What colors should I use for my tattoo.

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    Dec 16, 2015 6:55 AM GMT
    I'm thinking about getting a second medium sized tattoo for my birthday. I have always wanted the the words "LOVING KINDNESS" Over my chest kind of like a long horizontal pendant on a necklace. I'm thinking of using the om symbol linked together forming a chain around my neck that connects to the pendant part. I'm just not sure what colors to use. I don't want just black. My only tattoo is red and black and shows up well. Obviously red would not be an appropriate color for this. I'm thinking blue purple and black might be a good combination. From my understanding green and yellow are very poor choices for dark skin and white will just fade to a lighter brown. orange may work as well.

    Any advice from the pro tattoo crowd. Anyone who has a problem with what i do to my body can obviously kick rocks lol.

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:17 AM GMT
    You should seriously investigate the specific brand and chemistry of any inks that you consider. For example, most of the "white" pigments are based on fairly toxic heavy metals.
  • David3K

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:27 AM GMT
    Dude I swaer im not saying this to create a flame war but it has to be black, any other color wont show on your skin, unless maybe a dark blue, that will end up looking as dark grey on you. Colors dont really show on black skin, just take a look at the rappers or basketball players.
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    Dec 16, 2015 7:30 AM GMT
    Have they invented a glow in the dark tattoo ink yet?
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    Dec 16, 2015 7:37 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidLighter colors won't work well because of your darker skin tone. They just won't show up.

    Why do you think red won't work well?

    I think a medium blue would look great, otherwise.


    Red is a passionate color. It doesn't go well with a Buddhist message in my opinion.
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    Dec 16, 2015 7:37 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidYou should seriously investigate the specific brand and chemistry of any inks that you consider. For example, most of the "white" pigments are based on fairly toxic heavy metals.


    thanks for the heads up
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    Dec 16, 2015 7:41 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidHave they invented a glow in the dark tattoo ink yet?


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  • SuntoryTime

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:44 AM GMT
    David666K saidDude I swaer im not saying this to create a flame war but it has to be black, any other color wont show on your skin, unless maybe a dark blue, that will end up looking as dark grey on you. Colors dont really show on black skin, just take a look at the rappers or basketball players.


    Don't you have a fake baby to take care of?

    Anyway, MrFuscle, one thing about this post is true, you have to be careful with colors. Plus you have to find a tattoo artist who isn't ignorant about blacks and dark skin. Make sure you interview the tattoo artist.

    Search "dark skin tattoos" and learn what you're working with.
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    Dec 16, 2015 7:48 AM GMT
    I do worry that the interlocking om symbols could be silly. I am also contemplating two circles on my shoulders where the words begin and end. In the left circle the om symbol and in the right the cross, since I am both Buddhist and Christian. Eventually I will have two half sleeves. The tower card on my left (not pictured) and the world on my right (pictured)

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:50 AM GMT
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    Dec 16, 2015 7:54 AM GMT
    SuntoryTime said
    David666K saidDude I swaer im not saying this to create a flame war but it has to be black, any other color wont show on your skin, unless maybe a dark blue, that will end up looking as dark grey on you. Colors dont really show on black skin, just take a look at the rappers or basketball players.


    Don't you have a fake baby to go take care of?

    Anyway, MrFuscle, one thing about this post is true, you have to be careful with colors. Plus you have to find a tattoo artist who isn't ignorant about blacks and dark skin. Make sure you interview the tattoo artist.

    Search "dark skin tattoos" and learn what you're working with.


    I think you are making my skin out to be a bigger deal than it really should be. Most good tattoo artist will know how to work on dark skin. We will obviously have a conversation about what I want as the customer and what the artist recommends as the professional. My very first tattoo is a vibrant red heart with black strips around it. The only problem is that I rarely shave my chest so its obscured by that.
  • SuntoryTime

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:56 AM GMT
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  • David3K

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:58 AM GMT
    SuntoryTime said/a7/43/02/a74302682f1bac8e58617fd7cf3019b6.jpg">

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    That white tattoo is either fake or a ink that will fade over little time. White tats dont show on blacks at all.

    Also half of these look horrible and look illegible.

    Btw I know about tattos because I have many. Im friends with a couple of artists and Ive been present when many tats were done including on a black guy.
  • SuntoryTime

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:59 AM GMT
    MrFuscle said
    SuntoryTime said
    David666K saidDude I swaer im not saying this to create a flame war but it has to be black, any other color wont show on your skin, unless maybe a dark blue, that will end up looking as dark grey on you. Colors dont really show on black skin, just take a look at the rappers or basketball players.


    Don't you have a fake baby to go take care of?

    Anyway, MrFuscle, one thing about this post is true, you have to be careful with colors. Plus you have to find a tattoo artist who isn't ignorant about blacks and dark skin. Make sure you interview the tattoo artist.

    Search "dark skin tattoos" and learn what you're working with.


    I think you are making my skin out to be a bigger deal than it really should be. Most good tattoo artist will know how to work on dark skin. We will obviously have a conversation about what I want as the customer and what the artist recommends as the professional. My very first tattoo is a vibrant red heart with black strips around it. The only problem is that I rarely shave my chest so its obscured by that.


    I'm not a big tattoo fan so the idea of putting permanent marking on my skin is a huge deal. So maybe you're right about that. You're welcome to get any quality tattoo you want. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 16, 2015 8:00 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the pics suntory. The first three and the peacock look great though I may not be focusing on the tattoos on the guy. icon_redface.gif
  • David3K

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:02 AM GMT
    MrFuscle saidThanks for all the pics suntory. The first three and the peacock look great though I may not be focusing on the tattoos on the guy. icon_redface.gif

    Dude that peacock is not a real tat, and if it is it will definitely fade. No way it will look that bright on black skin for a long time.
  • SuntoryTime

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:03 AM GMT
    David, the point I'm making is that for a black person to get a great tattoo they have to avoid people who are ignorant of blacks and black skin. There a plenty of tattoo artists who believe tattoos don't look good on black skin but will give a black person any shitty tattoo just as long as they pay up.
  • David3K

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:04 AM GMT
    SuntoryTime said
    David666K saidDude I swaer im not saying this to create a flame war but it has to be black, any other color wont show on your skin, unless maybe a dark blue, that will end up looking as dark grey on you. Colors dont really show on black skin, just take a look at the rappers or basketball players.


    Don't you have a fake baby to take care of?

    Anyway, MrFuscle, one thing about this post is true, you have to be careful with colors. Plus you have to find a tattoo artist who isn't ignorant about blacks and dark skin. Make sure you interview the tattoo artist.

    Search "dark skin tattoos" and learn what you're working with.

    Why so mean to me? I havent give you anything but respect and love.
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    Dec 16, 2015 8:04 AM GMT
    SuntoryTime said
    MrFuscle said
    SuntoryTime said
    David666K saidDude I swaer im not saying this to create a flame war but it has to be black, any other color wont show on your skin, unless maybe a dark blue, that will end up looking as dark grey on you. Colors dont really show on black skin, just take a look at the rappers or basketball players.


    Don't you have a fake baby to go take care of?

    Anyway, MrFuscle, one thing about this post is true, you have to be careful with colors. Plus you have to find a tattoo artist who isn't ignorant about blacks and dark skin. Make sure you interview the tattoo artist.

    Search "dark skin tattoos" and learn what you're working with.


    I think you are making my skin out to be a bigger deal than it really should be. Most good tattoo artist will know how to work on dark skin. We will obviously have a conversation about what I want as the customer and what the artist recommends as the professional. My very first tattoo is a vibrant red heart with black strips around it. The only problem is that I rarely shave my chest so its obscured by that.


    I'm not a big tattoo fan so the idea of putting permanent marking on my skin is a huge deal. So maybe you're right about that. You're welcome to get any quality tattoo you want. icon_razz.gif


    lol you are touchy aren't you. I mentioned that I would be going to a good artist and yet you are hung up on me taking the advice i didn't need above all else. I don't plan on getting this tattoo for another month and i am planing on starting to interview tattoo artist this Monday. If I have to get on a waiting list for the right person I'll do that.

    Its all good though.
  • SuntoryTime

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:05 AM GMT
    David666K said
    MrFuscle saidThanks for all the pics suntory. The first three and the peacock look great though I may not be focusing on the tattoos on the guy. icon_redface.gif

    Dude that peacock is not a real tat, and if it is it will definitely fade. No way it will look that bright on black skin for a long time.


    Believe it or not, even white people touch up their tattoos.
  • David3K

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:05 AM GMT
    SuntoryTime saidDavid, the point I'm making is that for a black person to get a great tattoo they have to avoid people who are ignorant of blacks and black skin. There a plenty of tattoo artists who believe tattoos don't look good on black skin but will give a black person any shitty tattoo just as long as they pay up.

    Then whats your point? That blacks should go to artists that like blacks and still get crappy tattoos? Lol , because thats what most black get when they use complex designs or color on their tats.
  • David3K

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:09 AM GMT
    SuntoryTime said
    David666K said
    MrFuscle saidThanks for all the pics suntory. The first three and the peacock look great though I may not be focusing on the tattoos on the guy. icon_redface.gif

    Dude that peacock is not a real tat, and if it is it will definitely fade. No way it will look that bright on black skin for a long time.


    Believe it or not, even white people touch up their tattoos.

    What you say dont make sense. Touch up a white tat on black skin as many times as you want, it wont make it to magically stand out for longer than a week. Colorful tattos arent made for black skin for obvious reasons.
  • SuntoryTime

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:10 AM GMT
    I'm not really hung up on anything, Mr. Fuscle. Just thought I was giving friendly advice. Guess I came off the wrong way to you. Hope your tattoo turns out alright.
  • SuntoryTime

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:11 AM GMT
    David666K said
    SuntoryTime saidDavid, the point I'm making is that for a black person to get a great tattoo they have to avoid people who are ignorant of blacks and black skin. There a plenty of tattoo artists who believe tattoos don't look good on black skin but will give a black person any shitty tattoo just as long as they pay up.

    Then whats your point? That blacks should go to people that like blacks and still get crappy tattoos? Lol , because thats what most black get when they use complex designs or color on their tats.


    I made my point. The end.
  • David3K

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    Dec 16, 2015 8:15 AM GMT
    Can you even tell what this is about? Just an ilegible stain on that leg.

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    Blacks should get geometricsl shapes tattoed on black. Anything with a clear delimitation, OPs tattoo passes.

    For example...

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