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Old 07-28-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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This.

I've never received a tattoo in a parlor that had 'flash' up on the wall. I've been tattooed by two different artists and ALL they did was custom work. I've looked through hundreds of portfolios and thousands of tattoos before deciding on an artist, and even then it was another few weeks of drawing, stenciling, re drawing, more stenciling etc etc. until the needle touched my skin. I have around 9 hours done on my lower arm (and it's just outlined...no color yet) and it took 6 months to draw it up.

There's a big difference between the spring-break-dolphin-on-the-ankle tattoo and a custom, well done, well thought out piece of work. Unfortunately, most people see the former instead of the latter because people who actually take their time on tattoos aren't as keen on showing them off. It's a private matter, and a lot of good work is flat out stolen. Part of my tattoo was featured in a magazine and I immediately had at least 5 knock-offs that I knew of. Never again. I don't participate in magazines, editorials or competitions with my tattoos anymore.

Couldn't rep you again, yet, JJ.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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What you find attractive today may be completely different in 10-20-30 years, but you are stuck with it.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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What I don't understand is that tattoos used to be reserved for the lower class and dregs of society. Like people who ended up in jail and were murderers and rapist. Now everybody is getting one. How did that happen? What was the attraction? I will never understand..
Because in a culture/civilization on the rise the lower classes try to copy the behavior of the upper classes.
In a civilization on the the decline the middle and upper classes copy the behavior of the dregs of society.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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What you find attractive today may be completely different in 10-20-30 years, but you are stuck with it.
That's one of the great things about fashion in general, it is always changing. Nobody wants to wear the same clothes for the rest of their life. With tattoos it's the same thing day after day after day for the rest of your life. In addition, that same old tattoo(s) will keep looking uglier with age.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Because in a culture/civilization on the rise the lower classes try to copy the behavior of the upper classes.
In a civilization on the the decline the middle and upper classes copy the behavior of the dregs of society.
I'm not a 'dreg of society' simply because of my tattoos. My parents taught me to judge on actions, not on appearance...how about yours?

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That's one of the great things about fashion in general, it is always changing. Nobody wants to wear the same clothes for the rest of their life. With tattoos it's the same thing day after day after day for the rest of your life. In addition, that same old tattoo(s) will keep looking uglier with age.
I don't give a flying fig about 'fashion'. I received my first tattoo over 10 years ago and still love it, it's also still bright and crisp because I take care of my skin.

Tattoos look uglier with age because the people who get them simply don't take care of them. The process of tattooing along with the ink that is used is continually improving and it's fairly common to see a tattoo that is 10+ years old that looks nearly new. I get compliments all the time on my lower arm and people are always shocked that it's over 7 years old... it's because I exfoliate, keep it covered and keep lotion/sunscreen on it at all times.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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Tattoos don't make skin feel like leather. You're welcome to refrain from touching whomever you'd like, I'd expect...but the ink is deposited under the epidermis, and doesn't change the texture of one's skin once the epidermis heals after the initial needlework, which happens as quickly as any other minor skin abrasion. Once a tattoo heals, the skin feels no different than surrounding skin, unless there are other extenuating skin problems.
Some body are that is uniform does not look bad- I saw one tatt today that followed the woman's collar bone- it was good art and looked fine,.

I understand that - but it was not that I believed it to be leathery- being an artist I imagined canvas..Just wish that if they were going to get tatts that they would find a talented artist to do beautiful work...not just anyone who puts up a sign that says TATTOOS.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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What you find attractive today may be completely different in 10-20-30 years, but you are stuck with it.
Well, speaking for myself, I got one of the two ten years ago, and it's still something that appeals to me, so I feel pretty good about the far-reaching appeal of my choices, no worries.

I do think about getting it retouched, since it's entirely shades of green, a color prone to fading. It's not too bad, as it's in a place that gets very minimal sun exposure, but my other tattoo is black ink and has def. held up better...but it's also four years "younger." Also in a spot that doesn't typically see sunlight.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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[quote=JetJockey;25381785]I'm not a 'dreg of society' simply because of my tattoos. My parents taught me to judge on actions, not on appearance...how about yours?
/QUOTE]

You missed my point. I wasn't calling you or most people who have tattoos today dregs of society. My point is that up until around 20-25 years ago only the dregs of society were tattooed. It was not mainstream at all at the time. As a culture on the decline, the non-dregs have been copying the dregs and tattoos are the best example of this.

If nobody started copying the scum of 25 years ago hardly anyone would be tattooed today including yourself, the thought wouldn't have even entered your mind.

So no offense was intended, just about everyone and their grandmother is tattooed today, not just the dregs.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:38 AM
 
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When I think of huge tattoos I think of those Prision Shows on TV on MSNBC (LockUp) and the National Geographic Channel or the new show (Jail). It seems like most of the prisioners on those shows have lots of tattoos.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:14 AM
 
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...There's a big difference between the spring-break-dolphin-on-the-ankle tattoo and a custom, well done, well thought out piece of work. Unfortunately, most people see the former instead of the latter because people who actually take their time on tattoos aren't as keen on showing them off. It's a private matter, and a lot of good work is flat out stolen. Part of my tattoo was featured in a magazine and I immediately had at least 5 knock-offs that I knew of. Never again. I don't participate in magazines, editorials or competitions with my tattoos anymore.
I admire your attitude and approach.

But, it is summer now and your type of person, from what I see, is clearly a rather small minority.
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