Q:I was wondering if you could clarify what you mean when you say a tattoo looks like felt tip marker? I'm planning on getting a tattoo soon but I'm very nervous about having awful work done. I wanted to look out for artists that have marker looking work but I wanted to better understand what that meant (: Sorry if this doesn't make sense , I wasn't sure how to word this properly
Okay we’re gonna use some examples.
Good tattoos have shading and contrast (most of the time), and by shading and contrast, I mean there are gradients in the work. The ink is not just one, single flat colour. There may be several different shades of the colour (or black) to split the main colour up. Line weight and quality is also important, and I’ll explain that alongside the examples.
Let’s look at some!
In Sasha’s work, the ‘blocks of colour’ have gradients.They’re not just plain colour. The dark areas of her tattoos are good in place of linework. Notice how none of these pieces have extremely light areas at the edges. The light areas can be used as ‘breathing spaces’ in the tattoos.
Imagine this piece had no black (or) dark purple amongst the pink. It would look pretty flat, right? Same goes for around the frame. Putting in a darker shade gives the frame a really curved, rounded feel to it, and brings it off the skin, as does using little lines for the fine details at the bottom. The tones in the jackalope’s face work better than if it were all just a simple brown or grey.
Line weight is very important in tattoos like this one. The thin lines help bring the piece to life more than if it was lined entirely in the same liner that the frame was outlined in.
Even teeny little traditional tattoos need shading and gradients. If you look at the mountain range, it isn’t all just one colour. Notice how the lines are clean and crisp? That’s how you want your traditional tattoo looking.
In pieces that look like a child has coloured in a velvet colouring board, there’s just one colour. I hate to do this (again), but Lauren Winzer is going to be our prime example here, because I cannot think of anyone who can’t do colour like she can.
In this disturbed cat piece (whether it’s meant to be disturbed or not) you can clearly see the differences in quality. Let’s start with the lines. You know how I talked about how line weight is important to give tattoos that air of not looking like a sticker? Well here, line weight could have really bought this piece to life, but instead, the same liner was used for all parts of the tattoo it seems (a thicker one may have been used for the crystals, but it IS Lauren Winzer, so God knows). There is absolutely NO shading. No black. No different shades of the same colour. None at all. Even if a darker blue was used to fade into the baby blue behind the cat, this piece could have looked so much better.
Again. Thick lines. Very flat. Child’s marker pen drawing, essentially.
Looking like pen can also mean looking like these. Notice how the colouring looks like it was chiselled in with a hammer and a biro pen? Yup. Make sure your artist has smooth colouring!
Here’s a fun little example of a Sasha Unisex rip off a.k.a. Juggalo Wolf. No gradients. Flat. Boring. Sticker like.
I hope this helps you (and anyone else) who was wondering what I meant by a tattoo looking like pen!
I mean, I’m not saying that we can enforce this as law or anything. I also might be wrong about this. But:
Just as a general rule, I feel like we should not look at pictures of the breasts or genitalia of people who would rather we not look at pictures of their breasts…
The only sort of pictures you should be reblogging of Jennifer Lawrence
I don’t agree. There’s a really good one of her holding an oscar while giving the finger.
I feel like people are making a big deal that Michael Sam got cut from his NFL team. As if it means that he can’t play football and it should never have been a big deal that he came out.
But imagine if had come out a year earlier. Then he would have gone on to become the SEC Co-defensive player of the year and been considered a really exciting, dynamic, successful football player instead of a ‘failure’ like I’ve seen in comments already. And that’s regardless of his NFL success.
His NFL story isn’t different from dozens of draftees who will be cut by their NFL teams. More won’t play a down in their first few seasons before being let go.
I’m just saying, it sucks that there’s some group of people trying to negate his accomplishments as if the only thing that matters is his success AFTER coming out. That’s a pretty crap narrative. Is there an expectation that he has to be the sole representative of if gay people can play football (even though there are players who have come out after long NFL careers?). The question was already answered for any of the ignorant jerks who thought to ask it—Michael Sam and countless (really) others have already played and succeeded in the sport. Don’t tear people down because you don’t like their narrative. Michael Sam sucks at football because he didn’t make the NFL. Blare it out there, and the point about his college success is lost on the young kid who decides he can’t play on his middle school team because he doesn’t have that role model.
That stuff is so disheartening.
his life was totally in danger.
True story; this officer (John Pike) got a settlement of $38,000 because he said he got depressed after pepper spraying these kids. Oh, the depression wasn’t for feeling remorseful for pepper spraying a bunch of college kids peacefully protesting. He got depressed because he said since the media kept playing the video of him pepper spraying peaceful kids without cause, he got threats and didn’t feel safe. He didn’t feel safe. I’m not making that up. This motherfucker collected nearly 40 grand on worker’s comp after assaulting a bunch of college kids.
I got my first tattoo today. This is a fresh photo, so it’s a little bloody and swollen. I got this done by Mike Randazzo at Fallen Sparrow 2 in Kissimmee Florida.
It has no meaning other than I thought I was an incredible design and I have a liking for medieval/fantasy themes.
YES! Get in there! Great tattoo!