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4/10/12 8:06 A

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Rhiannon..if there was a like button I would so click it for your post!. Ink is permanent and should never be an impulse!

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4/6/12 3:07 A

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Oh I agree with TatooedCareBear I was 26 when I finally got my first tattoo, I had the idea for it when I was a teenager. My second one I thought about for something like 3 years before finally getting it for my 30th birthday.

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4/6/12 3:04 A

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I have always tried to think of "the art is good but I don't care for the subject" as one thing, and "the art is terrible was your tattoo done by a drunken monkey" as a totally different thing. If the art is good I am comfortable saying I'm glad you like it, and I see that it is a nice piece. if the art is bad, then it is so much harder to smile and say "i'm glad you like it" and all that.
I hear a lot of people going to so and so because "he can get me in right away" but I've never felt a tattoo should be an "impulse buy". I don't expect everyone to go to an artist that books months out, but I think it's only responsible treatment of your body and your art to find someone who does a style of art you like and can draw just what you want, regardless of weather that person can see you today or three months from now to do the actual work. That being said my boyfriend and I found our artist because he specialized in bio mechanical (what the boyfriend wanted at the time) but he also loves doing egyptian work (what I was eventually looking for). I finally started my current (second) tattoo with Brion on Leap day, and his next appointment to finish it was June 14th. Awesome guy that Brion is when I called him two weeks later to ask about boyfriend getting an appointment the same day in june he rearranged his schedule to get us both in that day. I hope the person he rescheduled got an earlier date out of the deal but I assume he gave them the option to say no to the reschedule. Once I get the picture off my old phone and onto the computer I'll post the progress and then the finished piece.

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2/29/12 8:33 A

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i guess cause i waited until i was 30 for my first one...i have always sat down and planned it out. then i usually have to wait a month or two till i can get in with steve cause he books up so fast. i may feel different at say 70 but at 'almost' 40 i am in love with all of mine.

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2/28/12 11:02 A

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YAY.. that was great advice..lol

I have some tattoos I liked at the time because I was naive and didn't know about the art form. I am now carefully working with an artist to plan out a cover up for one piece and a rework of another. I'm going very slow with everything I do because I want it to look right. sometimes it's just a matter of inexperience and the excitement of wanting to get one done.. In my case that translated into at least 2 if not 3 bad to so so tattoos..sighs.. learn learn learn!! (pretending to beat it into my head so I don't ever mess up again!)

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2/28/12 8:26 A

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i went with the cool do you love it line and that got me through! thanks! emoticon

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2/23/12 8:28 A

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Hard one

When I friend shows me their new ink, I always say "Cool" followed by "Do you love it?" usually they do and that is all that really matters.

Now if my friends tell me they are thinking of getting new ink I always try to encourage them to see my artist or her partner because I know they will get something beautiful.

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2/22/12 12:15 A

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Hopefully they wont corner you. Folks need to realize that it doesn't matter if I or anyone else likes it but it only counts if they like it cause they have to wear it.

Do what feels right in your heart. I do agree with the others - a vague answer or just saying it's cool will hopefully get you through. I have been fortunate enough not to have been in this situation very often.

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2/21/12 2:22 P

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that is a tough one. Thinking back to when my sister got her tattoo...she went with someone that knew what she wanted and my sister did not like any on the book so the artist drew up something for her with stars, a lightening bolt and clouds...it is on her ankle and it is awful...but the tattoo itself is done well.

She has never asked me if I liked it and I have never told her I hate it. My response when she showed me was 'cool'.

My tattoo is a lower back tattoo and while I love it I know others hate it-though they have never said so. I can live with that. What I do not like about my tattoo is that there are spots where I do not feel the tattoo artist came to a good point and I swear it is crooked and there are raised spots on my back from too much ink I am sure...but nobody will say anything to me and I cannot see it straight on so don't know for sure.

So while I like my tattoo, I think my sister's tattoo artist was better than mine.

I, had an appointment with an artist, he could not make it that day, so I just went with the guy that was there because he could do it then. In hindsight I should have waited but I did not and I can accept that...it is not like anyone but my husband sees my tattoo regularly so he is the only one that would notice anyways...it is not on my neck.

My advice to all would be not to rush it, but I know when you have your mind set on something sometimes you get impatient.

Hopefully they will never ask you for your real opinion of the tattoos. Best thing for you to do is to have an answer ready, something vague and non-committal...

When you get a bad tattoo it is really the artist that is bad...do your research...look through portfolios...get someone that is familiar with what you want, not the one that has done the most.



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2/21/12 9:08 A

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So this is always a touchy subject - I know lots of people that have tattoos that I just don't personally care for. I always have to remind myself that not everyone is going to have the same tastes as me - and that tattoos are unique to the person who got them. Sometimes I'll respond with "Its very *you*" because a lot of the time, the tattoo reflects some aspect of their personality without me having to admit whether I really like it or not....does that make sense?

However, there are other times where the tattoos are just awful (they don't match other pieces on their body, they aren't flattering - or worse, they're BOTH of those things!) - in those situations I really just keep my mouth shut or very nicely do the "its very *you*" thing and hope they don't push the subject further

Hope that helps!

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2/21/12 8:27 A

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When a friend gets new ink that is no good.. do you tell them what you really think or do you lie and tell them it's really good? Friends husband got new ink on his neck and she on her leg. they went to an old biker guy that's been tattooing for years..his nickname is 'the butcher' but they went to him because he could get them in right away. i haven't been able to be honest but i haven't told them i like them either. i just smile and shake my head and say good for you...i know though that she is going to confront me soon and ask my honest opinion. emoticon
i hate to lie but i hate to hurt feelings even more!

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