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Hi, I thought you and your readers might like this infographic of tattoo risk statistics. Even if you do get a tat, it’s always better to be informed about risks beforehand!



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This is why you go to a professional!!!! Got that, scratchers?

Hi, I thought you and your readers might like this infographic of tattoo risk statistics. Even if you do get a tat, it’s always better to be informed about risks beforehand!

Cheers

This is why you go to a professional!!!! Got that, scratchers?

372 notes | Posted Jun 26, 13 #critique #submission


Found Mike Moses through your blog. Just got this piece from him (one more session to go). It all started with Critink. I know you are kind of burned out on Tumblr, so I figured I’d give you a little positive feedback, and a well earned thanks.

I found Mike Moses through running this blog, and now I have a piece by him too. This makes me really, really happy to see. You don’t even know bro.
It’s just such a dynamic piece. The crow (raven?) is looking in the same directions as the little shattered looking bits. It’s smooth as hell with nice contrast, and the drippy bit down the center of your chest is hella nice in an asymetrical sort of way. Plus nice contrast between the soft feathers and sharp snowflake type lines.
Good example of how large amounts of black and asymmetry can be done right. But that’s Mike’s thing, right?

Found Mike Moses through your blog. Just got this piece from him (one more session to go). It all started with Critink. I know you are kind of burned out on Tumblr, so I figured I’d give you a little positive feedback, and a well earned thanks.

I found Mike Moses through running this blog, and now I have a piece by him too. This makes me really, really happy to see. You don’t even know bro.

It’s just such a dynamic piece. The crow (raven?) is looking in the same directions as the little shattered looking bits. It’s smooth as hell with nice contrast, and the drippy bit down the center of your chest is hella nice in an asymetrical sort of way. Plus nice contrast between the soft feathers and sharp snowflake type lines.

Good example of how large amounts of black and asymmetry can be done right. But that’s Mike’s thing, right?

99 notes | Posted Mar 12, 13 #tattoos #submission #critique #good tattoos


This is my ‘happy place’ tattoo. Based on this drawing by Bill Watterson


 The composition seems a bit “boxish” for that location. Like even though there’s no clean outline, it doesn’t totally flow with your body—probably because it was taken from another piece of art.
The lines and color seem fine enough from what I can tell, but even though the painting is original, the tattoo seems a bit cooker cuttery. The originality of the painting is that it takes a familiar comic and uses new medium to translate a feeling. In a tattoo, that might be better done by asking a good artist for their own rendition of the characters (so, in their style) or something else.
[Take a look at this master comic post I did a bit back to see some related examples.]

This is my ‘happy place’ tattoo. Based on this drawing by Bill Watterson

 The composition seems a bit “boxish” for that location. Like even though there’s no clean outline, it doesn’t totally flow with your body—probably because it was taken from another piece of art.

The lines and color seem fine enough from what I can tell, but even though the painting is original, the tattoo seems a bit cooker cuttery. The originality of the painting is that it takes a familiar comic and uses new medium to translate a feeling. In a tattoo, that might be better done by asking a good artist for their own rendition of the characters (so, in their style) or something else.

[Take a look at this master comic post I did a bit back to see some related examples.]

20 notes | Posted Dec 8, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission



this is my dragon/phoenix tattoo i finally got the balls to submit.
so heres the deal, (as quick as i can make it) I got my dragon i always wanted about 1 year ago. my budget was tight and the guy doing it owned the shop so he gave me a deal. ($500 for 6 hours of work and normal shop rate is $150/hour) i couldnt afford to get it completely colored in so i decided to let that wait. I recently decided to leave home and wanted my phoenix idea done by the same guy. went to the shop to find out he no longer owned it and left. the guy who was there though was eager to do a piece this big once i told him what i wanted. We got to work he made me a drawing i adored and did the outline on me. And after a lot of hours later (much more than the 6 the dragon took) going $300 over budget and lots of pain, it was done.
Heres what i want an opinion on, -first, obviously theres my ugly little cat i got when i turned 18 on my shoulder. i wanted it covered which is one reason i agreed to the feathers being so big and i kept asking about it and got repeatedly told “we’ll talk about it when we get to it”. i like to give the artist a lot of freedom because an experienced artist usually knows what looks good, and i liked the ideas he had pitched so far plus i knew i would love it anyway. but when we got to it, he refused to cover it and i was told that because i wanted my tailfeathers bright, it wouldnt look right trying to covor my black cat. but i feel like something could have been done to not make it seem like theres a random little animal in the middle of my tailfeathers.
-second, my back is obviously inproportionate. the tailfeathers are bigger than my whole dragon. i was wondering if you have any thoughts of something i could add to make my back look a little more even. i was thinking of just adding more clouds, or maybe a whole different tattoo but that would look kinda weird. but i wanted the tailfeathers big for a reason, my mon (japanese family crest) thats in the dragons tail is my fathers, i want my mothers one day underneath his but i dont have it yet. I wanted to just leave that space open but i want a tailfeather going around her crest. i was going to get that tailfeather now, leaving an empty space in the middle of it curled how the dragons tail is, but he suggested wait till i have the crest, then get the tailfeather.
-third, i want to know what you think of the phoenix’s color scheme. i think its a little weird, i gave him a lot of freedom on it, but he did describe it diffrently than i thought it would be. i love it regardless, but do you think the colors flow okay? i wanted something different, not the usual plain red bird, especially since i want my dragon red (red dragons are the good luck dragons in japanese). I love the idea of green phoenixes but wanted the red still there somehow and i ended up with this. im just wondering how it will look on my back next to my red dragon, but he reassured me it would look okay. any other thoughts are welcome! i just really want an experienced opinion on this. on a side note also, apparently the guy who did the dragon, used to be the guy who did the phoenixes boss and he was dead set on making the dragon look like crap compared to the phoenix.

Super long read, but very good explanation of how the client’s planning process is just as important as the artist’s! Big tattoos are big money, and almost no one has it all to start with. That’s okay. But instead of piecing together your tattoo around your budget, assume you’ll have it all one day and start it like you would any other piece: with the outline. Once you find the artist you like, outline the entire thing and do as much of the color as you can at the time. Yeah you’ll have a half-finished tattoo on you for a while, but a few months (or even 2 years) is nothing compared to the rest of your life.
This is a great idea that could have been way better with better artists, or even just the same artist.
So let’s go through why this is true:
Placement: The heads on the front are really nice and the wrap-around is a great effect. But had they come farther out onto your shoulders they would have been a much nicer chest piece since they would have taken into account your body’s unique shape. Also, their heads could have been bigger to be a nice focal point for your chest. If they had been planned together, you could have taken into account how your chest would look as an entire piece instead of just thinking of the dragon as one piece.
Symmetry: You’re right: your back is way off. Had they been planned and outlined together, this could have been avoided the second you saw it. And the second tattoo artist wouldn’t have been in a pissing contest with the first.
The cat / shrew: That combined with the black piece in the middle make it all look really, really unplanned. I can’t believe he “refused” to cover it up—it’s your body and your money. Go get it touched up somewhere by someone that isn’t an idiot.
Colors: you should have decided if this was going to be a black and white or color tattoo at the beginning. This is part of the reason it looks so unbalanced. The green Phoenix is a cool idea, but if you had really been married to that plan then you could have done an orange or red dragon. Since those colors would be reversed from the traditional ones used, it could have added a ton.

this is my dragon/phoenix tattoo i finally got the balls to submit.

so heres the deal, (as quick as i can make it) I got my dragon i always wanted about 1 year ago. my budget was tight and the guy doing it owned the shop so he gave me a deal. ($500 for 6 hours of work and normal shop rate is $150/hour) i couldnt afford to get it completely colored in so i decided to let that wait. I recently decided to leave home and wanted my phoenix idea done by the same guy. went to the shop to find out he no longer owned it and left. the guy who was there though was eager to do a piece this big once i told him what i wanted. We got to work he made me a drawing i adored and did the outline on me. And after a lot of hours later (much more than the 6 the dragon took) going $300 over budget and lots of pain, it was done.

Heres what i want an opinion on, -first, obviously theres my ugly little cat i got when i turned 18 on my shoulder. i wanted it covered which is one reason i agreed to the feathers being so big and i kept asking about it and got repeatedly told “we’ll talk about it when we get to it”. i like to give the artist a lot of freedom because an experienced artist usually knows what looks good, and i liked the ideas he had pitched so far plus i knew i would love it anyway. but when we got to it, he refused to cover it and i was told that because i wanted my tailfeathers bright, it wouldnt look right trying to covor my black cat. but i feel like something could have been done to not make it seem like theres a random little animal in the middle of my tailfeathers.

-second, my back is obviously inproportionate. the tailfeathers are bigger than my whole dragon. i was wondering if you have any thoughts of something i could add to make my back look a little more even. i was thinking of just adding more clouds, or maybe a whole different tattoo but that would look kinda weird. but i wanted the tailfeathers big for a reason, my mon (japanese family crest) thats in the dragons tail is my fathers, i want my mothers one day underneath his but i dont have it yet. I wanted to just leave that space open but i want a tailfeather going around her crest. i was going to get that tailfeather now, leaving an empty space in the middle of it curled how the dragons tail is, but he suggested wait till i have the crest, then get the tailfeather.

-third, i want to know what you think of the phoenix’s color scheme. i think its a little weird, i gave him a lot of freedom on it, but he did describe it diffrently than i thought it would be. i love it regardless, but do you think the colors flow okay? i wanted something different, not the usual plain red bird, especially since i want my dragon red (red dragons are the good luck dragons in japanese). I love the idea of green phoenixes but wanted the red still there somehow and i ended up with this. im just wondering how it will look on my back next to my red dragon, but he reassured me it would look okay. any other thoughts are welcome! i just really want an experienced opinion on this. on a side note also, apparently the guy who did the dragon, used to be the guy who did the phoenixes boss and he was dead set on making the dragon look like crap compared to the phoenix.

Super long read, but very good explanation of how the client’s planning process is just as important as the artist’s! Big tattoos are big money, and almost no one has it all to start with. That’s okay. But instead of piecing together your tattoo around your budget, assume you’ll have it all one day and start it like you would any other piece: with the outline. Once you find the artist you like, outline the entire thing and do as much of the color as you can at the time. Yeah you’ll have a half-finished tattoo on you for a while, but a few months (or even 2 years) is nothing compared to the rest of your life.

This is a great idea that could have been way better with better artists, or even just the same artist.

So let’s go through why this is true:

  • Placement: The heads on the front are really nice and the wrap-around is a great effect. But had they come farther out onto your shoulders they would have been a much nicer chest piece since they would have taken into account your body’s unique shape. Also, their heads could have been bigger to be a nice focal point for your chest. If they had been planned together, you could have taken into account how your chest would look as an entire piece instead of just thinking of the dragon as one piece.
  • Symmetry: You’re right: your back is way off. Had they been planned and outlined together, this could have been avoided the second you saw it. And the second tattoo artist wouldn’t have been in a pissing contest with the first.
  • The cat / shrew: That combined with the black piece in the middle make it all look really, really unplanned. I can’t believe he “refused” to cover it up—it’s your body and your money. Go get it touched up somewhere by someone that isn’t an idiot.
  • Colors: you should have decided if this was going to be a black and white or color tattoo at the beginning. This is part of the reason it looks so unbalanced. The green Phoenix is a cool idea, but if you had really been married to that plan then you could have done an orange or red dragon. Since those colors would be reversed from the traditional ones used, it could have added a ton.

9 notes | Posted Dec 8, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission


OKAY so judging by your views on feather tattoos… you must LOVE my white ink tattoo. 
honestly… i don’t feel the need to defend my reasoning for my feather, but they are something that have held HUGE value all throughout my life. the white ink, i feel, is perfect. i didn’t get this tattoo (if you want to call it that) so i could tell everyone and their brother my entire life story. it’s a reminder to me. it’s my personal story and body modification and regardless of what those “highly respected” tattoo artists say… it’s 100% worth it. it turned out exactly how i thought it would. 
the only thing i was wondering is how you feel about the “flow” of it and the placement. 

Well this will probably turn to yellow-tie dye soon enough, but I don’t understand why people do white ink tattoos instead of scarring. Scarring will last a bit longer, have more elegance to it, and achieves basically the same end result.
It’s a pretty standard feather tattoo and I’m assuming this is a wrist tattoo so that’s pretty standard too. So as far as flow goes, it’s fine / standard good.
I’m really not sure what to say about this that I already haven’t talked about before. Except for that the thousand tumblr feathers are totally going to be the 90’s tribal roses of the 2010s…

OKAY so judging by your views on feather tattoos… you must LOVE my white ink tattoo. 

honestly… i don’t feel the need to defend my reasoning for my feather, but they are something that have held HUGE value all throughout my life. 

the white ink, i feel, is perfect. i didn’t get this tattoo (if you want to call it that) so i could tell everyone and their brother my entire life story. it’s a reminder to me. it’s my personal story and body modification and regardless of what those “highly respected” tattoo artists say… it’s 100% worth it. it turned out exactly how i thought it would. 

the only thing i was wondering is how you feel about the “flow” of it and the placement. 

Well this will probably turn to yellow-tie dye soon enough, but I don’t understand why people do white ink tattoos instead of scarring. Scarring will last a bit longer, have more elegance to it, and achieves basically the same end result.

It’s a pretty standard feather tattoo and I’m assuming this is a wrist tattoo so that’s pretty standard too. So as far as flow goes, it’s fine / standard good.

I’m really not sure what to say about this that I already haven’t talked about before. Except for that the thousand tumblr feathers are totally going to be the 90’s tribal roses of the 2010s…

17 notes | Posted Dec 8, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission

There’s a certain kind of boldness that goes with these gothic-type lettering tattoos. They tend to have a toughness to them, but this one just looks like caps lock + dingbats because of how simple everything is. It might be the size, but it’s also just how stark and simple the letters are in comparison to the thinness of the compass rose (?) next to it.
I don’t think I’ve ever posted this type of tattoo before, so here are two examples that are better examples of that style. Way more interesting and make a bigger visual impression.

There’s a certain kind of boldness that goes with these gothic-type lettering tattoos. They tend to have a toughness to them, but this one just looks like caps lock + dingbats because of how simple everything is. It might be the size, but it’s also just how stark and simple the letters are in comparison to the thinness of the compass rose (?) next to it.

I don’t think I’ve ever posted this type of tattoo before, so here are two examples that are better examples of that style. Way more interesting and make a bigger visual impression.

5 notes | Posted Dec 7, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission


i’ve stalked your blog for months now and finally got the balls to post my first tattoo. I got it when I was 16 (I’m 23 now) so it’s definitely faded since I’ve just never gotten around to touching it up. I’ve always loved anchors and they represent my family (we’re a navy family) and the clover is for my irish heritage. I’m the last of the “Flynn” name in my family, because no one has had a boy and due to age, there won’t be any, ever, so that’s why I got the name. Anyway, just wanted to see what you think. I know it’s nothing special, but I still love it after all these years. I told the artist I wanted it to be a bit more “girly” since anchors can have a masculine feel, so that’s why the hearts and pink (faded) stripes are on the ends. I’ve also been thinking about getting it changed up a little, maybe give it some more life and “oomph.” any tips? thank you so much! keep up the awesome work with your blog, i love it! 

I love notes that include stalker confessions hahaha
Anyway, the idea of being the last of a name is interesting. It’s European convention since you could always just have kids and give them Flynn as a name, but it’s still a pretty cool concept.
But this could have been SO much better if it was sized to really fit your foot. Everything bigger. Better composition. The “script” font doesn’t even connect the words with the tails! The spacing is all off.
The relationship between the clover and anchor is nice, but Flynn is just sort of stuck on there. And why not have it take up all that negative space on your foot? It’s just surrounded by a frame of blank skin.
And yeah, it could use a touch up. Go to a better artist this time around and see if they can’t help this lil’ guy along!

i’ve stalked your blog for months now and finally got the balls to post my first tattoo. I got it when I was 16 (I’m 23 now) so it’s definitely faded since I’ve just never gotten around to touching it up. I’ve always loved anchors and they represent my family (we’re a navy family) and the clover is for my irish heritage. I’m the last of the “Flynn” name in my family, because no one has had a boy and due to age, there won’t be any, ever, so that’s why I got the name. Anyway, just wanted to see what you think. I know it’s nothing special, but I still love it after all these years. I told the artist I wanted it to be a bit more “girly” since anchors can have a masculine feel, so that’s why the hearts and pink (faded) stripes are on the ends. I’ve also been thinking about getting it changed up a little, maybe give it some more life and “oomph.” any tips? thank you so much! keep up the awesome work with your blog, i love it! 

I love notes that include stalker confessions hahaha

Anyway, the idea of being the last of a name is interesting. It’s European convention since you could always just have kids and give them Flynn as a name, but it’s still a pretty cool concept.

But this could have been SO much better if it was sized to really fit your foot. Everything bigger. Better composition. The “script” font doesn’t even connect the words with the tails! The spacing is all off.

The relationship between the clover and anchor is nice, but Flynn is just sort of stuck on there. And why not have it take up all that negative space on your foot? It’s just surrounded by a frame of blank skin.

And yeah, it could use a touch up. Go to a better artist this time around and see if they can’t help this lil’ guy along!

3 notes | Posted Dec 7, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission


Here is one of my tattoos! I got it at Gold Coast Tattoo’s in Monterey, California about a year and a half ago. I think it’s the start of a half sleeve but who knows. (The Air Force isn’t toooo keen on tattoos) I am just curious to see what you think, I usually agree with all of your critics haha. Thank you :)
ps, you are awesomely nice. Just throwing that out there.

Cute, maybe too simple, randomly placed. There’s a real niceness to having flowers over the ball of your shoulder but this one is just a little too far centered on your chest to really play with any of your body’s natural form. Also, there’s a million and one lotus tattoos in the world, but this is probably one of the most plain I’ve ever seen. That’s not necessarily a bad thing (simple can often be beautiful) but this one just seems like the tattooist whipped something up on the spot and wasn’t really bothering to do the research, you know?
Here’s a few other ways this could have gone to give it a bit more life. If you decide to go with the half-sleeve, think about what direction you want to take it in!

by Jeff Gogue (brilliant)

blackwork mandala

bit more new school

really new school

bit more realistic / stylized

Here is one of my tattoos! I got it at Gold Coast Tattoo’s in Monterey, California about a year and a half ago. I think it’s the start of a half sleeve but who knows. (The Air Force isn’t toooo keen on tattoos) I am just curious to see what you think, I usually agree with all of your critics haha. Thank you :)

ps, you are awesomely nice. Just throwing that out there.

Cute, maybe too simple, randomly placed. There’s a real niceness to having flowers over the ball of your shoulder but this one is just a little too far centered on your chest to really play with any of your body’s natural form. Also, there’s a million and one lotus tattoos in the world, but this is probably one of the most plain I’ve ever seen. That’s not necessarily a bad thing (simple can often be beautiful) but this one just seems like the tattooist whipped something up on the spot and wasn’t really bothering to do the research, you know?

Here’s a few other ways this could have gone to give it a bit more life. If you decide to go with the half-sleeve, think about what direction you want to take it in!

by Jeff Gogue (brilliant)

blackwork mandala

bit more new school

really new school

bit more realistic / stylized

18 notes | Posted Dec 7, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission

I was talking with friend’s mom, a breast cancer survivor, about the tattoo she’s thinking of getting after her reconstruction. I mentioned the zillion pink ribbons online and she had a very good point: “I don’t want a ribbon. I don’t want a reminder that it took a year of my life. I want to move on.”
I think that’s a pretty good critique of the awareness-ribbon tattoos. My own, of course, is that they’re unoriginal. And I think this is a good example of my critique.
The teal ribbon stands for everything from sexual assault to tsunami victims. Ovarian cancer, PTSD, and anti-bullying. So by itself it doesn’t really tell a story: it doesn’t convey to people the emotions that you clearly strongly connect with whatever event in your life.
Also, the spacing in the lines is HUGE and the ribbon is a little cookie cutter.
Check out [this other post I had about ribbons a bit back], and think more critically about imagery for your next tattoo!

I was talking with friend’s mom, a breast cancer survivor, about the tattoo she’s thinking of getting after her reconstruction. I mentioned the zillion pink ribbons online and she had a very good point: “I don’t want a ribbon. I don’t want a reminder that it took a year of my life. I want to move on.”

I think that’s a pretty good critique of the awareness-ribbon tattoos. My own, of course, is that they’re unoriginal. And I think this is a good example of my critique.

The teal ribbon stands for everything from sexual assault to tsunami victims. Ovarian cancer, PTSD, and anti-bullying. So by itself it doesn’t really tell a story: it doesn’t convey to people the emotions that you clearly strongly connect with whatever event in your life.

Also, the spacing in the lines is HUGE and the ribbon is a little cookie cutter.

Check out [this other post I had about ribbons a bit back], and think more critically about imagery for your next tattoo!

5 notes | Posted Dec 6, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission


My Wigglytuff tattoo. Waddayathink?

Just saw this on FYT the other day so I’m pretty stoked you submitted it here too! Mostly because it stood out a lot on there so I sort of instinctively went to judge it haha
First of all fun, thought-out tattoos are cool. Not everything has to be a sob story and really the ones that tend to stand out the most in people’s minds (in my experience) are either really technically amazing or just cool. This one is mostly just cool.
For a crit, the center seems to be a bit empty. Wigglypuff could have been a bigger to fill the frame and be a stronger focal point, but there’s a nice balance in the banner and the rose/element/rose.
The one thing I think could have been more exciting is if the artist had done her in their own style. [Here’s an older post of mine with two pokemon tattoos by Elize.] Her style just adds an extra element of exciting, even if they don’t have as much as yours. It would have been a nice touch!
But alas: it’s a pokemon tattoo, and it’s dancing.

My Wigglytuff tattoo. Waddayathink?

Just saw this on FYT the other day so I’m pretty stoked you submitted it here too! Mostly because it stood out a lot on there so I sort of instinctively went to judge it haha

First of all fun, thought-out tattoos are cool. Not everything has to be a sob story and really the ones that tend to stand out the most in people’s minds (in my experience) are either really technically amazing or just cool. This one is mostly just cool.

For a crit, the center seems to be a bit empty. Wigglypuff could have been a bigger to fill the frame and be a stronger focal point, but there’s a nice balance in the banner and the rose/element/rose.

The one thing I think could have been more exciting is if the artist had done her in their own style. [Here’s an older post of mine with two pokemon tattoos by Elize.] Her style just adds an extra element of exciting, even if they don’t have as much as yours. It would have been a nice touch!

But alas: it’s a pokemon tattoo, and it’s dancing.

32 notes | Posted Dec 6, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission


Roo from Winnie the Pooh (my nickname is Rue) and he’s holding a Bermuda Easter Lily (I’m Bermudian). It wasn’t super deep or detailed, it was just cute and a first, to see how I took to them. It’s about 4-5 inches tall, and is located on my right side, under my bra. Sorry for the poor quality, it’s an awkward area to take a picture of.
Critique if you life :) Mind you, my skin color is a few shades is a reddish version of peanut butter, so it makes a difference for coloring and such. 
I do wish that he had also done a black outline on the grass, like he did for the rest. Maybe a little shadowing. I asked him to do the grass last minute because I wanted a little context. Otherwise for a cute little hidden tat and I’m perfectly fine with it, as a start.

Remember all those Tasmanian Devils and Tweety Birds from the 90’s? Unoriginal flash piece of characters people were getting tattooed on them for little reason other than it was cool. That’s what all these DIsney characters are going to look like in 15 years.
It’s just bland, you know? I mean getting a stylized version of this done in an interesting way would be a great way to express just be like “yeah I like Disney and I like tattoos” but this is just so cookie cutter it doesn’t have much substance to it.
You don’t have to have a big, profound story with every tattoo. But at least make it something that you can be proud of in 15 years—something original and uniquely you.

Roo from Winnie the Pooh (my nickname is Rue) and he’s holding a Bermuda Easter Lily (I’m Bermudian). It wasn’t super deep or detailed, it was just cute and a first, to see how I took to them. It’s about 4-5 inches tall, and is located on my right side, under my bra. Sorry for the poor quality, it’s an awkward area to take a picture of.

Critique if you life :) Mind you, my skin color is a few shades is a reddish version of peanut butter, so it makes a difference for coloring and such. 

I do wish that he had also done a black outline on the grass, like he did for the rest. Maybe a little shadowing. I asked him to do the grass last minute because I wanted a little context. Otherwise for a cute little hidden tat and I’m perfectly fine with it, as a start.

Remember all those Tasmanian Devils and Tweety Birds from the 90’s? Unoriginal flash piece of characters people were getting tattooed on them for little reason other than it was cool. That’s what all these DIsney characters are going to look like in 15 years.

It’s just bland, you know? I mean getting a stylized version of this done in an interesting way would be a great way to express just be like “yeah I like Disney and I like tattoos” but this is just so cookie cutter it doesn’t have much substance to it.

You don’t have to have a big, profound story with every tattoo. But at least make it something that you can be proud of in 15 years—something original and uniquely you.

7 notes | Posted Dec 6, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission


Since my other tattoo got a pretty positive response I thought I’d share one of my others. I am extremely ticklish and laughed through this one. All artists in shop thought it was hilarious.
My problem with this one is that I guess it’s scarred some. I can feel it when I run my finger over it and it itches sometimes, even now two years later. I don’t know it that’s normal or not. My other two tattoos can’t be felt and never itch. My guess it that it scarred from all my moving when I was laughing.

The left-alignment on the text doesn’t make sense, but in the little details you can see what’s so nice about hand-drawn fonts. The th, s, and hop all have nice little embellishments that are really unique looking. The i’s are a bit weird, and some of the lines aren’t straight (which I’m sure is you laughing), but over all it’s not exactly a show stopper. Not anything that is really going to be remembered or make a big visual statement, you know?
Over all, I think that’s pretty much the average with these simple-phrase text tattoos. Nothing memorable about them.

Since my other tattoo got a pretty positive response I thought I’d share one of my others. I am extremely ticklish and laughed through this one. All artists in shop thought it was hilarious.

My problem with this one is that I guess it’s scarred some. I can feel it when I run my finger over it and it itches sometimes, even now two years later. I don’t know it that’s normal or not. My other two tattoos can’t be felt and never itch. My guess it that it scarred from all my moving when I was laughing.

The left-alignment on the text doesn’t make sense, but in the little details you can see what’s so nice about hand-drawn fonts. The th, s, and hop all have nice little embellishments that are really unique looking. The i’s are a bit weird, and some of the lines aren’t straight (which I’m sure is you laughing), but over all it’s not exactly a show stopper. Not anything that is really going to be remembered or make a big visual statement, you know?

Over all, I think that’s pretty much the average with these simple-phrase text tattoos. Nothing memorable about them.

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Two years ago I was diagnosed with psoriasis, which is an auto immune defect that makes my skin break out in spots. It used to be something I hated and hid from everyone. This last year my girlfriend started calling me Bambi and saying she loved my “Bambi spots”. Bambi is the first positive thing I can relate to my psoriasis and plus I’m Disney obsessed. You can’t tell in the picture but it’s on my right rib cage. 
What do you think?

Great story, good idea, lazy tattoo artist. Why just xerox Bambi on there when you could  create a more original tattoo? I mean it looks solidly like a Disney character but you could have done a fawn a thousand different ways that would have been just as meaningful, more memorable, more personal, and not made you a walking advertisement for Disney.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with psoriasis, which is an auto immune defect that makes my skin break out in spots. It used to be something I hated and hid from everyone. This last year my girlfriend started calling me Bambi and saying she loved my “Bambi spots”. Bambi is the first positive thing I can relate to my psoriasis and plus I’m Disney obsessed. You can’t tell in the picture but it’s on my right rib cage. 

What do you think?

Great story, good idea, lazy tattoo artist. Why just xerox Bambi on there when you could  create a more original tattoo? I mean it looks solidly like a Disney character but you could have done a fawn a thousand different ways that would have been just as meaningful, more memorable, more personal, and not made you a walking advertisement for Disney.

10 notes | Posted Dec 5, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission


My most recent tattoo just started as a sleeve to be an opposite of my other arm being all color day time water and “good” vs my new one as shown being all black and white fire night and evil. What we have here is a zombified koi fish with a dragon head swimming up stream.

IT might just be the realistic style, but homie doesn’t look very zombified. I see the scratches and ribs once you say it’s a zombie, but mostly it just looks like a big dragon-koi. Partially that’s because the ribs and waves blend in together a lot, and partially because the texture of the scales/fins is bolder than the spots/nicks on him.
Why not have him swim in blood and guts? A hook going through it’s brain? Why not have bugs crawing out of him? A missing eye ball or a dead fish in his mouth? If this is your dark side it’s pretty tame. If you want to be harsh be harsh and bring on the gore!
Here are a few more interesting solutions to the zombie koi I found online. Not all the best, but different examples how you could make it more obviously a dead fish.

Zombie Koi embroydery? Love the see-through ribs.

Guts! Fun and cartoony, not taking itself too seriously, but still cool.

My most recent tattoo just started as a sleeve to be an opposite of my other arm being all color day time water and “good” vs my new one as shown being all black and white fire night and evil. What we have here is a zombified koi fish with a dragon head swimming up stream.

IT might just be the realistic style, but homie doesn’t look very zombified. I see the scratches and ribs once you say it’s a zombie, but mostly it just looks like a big dragon-koi. Partially that’s because the ribs and waves blend in together a lot, and partially because the texture of the scales/fins is bolder than the spots/nicks on him.

Why not have him swim in blood and guts? A hook going through it’s brain? Why not have bugs crawing out of him? A missing eye ball or a dead fish in his mouth? If this is your dark side it’s pretty tame. If you want to be harsh be harsh and bring on the gore!

Here are a few more interesting solutions to the zombie koi I found online. Not all the best, but different examples how you could make it more obviously a dead fish.

Zombie Koi embroydery? Love the see-through ribs.

Guts! Fun and cartoony, not taking itself too seriously, but still cool.

11 notes | Posted Dec 4, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission


So this is supposed to be a phoenix tattoo and I got it done about a week after my 18th birthday by one of my friends (I now know how much of a bad idea that was, smh.) I’ve been very unhappy with it since I’ve gotten it and I eventually plan on getting it fixed, and keeping it as a phoenix. I’m undecided on how to go about it though, should I just get it covered? Or should I just have a new artist fix it and add on to make it look better? I’d greatly appreciate your advice, thank you. 

Honestly, I can’t tell you what to do with your tattoo because I’m not an artist, but if you go to a really good one they can help you make a good decision. Because this bald-eagle-with-ass-antlers needs some big time help. Perfect example of a bad, scratcher tattoo. Hopefully your sharing this will help other people make better decisions!
I know of very few 18-birthday-tattoos that go well honestly. Just go get piercings guys.  They’re harder to screw up and easier to get rid of.

So this is supposed to be a phoenix tattoo and I got it done about a week after my 18th birthday by one of my friends (I now know how much of a bad idea that was, smh.) I’ve been very unhappy with it since I’ve gotten it and I eventually plan on getting it fixed, and keeping it as a phoenix. I’m undecided on how to go about it though, should I just get it covered? Or should I just have a new artist fix it and add on to make it look better? I’d greatly appreciate your advice, thank you. 

Honestly, I can’t tell you what to do with your tattoo because I’m not an artist, but if you go to a really good one they can help you make a good decision. Because this bald-eagle-with-ass-antlers needs some big time help. Perfect example of a bad, scratcher tattoo. Hopefully your sharing this will help other people make better decisions!

I know of very few 18-birthday-tattoos that go well honestly. Just go get piercings guys.  They’re harder to screw up and easier to get rid of.

5 notes | Posted Dec 4, 12 #tattoos #critique #submission