Tattoos and flying

Saturday October 13th, 2007 @ 10:15 PM

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MY friends seems to think if you fly after getting a tattoo the blood vessles will “explode”. sounds like BS to me?

As someone who has flown on average more than 50,000 miles a year for the past 4 years I can tell you I have never had any blood vessels explode. I’ve even flown thousands of miles specifically to get tattooed and then flown back the very same day!

Tell your friend it’s total “BS” and that they can also drink soda and eat Pop Rocks.

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Posted by Rachel | Permalink | 4 Comments

Small tattoos

Friday October 12th, 2007 @ 6:06 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

I wasn’t able to find this in the wiki or by searching the QOD so I apologize if this has been answered before. I normally hate the “My friend told me…” type of questions but I am really curious about this one. It has come to my attention that there are some who believe that small tattoos are a bad idea and that they don’t turn out as well as larger ones. But of course no definite reasons were given. I know that for detail work you have to have a certain size, but is there any reason not to have a very simple design done on a smaller scale?

The thing about tattoos is that you’re filling cells with the pigment, cells have a finite size. As the body ages the cell walls break down, as it breaks down the pigment in those cells spread/run. Depending on the size of the tattoo will dictate the clarity of the tattoo as your body ages, it might be visible for a couple years, or it might be visible longer.

All work has some manner of detail, unless you’re going for small blob solid colours. You want to make sure that the lines do not get too close because as I said as the skin ages and breaks down the pigment will expand from its spot and blur/blend with what’s close by.

This is why many artists will have a bare minimum size for tattoos they do, based on the detail of the piece. There are however people like Anil Gupta who are internationally known for doing postage stamp size tattoos of Salvador Dali paintings,etc. However he does these tattoos with very small needle groupings (quite often 1 liners,etc), he has a MASSIVE magnify glass. Also your skin must be of a very specific type, if not he won’t do the tattoo. Not to mention in his FAQ on his page the first statement is: 1) Does Anil do coverups, retouch or color enhancement on an existing tattoo? NO.

Letters, Birds, Butterflies, Tigers, Faces all these things require detail. Details that are being etched into a living canvas. Something that ages and decays, which is very unlike a painters canvas,etc.

Now with saying this, this doesn’t mean rush out to get a full back-piece. But the thing to consider with tattoos is to make sure it fits the frame. A small tattoo on a rather large space will simply not look right, visually to the eyes. Case in point look at the body builders who have very tiny suns, tribals,etc on their upper arm region. Their massive bulging muscles over shadow the piece so it gets lost amongst the muscle.

So like I said it doesn’t need to be a huge tattoo, nor small. The thing to always consider is: “Does this tattoo fit the frame of my body

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 7 Comments

…fade rather easily, will it fade fast being in white ink?

Sunday October 7th, 2007 @ 8:10 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

I’m looking to get a lip tattoo right away, however i was thinking it’d be kindve neat to get it in white ink. im just wondering tho, since lip tattoos fade rather easily, will it fade fast being in white ink? will white ink even show up well? aaand, would requesting white ink increase the price? Thank you sooo much :)


Yes, using white ink is more likely to fade, and no, its unlikely to show up well…the ink sits above the pigment in the skin and is translucent, looking cream coloured on most people’s skin, and only appearing white on people with very very pale skin. Inside the mouth it’d be unlikely to stand out much at all, and certainly wouldnt appear white. The ink itself wouldn’t make the tattoo more expensive, but it may work out more expensive as it might require more sessions to get the ink to take to any reasonable degree. Basically, unless you want a very simple and subtle design, its probably not a great idea.

- Vampy

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Posted by AskBME | Permalink | 1 Comment

…should i wait after beeing tattoed before shaving over it?

Wednesday September 26th, 2007 @ 4:01 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

hello Shawn, just wanted to thank you for your answer and to tell you that i think you’re some king of magical element…only a few hour after i posted my question it started looking alot better. Anyway thanks alot for your ever greatly answered questions. and just because you’re so good to all of us i need another answer from you…how much time should i wait after beeing tattoed before shaving over it?
Thanks again…have a nive day!


I think I waited two weeks after my throat piece to start shaving. When nothing is raised of flakey, have at it. (posted via iPhone on a Philly bus… QOD goes mobile)

- Shawn Porter

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…still have some of this kind of skin after this much time?

Wednesday September 26th, 2007 @ 3:05 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hello Shawn, i’ve searched alot and never found an answer for my question. I had the outline done on my chest piece two weeks and a half ago and it looks great but when i look at it closely i can see a bit of skin still flaking or something on some parts of it. is it normal to still have some of this kind of skin after this much time? i followed the aftercare closely but i still heal slowly…is it me being only slow to heal or my skin going crazy? Thank you very very much!!!


Kinda looks like peeling skin from a sunburn?
Yeah, you’re probably fine. Give us a status update if not, but I’ve had line work look a little peely in the past.

- Shawn Porter

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…should i wait after beeing tattoed before shaving over it?

Wednesday September 26th, 2007 @ 1:32 PM

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hello Shawn, just wanted to thank you for your answer and to tell you that i think you’re some king of magical element…only a few hour after i posted my question it started looking alot better. Anyway thanks alot for your ever greatly answered questions. and just because you’re so good to all of us i need another answer from you…how much time should i wait after beeing tattoed before shaving over it?
Thanks again…have a nive day!


I think I waited two weeks after my throat piece to start shaving. When nothing is raised of flakey, have at it. (posted via iPhone on a Philly bus… QOD goes mobile)

- Shawn Porter

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Posted by AskBME | Permalink | Comments

…this for my next session besides taking a week off?

Wednesday September 12th, 2007 @ 5:38 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

i’ve started getting work done on a full sleeve and in the last session, about a week ago, parts of the outline were colored in. near my elbow and outer side of my wrist i’ve developed really bad scabbing. i’m a bartender and i’m fairly sure that the scabbing is from moving my arm so much at work. is there anything i can do to prevent this for my next session besides taking a week off?


You can try plastic wrap aftercare for the first 24-48 hours. It will help prevent scabbing and drying. But not all tattoo artists suggest plastic wrap for healing tattoos, so run it past your individual artist first.

- Ryan Ouellette

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Posted by AskBME | Permalink | Comments

…and i was wondering, is it possible to tattoo over a scar?

Wednesday September 12th, 2007 @ 5:02 PM

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Hey, Im going to get a full sleeve done in a couple of weeks and i was wondering, is it possible to tattoo over a scar? I got a scar after a surgery on my arm and its not nice so it would be cool to tattoo something over it.
Thanks for a great site, greatings from Norway:)


Putting a small tattoo over a scar can sometimes be tricky. But if you’re getting something large scale I’m sure they can find a way to cover a scar without any problems.

- Ryan Ouellette

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Posted by AskBME | Permalink | 1 Comment

Is nothing sacred?

Wednesday September 12th, 2007 @ 3:01 PM

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Off topic, just a random jeer to people who think it’s okay to copy someone elses tattoo (the current poll). Is nothing sacred?!?!?!?


I’ll tell Sailor Jerry’s corpse to be pissed off at all the people wearing his stuff.

On my way back from Borneo from telling the Punan about the rosettes that were stolen. Luckily I’ll be on a ship full of the ONLY sailors to ever wear Sparrows.

You have it photographed and blogged/magazine’d… expect it.

- Shawn Porter

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Posted by AskBME | Permalink | Comments

…have to ask for permission before I got it tattood on me?

Wednesday September 12th, 2007 @ 2:02 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

This is the Hogwarts Crest from Harry Potter. I found it on Google so I dont know exacly who drew it but since it has to do with Harry Potter would I have to ask for permission before I got it tattood on me?


It’s your body, get whatever you want tattooed on it. You have my personal permission as Minister of Magic.

- Ryan Ouellette

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