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Tattoo 2019

Post by Fainn » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:06 pm

Probably get it for my birthda5 in April. I wanted something that incorporated stars due to Louie Giglio's How Great is our God video. Most stars look effeminate. So I am leaning towards a star compass with the coordinates to where my son was born. Any suggestions for a better tattoo or caution against this one would be appreciated.

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Cleon » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:33 am

You should get a tat of Van Camp's Pork and Beans on your lower back.
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Post by stoshdwalsh » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:17 am

Sounds like this isn’t your first one...?
Cool idea. Size? Placement? That will matter a lot in terms of how masculine/feminine a tattoo looks and whether or not something like a compass could work.
FWIW—Whenever people ask me about mine (I have about 70 hours in—full arm sleeve), I always say you get what you pay for, so travel to find the right artist if necessary, get someone who will work with you to create your design, make sure you are impressed with an artist’s entire portfolio, etc.
And... pics or it didn’t happen :D

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Fainn » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:14 am

stoshdwalsh wrote:Sounds like this isn’t your first one...?
Cool idea. Size? Placement? That will matter a lot in terms of how masculine/feminine a tattoo looks and whether or not something like a compass could work.
FWIW—Whenever people ask me about mine (I have about 70 hours in—full arm sleeve), I always say you get what you pay for, so travel to find the right artist if necessary, get someone who will work with you to create your design, make sure you are impressed with an artist’s entire portfolio, etc.
And... pics or it didn’t happen :D
It's my first. Was going to get one last year, but had to be on blood thinners. Size would be 3.5 inches on my upper left arm.

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Post by stoshdwalsh » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:33 am

First? Nice! In that case, I have a pocket full of .02 for you, LOL...

A few things to consider:
-readability—you should know what it is from a cross the room—in general, bigger tends to be better in this regard, and the smaller a tattoo is, the longer it will take if it has detail (like a compass). If you have ANY thought whatsoever about getting more or adding to it to create a half sleeve or something, begin with the end in mind...
-get on instagram and search for “compass tattoo” hashtags—there will be a lot of results—use that to give you an idea of the range of possibilities and quality
-What’s the closest big city to where you live? That’s probably where you’re going to end up unless money is no obstacle, in which case you’re going to want to get on someone’s waiting list...
-speaking of waiting lists... expect to have to book your appointment at least 3 months in advance. NEVER walk into a shop and get a tattoo that day. Every decent artist I know of has a backlog; many very excellent artists close their books and only open them a couple of times a year. The artist I have worked with (Manny Abadi at West Loop Tattoo Collective in Chicago) books 3-4 months out; Josh Grable, who owns the studio, books 8 or more months out
-Find someone who ONLY does what you want (i.e. color or black and gray)—probably 85% of top tier artists only do one or the other
-Save money until you can afford a really great tattoo—they’re permanent ;) I don’t mean to sound pretentious, but the art on my left arm cost more than I paid for my car. You should probably expect to pay $500 or so for what you’re describing.
Good luck! Welcome to your new addiction :)

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Fainn » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:01 pm

They told me about 150. At Jack and Diane's in Gulfport, MS
They have been in business almost 40 years.

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Post by stoshdwalsh » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:43 pm

How long did they say they thought it would take? Different market, different prices, obviously, but as a general rule, if you’re paying less than $100/hr, you’re either getting a great deal or a bad tattoo.

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Fainn » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:24 pm

They didn't say how long it would take.

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by hugodrax » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:27 pm

20 + C + M + B + 19
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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Fainn » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:30 pm

hugodrax wrote:20 + C + M + B + 19
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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Fainn » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:31 pm

stoshdwalsh wrote:How long did they say they thought it would take? Different market, different prices, obviously, but as a general rule, if you’re paying less than $100/hr, you’re either getting a great deal or a bad tattoo.
I called. Their rate is 50 an hour. Which I don't understand or like because I wanted something simple.

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Jester » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:28 am

Fainn wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:31 pm
stoshdwalsh wrote:How long did they say they thought it would take? Different market, different prices, obviously, but as a general rule, if you’re paying less than $100/hr, you’re either getting a great deal or a bad tattoo.
I called. Their rate is 50 an hour. Which I don't understand or like because I wanted something simple.

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If you have something specific in mind they can price it for you. Most people going into shops are getting "sleeves" done. This takes separate sessions, weeks and sometimes years. You sit in the chair as long as you can take it (or how much money you have) because it wont be finished that day. That is where the hourly rate comes in. For you, if its a one time simple deal so they just tell you $150. It might only take an hour but the hourly rate doesn't apply in your situation.
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Post by stoshdwalsh » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:22 am

To Jester’s point, hourly rates are generally for “one off” pieces. People who are getting a lot of work done tend to pay by the day, half day or piece. In general, though, it’s a “get what you pay for” business. Spend the extra couple hundred bucks or travel the extra hour or two if necessary to find the ideal situation for you... You’ll never regret it.

Beyond that, though, focus on the artist’s portfolio and the fact that you look at their previous work and say, “Wow, this is a really good artist and I’d be happy to wear something by him/her for the rest of my life,” because that’s what you’re going to do. Cost pales in comparison to this—didn’t mean to take that rabbit trail other than to give you a basis for comparison. Ask an artist for HEALED photos of tattoos they’ve done—most tattoos look pretty good fresh—how they hold up is largely based on an artist’s technique and the time they take to ensure the ink saturates (and, of course, the quality of their materials).

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Fainn » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:53 pm

What I'm thinking. Image

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by hugodrax » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:01 pm

I suggest an Edinburgh Tattoo.
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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by coco » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:42 pm

Cleon wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:33 am
You should get a tat of Van Camp's Pork and Beans on your lower back.
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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by coco » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:57 pm

Compass?
Make sure your artist passed elementary school
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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by hugodrax » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:03 pm

coco wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:57 pm
Compass?
Make sure your artist passed elementary school
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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by Fainn » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:29 pm

coco wrote:Compass?
Make sure your artist passed elementary school
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Took me a minute to get it cause it's been a long day. Also my pic is accidentally sideways

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Re: Tattoo 2019

Post by JMG » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:43 pm

coco wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:42 pm
Cleon wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:33 am
You should get a tat of Van Camp's Pork and Beans on your lower back.
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