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#151662
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@Anthony DiLucido 140681 wrote:

I just feel like if I’m going to get something that’ll be on my skin forever I want it to mean something to me

Oh, I *HATE* it when people insist tattoos have to have some deeper meaning. It misses the point of tattoos entirely, and it also causes people with mediocre or worse ink to defend their pieces to the death, as if the anthropomorphic dick riding a skateboard, smoking a bong applied to their right ass cheek by a half blind little person strung out on crystal meth gains some sort of legitimacy just because they got it for their bro who died last month in a freak gasoline fight accident.

In any medium, once an artist exhibits a piece, they lose control of it. Any and every person who comes to a piece will bring in their own personal experience and life with them, and that will color how they perceive the piece. Some artists try to control this, by writing explanations and manifestos. These artists are failures. They make their art less than it is. The more explanation your piece needs, the more of a failure it is. Art exists to elicit a gut level reaction. To grab you by the balls and say “FEEL SOMETHING, YOU FUCKING CUNT!”. Monet’s waterlilies forces you to slow down, sit, and examine the colors and the light. A good song, say by Rancid, makes you smile. Hell, even Kiss My Royal Irish Ass by Cheryl Donegan or Piss Christ makes you feel something, and that’s the point. To shake you out of the stupor of everyday life, of bills and responsibilities.

In short, art exists to be awesome.

I’ve got two tattoos that have meaning to me. I have Gossamer sitting on a stool crying on my thigh, and an imagine of Calvin and Hobbs walking away, with the caption, “You’ll find love there” on my neck. Both have deep personal meaning to me, but I rarely, if ever speak of what those meanings are. Those supposed meanings do not matter to anyone but me. To everyone else, they are what they really are: well designed pieces by my man Troy Coe at Lambadi City Tattoos. That’s what matters. The craft, the skill, and the solid design. That’s all anyone who ain’t lived my life can see.

In short, tattoos don’t need meaning. They need craft and design. Anything else is LA Ink bullshit, and those guys all make us look like assholes.

Love. Peace. Metallic.

#151661
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Well, rather than numbing it, you could try not being such a pussy?

I know that’s harsh and we try to avoid that in these parts, but, for real.

Why would you want to numb it anyway? Tattoos hurt. They’re supposed to. The pain and the blood are part of the price we pay. It’s what sets us apart, that willingness to endure for the art we love for our own reasons. It’s not something that most of the uninked really understand. It’s part of the mystic. If getting inked didn’t hurt, if they could be removed at a whim, everyone would have sleeves and knuckle pieces, and most of us gathered here would lose interest.

The pain is part of the experience. Numbing it away is akin to going to a concert and instead of watching the band, you’re recording it on your cell phone. It’s reading a book, but skipping right to the ending. It’s fucking the woman you love, but using a condom. It’s fighting with gloves, it’s drinking alone, it’s refusing to make mistakes. You’re losing out on an experience, putting a filter between you and life. Go out, and just FUCKING live. Get hurt, get drunk, watch the show, just drink it in!

…I seriously need to cut back on my coffee intake.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151646
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That’s it. When I die, I’m having these guys make a Knighthawk skin leather jacket for my wife to wear.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151645
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That’s a pretty descent bobcat.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151644
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That is pretty killer my an.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151443
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Well, I got zombie Kermit the Frog on my ass due to a bet. But Jesus,
Jesus is taking it too far.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151417
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It may just be my ancient ass monitor, but the pic doesn’t seem to be clear enough for me to see what’s going on there. All I see is a bunch of squiggles. I ain’t saying that’s what your ink looks like, I’m just saying I have no idea what’s going on in there in this pic.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151416
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It’s alright my man. Ain’t nothing to be ashamed of.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151415
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@NorCalDan 140415 wrote:

sorry,but it just does’nt have that “wow” factor IMO.

ya,I think it needs more.

Well, yeah, it’s less than 10% done. This is going to be a massive, complex piece when it’s done. I’m looking at 10 more sessions minimum. It doesn’t look like anything yet because it isn’t anything…yet.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151413
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@jerryatrophy 140378 wrote:

Must include leatherface

Nah, that’s not going to happen. I always thought Leatherface was overrated. He was in exactly one great movie: the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. All of the sequels and remakes pretty much stunk. The only exception is that sequel they made to the original film about two years ago, which was confusingly also called The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and even that one was just barely ok. He spends half the movie as the monster murdering teenagers, then the last half as the good guy murdering corrupt hick cops. I mean, what the fuck man? What. The. FUCK?

I am going to do a similar piece to this one on my left leg, though Cassie and Vlad are going to be replaced with Ash and Harry Dresden, and the big name slashers will be Pumpkin Head, Michael, and two others who I’m still trying to choose. But Leatherface? Never. Michael is lucky he’s getting a spot, and that’s mostly because I like the concept and it’ll make my new wife happy since he’s her favorite.

And yes, I know Pumpkin Head only has one good movie, but DAMN I love that one! ๐Ÿ˜€

peterpoose wrote:

I like it, needs a nice background but i am sure you got that covered in the future

Yup, pretty much. This thing is barely started yet. Stupid needing money for bills and not ink!

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151370
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Damn those colors pop! That is some killer ink. Wear it with pride!

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151294
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Man, you need to step back and take a deep breath. This big jumble of ideas is in no way going to coalesce into a coherent design.

Besides, you’re falling into that old trap–that your ink needs to make a statement, or tell a story. Art exists to be awesome, to elicit a gut-level response. The more explanation your piece requires, the more of a failure it is. Without co-opting the symbology of established, well known groups no one is going to know the muscle bound man on your arm wearing rainbow suspenders kicking the crap out of a neo-Nazi represents your fight for gay rights. They’re just going to see a skinhead getting pounded (of course, that’s always entertaining.) But their response is going to be based on their own life experiences, and be based in their own emotions, not the incoherent political message you’re trying to express.

Besides, politics saturate everything in our society, and not for the better. We’re deeply divided on every major issue, and due to the bad feelings on both sides, we’re not going to solve anything that matters for the foreseeable future. Why put that conflict and heartache on your arm? Plus, on the off chance you do pull this off (pro-tip: You won’t. It’ll be a mess), you’re really going to pull a lot of heat down on yourself for literally wearing your politics on your sleeve. You really want to spend every day arguing politics with the weirdly aggressive cashier when all you wanted was a Quarter Pounder?

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151290
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@ArniVidar 140263 wrote:

If you want to nitpick, that one leg seems to be sticking out of the middle of the bird’s stomach, so adding another one without some serious consideration won’t necessarily be any better.

The entire bird is just strangely proportioned, and twisted, which creates the unfortunate situation that you find yourself in.
I think I would vote for making the entire thing bigger and adding background to hide or down-play the leg.

You need to find a proper tattoo artist for the job though, else the laser will become your only option. It’s already on the verge of needing that anyway..

This. This right here is more or less what I was gonna say, except with less cursing.

Fuck.

I feel better now.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#151289
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@Amok 139682 wrote:

Not sure where you got a photo of my ex’s genitals for the reference, but nice tattoo!

She from Kentucky? Because my first wife has convinced me all Kentucky girl’s crotches look a little something like this.

Thanks you guys, I’m still psyched for this piece. Gotta say though, I’ve noticed men all seem to dig it, but women look at me like I’m an idiot. Including my current wife, but we both know the more inked I get the more she digs me.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

#145897
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@Sam-I-Am 134305 wrote:

KH,
That is going to be one fucking awesome piece!

It reminds me of a subliminal whiskey advertisement from the 1970’s.

I gotta say, I never noticed whiskey needing the help ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks my man.

Nate, Dagoth’s got that giant dick on his forehead. I seriously would not want to se the two of them get together.

Thanks Peter. You know, it wasn’t my idea. Sherav wanted to do it, but his wife wouldn’t let him, so I snagged his idea. *looks at his arms* I’m not saying this hasn’t happened before, but I ain’t denying it either.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

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