February 11, 2013
December 10, 2012
For one very important reason, anyone considering a new tattoo should look for a qualified tattoo finder to help make that decision. That one important reason is to ensure that you get a tattoo that doesn't suck. It's harder than you might expect.
Look at the typical scenario. In fact, look at my scenario when I got my first tattoo 18 years ago.
I walked into the only nearby tattoo parlor that I knew of. This one happened to be attached to a head shop. I was oblivious of the danger at the time, but yikes. Anyway, I paged through the few books they had there, but while I was doing that, I felt people staring at me. This was a small shop, and I was taking up room that could be filled by another paying customer. I didn't really know what I wanted, I couldn't find anything that really appealed to me, and I was getting tense because I thought I was taking too long to make a decision. And I got . . . a Tasmanian devil. I kid you not. It has since been covered up, but that choice haunts me to this day.
Fast forward a year, and now I'm in a clean, competent, highly regarded parlor. Same situation: I'm thumbing through books, looking for a good design, but can't quite find one I like. I wanted an arm band, and 17 years ago, there was a very limited selection of arm band tattoos. I think there were literally 10 designs to choose from. Anyway, I had no other alternatives for a parlor, so I chose one of those stock bands. And to this day, I hate that tattoo.
A tattoo finder could have helped me in both those situations.
A tattoo finder enables you to look through a large amount of designs in a short period of time, exposing you to many more tattoos than you would otherwise be able to see. You can also see tattoos from many different styles, not just the ones that were created by the artists from that parlor. Perhaps best of all is that you can take your time. Look a little now, a little tomorrow, etc. You can sleep on it, draw temporary designs to make sure you like them. You can use transfer paper to temporarily put the full design on your body for a few days (see this post to learn how). In short, you are able to spend as much time as you want to view and try on as many designs as you like before you step foot in a parlor.
The price to access a tattoo finder is minuscule in comparison to the cost of the actual tattoo, not to mention the headaches it could save you.
So why use a tattoo finder:
- You are able to look through many more designs.
- It's easier to look through designs more quickly.
- You can find a perfect design from the comfort of your home.
- You can look through the top designs from a broad range of artists around the country.
- It helps ensure that you get a tattoo that you like for years to come.
- You don't have to worry about feeling pressured to choose a design quickly, like you do when you're in the parlor.
- To find a killer design that you'll love for years to come.
November 4, 2012
Yakuza-inspired full back tattoo. Wicked severe.
December 6, 2011
Some of my favorite designs:
July 17, 2009
Wow, what a killer tattoo. Feminine, beautiful, severe, and intense all rolled into one. Beautiful work.
April 2, 2009
Toilets make me feel dirty. . .
Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/misstricky/3080152595/
December 9, 2008
Here's a neat way to commemorate the birth of a child. I'm thinking about something along these lines, with a banner for names. . . provided that it can be worked convincingly into a good sleeve. That's the challenge, isn't it? Blending multiple themes and styles into one cohesive design.