Good Source of Tattoos?

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    Dec 16, 2010 12:55 PM GMT
    I have been considering getting a tattoo for quite some time now. The other day I was surfing the web looking at pictures of tattoos. The reason being to figure out how to execute my idea, or see if it is really just dumb.
    Well, anyway. It really turned me off the idea. All I could find was a bunch of pretty crappy pictures of even crappier tattoos.
    So, maybe I wasn't looking at the right places.

    Do you know where to find a good source of pictures of tattoos?


    ps. I did find this pretty cool tattoo from a scythian mummy
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    Dec 16, 2010 4:18 PM GMT
    I've been doing some light research for my next tattoo, and I've found that the best source of tattoo photographs come from history books and art books. Check your local library.
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    Dec 16, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    Sounds like you want one to show off...
    Glad you decided you didn't like them because people who get tattoos just for show normally gripe about them and get them removed.
    Removing a tattoo=way fucking worse than getting one.
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    Dec 16, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    It depends though what you want. Also, the artist and his experience in that style. Personally I love tattoos that look like this

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    Well I just like ones that looks like a work of art icon_razz.gif. You cant go wrong getting a piece of artwork tattoo, well maybe you can if the artist is crappy.
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    Dec 16, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    Well, when you share the image for everyone on the net to see,
    somebody will take your idea. icon_razz.gif

    One of my tatts the tattoo artist created himself.
    He drew it by hand and put his on creative spin on the design.

    It's original and no one in the world has it.
    I don't even show it online.
    My tatts are all covered and only for my personal viewing.
    I didn't get for show and tell.

    So ask your tattoo artist and I always interview them first,
    I don't just take the next guy working that day.
    I have to vibe with the person, or no deal.

    The tattos artists that worked on me were really unique and creative.
    So we got along well and it was really fun, and don't forgot to leave a big tip!
    They really like that.
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    Dec 17, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    mnboy saidSounds like you want one to show off...
    Glad you decided you didn't like them because people who get tattoos just for show normally gripe about them and get them removed.
    Removing a tattoo=way fucking worse than getting one.


    You got it all wrong. I have an idea of what I want, I just want to get the feel of how it should be to make it right. If it should be bigger or smaller or if it is just right. If it should be in one style or the other.
    By looking at pictures I can make an assumption. Once it is on it is on.
    I'm putting the effort into making it just right so I won't regret it. Not looking up pictures of something that looks hip and draws attention... get it?!

    All I'm saying is that by some of the pictures I've seen so far people haven't put much thought into what they were doing.

    That's all y'all.
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    Dec 17, 2010 10:04 AM GMT
    I always know what I want and then google it, i.e."tattoos of dragon". I get shitloads...Find the one I want and copy it out. The ones that are copyrighted will be copy proof. You can play around with the size, paper is cheap and put the copy on the area you want the tatt. Then just enlarge/decrease until you're happy. Then I take it to my tattartist and the rest is in his court.

    BTW getting my dragon tomorrow and will post it, sorry to the guys who only do it and keep it hidden, i'm proud of mine and like to show them, they all have a personal meaning................................Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Dec 17, 2010 10:26 AM GMT
    Just make share it is something that has a very deep meaning for you and wouldn't mind keeping for the rest of your life...Mine is the title of my first poem and it has yet to be completed...for the actual poem itself of course. Don't do anything you may regret in the long run...
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    Dec 18, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    ^^^^ nonsense to you brother, may be sense to me....icon_wink.gif ^^^ Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Dec 18, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    I think your skin looks fine the way it is- why taint it?
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    Dec 18, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    vetteset said^^^^ nonsense to you brother, may be sense to me....icon_wink.gif ^^^ Keithicon_cool.gif


    Agreed. If you're going to get a tattoo, make it something meaningful to you. Otherwise you end up with a body full of tribal. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 19, 2010 7:40 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI think the most important thing you should spend time on is finding a tattoo artist whose work you really love. If he lives in the same city as you then that is convenient. Some people I know travel very far to work with their artist.

    A good artist is not only very talented but can meet your needs.

    I really dig my tattoo artist. His style has this funky/astral/not of this world type of feel to his work.

    If you find an image that you like and simply want it scanned and then size adjusted to fit a body part that is fine. But I personally like to see work that is original and very different.

    Bottom line it has to be something that "you" love. And forget all this nonsense of getting a tattoo that has such intense deep and profound meaning. If you like it - just do it.



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    Dec 19, 2010 8:01 AM GMT
    I realize this may sound silly, but have you considered designing the tattoo and then getting a temporary tattoo to see what it would look like on you and decide if you would like to have it on your body forever? It is just that I have had friends that have gotten them that have regretted it later and had to pay a lot of money to get rid of them. So it would be a good idea to really take the time to choose something that you really would like to have on your body forever, and realize that they do change (fade) over time.

    Personally, I think that it is a bad idea to put tattoos on places like your face and neck, especially if you are in a career where you have to go to business meetings....same thing for those huge plugs that some people put in their ears, as well as lip plates.

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    http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=decals#hl=en&expIds=25657,27642&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=custom+temporary+tattoos&cp=10&pf=p&sclient=psy&aq=0&aqi=&aql=&oq=custom+tem&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=a20cfd04ba3c5cf9


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    Dec 20, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    metta8 saidPersonally, I think that it is a bad idea to put tattoos on places like your face and neck, especially if you are in a career where you have to go to business meetings....same thing for those huge plugs that some people put in their ears, as well as lip plates.


    I've been turned down for jobs in the past for having 1/2" plugs / visible holes in my ears. Having visible tattoos and larger piercings is, in one way, a career choice. However, I'm glad we got the whole "I'm not comfortable with your piercings" talk out in the open ahead of time. I wouldn't work for a place that didn't allow piercings or tattoos. It's just not professional to base your hiring decisions on someone's looks. I'd rather work for someone who was ready to do some business.
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    Dec 20, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
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    metta8 saidPersonally, I think that it is a bad idea to put tattoos on places like your face and neck, especially if you are in a career where you have to go to business meetings....same thing for those huge plugs that some people put in their ears, as well as lip plates.


    I've been turned down for jobs in the past for having 1/2" plugs / visible holes in my ears. Having visible tattoos and larger piercings is, in one way, a career choice. However, I'm glad we got the whole "I'm not comfortable with your piercings" talk out in the open ahead of time. I wouldn't work for a place that didn't allow piercings or tattoos. It's just not professional to base your hiring decisions on someone's looks. I'd rather work for someone who was ready to do some business.


    A long long time ago there was a guy at work that looked very weird so I kept away from him. After a year or so, somehow or another, I got to talking with that guy. He was one of the most intelligent, nicest, decent, pleasant and cheerful people I ever came across at work. I was ashamed of myself for having judged him on his outward appearance, and am glad that I learned that lesson.
  • mybud

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    Dec 20, 2010 4:25 AM GMT
    dude...tattoofinder.com...has alot to look at...BUD
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    Dec 20, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    Here's a blog where people post their tattoos some even have links to the artists. There's a wide range of styles, bad tattoos, and good tattoos.

    http://fuckyeahtattoos.tumblr.com/

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    Dec 21, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidSo, in essence, unless someone has gone through similar life experiences as I have we could say that my tattoos have more intense meaning that 98% of the population of people who do have tattoos.


    I give people shit all the time for having tribal tattoos, mainly because I see large "tribal" pieces as a quick "I want a tattoo but I don't know what I want. I just want one to be trendy" piece that people get during drunken stupors. Or they want to express "something" but don't know what that "something" is. I've noticed that a lot of my friends that are truly into permanent body modification (implants, brandings, piercings, tattoos, scars, etc) feel the same way about our forms of modifications, and about tribal tattoos. We feel that modifying our body is a way of connecting our inner self / soul / energy / whatever-the-fuck-you-wanna-call-it, with our physical body. The scars / colors / tears that are left over are just our trophies we get to carry throughout the rest of our lives (well, that's the goal anyway). If someone gets a symbol with no personal meaning whatsoever to them, or they don't know what the symbol means, we consider it a bit of an insult to the body mod world. Sorta like some kid with anarchy symbol patched on his jacket while he goes to vote.

    The tattoos you had someone put on you have an intense meaning to you. To everyone else, when they hear your story, your tattoos are a way to cover a scar. Realize that the meaning you put behind your tattoos are completely subjective and are no more or less valid than the drunken kid that puts an Asian symbol for "hamburger" on his back. I feel the same way about my tattoos and piercings; they each have a very special meaning for me. To everyone else, it is seen as either self-mutilation or too many holes in my body. There are some scars on my body that I hold dear to me due to how I got them. They have as much meaning as any tattoo on anyone's body.

    The point I'm trying to make is this:
    If you want a tattoo, but don't really have any personal meaning or reasoning for yourself to get one other than "I want a tattoo," then it really doesn't matter what you get. You could get a giant shit smear tattoed on your forehead. Regardless, it's not going to have any significant meaning for you, so getting it is pointless. If you have some sort of personal connection with shit being smeared on your forehead, and you want a reminder of it every time you look in the mirror, then by all means, tattoo that shit. But if you have to ask "What should I get?" or "Where should I put it?", then I'd encourage you to wait a few more years before you permanently modify your body.

    As for the OP, I never answered your question. Most tattoo shops have tattoo magazines. In these magazines is some of the greatest work you'll ever see outside of bigger conventions. If you feel embarrassed about going into a shop to look at their magazines, many times Borders / Barns & Noble / etc will also have "Flash" or "Tattoo" magazines. Check them out; you may find a specific style you like, and can start your hunt for an artist based on the styles they typically draw. Check out the artists' work that have done items similar to what you are looking for. For example, I probably wouldn't go to my regular tattoo artist if I wanted a portrait of a person on my body. I'd go to someone who does primarily portraits, and cough up the extra cash.

    tl;dr - don't put a shit smear on your forehead, make sure your tattoo has personal meaning, and shop around
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    Dec 21, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    Pyrotech said[...]
    [...]
    I've noticed that a lot of my friends that are truly into permanent body modification (implants, brandings, piercings, tattoos, scars, etc) feel the same way about our forms of modifications, and about tribal tattoos. We feel that modifying our body is a way of connecting our inner self / soul / energy / whatever-the-fuck-you-wanna-call-it, with our physical body. The scars / colors / tears that are left over are just our trophies we get to carry throughout the rest of our lives (well, that's the goal anyway).
    [...]


    I'm kind of scared to know but will still ask- what are the "implants" that you are referring to above?
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    Dec 21, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    It's a disorder similiar to "cutting."
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    Dec 21, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidIt's a disorder similiar to "cutting."


    You know this from your extensive psychological training, eh?
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    Dec 21, 2010 4:31 AM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said
    Pyrotech said[...]
    [...]
    I've noticed that a lot of my friends that are truly into permanent body modification (implants, brandings, piercings, tattoos, scars, etc) feel the same way about our forms of modifications, and about tribal tattoos. We feel that modifying our body is a way of connecting our inner self / soul / energy / whatever-the-fuck-you-wanna-call-it, with our physical body. The scars / colors / tears that are left over are just our trophies we get to carry throughout the rest of our lives (well, that's the goal anyway).
    [...]


    I'm kind of scared to know but will still ask- what are the "implants" that you are referring to above?


    Well, think of women getting breast implants, or a guy getting ass implants. Body modifiers have been getting surgical steel shapes implanted in different areas of their body. Other materials have been used, such as coral, teflon, etc, but steel is the most common.
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    People also get "dermal implants," which is similar to a surface piercing, only a bit more permanent. There's an anchor that is embedded into the skin, and either a stud or a screw-in piece of jewelry can be put in, such as spikes and whatnot.

    I think they look amazing, but that's probably my cutting disorder talking, hahaha.
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    Dec 21, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI also have a hard time believing that your previous comment was not intended to be directed at me since I have large tattoos which were done in a 'ghost' tribal fashion and cover a large portion of my body.

    You, and I'm sure many other people with large "tribal" tattoos probably felt that post was directed toward you. And by that I mean a collective "you." My post wasn't directed toward you, MMTM; it was just a coincidence that you had posted before I did and that I had quoted you. If you had zero tattoos, I would have still quoted you and said the exact same thing.

    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI am finding that these little critique "cliques" of people judging others for not doing things to their expectations or standards are quite rampant these days. An example is group A with tattoos of "deep and profound personal significance" taunts group B who has tattoos that do not pass group A's standards. Group A erroneously assumes an elite position and feels superior to Group B for their beliefs.

    Are you kidding? You took something such as tattoos, said that your "ghost tribal" was to cover up your cancer scars, and that since it does, it has more meaning than 98% of people with tattoos. You've found a way to take something like putting random phrases in different languages on your body and making yourself feel superior for doing so. Who's the elitist here?

    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI found it interesting that when you described your views on what and how you value body modification and tattooing that you spoke in the collective "we" numerous times and not once did you express a thought/opinion with an independent singular "I". That was quite curious to me.

    Then your reading comprehension skills are lacking, Sir. I mentioned that my friends and I had a few things in common. There were 3 sentences in my long, drawn-out post that talked of a collective "we." Those sentences included the thoughts (that several friends and I have in common) on tribal, and the general idea of what body modifications mean to us. If it makes you feel better, exchange "us" with "me" and "we" with "I."


    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI can understand someone who simply does not like tattoos in general but to think that your tattoos are better than someone else's is ludicrous.

    I don't think mine are better than anyone else's. I just think filling a body with tribal tattoos is silly. It's just my opinion.

    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidPerhaps you and your friends should finesse and perfect the whole process of connecting to your inner selves, souls, energy. Because if you truly could than you would not be focusing on what you find to be unacceptable or inferior in others. You would simply focus on yourselves.

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    Dec 21, 2010 2:56 PM GMT
    A tattoo shot?
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    Dec 22, 2010 2:50 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    You make assumptions and judgments about people with a certain type of tattoo and dismiss it while simultaneously pumping yourself and your reasons for getting your tattoos. You go on to express that your choice of tattoo style is more valuable. It is artwork and it is subjective. You sound like a hypocrite and an elitist.

    When did I say my style of tattoos or body mods are more valuable? They only have personal meaning to me, and, again, to everyone else they may be seen as either artwork or mutilation. Am I hypocritical and elitist because I don't like "tribal" tattoos? Or because you have tribal tattoos and got butt-hurt because I said I don't like them?

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    You say tribal tattoos are silly and then go on to express how your style of body modification is so profound. With that type of comparison it is tacitly implied that you think yours are better. Calling someone else's tattoos silly because they are not like yours is an invalidation.

    I don't think tribal tattoos are silly because they aren't like mine. I think they're silly because the wearer of the tribal tattoos simply wants to put "something" on their body, with no real connection with the symbols they are putting on their body. Are you part of a "ghost tribe?" Did you even have any idea what the shapes of the "tribal" markings would look like before you ever stepped into the tattoo shop? Do you even know what aboriginal tribe was known for making markings of this mysterious "ghost tribal?" Or was it more that you needed filler to go along with that kick-ass eagle on your chest and the phrases you chose to label yourself with?

    MuchMoreThanMuscle said I did not mean to set you up in some sort of trap but it sort of appears that way does it not?

    Not really.

    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWhen people cannot refrain from expressing themselves collectively I have found that it stems from their belief that power exists in numbers. You used the collective "we" four or five times to express your elitist views on body modification. People who feel compelled to conduct themselves in this way only do so because of their own insecurities and do not feel comfortable standing on their own. And with those insecurities come all the judgments. It is the predictable formula for why people in groups cannot help themselves from talking shit in the first place. Harping on trivial matters such as whose tattoo is better or worse to insulate/stratify yourself from others with judgment. It is unfortunate.


    Yes, my dislike of tattoos and generalization of my friends is deeply rooted in my insecurities. Actually, the fact that I have differing opinions to yours and that I state them just as you do probably stems from some psychological disorder that causes me to judge others and modify my body in the first place. It's most likely that cutting disorder that was mentioned earlier. I should probably seek therapy.

    Related: If I were to see someone with their collar "popped," I would think they look like a tool. If I were to see someone with a bright-ass green mohawk and many facial piercings, I would probably think it looks great. When I see someone configuring a Linux kernel on their PC, I think it's interesting and generally feel the need to go talk with them about their favorite way of debugging objective C code. Do these judgments also make me elitist, or should we even take this discussion into the distinctions between a judgment vs a preference?