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Doctor B. Slamin Delanty
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« on: April 17, 2010, 12:41:43 am »

Hello World (or at least the part of it listening),

I'm almost certain that this has already been as a topic of discussion introduced (likely more than once) and I apologize. Any previous discussions about it seem to have faded into antiquity. However I am fairly new here and I am very curious about it, tattoos being a passion of sorts for me. This is the only place I could think to start thread, so please correct/inform me if I am wrong. So ladies and gentlemen, it's time to "show your ink" as it were, but please remember to keep any pictures appropriate.

I would start the thread by posting a picture of my own tattoo, however I'm still working on posting pictures here.

Best of wishes,
Dr. Delanty
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010, 12:51:08 am »

I'll take the first penguin award... Smiley



It's a compass, done in various metal tones with distressed and broken stone pillars around it. Took me 9 monthes to design and 5 hours for my artist to ink... It's my baby... Smiley The ~N~ and the Star on the back of my neck were added later...
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2010, 12:55:12 am »

It looks lovely, and something I haven't seen before (so good job on that). Thanks for sharing, and I feel rather helpless having to ask this, but how do you attach pictures to these messages. I can't for the life of me figure it out, and it's aggravating me to no end.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2010, 01:19:28 am »

Upload your pictures up on photobucket or a similar site. Once that's done they'll have a direct image link you can copy and past into forums that begins with [IMG]
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2010, 01:23:35 am »

Thank you so very much. And now that I feel like a complete nincompoop here is mine.
I must apologize for picture quality though, it's harder than I expected to take a picture of my own arm with my own phone.

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2010, 01:52:08 am »

Tattooed pauldrons, eh? Certainly lighter and more breathable than the real thing.
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2010, 02:52:34 am »

Not the first tattoo thread, but I'm all for more tattoo pictures!  Mine is not steamy, so I won't post it, but both of you have lovely ink!

Polaris, I'm considering a tattoo in the same place; did you have any trouble?  did you find it particularly painful?
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2010, 06:46:16 pm »

Not the first tattoo thread, but I'm all for more tattoo pictures!  Mine is not steamy, so I won't post it, but both of you have lovely ink!

Polaris, I'm considering a tattoo in the same place; did you have any trouble?  did you find it particularly painful?

The spine not so much.... It was painful all around because tattoos usually are, but more so it felt really weird. The shoulder blades were the most painful. It didn't help that I have a ton over very small, intricate line work so he had to go really slowly...
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2010, 08:10:40 pm »

Tattooed pauldrons, eh? Certainly lighter and more breathable than the real thing.

Well I figured why not right? It's a good place for a tattoo to start covering the whole upper half of my arm, and yeah it is a lot easier than running around with a big piece of metal strapped on my arm all the time haha
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2010, 08:26:25 pm »

Not the first tattoo thread, but I'm all for more tattoo pictures!  Mine is not steamy, so I won't post it, but both of you have lovely ink!

Polaris, I'm considering a tattoo in the same place; did you have any trouble?  did you find it particularly painful?


The spine not so much.... It was painful all around because tattoos usually are, but more so it felt really weird. The shoulder blades were the most painful. It didn't help that I have a ton over very small, intricate line work so he had to go really slowly...


I think it's different for different people....I found the lower spine to be realy painful but the upper spine/shoulder blades not so bad. Of course there is going to be pain whatever tattoo you get done right?! Polaris you say your artist only took 5hours to do yours? That's pretty fast work! I'm half way through a full back piece at the moment which is just in greytones and by the end of it will have clocked up about 18hours!! Brings my total with the others I got up to about 23hours which is affecting my OCD tendancies a little...need a round number!! XD

 So far the only vaguely steamy one I have is a small victorian girl playing hoop and stick with a labyrinth. It's on my upper thigh so I am looking for a design to go on the other leg so I remain symmetrical!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40456430@N06/4373140353/#in/set-72157623190219029/
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2010, 08:56:38 am »

For those who don't know already, I'm a tattoo artist by trade.  I've done steamy tattoos (gears in ears, that sort of thing), but
I have maybe 140 hours of work on me body, and nothing steamy yet.
That will change though...though I must admit that I'm running out of 'real estate' for bigger work.

I'm thinking a big black gear on each of my butt cheeks.  But, I don't reckon I could post them here even when I get them.
Which could be tomorrow if I wanted, I suppose.
Oh well.

I always thought a little gear on the corner of my eye in place of a teardrop would be cool, too...but I'd have to kill a clockwork automaton to 'earn' it or something.

I suppose I could put a gear on my tongue?  They don't really last very long, though...six months max.

I have the word 'Humbug' tattooed on the inside of my lower lip...that's pretty Dickensian, and therefore almost steampunk, right?

>shrugs<
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2010, 12:19:03 pm »

I have maybe 140 hours of work on me body, and nothing steamy yet.
That will change though...though I must admit that I'm running out of 'real estate' for bigger work.

I'm thinking a big black gear on each of my butt cheeks.  But, I don't reckon I could post them here even when I get them. Which could be tomorrow if I wanted, I suppose. Oh well.

I always thought a little gear on the corner of my eye in place of a teardrop would be cool, too...but I'd have to kill a clockwork automaton to 'earn' it or something.

I suppose I could put a gear on my tongue?  They don't really last very long, though...six months max.

I have the word 'Humbug' tattooed on the inside of my lower lip...that's pretty Dickensian, and therefore almost steampunk, right?

>shrugs<

Humbug- Dickensian- Almost Steampunk. HAHA! *vague*  Wink

Babe you're not gonna get gears tattooed on your arse today just because you have the thought in your head now, are you?!  Tongue

So I'm gonna throw something out here which may turn me into a >traitor< but here's my thoughts....part of me feels that what I considered to be 'steampunk', or what I considered steampunk to mean more specifically, is rapidly becoming obsolete. Thus, part of me is wary of permanently tattooing something on my body which may carry different connotations to it in the future than I intend it to. I haven't explained that well have I?!

Take gears....one could say this is a stereotypical symbol of 'steampunk', yet if steampunk as an over-riding movement turns into something I no longer like (which I feel is happening now with its commercialisation), I would then feel like having a gear tattoo would misrepresent me in some way, associating myself with a popular movement I don't personally affiliate myself with.

So! From the point of view of somone looking to permanently mark their skin or from a (honest) tattoo artists point of view (!), do you think it is more wise to purposefully AVOID blatant associations to any particular social movement given their changable nature?
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2010, 05:30:30 pm »

I'm thinking a big black gear on each of my butt cheeks.  But, I don't reckon I could post them here even when I get them.
Which could be tomorrow if I wanted, I suppose.
Oh well.

I always thought a little gear on the corner of my eye in place of a teardrop would be cool, too...but I'd have to kill a clockwork automaton to 'earn' it or something.

Don't take it personally but I think the gears on your butt cheeks would be a horrible idea, though quite amusing to show off at a party.

As for 'earning' the one beneath your eye, I should think, you could always just take a hammer to a decent sized clock and call it good



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So I'm gonna throw something out here which may turn me into a >traitor< but here's my thoughts....part of me feels that what I considered to be 'steampunk', or what I considered steampunk to mean more specifically, is rapidly becoming obsolete. Thus, part of me is wary of permanently tattooing something on my body which may carry different connotations to it in the future than I intend it to. I haven't explained that well have I?!

Take gears....one could say this is a stereotypical symbol of 'steampunk', yet if steampunk as an over-riding movement turns into something I no longer like (which I feel is happening now with its commercialisation), I would then feel like having a gear tattoo would misrepresent me in some way, associating myself with a popular movement I don't personally affiliate myself with.

To be honest with you, I got my tattoo a few years ago, before I even knew about Steampunk. So it has a completely different meaning and purpose for me. It just happens to (more or less) fit the Steampunk aesthetic fairly well. So as long as it has it's own meaning to you, I should think that it won't be a problem. Just my thoughts, but then again I am still young and inexperienced in the ways of the world.
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2010, 05:35:25 pm »

A good symbol (like a good Archetypal symbol) will have layered meanings, and, in fact, the observers understanding of its meaning will evolve as the observer ages.

Gear tattoo:  Doesn't mean 'Steampunk'.  Or rather, doesn't ONLY mean Steampunk.
Big black gear...what exactly does a big black gear mean?

A gear itself implies transmission of movement, or transmission of power, or change direction of motion.  Also typically inter-dependent with other gears for function, so then, a single gear would have a meaning different from a pair of gears.

A gear has been used to represent industrial society.  Or, a gear could represents co-operation.  Or something to do with time.

Or whatever, there's plenty to wax philosophic on.
And don't neglect personal meaning, either.  My first boss in the Piercing and Tattoo industry (i.e. the fellow to whom I owe my career, to some degree) used a gear with a flower in the middle as his personal symbol.  So for me, a tattoo of a gear would be an homage to him among other things.

I guess what I'm saying, Wren, is that maybe you could say the gear was a stereotypical steampunk symbol...but unless you rock the gear tat with your top hat and cane, that's not gonna be everyone's first assumption.
It's not a chest-rocker what reads 'Steampunk Forever' in Old English or something.

So if one worries that Steampunk is going mainstream, its value re ethos and philosophy is degrading as the counter-culture is invaded by trend-hoppers, etc. and SP won't be 'cool enough' for ya in the future, but you still want a Steamy tat, design something somewhat more ambiguous, something with room for interpretation.

And don't forget that there's a whole school of tattoo thought that feels tattoos are best when they tell the story of your life...when they 'mark moments'.  So you, Wren, are SP at 24.  You always will-have-been SP at 24, dig?  So you get a steampunk tattoo and ever afterwards point to it and say:  "Yeah, when I was 24 I was all into Steampunk, and that led to these____ particular adventures and experiences."

Basically, when you ask:  "do you think it is more wise to purposefully AVOID blatant associations to any particular social movement given their changeable nature?"

I say baby, EVERYTHING has a changeable nature.  When you're 57, you really might not want that little labyrinth girl on your thigh any more.  Maybe you have some sort of life-changing near death experience with visions related to mazes that changes the meaning for you entirely, and you MUST get rid of it.  There's really no way of knowing, but we're pretty guaranteed you yourself are gonna change a whole hell of a lot between now and then.

Anyone who thinks they're gonna love any particular tattoo or other for the rest of their lives is being a little naive.  It's never more than best-educated-guesswork.
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2010, 05:44:49 pm »

Doc, I think most folks would generally feel that ANY buttcheek tattoos are a horrible idea...

Big black gears are my third 'great idea' I've kicked about...at first I wanted a giant black butterfly, one wing on each cheek.  So I could go up to the hip Bourgie girls at bars all drunk and slur out:  "Hey, that's a nice little butterfly tattoo you've got.  I've got one too!  Take a look..."

Next I thought maybe I'd get a big black Medusa face on my butt...half the face on one cheek, half on the other.  That was a few years back, I was playing a lot of God of War at the time. >shrugs<

Regardless, I want whatever it is to fairly well cover my butt in black ink.
So, if you don't like my tattoos, you can kiss my black ass.

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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2010, 06:08:44 pm »

Ok, ok! I wasn't digging at you babe or your choice of design or whatever. Just using it as an (apparently) bad example is all. I was just 'waxing philosophical' as you like to say!

I guess it comes down to what you think tattoos are all about. For me I DO generally feel like tattoos are for ME. They are personal to me and so the most important thing is that I know their meaning and significance. BUT! Fact remains that even having tattoos means that people make judgements about you (haven't I just been effectively forced out of my job because of this? Tongue) and part of this comes with the designs you choose to have-non?! Regardless of your personal feelings, whatever you have emblazoned on your skin will become just as much part of how you are 'represented' to people and how they perceive you, as the clothes you wear, the way you walk etcetc? Classic example in this country the quote, 'tramp stamp'. Yip! Regardless of how beautiful the design is, there still remains this irrational and judgmental viewpoint that a girl with a lower back tattoo is some kind of slut!! XD Makes no sense...but ultimately impacts your life nonetheless because you have to live in this society and interact with others within it!

Now it's easier for you because tattoos are your life...work wise especially it's no problem for you (obviously)! But I do think there is pressure for us 'regular job' folks to be especially discerning when it comes to such matters. But maybe it's just me and my 'I can't find a job' complex!  *shrugs*. I guess it's too late for me now anyhow so I'll have to roll with my (upon reflection perhaps a little naive) 'it's my body and I can do what I want to it and if you don't like it you can bugger off' stance. O_o
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2010, 09:36:09 pm »

I think the idea of gears on your buttocks is fabulous.

I can understand your point Wren. Having tattoos, regardless of their meaning to the wearer brings judgment. I deeply desire a tattoo on my chin, ta moko. Regardless of what such a tattoo would mean to me personally, those from my culture, a similar culture, or are familiar with such work, the fact remains that there will be a majority who place negative connotations on it and pass judgement. I don't work a 9 to 5, and the possibility of that is rather slim. But the strength of opinion over such designs is such that many, many, people have told me not to get a moko for that very reason. I think it's like with anything, part of making a choice is choosing to live with the consequences of said choice.
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2010, 09:47:13 pm »

Vagabond: Just get a big B tattooed on either buttock.  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2010, 10:00:25 pm »

Vagabond: Just get a big B tattooed on either buttock.  Cheesy

HAHAHA! I like this idea babe- we could have an ironic match....!   Wink Grin  Kiss
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« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2010, 10:19:57 pm »

I saw a guy at a music festival last year who had a butt cheek tattoo, it looked like childs writing in felt pen and read "ThIs iS WhErE I PoOp!!" and had an arrow pointing to his anus. He was showing it off in the crowd.

I also saw somene with "FTW" on the back of their neck.
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« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2010, 11:03:01 pm »

Vagabond,
You need to get a tattoo of on your butt of a butt that looks like it has a butt shaped tattoo on it.
In black.

On topic, I am as of yet un-inked. I'm working on getting the ideas together, but keep hitting snags.

One of which touches on the milestone bit that VG mentioned above. If I had gotten the tattoo I wanted a year ago, I would not regret it in the slightest and think it was still cool. I see no reason to get in NOW though, as my attitudes have changed drastically.
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« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2010, 11:33:46 pm »

I also saw somene with "FTW" on the back of their neck.
Now that's just ambiguous! Back in the dark ages, the initials FTW in a tattoo came from "Harley-Davidson, Factory-Trained Worker." It meant that you really did know how to fix iron twins, not just which end of the wrench to hold. Later, people invested it with the meaning "F**k The World," many "affiliated" bikers not being the most socially-involved guys on Earth. Nowadays, of course, FTW carries the added meaning of For The Win.
Context might or might not help. Around here, at least, if the wearer was a big hairy sort with a bike, it could mean he was a trained mechanic, or he could be a senior programmer with a 1337 habit, or it could mean both.
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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2010, 12:07:38 am »

Vagabond,
You need to get a tattoo of on your butt of a butt that looks like it has a butt shaped tattoo on it.
In black.

On topic, I am as of yet un-inked. I'm working on getting the ideas together, but keep hitting snags.

One of which touches on the milestone bit that VG mentioned above. If I had gotten the tattoo I wanted a year ago, I would not regret it in the slightest and think it was still cool. I see no reason to get in NOW though, as my attitudes have changed drastically.

Gabriel I demand you get inked! It will look hot, ok? I'm sure VG will advise you if you need help...he's sweet that way. ;-)

What design are you thinking of? When I have money again I'll start planning a half-sleeve methinks. I got lots of space that can be coloured in and I intend it to be so! Tongue
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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2010, 12:13:31 am »

Vagabond,
You need to get a tattoo of on your butt of a butt that looks like it has a butt shaped tattoo on it.
In black.

On topic, I am as of yet un-inked. I'm working on getting the ideas together, but keep hitting snags.

One of which touches on the milestone bit that VG mentioned above. If I had gotten the tattoo I wanted a year ago, I would not regret it in the slightest and think it was still cool. I see no reason to get in NOW though, as my attitudes have changed drastically.

Gabriel I demand you get inked! It will look hot, ok? I'm sure VG will advise you if you need help...he's sweet that way. ;-)

What design are you thinking of? When I have money again I'll start planning a half-sleeve methinks. I got lots of space that can be coloured in and I intend it to be so! Tongue
I'm currently trying to envision a spiral that starts at my shoulder and wraps its way down my arm in such a way that it looks like thin black rings going down my arm. But I need to try it in sharpie first. Tongue

Other than that, I've NO idea what to do anymore.

VG is at the top of my list for doin' the work, rest assured. Grin
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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2010, 12:21:52 am »

oooo! Freaky! One of my dancer friends has something very similar accept she has rings going round her lower tummy and hips then gravitating down just one leg...at the moment it only covers her thigh area but I think she's planning on taking it all the way down to the ankle.

Try looking at Polynesian designs...they seem to have lots of spiral work. What would also be cool is if you started the design on your upper back and it then spilled over your shoulder and down your arm....like this:

http://www.ganora.it/tattoo/tattoo_gallery_5_Francesco_2.gif

OOOO! >excited Wren dance< You wanting the design to be specifically steamy then?
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