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Old 05-28-05, 12:29 PM   #1
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Ink primer

So, uh, tell me 'bout getting inked. I.E. what to look for in a tatoo place.. problems that could occur with tatto's on certain area's.. etc.

I'm considering getting a tatoo on my calf, have been for some time. But I'm wondering about color over time, scar issues, etc..
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I think the calf would be better than a lot of other areas - lots of flesh, few ligaments, etc, so not too painful. Color should be the same as anywhere, probably better than on your forearms, where it would always be getting sun. About the only problem I could think of is that the more you ride, the calf could change shape. To avoid that, I did my last one just below my calf, a few inches up from my ankle on the outside of the leg. I don't think that's going to be changing shape any time soon...

But I'm by no means a tat expert - I've only got three, and they're all black...
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Scar tissue does not hold ink well, but a good artist can work the scar into the design and not ink the scar, i've seen this done for women with masectomies, and fellows with bad scarring.
Avoid areas that have a large amount of sweat glands, the ink washes.
On the back or inside arm upper can be quite painful.
My spine was no problem, 4 inches over to the underside of my shoulder blade was hell.
Lower back was painfull too.
I think the calf is a good spot, depending what work you do, and if you care what others think, a decision to do the upper arms only above the sleeve of a short sleeve shirt.
An idea also is not to get really tight detail lines as over time the ink spreads under the skin.
Celtic knotwork used to be really popular, but if the detail is too small and tight, in a few years it looks a messy block.
Leave some space -in a few years the lines can be re-inked and it will still look good.
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