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You should NOT just get a tattoo because you think it's cool. Why? Because the current you thinks it's cool. This is probably going to change over the course of just a few years. Getting a cool tattoo for the sake of it is just being trendy. And trends die, just like how your tastes change. This is why I tend to believe tattooed people lack foresight and consideration for their own futures. I associate them with immaturity. Especially if they have really common tattoos like butterflies, tribal designs, skulls, religious stuff, wings, etc. I know this does not always hold true, but for every tattooed doctor or lawyer or CEO, there are probably way more tattooed people who aren't successful.

Believe me when I say that people regret their tattoos more often than not, as I've learned from many friends. This means at least 51% of tattooed people here regret their tattoos. Guess what? They're people around my age, just done with college and grad school and trying to not act like kids.

Get a tattoo that's not readily visible when you're normally dressed. No need to pay the hidden cost of being unemployed in addition to the cost of getting inked.

Also, make sure it actually has meaning to you, not just aesthetic value. A tattoo is like a ring or watch you can't ever remove. Just think about it that way. But watches and rings tend to gain a noble character by being worn. Tattoos only get uglier as they age.
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I don't think tattoos generally HAVE to be meaningful. There's a visible mole on your body. Is it meaningful? No, you were just born with it. It just exists.

Maybe that's not a good example. But. Just do you. Be yourself. Flaunt it. If you want something meaningful, AWESOME. If ya don't, that's great too. Just get something you FOR SURE think you wouldn't mind if it was on your body for the rest of your life, y'know?

Get whatever you want, regardless of people's idiotic opinions. People who think tattoos are "unprofessional" will die off soon anyway. And if they're among the younger generation, tell them to put a fork in it.
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nemoskull wrote:

how about this? its something anime fans will instantly recognise, but its also can pass for main stream.



Revy.... black lagoon... AWESOME!
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nemoskull wrote:

how about this? its something anime fans will instantly recognise, but its also can pass for main stream.



lol i don't recognize that at all
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I 100% agree! well said man! I think im going to get it, i just need a good design and it would mean something to me cause when i was in army Anime helped me out a lot to not think of the bad situations i was in. just need some ideas to go off of.

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I don't think tattoos generally HAVE to be meaningful. There's a visible mole on your body. Is it meaningful? No, you were just born with it. It just exists.

Maybe that's not a good example. But. Just do you. Be yourself. Flaunt it. If you want something meaningful, AWESOME. If ya don't, that's great too. Just get something you FOR SURE think you wouldn't mind if it was on your body for the rest of your life, y'know?

Get whatever you want, regardless of people's idiotic opinions. People who think tattoos are "unprofessional" will die off soon anyway. And if they're among the younger generation, tell them to put a fork in it.




i was thinking that too, but i have no idea. something to do with anime maybe?

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Do a quote.. or something.




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I have three tattoos and I don't regret any of them (I'm in my late 40s, so that's unlikely to change). I've not been thematic or anything. But here are a few things to consider, some already been mentioned:

Even before you decide on a design, find a reputable artist. You want to see a portfolio of their work. Not just the studio's work, but individual artists works. They should be willing to talk with you beforehand, and don't be afraid to walk out if you get cold feet. They're not car sales people and there should be no pressure from them.

Depending on the size and color, be prepared to spend at least $100 or more, and be prepared to spend at least a full day in agony and another week walking on thin ice, meaning be careful to take care of it, not to overly stress the body part. That's due to the healing process. I had one done on my chest, a design with heavy black lines, and the pain was tremendous because she had to use a large needle. I even had to go back a week later for touch-up. They'll teach you how to tend it when you're done.

I would start with something small and unobtrusive. Mine are obscured by clothing, are for my own pleasure, not for public display.

Something to keep in mind is changing taste. I don't know how old you are, but think back 10 years ago and how your tastes change. Are you sure you'll still be into something 10, 20, or even 50 years from now? You can get tattoos removed, but it's more expensive than getting them done, and is sometimes not 100% perfect (there will still be scars).

I would definitely stay away from kanji or the like. Unless you're extremely fluent. All you have to do is Google search "bad kanji tattoos" and you find examples people with lifelong "pork fried rice" tattooed in prominent areas.
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Something from FMA?
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i have countless hours of ink... check out my pix, i think i have the sleeve posted. its looks anime but its actually some fav art works.
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I just messaged you, please check your inbox! :)

yngvarr wrote:

I have three tattoos and I don't regret any of them (I'm in my late 40s, so that's unlikely to change). I've not been thematic or anything. But here are a few things to consider, some already been mentioned:

Even before you decide on a design, find a reputable artist. You want to see a portfolio of their work. Not just the studio's work, but individual artists works. They should be willing to talk with you beforehand, and don't be afraid to walk out if you get cold feet. They're not car sales people and there should be no pressure from them.

Depending on the size and color, be prepared to spend at least $100 or more, and be prepared to spend at least a full day in agony and another week walking on thin ice, meaning be careful to take care of it, not to overly stress the body part. That's due to the healing process. I had one done on my chest, a design with heavy black lines, and the pain was tremendous because she had to use a large needle. I even had to go back a week later for touch-up. They'll teach you how to tend it when you're done.

I would start with something small and unobtrusive. Mine are obscured by clothing, are for my own pleasure, not for public display.

Something to keep in mind is changing taste. I don't know how old you are, but think back 10 years ago and how your tastes change. Are you sure you'll still be into something 10, 20, or even 50 years from now? You can get tattoos removed, but it's more expensive than getting them done, and is sometimes not 100% perfect (there will still be scars).

I would definitely stay away from kanji or the like. Unless you're extremely fluent. All you have to do is Google search "bad kanji tattoos" and you find examples people with lifelong "pork fried rice" tattooed in prominent areas.





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i have countless hours of ink... check out my pix, i think i have the sleeve posted. its looks anime but its actually some fav art works.
That looks awesome!!!!! it does have slight anime look to it!

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thanks! and i agree with yngvarr - dont get any "flash" tattoos.. come in with something unique and custom. Always check out the artist portfolio first, try and get a feel for their style. Some artists are very good at black and gray some enjoy doing color... find an artist who seems to suit ur style. ask questions, and be prepared to spend a lot for a good artist... they charge by the hour not by the piece. 150-250 an hour seems to be the rate for quality work. 4-8 hours would be a respectable sit time, my sleeve took more hours then i can remember to complete.
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is that whats ment with flash tattoo? and Well i definately want it custom but im not artistic whatsoever so i couldnt draw it up for the artist at all! Thats why i was thinking going google but google doesnt have any anime soldier girls to at least give me an idea. What would i have to do then?

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thanks! and i agree with yngvarr - dont get any "flash" tattoos.. come in with something unique and custom. Always check out the artist portfolio first, try and get a feel for their style. Some artists are very good at black and gray some enjoy doing color... find an artist who seems to suit ur style. ask questions, and be prepared to spend a lot for a good artist... they charge by the hour not by the piece. 150-250 an hour seems to be the rate for quality work. 4-8 hours would be a respectable sit time, my sleeve took more hours then i can remember to complete.


Posted 2/16/15 , edited 2/16/15

nemoskull wrote:

how about this? its something anime fans will instantly recognise, but its also can pass for main stream.



All of my +1s.

Works better on women though, cause you know, Revy is a woman...
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Zaku's comin' ta getcha.
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is that whats ment with flash tattoo? and Well i definately want it custom but im not artistic whatsoever so i couldnt draw it up for the artist at all! Thats why i was thinking going google but google doesnt have any anime soldier girls to at least give me an idea. What would i have to do then?

dust1337 wrote:

thanks! and i agree with yngvarr - dont get any "flash" tattoos.. come in with something unique and custom. Always check out the artist portfolio first, try and get a feel for their style. Some artists are very good at black and gray some enjoy doing color... find an artist who seems to suit ur style. ask questions, and be prepared to spend a lot for a good artist... they charge by the hour not by the piece. 150-250 an hour seems to be the rate for quality work. 4-8 hours would be a respectable sit time, my sleeve took more hours then i can remember to complete.




that's not a problem... you want an anime soldier girl, so, what i would do, is find an anime girl i'd like and print several pictures of her in different poses. Bring them with you to the artist, explain that you want this character but with a soldiers look. I dont know what kind of solider you want (real or anime or custom style uniform), but present your ideas clearly, the artist will work with you and decide on the best course. You may have ideas that dont float well when translated to the skin, this is where the artist will guide you and tell you what can and cant be done and what you should do. It also depends on placement on the skin and ur skin tone. He'll take a few days to draw up some sketches and you'll have chances to review them with him/her and decide what you would like to alter according to the artists sketch.

dont be impossible either, you have to work together, you selected the artist that fits your style, so you need to leave them have some creative room to work (it cant be all your vision, you need to team up on it) give them some freedom to design and make your input clear. but i find the more freedom the artist has, the better the work and the more they enjoy it. def find someone who suits what you want.

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