to alcohol. Hydrogen peroxide will eat away at the healthy skin that's trying to form, AND dry your tattoo out. I'm not sure if your tattoo artist told you to do that or not, but that's a definite NO NO! That's why your tattoo is red; it's inflamed. Just leave it alone. 5 days is enough time to just let it heal on its own, no special washing. Just put unscented white lotion on it (Aveeno is the best, in my opinion, the green container with the oatmeal in it) and that's it.

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my friend wants my to draw cartoons, how much should i charge?
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Whatever you'd like. I can price tattoos that I'm going to do, but I have no idea what to price art. It's completely up to the person doing the art and the person buying the art.

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Does a tattoo hurt on the inside of your forearm
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The inside of the forearm is a tender area, yes. Pain is completely subjective, though. For me, the ribs is the most painful area to be tattooed, but I've had clients fall asleep during rib tattoos before because the pain didn't affect them at all. So, what hurts for one person won't hurt for another. 

Any part of the body that doensn't get normal exposure to outside elements or wear-and-tear will be more tender.

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I was thinking about getting some art by Alex Pardee tatted on me but it got me thinking.. is that illegal? Is it considered copyright infringement? I guess my question is can you get an artists drawings tatted on you without permission?
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To be completely honest, I don't know the answer to this question. If you aren't using the image for capital gain, I don't think it's a problem, but I honestly have no idea. People are always getting Dali's art as tattoos, but just because everyone does it doesn't make it right. If the artist is still alive, maybe shoot him or her an email, just to cover yourself? Sorry I couldn't help wiht this one more.

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I recently got my 2nd tattoo on the outside of wrist. It's a small crescent moon w dark shading. 2nd day its already healed- the problem is I kind of dont love it. The owner did my tat &she's great! Would it b horrible to go back & ask for a coverup.
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Go back and talk to her about it. That's about the only advice I can give. Don't be surprised if she isn't slightly offended, though. 

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Hullo! I got a tattoo on the outside of my foot two weeks ago. I was able to go almost a week and a half with keeping it uncovered, but now I need to cover it. I've used gauze and bandaids - both had ink on them when I took them off. Advice?
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You should not re-cover a tattoo after the first few days, and especially not 2 weeks later. However, to answer your question, tattoos can take up to a month to heal, depending on the area of the body, and ink can purge from the skin at any time during the healing process. The only concern is when the tattoo scabs and the scab rips off before it's ready; then you might be left with an empty spot where the ink came out completely.

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I got a tatt on June 1 it's healed and looks good but it has a few white bumps that look like pimples on it..Should i be concerned they are itchy but i don't know if its the bumps itching or the tatt still healing I hv several tatts and this happened
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Without seeing a picture, it's hard to say. Sometimes white pimpley bumps can be irritation from having been shaved or the oitment a tattoo artist uses while they tattoo. Sometimes, bumps can be a sign of an allergic reaction to a pigment (usually happens with red ink). Sometimes, white pimpley bumps can be a sign of MRSA, which is an advanced staph infection. MRSA bumps usually happen during the healing process, though, and are big.

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Can you sue a tattoo artist for a mis-spelling??
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I have no idea. The paperwork you sign before your tattoo (if done correctly) will release the tattoo artist of all liabilities involving that tattoo. I'd seek a lawyer, and definitely find a new tattoo artist that knows how to spell.

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I'm looking to get a tattoo of a drawing, however, I only want some minor changes. Would it bother a tattoo artist if I went in and didn't want it changed very much?
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Some tattoo artists are fine with that, and other's aren't. It depends on the drawing, too. Some people want a drawing done just the way it is, but the drawing isn't tattooable. Drawings for tattoos are way different than most drawings. So, talk to your artist and see what they say.

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I just got a tattoo and im aleady unhappy with it. I got black sihlouette birds flying and i like the idea of the birds just not the birds themselves. Is there anyway to just fix or add the birds without having to do a complete cover up?
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Sorry to say, I don't understand your question. If you want black silhouette birds to be turned into regular birds, with detailed feathers and such, then that's not possible. If that's not your question, I apologize, but I don't understand what you are asking.

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I have a medium brown skin tone but i wanted a color tattoo. What colors would work with my skin tone or will I have to stick to black and gray?
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Red shows up really well, as well as blue. Sometimes green does. Purple tends to look black, and yellow and orange just fade into the skin. I've seen people with darker skin tones do well with color. Overall, I've mostly just stuck with black and gray on darker-skinned clients.

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Ive been seeking an apprenticeship for about a year and a half. Its extremely hard to find. I read into a 3 month tattoo 'school'. I am asking if it would rewin my chances of getting hired, or getting an apprenticeship. What do you think?
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Tattoo "schools" are a joke, in my opinion. They may help you learn the fundamentals, which may make it easier to get an apprenticeship, but I wouldn't count on it. Then, you could have wasted all that money on the school for no reason.

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My tattoo artist screwed up a name tattoo an it wasn't noticeable ontill the swelling went down and if scanned then peeled!! What can I do about it or how do I go about it
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I'd go back and talk to the artist about it. I'm not sure how they screwed it up to say whether it can be fixed or just needs to be covered up.

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I made an appointment to get a good size thigh tattoo and was quoted at $400 in the shop. I had emailed the artist earlier and they told me $600. My question is does each artist have their set price? Should I expect the artist price or the shop price
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Most artists price their own tattoos, but most shops do have a shop average. To explain better, I'll give you an example. Where I live, there's a great shop downtown. The shop runs $100 an hour (which is about average), but there is one tattoo artist in the shop that is known nationwide, and is way above average, so he's $350 an hour. So, your pricing depends on your shop and your artist. I've also seen front desk help price tattoos completely unreasonable, which is understandable because they aren't actually doing the tattoo and don't know all the work going into it.

A quote is just a quote, too, just like when you take your car to have work done. At first glance, the mechanic will shoot out a number they think will cover the job, but once they get in there, there may be a lot more
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I went to my local tattoo artist for a Celtic cross with elements of four family crests incorporated in it. A month later, not drawing. I'm told the drawing will be ready the day of the tattoo. Is this right/professional?
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Yes and no, lol. If the piece is a custom piece, the artist should have you stop by a day or so before the appointment to see the drawing, so they can make any necessary changes to it before the day of the tattoo. Do many artists conduct business this way? Unfortunately, no. Many of them, depending on the tattoo, don't draw them up until the week of the appointment. I've seen a lot of artists (the busier ones), sit down on a Sunday and draw out all of their tattoos for the week, regardless of whether the appointment is that Monday or Friday. Each artist has a method to their madness.

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What is your favorite type of tattoo to ink? What about other tattoo artists you know?
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I like outlineless artsy tattooes. I do a lot of flowers, birds, soft things. Many of my tattooes come out looking like a painting, and I love that. I know artists who like neo-traditional, traditional, Japanese, biomechanical- just about anything, except tribal. I haven't found one single artist that actually likes doing tribal.

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I have some ideas for a tattoo. a collage kind of thing but i would like to see a drawing of it before i commit.
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Okay. I'm missing a question with this one. I would definitely have your tattoo artist draw something up before tattooing you. That way you don't get flying genitals tattooed on you as a joke...

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If you have an average hangover, what are the risks if getting your tattoo that day? And would it be more advised to wait until the next day?
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I would advise to wait, yes. The body doesn't take pain well during a hangover, so your pain threshhold might be severely diminished and your skin very sensitive. Depending on how much you drank the night before, the quality of the tattoo could be compromised due to more bleeding.

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How can I tell if I've messed up my new tattoo or not? I got it yesterday and whenever I pat it dry, little black specks come off of the tattoo onto the napkin. Is this normal?
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That's normal. The skin will push out excess ink during the first few days of the healing process. If it scabs, don't mess with the scab, though, because pulling that off could result in pulling necessary ink out of your tattoo.

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Hey! I was wondering if it is possible to tattoo over scars, and if so what kind of designs cover them up the best? Thanks
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It is possible to tattoo over scars, but you have to make sure the scar is fully healed. New scars are dark in color; a tattooable scar is light or white in color. If you tattoo over an area with a fresh scar, you run the risk of breaking open the old wound. You have to understand, too, when covering up a scar, that tattoo artists are able to disguise the abnormal coloring of skin where a scar is, but we can't take away the puffiness or shape of the scar.

Cover ups are best if the image used has a lot of lines and a lot of shade points; it makes it easier to cover whatever is underneath. Things like flowers, dragons, owls, etc, make for great cover ups, because the artist can layer ink and shade well.

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What are your thoughts on getting a tattoo at a tatt convention? (With an international with a good on line portfolio but I cant check any reviews) looking at a sleeve.
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Tattoo conventions are a great place to get a tattoo from international artists. I definitely recommend it. Just keep in mind that their wait list can be extraordinary for tattoo conventions. I've seen international artists book up a year in advance. So, figure out which convention, and contact them immediately.

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Can you add more detail to a tattoo that is four years old?
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In theory, yes. Without seeing the tattoo, I can't give definites. Tattoos can be touched up and refreshed years after they are done, though.

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I'm thinking about getting a white tattoo on the inside of my right index finger. I've been reading online about finger tattoos and how they don't last.
How long would a white one typically last in this spot?
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About as long as it takes for the tattoo artist to ink it. White tattoos are a fad, and once the redness from the skin goes away from the tattooing process, you'll immediately find that you wasted your money on a white tattoo. Tattoos on the inside of the finger, on average, last 6 months to a year. When you combine a white tattoo on the inside of a finger, you are basically handing a tattoo artist money to cause you pain for no reason whatsoever. 

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I got a tattoo about 4 days ago and it was supposed to be with golds and browns but turned out kind of orange. Is there anyway I can change the color? & if I can what would be te best color to change it to?
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The ink may not be done settling in your skin. During the healing process, especially if the area slightly scabs, the colors will go from vibrant to muddy brown and back to vibrant once the final healing stages are done. If you still aren't happy with the colors once it's completely healed, head back to your tattoo artist and have them put the golds and browns in.

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Hi can ANY tattoo be covered up? I have a huge chest piece(sugar skull with black wings) and i want it covered up but I am not sure it can be done. Can a bigger dark piece cover it up? I can email you the pics if it helps. Really really need help
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It all depends on the original tattoo and area. Not every tattoo can be covered. If it's too dark, too big, or on the edge of a body part (like covers the entire top of the hand), it makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to cover.

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After geting an all black tribal I can see some light spots and a few blotchy spots that need touched up. After the touch up will they then look darker then the rest of the tatt or blend in naturally?
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If the same ink is used and the touch ups are done pretty close to the time of the original tattoo, the inks should blend together. If you wait years to get it touched up, the new black will be darker.

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Hi, have a tattoo with a lot of color. some outlines are in red or green and some in black/grey. Some of the colors are fading - do other artists hate redefining someone else's art? Original artist is no longer in the area. not sure what to ask for.
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It all depends on the artist, so I say just ask. I can say, if you don't know exact colors used in the tattoo, that can make it difficult for an artist to touch up another artist's work.

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I had a friend do a crappy tat on my back so i wnt for a cover up and i then they messed it up even worse i am in soo much pain
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I'm sorry?

I'm also missing a question...

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Will it annoy my artist if I ask him to touch up my tattoo one more time? I see just a couple of tiny spots that need to be touched up but I am afraid I'm going to bug him if I ask for one more touch up :/
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It depends on the artist, the tattoo, and how much time has gone by. If a tattoo needs multiple touch ups in a short amount of time, chances are, artists start to wonder if the person was caring for the tattoo correctly during the healing process. If that's the case, that a customer wasn't caring for the tattoo correctly, then chances are the artist won't touch it up without charging you the shop minimum. If it's in a rough area, too, like the hands, elbows or feet, where it's more difficult for the ink to stay bright, they may limit the number of touch ups a customer gets. And, if months (or years) have passed, chances are, they will charge you for a touch up.

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I want to get a tattoo of the stars (like a nebula thats very colorful) but I'm concerned with the colors bleeding together and looking like a bruise. Is there a way to avoid that? If I got touch ups often or did it with lighter colors maybe?
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Colors don't bleed together in a tattoo, unless the tattoo was not done correctly. If you have purple next to yellow, the purple will forever stay next to the yellow, and not combine. Now, if the tattoo artist does the yellow first, then does the purple, and does not take proper precautions to protect the yellow during the tattoo process, then some brown may occur when the purple goes over the yellow. But, if it's inked individually, it will stay as two separate colors in the skin.

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Hi, I recently went into a tattoo shop for an interview for an apprenticeship. My question is if I do not have any tattoos on my person would that affect them choosing me? I know how to paint/draw really well is that enough or do I need to be inked?
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That would completely depend on the artist or shop where you want to apprentice. Some artists feel that you shouldn't be a tattoo artist if you have never even gotten a tattoo; it shows slight disrespect for the art form that you'll do it, but won't have it done to you. Some shops or artists won't care. Many tattoo artists get started in tattooing because of their love of body art; if you have none, you need to ask yourself why you want to be a tattoo artist.

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I got my rook pierced and it is mostly healed now, but is swollen. The swelling hardly hurts, my sister got her industrial pierced and the swelling was like scarring, I was just wondering if this will go away or if the swelling is permanent?
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Swelling isn't permanent. If a piercing is still swollen and hurts weeks after it's done, it needs to be taken out. Chance are, it's infected, or wasn't pierced correctly. If there is swelling around the entry sites, it may be a keloid, or a pocket of oil that sometimes develops after a piercing. Keloids shouldn't be popped, and they can be treated with tea tree oil, but there's a chance they may never go away.

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I need practice when it comes to using and incorporating color into my artwork.
My question is...what is the closest medium to tattoo ink that i could begin practicing with?
Oil paints? Acrylics? Watercolors? ect.
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I'd say acrylics. They have about the right consistency as tattoo ink. Once tattoo ink goes into the skin, however, it coats more like a watercolor. Very tricky medium, tattoo ink and skin.

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I'm 14 and want to get a RIP tattoo on my forearm. My question is will it stretch as I grow.
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Honestly, I don't recommend getting a tattoo when you are 14. Not only is your body still dramatically changing, which could result in an awkward tattoo when you are older, but your body is still growing, so what would be a forearm tattoo now won't be centered on your forearm once you stop growing. Plus, you have no idea what you want to do as a career when you are older, and a forearm tattoo could hinder you from pursuing certain career fields. PLUS, your taste as a 14 year old will be drastically different than when you are an adult, and I can almost 99% guarantee you will regret whatever tattoo you got at 14. Please don't get tattooed for at least another 4 years. Wait until you are older. You will thank me later.

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Is it common for artists to tattoo the artwork of another artist? For instance, if there was an artist overseas who's work I admire, could I have a local artist tattoo it on me? Or is that tacky/disrespectful?
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Honestly, I have no idea. If it's the work of an artist- like painter, sculptor, etc, then I don't think a tattoo artist would have a problem with it. But, if it's the work of another tattoo artist, then yes, that's tacky/disrespectful. Every tattoo artist has their own style, and they are making (or have made) a name for themselves based on that style. Having another person copy that style is disrespectful. If you admire the original tattoo artist's work that much, why would you want someone to do a reproduction on you? Wouldn't you want an original? There are always tattoo conventions in the US that overseas artists come to. That's an easy way to get tattooed by someone whose work you admire.

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When it comes to blacklight tattoos, is it possible to use anythin like shading? I'm savin to get a tattoo and the idea is to have fire spring up over in blacklight - but I do NOT want cartoony. I want the fire realistically shaded. Is it possible?
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Tricky question to answer. Tattoos can be shaded, yes, even if blacklight ink is used. Now, blacklight ink is brighter than regular ink, so, in my opinion, it can look a little cartoony just because it's a neon color. 

Please note, too, that blacklight ink is NOT FDA approved to be tattooed onto humans like those websites tell you. It's FDA approved to tag fish for classification purposes. AND, blacklight ink does NOT last as long as regular ink. My advice on blacklight ink is to pass on it. It's more expensive than regular ink, so the tattoo artist generally charges more, and it only sticks around for, on average, a year. I'd get a regular tattoo and forget about the blacklight ink.

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Hi, I live in CA and my mom, older sister and I all want to get matching tattoos. I'm 15 and my sister is 17, do you know of any places in Arizona that will do us even though we are underage
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The laws in Arizona state that a tattoo artist can tattoo a person as young as 14 with parental consent. Without parental consent, it's 18. Now, tattooing minors is completely up to the tattoo artist and/or shop, so even though the law states as young as 14 with parental consent, the shop and/or artist can rightfully refuse to tattoo a minor, even with parental consent. I'd just call around and ask shops what their policies are (after checking portfolios, of course, and finding one that you like based on portfolios and cleanliness of shop).

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When artists ask for a visual to help with the design of the tattoo, be it an object or photo, is it insulting if the person wanting the tattoo brings in a picture of another tattoo design that another artist has done?
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Nope, not at all. Many people surf the internet and find already-done tattoos that they like. Taking them to an artist and asking them to reproduce that tattoo exactly is insulting, but tellling them that they like the style of the tattoo and want something custom drawn that has that feel or look, is perfectly fine.

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What do u recommend to addon to a half sleeve i already have a maryln monroe day of the dead with a rose under her. And some cheetah print around that,but i need somthing to blend it all in as a piece i love the little drawings they make by shading!
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You are talking about 'negative' tattooes- where you tattoo around an area, and the place you left blank is the image. Some negative stars would probably look good around a Day of the Dead Marilyn Monroe. Maybe some kiss prints? It's hard to throw ideas out wihout seeing the tattoo, lol.

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Would my lower stomach , not on the hip bone , but near it , be a painful place for a first tattoo?
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Pain is relative to the person. I have that section of my body tattooed and I couldn't stop laughing. I've seen people almost come off the table while getting that area tattooed, and I had one customer fall asleep.

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why do tattoo shops need to make a copy of my id?
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To have proof that they checked your age. If the ID is fake, then they can produce the photocopy, showing that they checked your ID, and to them, it seemed real. This releases them of liabilities later on. 

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Im 17 years old an I want to be a tattoo artist an i'm from Dayton Ohio, I wanted to know were do I start?like how do I even get into an apprenticeship
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You'd have to talk to tattoo shops in your area. You may have a problem finding an apprenticeship until you are 18, though, so I'd start drawing and build up an art portfolio until you turn 18.

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is it true a lot of tattoo artists won't touch up another's work? I got tribal work done on my ribcage and the outlines ended up blurring. The original artist is no longer nearby and i would like to ask my current artist to do it-- is it ok to ask?
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Ask away. Many artists will touch another artist's work, especially if the original artist is no longer available.

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What is the best way to ask a tattoo artist if I want to listen to some music on my phone while he/she is tattooing so I can deal with the pain?
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Just tell the tattoo artist that you want to listen to music on your phone. I have no idea why a tattoo artist would object to that. It's a very common request. Hell, I listen to music on my phone while I'm tattooing people sometimes. Many customers don't want small talk. They want to zone out, and that's understandable. Some want small talk to keep their minds off it. Just tell your artist how you like to cope with the tattooing process, and I'm sure they will be fine with it.

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Can u use a numbing cream when getting a tattoo? Do u know of any that have been ruined as a result?
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Natalie, sweetheart, I answered your question above. Just scroll up. =)

If you are concerned with the pain of a tattoo, and many people are, then you have to ask yourself if you really want a tattoo. Tattoos are experiences from start to finish, not just a work of art on your body. I hate being tattooed, but I would never use a numbing cream because that takes away from the *experience* of being tattooed. 

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I got a tattoo yesterday on the inside of my left foot. It's a quote done in dainty script. But its not THAT small. One of the words, "with" has a lot of ink around it. When you look up close you can read it, but from far away it's a blob??????
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I'm missing a question somewhere. If you are asking if the the ink around the word 'with' can be removed, the answer is no. If the rest of the tattoo is fine, but the 'with' looks thicker than the rest, then your tattoo artist "blew" the word 'with', meaning they went too deep into your skin and the ink spread. There's nothing you can do about blown lines in a tattoo, sorry.

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For a person who's getting a tattoo for the first time. Is it best to get a small or big tattoo?
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I recommend starting small, but I've seen people start with huge rib pieces as their first tattoo. It all depends on your mindset. If you start getting tattooed, though, and find you absolutely hate it, would you rather sit there for maybe 30 more minutes, or 3 hours, before what you've chosen is finished?

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I had a consult in may and 2 four hour sessions booked for mid oct/nov.. forgot to ask the artist if I get to see the work leading up to appt? and how long in advance I could excpect to see it? what's the etiquette here?
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Every tattoo artist is different. Some get their drawings done ahead of time, some wait until the day of the tattoo to produce their artwork. Just ask your tattoo artist and see how they do things.

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When I got my first tattoo, I threw up, got really light headed and lost my vision. From what I have read this is because of my blood sugar being low. I think I may have a general problem with it but how can I prevent this happening next time?
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Eat before you get tattooed. That's one of the first rules of getting tattooed. Always eat before you get tattooed, and take a candy bar and/or soda or sugary drink with you, just in case. If you start to feel light headed again, tell the tattoo artist immediately, and get some sugar in you. It also helps to try and look straight forward when you get tattooed instead of down toward the floor. A cold, wet paper towel applied to the back of the neck helps, too. (If the tattoo artist has rubbing alcohol, that's the best thing to use on the paper towel, because it keeps it cooler against the skin for longer than water.)

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Thank you for answering my last question. My next question is. Will a person still be able to get a tattoo on there forearm if they have liver spots but it's just a few not a lot?
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I don't think it's advisable to tattoo over any skin abnormalities- liver spots, scratches, bruises, even moles. 

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Got a red awareness ribbon yesterday. Was supposd to have white polka dots. Was told couldn't d it so meended up plain red. I did not realise this is awareness for aids. Is it poss to get some kind of dots over red ink with diff colour?
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Darker dots, yes. Lighter dots, no.

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Will numbing creams ruin your tattoo? Does it prevent proper healing?
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Numbing creams change the surface texture of the skin, and make tattooing much more difficult. Somehow, they make the skin squishier (for lack of a better word), and they affect how the surface of the skin bleeds, which isn't good for a tattoo artist. We base a lot of how we are tattooing a customer on the look and feel of the skin- if it's been compromised with a numbing agent, it makes our job much harder. I know artists who won't tattoo if you've put on a numbing agent, and because of this, I've become one of those artists.

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My mother is an artist and I would love for her to design me a tattoo. She is willing to learn about the techniques involved, but I am sure it will not be so simple. Will tattoo artists be willing to use my mother's design as is or modify it to work?
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It depends on the finished product your mother creates. If it's tattooable, then most artists will honor that. If certain modifications need to be made to make it a more tattooable image, then they may have to make changes. Not all drawings can be tattooed; things with extremely small detail, or smaller images with a lot of detail, don't hold up over time as well as images with larger areas and details.

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Would it be really unusual to ask a tattoo artist to do another sitting? I'm not happy with the quality of the coloring of the tattoo I just got.
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You can always ask. If a tattoo artist is proud of their work, and wants to keep a customer happy, they will color it in. Their name is on that tattoo, and if it looks like crap, and you tell all of your friends who did it and that you aren't happy, it's not good for them.

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how hard would it be to cover up the name brandi
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No idea. It depends on if you have a small "Brandi" on your arm or the word "Brandi" across your entire back. Size, body placement, darkness of tattoo, and age of tattoo are all a factor in covering a tattoo.

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I asked a tattoo artist to fill in a little gap between two lines of an old tattoo (about 16 years old) and he drew a line to fill it in. Now the line is super dark compared to the rest of it. How long will I have to wait until it fades to match?
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A while, probably. When I'm asked to add a line, or touch up a single line of an old tattoo, I usually go light, so the tattoo inks blend together in a matter of months, or, I touch up everything in the area to match my new ink. 

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Would it be okay to add skulls around a tribal tattoo that doesnt wrap all the way around your arm?
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Without seeing tattoos, it's hard for me to judge what would and wouldn't look right.

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I recently got my tattoo shaded, it was just an outline prior. The tattoo artist told me it would be all black now, but I would see the shading in a week or so. It's been a few days, and I can't see any of it lightening up. Should I be worried?
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I'd wait until the tattoo is fully healed before starting to worry. 

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i have a tattoo on my rib, I don't want to remove it but i do want to make the word bigger, is that possible?
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Probably not. Without seeing it, it's hard to give an accurate answer, but usually when you try and make an existing word larger, you will just make the letters even closer together, making it hard to read.

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Hi, I just got my first tattoo yesterday. It's 2 inches in diameter and on my forearm. I understand that I'm supposed to stay out of the sun but I have practice outside 5 days a week and I can't avoid it. How should I deal with this? Sunscreen?
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Sunscreen is a tattoo's best friend. =)

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I got a tattoo on Friday, my first one and the girl forgot to cross the second in eternity on it. I have been trying to get her to do it for me, and it keeps getting put off. How much would it cost to go and get it done elsewhere?
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You'll probably be charged the shop minimum, which can range anywhere from $40-$100, depending on the shop. My advice is to get the artist who screwed it up to fix it- it's her job, and her reputation, to do so.

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i have a large eagle tatoo on my forearm done 30yrs ago that is covering and old hand job tattoo. lots of dark areas on body. can this be cover or reworked
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Without seeing it, it's hard to give an accurate answer here. I've reworked 30 year old tattoos, yes. I've covered 30 year old tattoos, yes. As far as yours, specifically, I'm not sure.

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I just got my right upper arm done shoulder too elbow full color and oddly it seems too be in bad pain four days after it was finished. I've washed it twice with soap and apply the a&d ointment and it still seems too cause my whole arm soreness.
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That's completely normal, especially when you get a part of your body tattooed that you use on a daily basis- upper arms, calfs, stomach areas- all of these are sensitive, and when you get large areas covered in one session, it will cause that area to be sore for a while.

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How do I tell a shop manager that my tattooist put the wrong word on me? I had my drawing, everything was spelled right, everything was perfect as I've been designing it for years. Its a completely different word. I dont want him to think im a jerk.
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You tell the shop manager that the artist screwed up. This is on your body forever. You won't know the tattoo artist forever, and if it goes unmentioned, he may screw up again in the future. 

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I just finished my first tattoo on practice skin. Came out great but the white highlights I put on last did not 'take', and didn't show at all. Could this be the ink quality or the skin?
Thank you!
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It's more than likely the practice skin. That stuff is thick, and really is not a lot like human skin at all. White is a tricky color, too. You may have not gone deep enough with it.

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I want to get a disney tattoo on my ankle or shoulder but I'm not sure what I want , I want something they will look bad as I get older ?
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The best advice I have for you is to just get on the internet and find pictures you like. If you like it, who cares what other people think?

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Can I go to a tattoo artist and ask him/her to draw me up a tattoo and not get it that day but to leave and think about it because I have a general idea but I need an artist to help me with the design.
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You can always ask an artist to draw you up something, but keep in mind 2 things:

1- They will probably charge you a deposit to do a drawing. That money will then be applied to the tattoo when you have it done.

2- You will more than likely not be able to leave with that drawing, or even take a picture of that drawing, to help you "think". This protects the artist's custom drawing, and ensures that they will be inking it, after putting the time and effort into drawing it.

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I want a full sleeve/left chest Maori tribal tattoo. I provided a photo. A very reputable artist has seen it, taken my deposit, scheduled me 6 weeks out, all is well. My question is, would an artist ever admit they couldn't do a particular tattoo?
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A good, honest artist would. I don't do portraits. I wouldn't even begin to do portraits. I've had people come to me, asking for portrait tattoos, and I've pointed them in the direction of a portrait tattoo artist. Every artist has a "style". Some don't mind going out of their comfort zones, some stick to what they know.

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I'm designing a tattoo for a friend. Do I need to just draw it and leave it unshaded or can I shade it?
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Either will work. If I were you, I'd give a completed drawing to your friend, shading and all, so they have the full reference to take to a tattoo artist. Just keep in mind, though, that the artist will more than likely change some things, to make it more tattooable or to add their own flair to it.

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Can i present a picture of a tattoo i like to an artist or does it have to be a drawing?
http://www.tattoostime.com/nautical-compass-tattoo-for-men/
was thinking of getting that as my first tattoo but cant find any drawings like it.
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You can present anything to a tattoo artist that gives them an idea of what you are looking for. I had a customer bring me the plaster stepping stone that had her son's handprint in it as a reference one time. I've been brought pictures, drawings, t-shirts, birthday cards- just about everything.

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I just got a tattoo on Friday.
I put the A+D ointment on it every 2-3 hours, but I've noticed that every time I put the creme on, the scabs just come off. Is this normal? The ink also rolls into balls and falls off. It's sort of scaring me
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A+D ointment should only be used for the first 2-3 days after the tattoo. After that, white unscented lotion is best.

As long as you aren't pulling on the scabs or skin itself, it's fine- the inked skin will exfoliate off, and yes, when it first happens, you do freak out, lol.

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How much would it cost to get my tattoo fixed. Its a 3d cross with a ribbon going through it that days daddy. On the top and bottom are his birthdate and the day he died. Theres a little shading in it. I need it redrawn.
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This question is a difficult one, for 2 reasons:

1- I don't price quote over the internet or for other artists.

2- I don't have a picture of your tattoo to see what needs to be fixed.

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I got a tattoo for my dad who passed away and got it in roman numerals. I asked my sister the date because my mom isn't a big fan of tat's and she told me the wrong year. Now I have an extra line at the end. How can I cover it? I can send a pic.
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Without seeing it, it's difficult to answer. You could add some tiny roses to the beginning and end of the date, which will camoflage it, maybe? That's a tough one.

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is it normal for my tattooer to ink his signature beside the tattoo he just finished?
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It's not, actually. I've seen tattoo artists do it, but it's not an industry standard practice, no. They have to ask the client before they do it, too.

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I have a half sleeve tattoo it is hideous i got it when i turned 18 and it consist of the colors red,green and blue. I do not have the money to have it removed so i was wondering if I could just have the whole thing covered with a brown ink??
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Probably not. I'd have to see it to be able to tell you definitely no, but I can't see how covering red, green and blue with brown would work.

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Can I send you pictures of what I want my tattoo to be and you draw it up for me and send it back?
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It's best for the person who will be doing your tattoo to be the one to draw it up. 

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Hi, I wanted to get a tattoo on my wrist. I was thinking an anchor or something that says family in it and my brother and sisters names: Spencer and Vanessa.
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Very nice idea.

I'm missing a question here...

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I got a cross tattoo a couple years ago in SC. Its a just a simple cross with red shading in it. after a few years the red seems to have faded and I don't really like how it looks in that color. Is it possible to go over the red ink with black ink?
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Yes. Black ink can go over red ink.

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Is it tacky to get quotes tattooed all over your body?
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I have seen it done before. On some people, it works. My opinion, though, is that tattoos are for artwork, and words aren't really artwork. Instead of gettting words tattooed everywhere, why not have the quote turned into a piece of art that reminds you of it, instead of covering your body in words? I can almost guarantee you'll regret having your body covered in words down the road.

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My body seems to reject colors anytime there is more than one color in any spot. I have a butterfly that is shaded with 2 colors of blue (light and dark). My body is only holding the dark blue and pushing out the light blue. Is that normal?
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It is normal for the body to accept some colors more than others, yes. However, with that said, I will say that areas that are over-worked will push the ink out more quickly. So, it may not be a question of whether or not you take light blue, it may be a question of how much your artist over-worked the skin when they were putting the light blue in.

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How much would it cost to get mermaid scales on my mid thigh?
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I don't price quote. It says it in my description above. Tattoo prices depend on the artist, the shop, the area you live in, etc. It's best to ask an artist who will actually be doing the tattoo.

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I have a tattoo I need help with, but I'm on a budget. Is it weird or bad to go in and say I have X (~$300) dollars and I need this covered or fixed, and I am open to any and all ideas? Is it ok to ask them to try & keep it under a certain $ amount?
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That's perfectly normal. 

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Can you put the UV ink over the normal tattoo ink without messing up the normal ink??? Or is the UV ink one of those things that's just used to out line the art???
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You can put UV ink where ever, just keep in mind that UV ink only sticks around for maybe a year. And, if it's the colored UV ink, and not the clear, it will look strange on your skin when not under UV light, and can splotch out badly. UV ink is only FDA approved for tagging fish, not for human use.

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I have a mixed caramel/brown color skin. In your opinion, should I get black and white tat, or a color tat? What will heal better in the long run?
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I don't recommend white tattoos for any skin color. Black and grey tattoos tend to show up more on darker skin than color tattoos do, but colored inks such as reds, greens and sometimes blues show up on darker skin.

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My friend is a very talented artist and is going to draw my tattoo. Does her drawing have to be to scale? I want my tattoo rather small but she drew it large. How does that work when I bring in her drawing to the tattoo shop? Thanks!
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They can resize it at the tattoo shop.

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I am having five words tattooed along my forearm. fineline, very simple font, like handwriting. I have been booked in for two hours for this. In what world does it take two hours to tattoo five very simple words? Thanks.
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That's from start to finish, including stenciling, actual tattooing time and clean up. Sounds like your tattoo artist just wants to make sure they don't have to rush before their next appointment.

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Hey. sorry for asking another question but would i be able to get a tattoo at the age of 16?
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Depends on the state you are in, but even if the state tattoos minors, your parent or legal guardian will still have to be there with you and sign a consent form.

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Hey. just wondering if i'm going to a tattoo store do i ask them for designs or do i bring a design of my own i'm not sure of what to do and its my first time.
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You can do either. You can look at the flash on the walls or bring them ideas for a custom tattoo that you've collected before you go to the shop.

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I wanted to extend my tattoo, but 2 tattoo artists so far have already refused to "work on other's work". Is that an ethical code or something? Does this mean I must always go back to the same artist even if I don't like his style or attitude?
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It depends on the tattoo artist. Maybe explain to them why you don't want to return to the other person. That would probably help more.

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I want to cover up my tattoo on my foot. it is a heart with four letters in it.. I want to cover up the tattoo with something like "ohana" with my family members. any ideas ?
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Using words as a cover up is nearly impossible because of the spaces between the letters.

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As a tattoo artist do you register your client's tattoos? My step-daughter has a tattoo is she now registered on a list because she has a tattoo? Is that how the police know if she has a tattoo or distinguishing scars or marks?
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I've never registered a customer's tattoo before. Maybe it's a law in some states? I have no idea.

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how long can i wait to re tattoo if d tattoo came out light on my skin
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Once the tattoo is fully healed and the skin is no longer shiny looking, it can be tattooed again.

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hi i am a inspiring tattoo artist i was studying under a guy and he moved before i finished the apprenticeship i was under him for almost a year he really showed me nothing , he had me cleaning and prepping , can i get my license i have pics
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Why would you want your license if he didn't teach you how to tattoo?

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I got a black light tattoo 1 and a half ago but the ink doesn't show up any more (as if I never got to thing). What happened? It cost me 200 bucks should ask for a small refund???
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UV ink doesn't stick around at all, but costs an arm and a leg. It's a way for tattoo artists to make a quick buck, and then continue to make a quick buck because it fades so quickly. I doubt you'll get a refund, and my advice is to forget about UV ink.

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If i get a small tattoo under my collarbone will they make me take off my shirt? If they do will they at least let me cover myself. Im very shy about my body and i need to know before i go in to get it.
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Nope. Wear a tank top and you'll be fine. I have a word under each of my collar bones and I just wore a tank top and then tucked the straps under my arms while it was being done.

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im 16 and dying to get a simple tattoo of a word in my bottom inner lip. my parents will not let me. is there any way possible to get a tattoo? i know tattoos are permanent but its such a hidden spot i know i wont regret it.
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Nope. I don't know of a state that will tattoo a 16 year old without parental consent.

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I got a tattoo today n notice that he spelled a word wrong instead of loving he spelled loveing how can he fix this?
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Cover it up. There's no erasing in tattooing.

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my husband has a new gun..the black ink goes down good, but cant get the colored ink to go down....the well has ink in it...it lays down on the skin, but skin doesn't take it
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First off, it's not a "gun," it's a machine. Secondly, I'm assuming your husband hasn't been formally trained as a tattoo artist, so therefore, I refuse to help. Thirdly, there's no actual question here. Forthly, tell him to stop tattooing until he is formally apprenticed in a shop.

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If I had an artist do my tattoo, and go to another artist to get it touched up and they use different inks, will you be able to tell in the tattoo after the touch up? And will it look bad?
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Different inks can result in differences between the old tattoo and the touchup. It could blend fine, and it could be a trainwreck. It all depends on the artist's ability to match the color or blend the old tattoo into the touch up work.

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I want to get a text tattoo, but am having trouble deciding where to put it. Where do you think is best for a text tattoo? After doing some research I noticed that a lot of artists do not agree with text tattoos. What is your opinion on them?
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I think it's better to find or come up with an art piece that depicts what the saying in words says. But that's my opinion. Words can blur under the skin over the years, but larger pictures tend to hold more over years.

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I'm new to tattooing, I was wondering how do you use stencil paper to transfer to skin?

Also, I was also wondering how deep to go while tattooing?
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Ask the person that I'm assuming you are apprenticing under, or other people in the shop where I'm assuming you are apprenticing. If you are trying to teach yourself, without a formal apprenticeship, then stop. 

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Hey, last night I did a small cross tattoo on my ankle. The needle was clean and I used a tattoo machine that I bought online. But I noticed the back of my leg is kinda sore and my foot is a little numb. I was just wondering if thos is normal?
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No, it's not normal, and it occurred because you bought a machine online and tattooed yourself without having gone through an actual apprenticeship or knowing what you are doing.

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Hi. I have a Phoenix on my arm which is great but now I want to add clouds as a background. Do you think this will be an issue as the foreground has been done first? Thank you.
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Shouldn't be an issue at all. Many times a background is added behind an existing tattoo.

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I was wondering I have a black tattoo that's pretty dark it was ca cover up. So can we put lime green on a black tattoo will it show up
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Probably not.