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Old 09-17-2007, 12:15 PM   #1
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Lets talk Tattoo's

And lets not get too far off base here.

Please keep this PG folks.

Do you have a tattoo?
Where is it located?
And what is it (can you post a picture) of it?
Do you have any regrets about getting it?

I am 42 years old and want/am getting a tattoo. I have been considering one sence 2002. I have been working on a design for some time now and would like your opionion on it/them. This is a tribute to my brothers at FDNY and NYPD who lost thier lives in the September 11 attacks. (This is not a place for politics).

Number 1 is where I started:


Number 2 is first draft:


Number 3 I like because of the "Morning Band" goes all the way across:


Number 4 is the one I like the best:


I am thinking left arm above the short sleeve line.

By the way, NO I will not change my mind about this. Just wanted to share a life decision with my BBQ Central Family.
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:28 PM   #2
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Bill, Tattoos are personal...if I were you I would get the one YOU like the best...I wouldn't bother getting opinions as it isn't going on anyone else's body but yours...FOREVER!

And remember, they won't look like they do now....35 years from now!

PS, I have no tats!
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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No tattoo's here either. Greg is right it is a personal decision that a man/woman makes for his or her own reasons, really nobody else's opinion on whether to get one or not, matters.

Now I have an opinion on middle aged men getting tattoo's, but it's my personal opinion.
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Old 09-17-2007, 02:40 PM   #4
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I have three.

The white will fade big time. Don't count on that as part of the design.
Don't just walk into a shop and get one based on the flashes on the wall. Talk to people around you that have them, look at the quality of the artwork. If it's something you like, ask them where they got it done.

There were plenty of artists here, but I chose to go down to Laconia, NH to get mine done my Dave Rubin from "Sign of the Wolf"....based on his reputation in the industry.

Make sure you KNOW the artist's skill so it's something that you'll be happy with....forever.
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:16 PM   #5
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I have 4. As stated above white will crap out on you. Also keep in mind that sunlight will fade them. None of mine are visible with a shirt and pants on and all look pretty much as they did back when I got them and the oldest is better than 20 years.

Also take time and find a reputable artists. Make sure the place is clean and no body is smoking (smoking while tatooing is REALLY BAD).

I do not know if you found anybody but more than likely they can help you with your design so it translates as good as it can into tattoo.

Good luck, and no drinking.
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:23 PM   #6
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Or find someone who can make up a whole bunch of transfers, and change it every few days. The white will stay fresh! :P

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Old 09-17-2007, 05:24 PM   #7
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I have a little ink here and there, and as stated already white can
be an issue. If you MUST have white, the only way I have seen it done is
to have your white areas done in a light yellow and let in rest for
12-15 months and then have it recolored with the white.....white isn't a
color most artist will even attempt to lay down.

You made a pretty cool design, BUT......

I know, there's ALWAYS a but! The design is cool, but the placement
area you are talking, I'm assuming you will be looking for
something approx. 4-5 inches across? If it's going to be that
small... your lettering on the mourning banner will need to run full
size (at minimum) top to bottom of banner and be fatter. The way
it is now the black will quickly bleed over through time and you will
lose the legibility of the letters (I think).


I hate to pick apart such an awesome design, but your stars AND
the stripes on your first design may be a better way to go, especially
with white being an issue. The more stripes without a good white
will provide the strip effect better, and the less of an attempt at a
bunch of white stars would detract less from your design. The rough
detail on your twin towers on the first picture may also work better
as an end result/design.

The only thing I would change/add if it were mine would be to "flag"
the ends of your mourning band......Hard to describe.....make them
go past the edges a little and then have them look kinda 3-D like
the are waving in the breeze...kinda like you picture a flag on a
pole doing. And definately have the edges of your red fire dept.
shield shaded and shadowed black or grey....it will make all the
difference in the world.

Once again...AWESOME DESIGN!!!!!!!... and I give you credit
for NOT getting "flash" out of a book or off a wall.

Don't worry about the pain...I fell asleep during my last one. My
very first one I remember they started with and outline and then
shaded it all in. The very first inch or so of outline when he started
felt kinda like someone had a really sharp razor blade and was
ever so slowly slicing my skin just barely deep enough to make
it bleed.........the entire thing after that just felt like someone
was rubbing my arm with some sandpaper.


just my $.02
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:26 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advise guys. I will be checking out the artist and taking my brother who works for a doctor and he will be examining the equipment and the sanitation there of. Also, this will be a joint venture. My oldest is getting one too for her 21st B-day. We will be going together and getting them.
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:17 AM   #9
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I have one. A bald eagle in flight just above the shirtline on my left arm. About 7-8" high. Never once regretted it!
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:20 AM   #10
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I 2nd what SJ mentioned, and was gunna post that today. Careful with the small lettering as it will bleed together over time.
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