(tattooed) Ladies First

No pasties. No tramp stamps. Just art.

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Check out my new jewelry line! All handmade, images carefully selected. I’ve got lots of fun new things coming regularly too.

Lily Volition will soon have jewelry made out of tattoo artists’ art work, so keep an eye out for it.

Find it on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LilyVolition

And on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/LilyVolition

“More ancient tattoos have been found, like the Ice Man found in the Alps - but he only had lines, not the perfect and highly artistic images one can see on the bodies of the Pazyryks. It is a phenomenal level of tattoo art. Incredible.”

This is a pretty good example of a Bad Idea.
While it looks like it may be well done (hard to say since it’s so new and swollen), and it is admittedly adorable, over time this is exactly the sort of thing that tends to age poorly and turn into a regret. Teeny tiny details like this just don’t stand the test of time. As her skin ages those crisp lines that make this identifiably a Peter Pan tattoo are likely to blur… and she’ll have four blobby bits down her neck for life.
If you take an idea like this to a tattooer and she doesn’t warn you that it may not hold up over time, she does not have your best interest in mind. Think before you let her tattoo you. If she warns you and you insist, it’s on you. If she doesn’t warn you, she may be more concerned about money than outcome.

This is a pretty good example of a Bad Idea.

While it looks like it may be well done (hard to say since it’s so new and swollen), and it is admittedly adorable, over time this is exactly the sort of thing that tends to age poorly and turn into a regret. Teeny tiny details like this just don’t stand the test of time. As her skin ages those crisp lines that make this identifiably a Peter Pan tattoo are likely to blur… and she’ll have four blobby bits down her neck for life.

If you take an idea like this to a tattooer and she doesn’t warn you that it may not hold up over time, she does not have your best interest in mind. Think before you let her tattoo you. If she warns you and you insist, it’s on you. If she doesn’t warn you, she may be more concerned about money than outcome.

I swear I’m coming back, y’all! It’s just a super busy time for me and I haven’t had much of a chance to write, on top of having to get back into the swing of things post vacation.

Help me out and send me questions to get me started again!

I’m out of here!

Feel free to keep sending emails and questions, but don’t expect an answer for a while.

See y’all next week. Get some beautiful tattoos while I’m gone. <3

It seems to me that a majority of first timers insist that their tattoo be solid black. No shading. Just simple.

There is nothing wrong with that at all.

But when I started wondering why the only thing I could come up with was that

  1. they are afraid they won’t be able to take the pain,
  2. they weren’t prepared for the financial investment and are settling for something less than they really wanted, or
  3. they have just not learned to ‘see’ more detailed tattoos yet.

It takes a while to learn to see what’s happening in a tattoo. It’s a form of art that we are usually unfamiliar with, so we have to learn. When we go looking for our first tattoo we want something recognizable. We don’t want anyone to ever say “what is it?”

So maybe take a little bit longer before you decide on that first piece. Look at more tattoos in person. Ask more questions. Get more familiar with the art. Then if you still want to start with simple and black, you know for sure that that is really what you wanted.

Take your time. It’s going to be with you for a very long time. You can wait.

Super cute location, super boring execution. Why would you waste the money on a faded shaky outline of a tattoo when you could get something a little bigger, a little better, and with some wow factor? 

Even one of those butterflies would be better, and they aren&#8217;t even fabulous butterflies.
Don&#8217;t limit yourself to something so simple that it falls flat. Tiny tattoos are fun, but if they are too simple they end up looking like you have a smudge of dirt on you rather than the delicate little ditty you wanted.

Super cute location, super boring execution. Why would you waste the money on a faded shaky outline of a tattoo when you could get something a little bigger, a little better, and with some wow factor? 

Even one of those butterflies would be better, and they aren’t even fabulous butterflies.

Don’t limit yourself to something so simple that it falls flat. Tiny tattoos are fun, but if they are too simple they end up looking like you have a smudge of dirt on you rather than the delicate little ditty you wanted.

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