Suggestions/advice for a tattoo

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Bear, May 23, 2011.

  1. Bear

    Bear Hoot!

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    Planning on getting my first tattoo pretty soon. This isn't a thread on what to get or anything. I've actually already decided. It's going to be the California state flag (without the lettering). I'm planning on getting this on my right arm between outer bi/tricep (just the side)

    Reference: http://www.paladium.net/00g/CaliforniaStateFlag2010apr.jpg

    For those that have tattoos, what advice can you give? Care to share some of yours? What are some important things I should look for in an artist? Anything to be wary of?
  2. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    As a person with 7 of them, my advice is "don't do it".

    This one may change my mind though:
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  3. PeNZ

    PeNZ Tweak OG

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    Should get the NCR flag from Fallout New Vegas haha
  4. James K

    James K Administrator Staff Member

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    an owl on your chest
  5. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    my advice.. dont do it.

    at least until...
    - you design it yourself
    - its a design thats never been done in history
    - its a design that noone else wants
    - a design that means somthing to you forever
    - a design that comes out of YOUR brain that noone else can copy

    until then, i say dont do it.
  6. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    If you're not even sure what to get, why have it permanently drawn on your body? I'm with Wiskas and Torx, skip it.
  7. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    He said he knew what he wanted,
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    he was just asking advice on artists and for pointers.
  8. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Oh duh, reading comprehension FTW! :lol: I skimmed, poorly...
  9. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    my advice still stands.
  10. jake

    jake Vagabond

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    Are you from California?
  11. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    California is a great place to be from. That's what all the calis tell me that moved here. :wink:
  12. Bear

    Bear Hoot!

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    I assumed some people might wonder why I'm choosing that as a design. Yes, I was born in Fullerton, CA. Spent a good portion of my childhood there and moved to Tampa, FL. The reason I'm choosing it is more for the bear, though. The fact that it's a California grizzly is a bonus. Like my username, everyone calls me Bear. It's been my family name since I can remember. It catches on with friends and family so I usually hear it more than my real name "James".

    I may not do it exactly like the flag and I'm definitely open to an artist's suggestions on making it more unique
  13. Jishory

    Jishory Junior Member

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    I have seen that tattoo quite a few times, I'd get something more original. Plus California is more gay than cum on a mustache.
  14. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    I understand the desire to define oneself, be it as a soldier, a father, a chistian, an American, etc. It's something we all do every day in many different ways. We do it with the avatars we choose, the status we write, the ringtones we program, teams jersey's we wear, the symbols we hang around our necks... a million things we choose to project to the world so they know who we are. The allure of identity is a powerful thing. The desire to be associated with things that are good, and strong and true.

    A tattoo, by its permanency, can show a commitment to a principle, but it can also become a anchor that halts any further evolution of the self. What once defined you may end up holding you back. Say a Ford guy gets a Ford tattoo, and Ford becomes the joke of the industry... he'll either defend it stubbornly or wear it accepting the shame. That's a rather unsubtle example, but the important thing is not what others will see in the now undesirable tattoo but how it traps the person wearing it. They become slaves to an image they once wanted to live up to.

    None of the things I identified myself with 10 years ago are true today. I was a car guy, now I don't even drive. I was investigating my religious side, getting semi-serious about christianity... now I keep it at a distance. I thought Canada was the greatest country in the world, now I find Canadian nationalism hollow and cheap. It's not a weakness to not want to subscribe to something forever... people change.

    Don't lock it in. Be open to life changing who you are.

    /2 cents
  15. crowchaser

    crowchaser not to be taken seriously

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    i have designed a couple tats for myself, they all have my daughters name or initials in them hidden discreetly... I have yet to get them because i really haven't thought of placement and size yet, also i am scared of getting addicted
  16. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    The only tattoo I have is something I just got to spite my parents and because I love music.
    My first mistake: getting a tattoo to spite my parents
    Second mistake: driving 45 minutes to get a tattoo that took ten minutes to get and cost more than it should have...


    I gotta design something to cover it up or add to it now..........
  17. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    Well said smirnoff, that brought a tear to my eye.
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    If u find yourself to have an addicting personality, dont do it because tattoos are addictive.
    I stay away from females with alot of tattoos, it tells me they have no self control.
  18. Mince

    Mince Never Dice, Always Mince!

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    Wow guys, you completely shitted on Bear's thread. LOL...

    So in his defense (and to further explain his motives) he has always been known as Bear. Waaaaaaaaaay before there was a Tweak or real internet. As stated, its a family pet name. So no worries on regretting what he will actually get since it's already been part of his life (with no sign of changing).

    Now, whether or not he will regret having something printed on his body forever only time will tell. But, I'm sure, just like anything in life, there will be days where he will love his tattoo and days where he will not. I know we've all felt the same way about certain things... like a wife or children. ;)

    And what the fuck is up with eveyone being a downer?? Where is the joy in this place? The rapture didn't happen so you should all be happy to be here! :D
  19. PeNZ

    PeNZ Tweak OG

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  20. Miller

    Miller Tweak Guru

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    at least get a cool looking bear

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    ^that would be mine!
  21. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    I'm just bitter because my Starland Vocal Band tattoo isn't as cool as it used to be. :(

    /Simpsons joke thievery
  22. braaains

    braaains gubble gubble

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    Haha damn, a bunch of tattoo downers.

    I say thats a simple design (which is good), and if you like it go for it. There are so many stupid tattoos out there now that as long as you have some merit, that's good enough. It's not a band, and it's not pop-culture related, i'd say that makes it a good choice.
    You're going to get it colored I take it?
  23. namelessentity

    namelessentity Resident Cynic

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  24. fornik8her

    fornik8her Junior Member

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    OK, dude. As someone who has a few tats I'll let ya know a few things., Research the person you are thinking of inking your bod. Don't be in a rush. If you can observe their work ethics ( you know like using clean equipment, their work area should be clean and fairly orderly ) If you can actually observe them doing somebody else that would be good. ( sometimes they don't like people looking over their shoulder while they work), but you can check out the work as soon as they are done and see how clean or straight the lines are especially the fine lines. Look at the shading or colors and see if they are even. If you can see a couple or more of the artists work, do so. I don't know anybody around Florida anymore so I can't help you there. Good luck and hope it goes good for you.

    :bear:
  25. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    ftw.

    Anyways, I say do it.