Tattoo Question

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    Tattoo Question

    I plan to get my first tattoo soon, I've already decided exactly what I want and given her the design. This woman works out of her home as she is agoraphobic, but I've seen numerous work that she has done and it's first rate. Having said that, based on what I've been reading I have 1 concern.
    1) The tattoo (Foghorn Leghorn) has quite a bit of white ink in it and i've been told that's problematic as i have very fair skin. She states that it will take the initial session and then I will have to return after healing for another white coloring. Do any of you have experience with White work and is this doable. She has no extensive experience with White but says it's no problem, which contradicts what I'm reading. The tattoo will be approx 3" x 2" on my calf.

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    Your skin is really fair? As in really pale? Why not just use your skin as the "white" also called "negative" coloring?

    <---heavily tattooed

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    A tattoo of Foghorn Leghorn?
    Why not the Tasmanian Devil or Henery Hawk, I don't they don't have any white in them. I say, I say!
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    White does not stick on me at all. Neither does light yellow. If I could start all over again, I'd do nothing but black & gray work.
    Are you SURE you want a cartoon character forever etched on your body?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    Your skin is really fair? As in really pale? Why not just use your skin as the "white" also called "negative" coloring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Are you SURE you want a cartoon character forever etched on your body?
    Yes, It's symbolic to me.
    Last edited by Dolphin; November 27th, 2008 at 09:12 PM. Reason: Removed personal info.

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    For anyone thinking I'm a youngster and maybe making a mistake, thanks for caring and trying to put the brakes on, but that's not the case. More accurately I'm old, stubborn and it's gonna happen. I just want to ensure that it's properly done.

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    <---Heavily Tattooed as well.

    I have never done any tat's that are white on myself, but have seen it done on a portrait of a guys pitbull. It looked great after 2 sittings and he was fair skinned as well. I would say that any skilled artist will be able to work the white in well.
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    Maybe see if your tattoo artist has any pics of previous work she has done in white?
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    Oh, I didn't realize what you were actually getting done until the above pic and then I googled it, so my apologies.

    I'd vote to ask your artist about touchups if neccesary? My artists always stand behind their work

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    Maybe see if your tattoo artist has any pics of previous work she has done in white?
    Unfortunately, she has only done White shading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    Oh, I didn't realize what you were actually getting done until the above pic and then I googled it, so my apologies.

    I'd vote to ask your artist about touchups if neccesary? My artists always stand behind their work
    I truly appreciate your input! Thanks' for helping. I know this is a gun forum but I've never met a more intelligent and diverse group of people online so I chose to post only here.

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    I dont have any experience with white, my question lies in the sizing. 2x3" is not that big and with the detail in the tat that will be necessary, it will look good for a few years but as time goes on and the outline "spreads", it could get blurry and unrecognizable. Where it is a symbolic tattoo and means something to you, I would consider getting it done larger. JMHO. Good luck and post pics after its done.

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    This is all I have to tell you. Tattoos here in the states with colors will never last. Light colors are the worst for longevity. Whites, yellows, and sometimes orange. Some of it depends on you and the sun. if you get a tattoo on the upper arm in the USA and want it to last, forget the cut-off t-shirt in the middle of the summer when you want a tan. It will sap the life and color out of your tat plain and simple. Rather than go with white, just go with a dotted outline IMO. The tattoos in the USA will never be up to par with the ones you can get in Hong Kong or other places overseas. It's apparent that tattoos here in the states are regulated by the health department, and they will never last more than ten years even if you take care not to let them in full sun to fade. I got one of my tattoos in Hong Kong in 1983. It still has vivid color despite my love for the sun. The ones I got here in the states are toast. I'd been better off just getting them shaded. Tattoo parlors portray cutting edge technology for colors nowadays. For the long term, and in my opinion..........don't fool yourself or let them persuade you into something that will not last as long as you would like. Fair skinned or not, the lighter the color, the sooner it will disappear. It won't matter whether you bare the tattoo to the sun, or cover it with a light colored garment. The true recipe for color and duration lies in the Orient. They know how to do it because they have been doing it for hundreds of years more than the west. And what's done in the west is not allowed here. My apologies for the lengthy explanation.

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