I get a kick out of dumb jocks that stroll up sporting a small tribal band or stupid small sports tattoo thinking that their single small tattoo gives them the right of passage to speak of all tattoos and how they don’t hurt, bla, bla, bla. For me it’s not a real tattoo if it’s small and it better hurt, which is why I have concentrated on only large pieces as of late. Nothing stops the show like a huge, well done tattoo.
Large tattoos command attention like no other because most people do not have the commitment it takes to get large unique pieces. An example of a large tattoo would be any kind of sleeves, thigh pieces, full/half back pieces, etc. Generally pieces this large require multiple tattooing sessions often weeks or months apart, so you are sitting around unfinished for what seems like forever.
Getting a large tattoo is a commitment in many aspects. You will need to fork out the money to get tattooed multiple times, so it’s not just a drunken weekend decision. If you are going to get a large piece take careful consideration as to where you are putting the piece and you better be sure you are comfortable with it because large pieces are not easily covered up.
If you are committed enough to get a large tattoo you better do your research. You don’t want to goto Tommy the tattoo guy downtown because he told you he’d do it for 200 bucks. This is going to be on your body forever. It’s worth your time and piece of mind to find a good tattoo artist with an established body of unique work. If your tattooist doesn’t want to create a unique piece of art for your specific request go somewhere else immediately! Good tattoo artist would rather create original pieces than use flash off the wall. Also don’t forget to ask for their books (pictures of work they’ve done) and speak to a few clients that have already had tattoos there and are healed.
Once you’ve come up with your tattoo idea and found a good tattooist it’s time to bring the pain. The pictures in this post are of my latest complete tattoo. This is a nude female demon with tentacles coming out of her neither region. Originally it was to be a calf piece but my tattooist convinced me to go with a thigh piece. This is the first of two demons. I plan on getting a male demon on the other thigh.
My tattooist drew this from scratch on my leg in about an hour, which led to a painful tattoo session the first time. He had to do a blood outline first which involves running a clean needle around the outline so that the design doesn’t wash off while tattooing. It also means that the outline gets tattooed twice in one sitting, OUCH!!
This tattoo took three sessions ranging from 5-8 hours each. Roughly 20 total hours. Each photo represents a single session and you can see the amount of ink that gets pushed in each session. By the time I walked out of the tattoo shop I was bruised and beaten from the marathon tattooing. Some people may not be able to sit as long as I try to, although when I get my arm tattooed I sit for only about 3 hours a session due to the stretching of skin required on the arm.
When you finally get a large tattoo finished you will immediately feel whole and their is nothing better than shutting up a dumb jock with… “That isn’t a tattoo.. This is a tattoo.” as you watch everyone’s jaw drop. Remember, good tattoos get you sex!