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    Back tattoos...good or bad idea?

    Considering getting one, I like the wings. Just wanted a few opinions because this is permanent thing ya know.


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    ok some of you are leaning towards the feminine side of things when the term "wings" comes up. So I found to casual examples of one male and one female In the pictures above. I'm just not seeing anything that directly says "girly" to the one of the mans back. This could just be me I don't know. More opinions the better although I will not solely base my decision off opinions alone but are used to guide my decision in the right direction. I damn sure don't want a huge tat that I am not happy with and people make fun of lol.
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    I think back tattoos are cool. Marcus has a small one on his back
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    I think back tattoos are cool. Marcus has a small one on his back
    yeah I know, I seen it a couple times but hes always changing his avi. It actually inspired me a lil bit. I just don't wanna go to over bearing ya know, where all you see is the tat and nothing else.
    On the on the other hand , the shop said they could do it for 200 bucks and touch up my tribal on my left delt for 100. Tempted to kill 2 birds with one stone.

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    I'm all for any Ink I'm pretty much covered

    I'm starting a throat piece this Wednesday coming

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    I've been tattooing professionally for about 10 years. Never seen a dude get angel wings on his back. Always the ladies. Just letting you know bud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panntastic
    I'm all for any Ink I'm pretty much covered

    I'm starting a throat piece this Wednesday coming
    Kewl dude! What are you getting? My throat surprisingly wasn't that bad. The back of my neck was terrible though!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdoe11
    I've been tattooing professionally for about 10 years. Never seen a dude get angel wings on his back. Always the ladies. Just letting you know bud.
    Good point, but there's gotta be a way to 'dude' up wings, no?

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    Tramp Stamp IT!!!! Lower Back keeps it classy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdoe11
    I've been tattooing professionally for about 10 years. Never seen a dude get angel wings on his back. Always the ladies. Just letting you know bud.
    Make sure the big fella doesn't see this!

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    Kewl dude! What are you getting? My throat surprisingly wasn't that bad. The back of my neck was terrible though!!
    Getting a mandala/geometric flower done and after will go all around the throat with something else

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    I've got a 3rd reich eagle/pheonix hybrid on my back. i love it, but I get bummed the more I see guys with wings or any type of bird on their back. If I could do it over, I'd probably get something else. tattoos are a form of self expression. To each his own, but trendy tattoos are gay IMO. You've already got a tribal. I'd recommend going for something more original. Unless you'd be happy with a theme that hundreds of thousands of people already have. By all means. If you do deside to get one on your back, make sure you go big. The biggest complaint I've heard from people is that they wish they'd have gone bigger.

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    IMO if you want to get a killer tattoo start doing your homework. Look at all the artists in 100 miles of your area. Find the one that you absolutely love his work and the way he/she tattoos. Then go to them and tell them how big of a body part you want to cover, what your budget is and if they can draw you up something. Let them have a lot of creative freedom, after all you love their work.

    DON'T go into any shop, ESPECIALLY the cheapest shop and bring something you found on the Internet. You are absolutely guaranteed a mediocre tattoo at best. Usually a junk tattoo.

    After all these lame tattoo tv shows EVERYONE started tattooing. The consumer needs to really do their homework these days. Not like 10 years ago. There is some amazing artists out there. And yes they are expensive. In the long run it shouldn't matter how much you paid for your sleeve. Believe me 10 years later you won't care how much $ it cost of it still looks amazing.

    If you want, you can PM me your general area, I know alot of tattooers. If I don't personally know someone I can take a look and tell you who has their act together. Good luck to ya brah

    You could kinda dude up some wings. It's not unheard of. Still a chic tattoo IMO though
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    200 for any good tattoo seems cheap. Most small tattoos taking about 1.5 hrs cost around 200. I would look at there work and make sure it's gtg cause you can't replace a shitty tat

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    First set looks nice but the second set definitely look like a chick tattoo. I'd like to take my sleeve down to full but my artist is 800 miles away..... I try to fit in some work on my visits home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy726 View Post
    200 for any good tattoo seems cheap. Most small tattoos taking about 1.5 hrs cost around 200. I would look at there work and make sure it's gtg cause you can't replace a shitty tat
    I agree 200 sounds cheap,
    Or maybe I just got overcharged for mine.

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    And decent tattoo shop will charge a MINIMUM of 100/hour. It is not uncommon to pay 200+. A good tattoo isn't cheap and a cheap tattoo isn't good.

    To the OP. I see you edited your first post and changed the pics. The male angel up now is a far cry from the first wings you put up bro!
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    u kno a place is good when u have to make an appointment a month down the road for your tattoo...

    you'll probably be payin 150 an hr and most likely had to put down a deposit

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdoe11 View Post
    And decent tattoo shop will charge a MINIMUM of 100/hour. It is not uncommon to pay 200+. A good tattoo isn't cheap and a cheap tattoo isn't good.

    To the OP. I see you edited your first post and changed the pics. The male angel up now is a far cry from the first wings you put up bro!
    shit man, that's a lot of money lol. Its a reputable shop I thought. It wasn't any color just black and grey. And just some medium sized wings across my shoulder blades. Still sound high? I looked at 1000s of pics and to be honest, I might just do my other delt, just a bit more bigger and wilder. I might just extend into my back with it instead of just a back only tat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chadcuz1985

    shit man, that's a lot of money lol. Its a reputable shop I thought. It wasn't any color just black and grey. And just some medium sized wings across my shoulder blades. Still sound high? I looked at 1000s of pics and to be honest, I might just do my other delt, just a bit more bigger and wilder. I might just extend into my back with it instead of just a back only tat.
    This is the thing to think about man. Tattoos are very very popular right now, so any "good" artist will have a decent clientele and is more likely than not booked out for a bit of time. If you are booked out for a week to a few months in advance you don't need to tattoo for 50$ an hour. So.......the dudes that do tattoo cheap are always the least experienced and do not have a clientele keeping them busy.

    100$/hour for the past 15 years has been the "standard" hourly rate for professional tattooing. Unfortunately there has been tons and tons of new shops opening up these past couple years. 90% of them suck. Real talk dude. In my town 7 years ago there was us and two other shops. Now there is close to 15, maybe more. They come and go. It's insane.

    It all stems back to those f'ing tattoo shows. Now everyone wants to be a tattoo artist. They tattoo from home and open shops. It's really a bit of a plague. Tattooers used to do real apprenticeships and learn the trade through hard work. Now people are learning online. If you are happy with a mediocre tattoo you will more likely than not touch up or fix in a few years you should probably be ok. First question I would ask any tattoo shop is to see a copy of their spore test results from their sterilizer. If they can't produce a passing result from a laboratory run bro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdoe11 View Post
    This is the thing to think about man. Tattoos are very very popular right now, so any "good" artist will have a decent clientele and is more likely than not booked out for a bit of time. If you are booked out for a week to a few months in advance you don't need to tattoo for 50$ an hour. So.......the dudes that do tattoo cheap are always the least experienced and do not have a clientele keeping them busy.

    100$/hour for the past 15 years has been the "standard" hourly rate for professional tattooing. Unfortunately there has been tons and tons of new shops opening up these past couple years. 90% of them suck. Real talk dude. In my town 7 years ago there was us and two other shops. Now there is close to 15, maybe more. They come and go. It's insane.

    It all stems back to those f'ing tattoo shows. Now everyone wants to be a tattoo artist. They tattoo from home and open shops. It's really a bit of a plague. Tattooers used to do real apprenticeships and learn the trade through hard work. Now people are learning online. If you are happy with a mediocre tattoo you will more likely than not touch up or fix in a few years you should probably be ok. First question I would ask any tattoo shop is to see a copy of their spore test results from their sterilizer. If they can't produce a passing result from a laboratory run bro!
    Are you in the USA by any chance?

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    Yep in California

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    ok that might be a the reason ur prices are a lil higher, im in Alabama, a really poor state. Ill pm you

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    I pay 100/hr but I know them all so they usually throw an hour or two in free.

    Don't do the wing tattoo, I've never seen a guy with wings and thought it looked good. Just looks gay IMO

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    everybodys bashin the wings


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    I don't really like many other tats on the back, tribal on the back don't look right to me and I don't have anything else to really put back there that has a meaning to it. Might go with a delt tribal on my right arm something similar to above.

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    Get something sick dude! You can get anything you want!

    Back tattoos...good or bad idea?-image-4255758034.jpg

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    I'd guess 60 % bf

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    My artists both charge $150/hr but are one of the best in the US at their style and work super fast.

    Whatever you do, take your time finding what you want and an artist with a reputation you can trust. Money should be the last thing on your mind as this will be on you for life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FRDave
    My artists both charge $150/hr but are one of the best in the US at their style and work super fast.

    Whatever you do, take your time finding what you want and an artist with a reputation you can trust. Money should be the last thing on your mind as this will be on you for life.
    Guy aitchison? Or maybe Carson hill or mike cole? Your profile looks like a Guy piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdoe11

    Guy aitchison? Or maybe Carson hill or mike cole? Your profile looks like a Guy piece.
    Good guess :-D Carson Hill is doing my left leg as we speak (profile pic) and Mike Cole sleeved my right arm. Probably going to get Roman Abrego to sleeve my right leg.

    I would love to get some work by Guy Aitchison. When I contacted him back in 06 he was not accepting any new clients and stated he was booked up for 5 years. He was the one that referred me to Mike Cole and Carson Hill (all are good buddies). I could now get in with my contacts, but can't afford it. Maybe one day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FRDave

    Good guess :-D Carson Hill is doing my left leg as we speak (profile pic) and Mike Cole sleeved my right arm. Probably going to get Roman Abrego to sleeve my right leg.

    I would love to get some work by Guy Aitchison. When I contacted him back in 06 he was not accepting any new clients and stated he was booked up for 5 years. He was the one that referred me to Mike Cole and Carson Hill (all are good buddies). I could now get in with my contacts, but can't afford it. Maybe one day!
    You are in my neck of the woods sir . I have been to Carson's house in new berry park. Real cool dude. Haven't met Mike or Guy, i have met Roman.
    You are exactly the kind of fella I am talking about. After you have a sleeve from Mike Cole does it really matter how much it cost? Or would you rather have a flash artist do a bio mech sleeve for a so called "good" deal. People are concerned with the wrong thing these days. Money comes and goes, tattoos stay FOR LIFE! There is some amazing artists out there, really amazing. Especially in so cal! Haha. Good deal though man. I am stoked to see a pic when Carson finishes your leg. He's a mad scientist Tattooer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdoe11

    You are in my neck of the woods sir . I have been to Carson's house in new berry park. Real cool dude. Haven't met Mike or Guy, i have met Roman.
    You are exactly the kind of fella I am talking about. After you have a sleeve from Mike Cole does it really matter how much it cost? Or would you rather have a flash artist do a bio mech sleeve for a so called "good" deal. People are concerned with the wrong thing these days. Money comes and goes, tattoos stay FOR LIFE! There is some amazing artists out there, really amazing. Especially in so cal! Haha. Good deal though man. I am stoked to see a pic when Carson finishes your leg. He's a mad scientist Tattooer!
    Ya, Mike and Carson are real cool guys. Roman too... Every time I see him at conventions he always calls me over to check out my new work. I have some garbage on my left arm but thankfully Carson says he can work with it so we shall see. Definitely pays off to find a good artist, even if they charge more. Got quoted $3500 just to do laser removal on my half sleeve and it only cost a few hundred for the tattoo... Hard lesson learned.

    Attached a few photos of my leg from Carson Hills Instagram.
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    There is a pro footy player that has similar to what your after with the wings. His name is johanthon thurston freak of a football player to. Best advice i could give u if your going for a tat, pin it up on a wall or a place where u consistently see every day without failure and if u still like it in 6 months or even 12 months, than re evaluate on that ink. Once done, some say getting the tat can hurt, u wait if u ever want it removed your going to wish u never even thought of getting one.

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    They are cool as long as they are on a young Asian girl.
    Also as long as they are on someone else. Small indiscriminate tats are fine. lower back tramp stamps are and always will be seen as a tramp stamp. Full sleeve are just??? IMO weird.

    Have you ever seen a tat on a 70yr old man/woman you though was cool or still looked good? We all get old. Most people regret them eventually IMO. If your not over 40 you dont know what eventually is. lol

    My daughter has the ones on top right, wings. She is only 20 and already starting to regret it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovbyts View Post
    They are cool as long as they are on a young Asian girl.
    Also as long as they are on someone else. Small indiscriminate tats are fine. lower back tramp stamps are and always will be seen as a tramp stamp. Full sleeve are just??? IMO weird.

    Have you ever seen a tat on a 70yr old man/woman you though was cool or still looked good? We all get old. Most people regret them eventually IMO. If your not over 40 you dont know what eventually is. lol

    My daughter has the ones on top right, wings. She is only 20 and already starting to regret it.
    Not just that, people need to be really selective about where they get tattoos too. I mean, would you take stock tips from a guy that's sporting a full-sleeve? Would you let a woman with a tramp stamp spend 8 hours a day teaching your kids? Or even just their fingers/hand tattooed. It's sad to say, but something as simple as a tattoo can completely ruin somebody's credibility in the professional world. And it's harder to find good paying work with ink done in visible areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honkey_Kong

    I mean, would you take stock tips from a guy that's sporting a full-sleeve?
    Depends on whether he seemed knowledgable on the matter, but I've always been the type to hear a person out rather than judge on outward appearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FRDave

    Ya, Mike and Carson are real cool guys. Roman too... Every time I see him at conventions he always calls me over to check out my new work. I have some garbage on my left arm but thankfully Carson says he can work with it so we shall see. Definitely pays off to find a good artist, even if they charge more. Got quoted $3500 just to do laser removal on my half sleeve and it only cost a few hundred for the tattoo... Hard lesson learned.

    Attached a few photos of my leg from Carson Hills Instagram.
    Yah buddy! Coming out super sick! Carson is awesome, always love the orange he uses. I remember some years back he did a side piece that has a huge orange gear/cogs in it. So amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honkey_Kong

    Not just that, people need to be really selective about where they get tattoos too. I mean, would you take stock tips from a guy that's sporting a full-sleeve? Would you let a woman with a tramp stamp spend 8 hours a day teaching your kids? Or even just their fingers/hand tattooed. It's sad to say, but something as simple as a tattoo can completely ruin somebody's credibility in the professional world. And it's harder to find good paying work with ink done in visible areas.
    I would definitely take stock advice from someone with a full sleeve if they have a good track record in the stock market! And of course I would let a woman with a lower back tattoo watch my kids? Haha. Why in your mind would a lower back tattoo make a woman in capable of watching kids, or how would that sway her morals. Haha.

    As tattoos get more popular in my opinion it is a double edged sword. The "cool" part of tattoos are that narrow minded people seem to not look past them. They are tabu and not for everyone. Initially that is what enticed me about them. Then on the other side of the coin is people that people should accept them. It's a very unique struggle.

    My personal situation....Im covered in tattoos. Arms, legs, back, hands, neck etc. I own two successful businesses, and in the process of starting a third in the next month. I own real estate, cars, every toy I want. I have excellent morals, we are Christian. I don't drink, I don't smoke. I don't lie, cheat, steal or mislead people. I have two very respectful kids. Etc. you can bet that if I decided to play the stock market I would excel at it in due time. I am not saying this to brag or act cocky, just simply stating tattoos do not automatically make someone "loose moraled" or untrustworthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chadcuz1985 View Post
    yeah I know, I seen it a couple times but hes always changing his avi. It actually inspired me a lil bit. I just don't wanna go to over bearing ya know, where all you see is the tat and nothing else.
    On the on the other hand , the shop said they could do it for 200 bucks and touch up my tribal on my left delt for 100. Tempted to kill 2 birds with one stone.
    I wouldn't go near a place what would charge that little for so much work, that's what you normally pay per hour by someone professional. If your a bodybuilder you can use tattoo's to enhance the look and shape of the body think about it wisely.

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