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Postby teck » Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:10 pm

In this topic we talk about tatts.

I'm a huge fan of American traditional style. I love the look, the lines, the history.

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Re: Tatts

Postby can- » Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:25 pm

I wanna get a discrete tattoo of the game of life person

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Re: Tatts

Postby schiaparelli » Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:31 pm

ben, do you actually mean "discrete"? or "discreet"? come on, man

i want an ampersand tattoo. or two. one geometric/angular and one scripty? or one sans and one serif?
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Re: Tatts

Postby hooplah » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:02 pm

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Re: Tatts

Postby teck » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:04 pm

i like small shitty tatts. on friday the 13th two weeks ago i stood in line for about two hours to get a shitty $13 tatt. alas i wasn't able to. i sometimes cringe at really artsy/designed tatts because for me tatts should be rough and gritty.
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Re: Tatts

Postby charybdis » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:37 pm

I really like Love Aesthetic's boyfriend's tat

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If I were to get one, I would get something like this.
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Re: Tatts

Postby thomaspaine » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:22 pm

teck wrote:i like small shitty tatts. on friday the 13th two weeks ago i stood in line for about two hours to get a shitty $13 tatt. alas i wasn't able to. i sometimes cringe at really artsy/designed tatts because for me tatts should be rough and gritty.


If you don't have at least one shitty tat then you don't have enough tats. I do tend to prefer the japanese mural style though where the pieces mesh with each other as opposed to the patchwork American style. I have a bunch of tats I want but haven't gotten them because I haven't figured out placement or how they'd work next to each other.
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Re: Tatts

Postby RycePooding » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:22 pm

Is it dumb that I'm worried about potential future employers//eventually not wanting the thing on me anymore? I'm 22 and fickle...
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Re: Tatts

Postby hmwut » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:47 pm

most tats can be covered up with a long sleeved shirt. and you can just sleep on it awhile if youre concerned

i'm getting a tattoo in a year or so. people based in/around nyc, who are your favorite tattoo artists?
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Re: Tatts

Postby charybdis » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:10 pm

t-paine, you should posts pics of your tat. It's awesome.
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Re: Tatts

Postby starfox64 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:57 pm

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Ryce just use this chart if you are worried about it.

I briefly dated a girl with a neck tattoo. I think she has a pretty good job at google now. probably a better job than me. maybe this means i need a tattoo on my neck.
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Re: Tatts

Postby thomaspaine » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:05 pm

imgur album here. I keep meaning to get around to taking better pictures someday.

I want this but don't know where to get it

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Re: Tatts

Postby starfox64 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:11 pm

thomaspaine wrote:
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get the beef thing tattooed on your butt.

also i hope you don't mind my asking, but what's up with the ohio tattoo?

also that girl was kinda crazy ratchet. maybe not advisable. but she lives in sf i think, so maybe there is a chance!
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Re: Tatts

Postby thomaspaine » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:19 pm

I'm from Ohio and got it when I moved to california. xxx is a straight edge thing.

Neck tat and kind of crazy? I'm down.
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Re: Tatts

Postby teck » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:06 am

RycePooding wrote:Is it dumb that I'm worried about potential future employers//eventually not wanting the thing on me anymore? I'm 22 and fickle...


theres many job areas that are cool with tatts. i've actually been told by coworkers to SHOW my tatts, as it lends an air of edginess. i work in advertising so being seen as creative/cool is important sometimes. and if you want to work in corporate america then you'll probably be wearing long sleeve shirts anyways...

hmwut wrote:... people based in/around nyc, who are your favorite tattoo artists?


what style are you looking for? Invisible Ink, Smith Street Tattoo, NY Adorned are probably some of the best shops in the US, if not the world.
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Re: Tatts

Postby RycePooding » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:40 am

I want to be a teacher... I'm guessing I'll keep them to easily hideable places.

How do you go about finding a good artist?
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Re: Tatts

Postby teck » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:23 am

You can look some up in forums or magazines. Scope out shops and dig through the artists' books. You'll eventually find an artist whose style you like.

after that its a lot of trust. you have to trust the artist to take your idea and make it work. often times this will mean totally re-doing whatever you had in mind. but if he's a good artist you'll like wat he does anyways because it will be well executed.
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Re: Tatts

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:47 pm

teck How much of a place (if any) do you think authenticity has in tatooing? Tribal on white folk, anchors on non-sailors, etc. I know it's been debated to death as far as clothing goes but I'm interested in your thoughts here. Should the value of a tattoo be solely in the eye of the owner?
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Re: Tatts

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:59 am

Always been a fan of some of Spider Jerusalem's tattoos from the comic Transmetropolitan.

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Re: Tatts

Postby teck » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:02 am

UnwashedMolasses wrote:Should the value of a tattoo be solely in the eye of the owner?


Super complicated question. Just like with clothing tattoos can be signals that have vastly different meanings for owner versus viewer. Ultimately, I wouldn't get anything that would actually hurt someone or a group of people (the only extreme example i could think of is getting a concentration camp number tattoo). Using that as a yardstick, I'd just otherwise be least be cognizant that, for some, tattoos might carry a specific meaning that you might or might not wish to invoke.

Personally, however, I don't like to ascribe meaning to tattoos, since for me no tattoos have any historical/cultural meaning and everything I get I get because, ultimately, I find it aesthetically pleasing.

That's not to say there's things I wouldn't get. Aesthetically I like sailor tatts but I was never on a ship so I wouldn't get them. Although, do real deal US Navy sailors still get those tatts? When was the last time a three mast ship-of-the-line even sailed?? You see where I'm going.
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Re: Tatts

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:15 pm

Yeah, that makes sense. I try and stay aware of it because as an middle-upper class white male I've got a whole lot of racial/cultural insensitivity going one way from me. Which is also unfortunate because my favorite tattoo styles (and most likely the ones I'll end up getting) are similar to the ones I just posted, basically geometric/modern riffings on tribal.
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Re: Tatts

Postby YoungCanoeist » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:19 pm

i love geometric linework like this:

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working on drawing one for myself. similar in repeating geometric stuff but with more curved lines than straight, incorporating sun and flower petals somehow too. we'll see how it goes!
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Re: Tatts

Postby teck » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:29 pm

im prob in the minority but i dont like geometric work. its very fine and i cant imagine it will age well. plus, unless it nods towards an older tradition, i feel it will be subject to the whims of graphic design. just my two cents
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Re: Tatts

Postby hooplah » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:33 pm

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Re: Tatts

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:26 pm

That's my worry about it too. I like the look of fine linework but wouldn't get it on myself, more likely just large blocks of black. It's hard for me to get an nonobjective perspective on whether geometric tattoos are an emerging genre of tattooing unto itself or if they're just another fad.
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Re: Tatts

Postby thomaspaine » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:41 pm

Agree that the geometric and so called "minimalist" tattoos of linework or colorblocking strike me as a little fadish, like barbed wire and tribals. At the same time I feel like who cares, someone somewhere is going to think your tattoos look dumb, you should just go into it assuming most other people will think they're dumb.
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Re: Tatts

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:12 pm

Speaking of shitty tats, I really want this duck somewhere. I don't know where or how.

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Re: Tatts

Postby odradek » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:13 pm

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Re: Tatts

Postby anonomous » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:21 am

I've been wanting to get a tattoo for a while but i don't know where to place it and what exactly to get. Being very careful in choosing what i like as tattoos stay forever.. Or is putting ink on you something you do in impulse?? I was thinking of starting small. What were your first tattoos?

I quite like mandalas and americana tattoos. I'd also like a half sleeve sometime in the future.

Here are some tattoos that i really like.
Thearm's tattoo is one of my favourite tatts
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Re: Tatts

Postby starfox64 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:27 am

the-arm's case is interesting because i think it's sort of a tribal tattoo (?) but he is from New Zealand so obviously things have a different connotation for him than they would for me or even you (directed at Anon but I don't think anyone here is actually Pacific Islander).

Regardless, if you are somewhat unsure about your design, I think something like AJ's tattoo (the bottom one) is probably the best. He got a tattoo from a well-known artist, and I have no idea how much input he had with it, but I'm guessing not a ton. I think finding a good artist and getting something "cool", for lack of a better term, is generally better than trying to come up with the concept yourself.
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