(Closed) Tattoo savvy bees. Question!

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

yes it can be done, but some artists wont do thing based on their own art views, if they dont think they will want their name attached to an idea they will refuse to do it. some artists dont care and will do whatever you ask for (hence face tattoos) maybe you should let them come up with a design so they feel they have some art control over it rather than having a set idea they might not think will work. 

Post # 4
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12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yeah, I would approach a different artist and ask them what they would do to incorporate the existing tattoos into a sleeve

Post # 5
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2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I agree with approaching a different artist. I don’t see why you couldn’t incorporate them into something else. I have seen it done before.

Post # 6
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1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MissLunchbox:  if you can;t even sit down with the artist to talk, I’d suggest going elsewhere. You can definitely incorporate old tattos into new ones, and not cover them up. Without seeing pictures, it’s hard to understand why they wouldn’t do the artwork, but it can be done (if I’m understanding correctly.) 

I would find another reputable artist – ask people who have tattoos that you admire who did theirs (even if they’re strangers on the street) and then go in, meet with the artist, and have them apply a temporary sketch template to the skin to see if you like it. 

 

Post # 8
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602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

try finding an artist who specializes in cover ups.

Post # 9
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3053 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

definitely go to another artist…not only can it be done, the fact that the artist wouldn’t even meet with you is a huge sign that you should NOT go to that artist!

Post # 11
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11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wow, this shop sounds pretentious. I get that some places don’t want their names attached to shoddy work, but ffs, they don’t have to be dicks about it. Can’t talk to the artist? I doubt he’s a fcking celebrity. Gross. Go elsewhere, find a reputable shop with people who actually want to do the work. We have a great shop here that has been beautiful about reworking some of my pieces that are less than stellar, quality-wise.

Post # 12
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

1. If the artist himself won’t talk to you then you need to go elsewhere. That is who will be permanently marking your husband and so he should be talking to your husband face to face.

2. Yes, it can be done. @CarpefnDiem: is right that some artists do not wish to mingle their work with someone else’s. I have a friend who is a tattoo artist and he will not go near anyone else’s work unless the person is looking to completely cover up the tattoo. He finds it disresepctful to alter anyone else’s work. He will only cover it up if the individual is looking to cover it entirely with something different (ie: they are looking to cover up their ex’s name, etc).

3. Not all artists feel this way so definitely check around.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MissLunchbox:  Bleh. Pretentious shops make me want to barf. I went in to a new shop here to ask about a coverup, and all three artists were happy to take a look and discuss my options. They also noticed the tattoos on my feet and loved them. Definitely look elsewhere and choose a place where you feel comfortable.

Post # 16
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2376 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve got a piece that covers half of my back, and it was done from 3 different shops.  I was happy with all 3, it’s just that I’ve moved all over the US in the last several years.  Both artists following the first wanted to know why I didn’t go back to the original/previous artist, and once they heard it was because he was several hundred miles away, they both understood and were more than happy to work on the piece. 

I would NEVER EVER in a million years go to a shop that didn’t allow me to speak with the artist.  Discussing ideas and whether or not something is feasable/possible is part of the process.  It also gives the artist a chance to bring up ideas that you might not have thought of.  If the artist doesn’t think his idea will work, that’s when they normally come back with ‘ok, I see where you’re wanting to go with idea A, so here’s what I would suggest’ and sketch out a general concept that will work better.

 

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