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Old 04-29-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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REVscene's Tattoo FAQ

Revscene Tatoo FAQ

We'll leave this up for people who are interested in tattoos on Revscene. If you have anything to add, reply below and I'll add it to this post!

QUESTION 1) Who are some good artists in Vancouver?

We'll get to that in a second, first, let's address question 2.

QUESTION 2) What should I look for in a portfolio?

Judging a portfolio on your own is an important part of tattooing. You should never simply take someone's recommendation without considering it for yourself. The question is, what do you look for in a tattoo artist? For that, we'll simply direct you to this article, which explains everything in great detail.

OK back to question 1:

QUESTION 1) Who are some good artists in Vancouver?

Everyone has their own favourites, and each artist excels in different styles. Here are some recommendations:

JAPANESE (Traditional)

Shoko Sonoda
Chad Woodley
Horiryu

JAPANESE (non-Traditional)

Jeff Tam

"AMERICAN"

Ryan Halter
Chad Woodley
Steve Moore
Chris David (in Victoria, worth the trip, amazing shop)

LETTERING

Jesse Strong

TRIBAL

Mikel Johnson (Victoria)

NEW SCHOOL

Steve Moore

ART BRUT/ILLUSTRATIVE

Arlin French
Nomi Chi

PORTRAITS/REALISTIC

James Acrow

QUESTION 3) How should I take care of my new tattoo?

The easiest way to answer is ASK YOUR ARTIST. Everyone has their own preferences. But this is what works for a lot of people:

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QUESTION 4) I want to learn more about tattoos, should I go buy a subscription to TLC so I can watch all those "Ink" shows?

First of all, hang out in the tattoo thread. We could always use some more activity there.

Secondly, there are some shows worth recommending.

First, this should be a must for everyone remotely interested in tattoos - Hori Smoku, the Sailor Jerry documentary. You can get started with part 1 on Youtube here:


Secondly, the Gypsy Gentleman series is highly regarded and very entertaining.

The Tattoo Age series of interviews is also absolutely worth checking out.

QUESTION 5) What should I eat/do in preparation for a long tattoo session?

The night before, have a good sized meal high in carbs. This will ensure that your blood sugar is nice and high for the torture you're about to endure the next day. Try to make sure you get as much sleep as possible. We all have different thresholds, you should know yours. If you have to, take 0.5-1mg of melatonin, as this has the effect of letting you hit your 'sleep threshold' with less actual sleep.

Again, have a big high carb/high protein breakfast. Not something that will make you sluggish, like pancake, but a good sized meal like bacon and eggs with toast, something along those lines. If you aren't a big morning eater, don't sweat it. The meal you had last night will have jacked you full of blood glucose anyway.

Bring small snacks with you for the session. The first 2-3 hours will be cake, but after that your adrenals and blood sugar will be drained, and you'll be all swollen and inflamed from the pain. At this point, have a light snack here and there. Your artist will probably be taking breaks here and there, but nothing too long. This is fine, because a big meal at this point would be detrimental.

Things like Clif bars and gatorade would be perfect. For my sessions in Japan, I found onigiri, chocolate bars, and pocari sweat to be a killer combo Avoid caffeine, as it will dry you out.

After the session, you will probably not have much of an appetite. At this point, it is important to get as much protein in you and sugar to repair and replenish blood glucose. Have a protein shake or two before dinner (since you may not feel like having a full meal). From here, go about your normal routine, focusing on increased protein intake if you can. This will supply your body with the amino acids it needs to repair all the damage you foolishly did to yourself

That's it for now, if you have any additions, particularly artist recommendations, post below and I'll add them!
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Thanks! Great advice! Much appreciated
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horiryu is good for traditional japanese work too
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here are a few that i can think of , don't know if they belong ,.. you can change them up if need be.

don't look for "deals ".. you get what you pay for.

and eat a good meal and drink your fluids, sometimes we forget because of nerves ect.

ask them how they set up and break down there work stations,. you want someone who follows Aseptic Techniques and doesn't cross contaminate.
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Good idea on the nutrition aspect, I'll add that later
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for japanese (non-traditional)
jesse from blackwaters
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I also recommend Mark, has 2 done by him before.

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Jesse on the other hand doesn`t have a website. Getting something done by him right now and so far I`m happy.

Skinny - Interested to find out more about Gakkin when you get more info.
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What's the difference between traditional vs non traditional?
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What's the difference between traditional vs non traditional?
For Japanese, traditional follows strict 'rules' that take years to study and master. Non tradition MAY also use these rules, but with more freedom. Other artists skip the rules all together, and are more 'Japanese Inspired"

Gakkin spoke about it a bit in this interview. He mentions that it would be "stupid" to put blossoms and maple leafs in the same piece, for instance. This is an example of a strict rule that even 'modern' Japanese artists will follow. If you ever see maple leafs and blossoms on the same piece, or even the same side of the body, you know the artist is not talented, and is not paying attention to the roots of his work.

For American, the traditional don't seem to be as 'rule' heavy, but follow basic guidelines of super thick lines, basic designs, high contrast shading (lots of black ink) and a limited color palette of bright colours (red, gold, green, brown).

The alternative to that is 'neo traditional' which tends to use more 'modern' or 'realistic' shading and highlights. Actually most of the artists listed under 'traditional' are pretty much 'neo traditional' artists, since pure 'traditional' is actually quite limited creatively. It's up to you how 'limited' you want to make it - sometimes more limited (or less complicated, if you prefer) looks a lot nicer, especially from far away. IMO the 'line' between traditional and 'neo' traditional is very blurry, and in a way it should probably all be called traditional anyway, unless it's completely out there.

Then you have 'new school' which is a complete departure from classic american style tattooing.
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Oh alright, thanks for that. Got a lot of artist to look through thanks for the list of people.
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Skinny - Interested to find out more about Gakkin when you get more info.

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any information regarding working out with a fresh tattoo? thanks dawg (get it, your names skinnyPUPP, omg im too funny)
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Depends on how healing is going, and where it is placed. Give it AT LEAST 2 weeks, but last time for me I needed 3 weeks. Couple days NO WAY.
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What would be a place that is regarded as not safe for under 2 weeks? Thanks
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Ribs/chest/arm/foot IMO anywhere that can be sensitive
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And anything that would touch a bar... My last one is on my shoulders, so doing squats would have torn the shit out of the new skin.
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He mentions that it would be "stupid" to put blossoms and maple leafs in the same piece, for instance. This is an example of a strict rule that even 'modern' Japanese artists will follow. If you ever see maple leafs and blossoms on the same piece, or even the same side of the body, you know the artist is not talented, and is not paying attention to the roots of his work.
i remember my artist saying this , i have a "spring" side with the hanya and cherry blossoms and a "fall" side with the severed samurai head and japanese maples.
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i remember my artist saying this , i have a "spring" side with the hanya and cherry blossoms and a "fall" side with the severed samurai head and japanese maples.
Yup same here. My left side with the yatagarasu and wolf have cherry blossoms in the background, and my right side with the tanuki and demon have maple leafs.
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I thought this was a thread about ppl get RS logos tattoo'd.
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