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cs
04-04-2014, 08:07 AM
I know most of you guys (and gals) here aren't really into body art, but I thought I would share anyway. This is not yet complete, still have to add the flag as a back drop but I'm going to share where we started and where we are at. The first picture is where we started. The existing artwork was done in 1987 and was needing some updating.


https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1560714_623743817663506_147654344_n.jpg


After a few sessions we have updated the skull and changed the daggers to cannons, added ARMY and the lighting bolts and olive branch from the SAC crest. We have breathed new life into the dragon and have added my combat patches.

https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1780777_644379135599974_945423011_n.jpg

https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/l/t1.0-9/1921916_644305985607289_926220328_n.jpg

https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10001317_644306002273954_1343913542_n.jpg

https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10007066_652099064827981_1167227290_n.jpg

To tie all this together we will be adding a drapped American Flag as a background piece behind bringing it all into one piece. Each piece on this arm is representative of my 28 years plus of military service and has a special meaning to me. And in case you are wondering it will still be within the new Army standards on tattoos.

Chad

bogdog
04-04-2014, 08:14 AM
And in case you are wondering it will still be within the new Army standards on tattoos.

ChadBlood donations are the only thing that worry me.

Rum_Pirate
04-04-2014, 08:16 AM
Not that I would want to have a tattoo, but am interested to know what is the rough cost of a tattoo?

cs
04-04-2014, 08:25 AM
My artist is probably a bit high based on others I have used in the past, but her work is worth it. Her charge is $120 an hour.

Chad

Captain Intrepid
04-04-2014, 08:46 AM
Very nice work! I'm about to schedule an appointment to discuss the artwork for my first piece after a few years of consideration.

Mrleft8
04-04-2014, 09:03 AM
I got one once..... Over my whole body, of me, only taller.

Mrleft8
04-04-2014, 09:12 AM
Hahahaha!!!!

(You forgot to credit Steven Wright, though :) )

Where do you think he got that material? ;)

Willin'
04-04-2014, 09:43 AM
I think a rebel flag would look more appropriate!

switters
04-04-2014, 10:24 AM
Good artist there Chad.

cs
04-04-2014, 10:24 AM
Nope. Already been down that road and fixed it.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/398661_321482547889636_1673139928_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1.0-9/428911_321482661222958_1475602862_n.jpg

Chad

JayInOz
04-05-2014, 04:47 AM
I have no tats... but for the past few years, I've been thinking about getting one.... on my upper arm....

"Born to be mild"

:):)

I got a birthday card from one of my sisters last month- it said "Born to be Wild- Made to Behave" :)
My tats relate to my various interests, plus on my left arm I have my family coat of arm, crest and motto. JayInOz

jonboy
04-05-2014, 06:57 AM
i've got four... a blue spot on each cheek of my bum and each hip.....for the guys in the radiotherapy booth to get target practice... anything else is a bit sad really, in my humble opinion

The person who invents a truly effective tattoo removal system is going to make a mint......I'm working on it...

Tracey
04-05-2014, 09:48 AM
The person who invents a truly effective tattoo removal system is going to make a mint......
you said it! But the guys doing it now are raking it in, anyway. My daughter is in the process of having a phrase written in morse code removed from her inner elbow. The tat itself was subtle- really, unless she shook your hand in a sleeveless shirt you would never have noticed it- but the removal is even more subtle! Its been weeks of treatment and you can still see it.

jonboy
04-05-2014, 09:51 AM
when I was about twenty and working on the coasters across the Channel, in a drunken moment thought about getting a tattoo.... what do you want...? from the Dieppe tattooist,... oh something small and unobtrusive I said ...You don't want a tattoo was the reply.
One of the best bits of advice I ever had

JayInOz
04-05-2014, 04:43 PM
oh something small and unobtrusive I said .

You talk like that when you're drunk? You animal you! No wonder you don't have any tats :) JayInOz

slug
04-06-2014, 05:31 AM
i got a pretty niffty tatto last Monday.....I was caulking some teak deck seams....layed the caulk , then as I was pulling the tape a section broke...wind got ahold of that caulikg covered tape and it lashed around and tattooed my left arm...kinda looks like railroad tracks so I took a magic marker and wrote...willie Nelson lives ....next to the caulking tracks.

not bad and cheap.

Perhaps I keep customizing it with a bit of light blue Trilux antifoul next week. Train tracks into the horizon theme.

SMARTINSEN
04-06-2014, 06:07 AM
I will settle for a chain tattoo.

jonboy
04-06-2014, 08:08 AM
You talk like that when you're drunk? You animal you! No wonder you don't have any tats

what I probably said was something like


huc* buuurp Sher voudraish shumshing .hic. quelqueschoze petit e dishcret huc... and he went off and came back with the waitress...(tatooparlour, bar and knocking shop all in one)

Captain Intrepid
04-06-2014, 08:52 AM
It's surprising that more people here don't have tattoos. The social stigma is slowing going away at least.

slug
04-06-2014, 09:26 AM
Naw...guys look like insecure thugs with tatooes. Many Girls can get away with it as a fashion statement.

its possible that among your tribe the thug look is acceptable...move worldwide and you will soon look like a freak

jonboy
04-06-2014, 09:35 AM
Naw...guys look like insecure thugs with tatooes. Many Girls can get away with it as a fashion statement.

its possible that among your tribe the thug look is acceptable...move worldwide and you will soon look like a freak

and the tramp stamp thing just makes them look like slags....

Its the permanance thing that gets me......why not use those ones you get free with an icecream.?. they still last a couple of weeks.

bahma
04-06-2014, 10:02 AM
Whenever this topic appears, I'm reminded of a good friend if mine who ran one of the better known drinking establishments in Nassau, Bahamas, during the '60s..... 'Charlie Charlie's'.
One day he announced he was going to Germany to see his relatives..... 'They are lamp shades, you know'.

Jim Bow
04-06-2014, 12:06 PM
I don't abhor them, that's a strong word, I just don't understand them. If I were a hiring person, and someone came in who was covered with tattoos, I would wonder about his decision making.

That being said, I did see a guy who had two small anchors, just like Popeye's, tattooed on his forearms. Hilarious.

jonboy
04-06-2014, 01:03 PM
time for the tattoo joke...

guy while on holiday in Jamaica , having a pee in the bar bog, glances down and sees the bloke next to him has Wendy tattooed along his nob...oh yeah says the guy thats my girlfriend....
a bit later, back in the bog, another guy next to him has the same tattoo.... so your girlfriend's called Wendy then,...
No Man, dis says 'Welcome to the West Indies I hope you have a nice holiday'

cs
04-07-2014, 06:36 AM
I'm really not surprised at the responses here. Some folks put their art on the wall and some carry it around with them everyday. And yes as evident here society still judges people solely based on them having tattoos. So be it.

Chad

Captain Intrepid
04-07-2014, 10:08 AM
This is the preliminary sketch I made of what I'm thinking of getting'. Thinking inner forearm.

http://i57.tinypic.com/2laphf8.jpg

Willin'
04-07-2014, 10:21 AM
I'm really not surprised at the responses here. Some folks put their art on the wall and some carry it around with them everyday. And yes as evident here society still judges people solely based on them having tattoos. So be it.

Chad

You had a tattoo that could very easily be mistaken to read 'Southern Born Inbred' and you act surprised when people don't heap praise on your body art? You may be in for a lot of disappointment in your life

Flying Orca
04-07-2014, 10:23 AM
Naw...guys look like insecure thugs with tatooes.

That's a culturally-generated opinion that might apply to your region and generation, but certainly doesn't apply to mine.

slug
04-07-2014, 10:24 AM
I operate worldwide....I'm not confined to your tribal area.

Flying Orca
04-07-2014, 10:25 AM
Oh yeah - your artist does good work, Chad! Y>

cs
04-07-2014, 10:26 AM
No I don't act surprised. I got that rebel flag tattoo a long time ago to show my pride in being from the South without thinking about the implications. I have since covered that one up because I felt it sent the wrong message. And I'm not asking you to "heap praises" on my artwork, I just wanted to share it.

Chad

cs
04-07-2014, 10:36 AM
Yeah I guess people are always judging others on outward appearance and thus they never take the time to get to know the real person. Yeah I get it and got it a long time ago. Yeah I'm a skinny bald guy with tattoo, yeah I look like the one your parents warned you about. So lets judge him as a bad person who has questionable decision making skills. No need to talk to him, he probably is just a drunk that steals blind men's cane and takes candy from a baby. Stay away from him.

Yeah I got it.

Chad

Flying Orca
04-07-2014, 10:37 AM
I operate worldwide....I'm not confined to your tribal area.

Your mores were formed, inescapably, by the cultural matrices in which you matured and have lived; geography and generation make a huge difference to individual tastes and judgements. Your standard may be the viewpoint from which you judge the world around you, but it has nothing to recommend it (to anyone other than yourself) over that of anyone else.

cs
04-07-2014, 10:49 AM
Trust me I understand. People will always judge on what they see without ever taking the time to truly understand. Even way back when, before I got any tattoos people always judged me on my appearance even though I was a clean cut youth. I guess having tattoos just reinforces the idea that I'm not someone they want to hang out with.

Chad

slug
04-07-2014, 10:54 AM
Your mores were formed, inescapably, by the cultural matrices in which you matured and have lived; geography and generation make a huge difference to individual tastes and judgements. Your standard may be the viewpoint from which you judge the world around you, but it has nothing to recommend it (to anyone other than yourself) over that of anyone else.


Tell them as they escort you out the door


http://s30.postimg.org/bkepilcnl/image.jpg (http://postimage.org/)
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cs
04-07-2014, 11:00 AM
And what would that message be? That maybe I'm tired of people judging on appearances and I'm through with false friends?

Chad

TomF
04-07-2014, 11:14 AM
I've thought about tattoos a bit, over the years. Wondered about how to mark this or that significant event.

What I've always come back to is that my tastes have changed over the decades, and some of my passions have faded into the background, while new ones emerged. It's reasonable to assume that something similar will continue 'till I'm done.

I'm also aware that I'm very particular about the art we'd hang on the wall at home ... and while I like a first-rate example of a style, I'd rather hang a print of one of those than hang a 2nd or 3rd rate "original." I doubt I'd feel any different if the art was hanging on my forearm or shoulder ... and even a really good tattoo artist can have an off day.

It's led me to stay away from tattoos, so far. Talking with some I know who have them ... and well done examples ... I'm struck by the proportion who have second thoughts, some years later. Who won't eliminate a "sleeve" or a particular image, but have mixed feelings about it some decades later. Not the majority, but a sizeable minority.

slug
04-07-2014, 11:14 AM
And what would that message be? That maybe I'm tired of people judging on appearances and I'm through with false friends?

Chad
Well...no need to over analyze...... what Is important to Known is that many people have a completely different view of tattoos.

JimD
04-07-2014, 11:17 AM
Five humans:

https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/1466269_631864856870737_435557889_n.jpg

slug
04-07-2014, 11:24 AM
Sydney hoteliers move to ban patrons with visible tattoos


http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sydney-hoteliers-move-to-ban-patrons-with-visible-tattoos/story-e6freuy9-1226274718106

cs
04-07-2014, 11:25 AM
I have to apologize for coming off so bitter. It has been a long freaking winter with a lot of changes and I had another long weekend out of town and I'm really struggling to adjust to all the changes.

Chad

ron ll
04-07-2014, 11:30 AM
Ever feel overdressed? :)

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02874/duchess-_nz_maori-_2874487b.jpg

JimD
04-07-2014, 11:33 AM
Ever feel overdressed? :)

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02874/duchess-_nz_maori-_2874487b.jpg

This one requires a caption contest:

Duchess: Thanks, but I'll take your word for it.

pipefitter
04-07-2014, 12:16 PM
I typically would have no opinion of tattoos because the art style is not appealing to me and a bit too predictable. It's when someone goes out of their way to get a response by asking me to look at them and I say, "Oh wow, look, another tattoo." that they get a little put off. Or when they tell me I should get one. It's just overdone by now, I think. I recall a time when it was achievement or one's social stature that told their story. . .or not. Now it's tattoos and lifestyle choices that becomes their identity and it comes across as generic, instead of what is usually intended by such things.

I recall a girlfriend who was going to get her daughter's name tattoo'd on her shoulder, and I asked if she really wanted me to be thinking about her daughter at certain times. She was horrified at the thought, and to be honest, so was I. I would have had to ignore one of her most pleasant attributes.

Then there is the artistic definition of their tattoo and what it represents, that you have no way of knowing unless they explain it to you. They come up with a profound story, as if it's a dramatic, lifetime event. Usually it's not all that. The events are average and one of many that most people experience. They have just colored it so.

I tell my kids, who have tattoos, that there is going to be a time when it is those who have none that are going to be the 'special' ones that stand out. They don't get it, but I know it's coming.

JimM
04-07-2014, 06:40 PM
Chad, It is easy to see your pride is serving your nation. Your body art tells that story. Thank you for your service.

swoody126
04-08-2014, 03:30 PM
just one body

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag60/swoody126/FEMALEILLUSIONPARROT_zps3ad4020c.png (http://s1298.photobucket.com/user/swoody126/media/FEMALEILLUSIONPARROT_zps3ad4020c.png.html)

cs
04-08-2014, 03:33 PM
Chad, It is easy to see your pride is serving your nation. Your body art tells that story. Thank you for your service.


Thanks Jim. My service is something I'm real proud of and joining the service was one of the best decisions of my life.


Chad

Gerarddm
04-08-2014, 03:51 PM
I have never, and would never, date a woman with extensive tattoos.

John of Phoenix
04-08-2014, 03:56 PM
I've never dated a woman with ANY tattoos... and I looked closely... everywhere.

switters
04-08-2014, 05:03 PM
Always amazed at how polarizing tattoos can be. Got two in '85, easily covered and I rarely think about them anymore.

PeterSibley
04-08-2014, 05:13 PM
My kind of tattoo

http://www.tattoodesigns24.com/tattoopics/cartoon/winnie_the_pooh/winnie_the_pooh_tattoo_1.jpg

Todd Bradshaw
04-08-2014, 05:49 PM
Yes, thank you Chad. You're a good man. I never saw much reason to get any tatts. Seeing how my taste in graphic art has changed over the years, I'm certainly glad I didn't. I'd probably be covered with ski and boat company logos. The other thing that bugs me is that they really don't age very well. They fade, or the lines eventually bleed out and are no longer clean and/or the skin sags over time. In about 25 years there are going to be a whole lot of people out there with some really sad looking body art. I keep telling my wife, the molecular biologist, that she needs to invent a tattoo ink that suddenly and completely fades away after about ten or fifteen years, so that we can get rich.

For your dancing pleasure, I offer a funny little song about a Tattoo written and sung by one of my band mates, Rick Frank. He did the vocal and guitar as a demo. I stuck a bass track and half a dozen little synthesizer tracks on this test version to fill it out.

http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Music%20stuff/Tattoo%20IV%20TB%20mix.mp3

LeeG
04-08-2014, 11:15 PM
I've never dated a woman with ANY tattoos... and I looked closely... everywhere.

Oh my, same here, they only had freckles, dots, spots and glorious skin!

cs
06-15-2014, 04:22 PM
For those that want to see the final.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t1.0-9/10303794_675933242444563_4520177087607782439_n.jpg

https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10296571_675933329111221_4802394360262781575_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t1.0-9/10353581_675933672444520_559740241863319179_n.jpg

Chad

Reynard38
06-15-2014, 05:19 PM
It's surprising that more people here don't have tattoos. The social stigma is slowing going away at least.

For some it's a social stigma, for others it's that a tattoo would be unacceptable where they work.

Captain Intrepid
06-15-2014, 06:54 PM
For some it's a social stigma, for others it's that a tattoo would be unacceptable where they work.

//shrugs// It's the social stigma that makes tattoos unacceptable at certain workplaces.

David G
06-15-2014, 07:38 PM
I may have told this story before... but I came very close to getting a tattoo. On my hand. I had the design in mind, and was just waiting for the burn to heal. See... I ran into the kitchen when the smoke alarm went off, grabbed up the cast iron pan that I thought my youngest son was drying on the burner. Nope. He had fried bacon, and forgotten to turn off the burner when he took the bacon out. When I grabbed that pan, smoking hot grease slopped out over the back of my hand. Big burn with tendrils. The beginning and bulk of the burn was at the web between thumb & forefinger, and spread up and back from there.

The dermatologist predicted a very red, very noticeable scar. Rather than have it just be a scar... I was gonna turn it into a flame pattern, reaching almost to my wrist - following the scar pattern.

But it was all just a false alarm. In the end, the scar is barely noticeable. No reason/excuse for the tattoo. And I was very much looking forward to it. <sigh>

The other tattoos I've liked were interesting pattern in white ink. Very subtle, and - depending upon the artwork - very tasty. I have dated girls with tats. Back in the 70's... when it wasn't as common as wearing a necklace.

Captain Intrepid
06-15-2014, 07:42 PM
Some real quality work cs. It came out quite nicely, and should look even better when it's all healed up!

I hope you don't mind this minor hijack, but I may as well post the one I just got done some weeks ago.

http://i61.tinypic.com/33elthf.jpg

S.V. Airlie
06-15-2014, 07:45 PM
My artist is probably a bit high based on others I have used in the past, but her work is worth it. Her charge is $120 an hour.

ChadHeck Chad, I'd do I for half the price if you ain't too picky!

slug
06-16-2014, 02:46 AM
Many people choose practical tattoos....

for instance i have bacon and eggs tattoed on the top of my head.

At the cafe there is no need for a menu or any mumbo jumbo bilingual commmunications with immigrant staff...i just take off my baseball cap and flash em

bacon and eggs...they get the message fast

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ShagRock
06-16-2014, 03:00 AM
I may have told this story before... but I came very close to getting a tattoo. On my hand.

With your depth of brain, it could look good on your forehead. Just saying:D

PeterSibley
06-16-2014, 03:08 AM
I still like this one but wonder if it's macho enough.


My kind of tattoo

http://www.tattoodesigns24.com/tattoopics/cartoon/winnie_the_pooh/winnie_the_pooh_tattoo_1.jpg

skuthorp
06-16-2014, 06:15 AM
It's surprising that more people here don't have tattoos. The social stigma is slowing going away at least.
Fashion will change, the people really making the dough are the plastic surgeons removing them and that will increase. I

Michael D. Storey
06-16-2014, 03:58 PM
My artist is probably a bit high based on others I have used in the past, but her work is worth it. Her charge is $120 an hour.

Chad

Never go see a tattooist who is high.

Captain Intrepid
06-17-2014, 12:10 AM
Fashion will change, the people really making the dough are the plastic surgeons removing them and that will increase. I

Aye, from the ones with the tattoo equivalents of bayliners.

cs
06-17-2014, 06:37 AM
Some real quality work cs. It came out quite nicely, and should look even better when it's all healed up!

I hope you don't mind this minor hijack, but I may as well post the one I just got done some weeks ago.

http://i61.tinypic.com/33elthf.jpg


Looks great.

BTW I had this finished up a little over a month ago and it has healed rather nicely. I actually go back tomorrow for the touch up. We will fine tune the shading some and add probably add a little of white shading. White tends to go more flesh tones over just a little time, but it does enhance a bit. With as much work and swelling that happened on the final visit she wanted to wait till the touch up appointment to fine tune the shading.

Chad

The Bigfella
06-19-2014, 05:56 PM
A friend just posted a shot of herself with a friend of hers. I'm not much into body art, but Fon carries it off pretty well (and she plays a mean bass guitar... in an all-girl band).

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t31.0-8/1147758_10153144544000613_966876388_o.jpg

Willin'
06-19-2014, 06:12 PM
So many tattoos remind me of Elvis on velvet right next to the kitchenette.

Tom Wilkinson
06-19-2014, 06:18 PM
But what will she look like in 20 years. Some tattoos do look great now, but few seem to age well.

The Bigfella
06-19-2014, 06:49 PM
But what will she look like in 20 years. Some tattoos do look great now, but few seem to age well.

Indeed. I think this lady has probably got 50 or 60 years on Fon... but hers are a very different style

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Laos%202014/179_zpsf388460e.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Laos%202014/179_zpsf388460e.jpg.html)

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Laos%202014/180_zpsacca32d7.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Laos%202014/180_zpsacca32d7.jpg.html)

The Bigfella
06-19-2014, 07:44 PM
I see, over on FB, a photojournalist friend of mine has had her latest photo post reported as pornography. She's breastfeeding her baby.... not a lick of nipple showing. Some people are just sick.

My friend, above, was described as a slut by a forumite on another thread. Just charming eh?

Captain Intrepid
06-19-2014, 08:01 PM
But what will she look like in 20 years.

Probably a lot better than most of us.

Tom Wilkinson
06-19-2014, 08:34 PM
I haven't seen many tattoos that age well. The current fad hasn't had time. Guess we will see. I know my friend in the removal biz stays plenty busy.

Captain Intrepid
06-19-2014, 08:36 PM
http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m04x31GDqs1qj0ueoo1_500.jpg

;)

Tom Wilkinson
06-19-2014, 08:44 PM
I'm glad that's not where I want to hang out when I'm older ;)
Have fun though.