New Ink! 15-04

by Schnauzevoll

Hey there, Internet!

While changing my haircolor I also changed my hairstyle a bit which caused me to expand the sidecut a bit, too – again. And again I was left with an empty space around the tattoo on the side of my head. This happened quite a few times since I originally got that tattoo:

That one, after years of drooling, was my very first tattoo that I got when I finished 10th grade and a present from my mom for doing good during the final exams. I wanted a bat, in my neck. The artist didn’t want to do the bat the way I wanted it to be (with full wings,…) and didn’t want to place it the way I wanted (exactly at the beginning of my hair) but I was stupid, naive and too excited to say no. So I got the bat without full wings, lower than I wanted but I got it.

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Sorry for very bad quality, thats how digital photos from 2004/2005 looked like… Anyways. At first I was happy, thought the wings looked a bit skeleton like and well, it was a bat, it was my bat tattoo. After a while I learned more about what makes a good tattoo, what to look for when deciding for an artist/shop. Should have decided for a better artist and should have brought a picture with me instead of going for a premade. Not naming the artist because thinking back the shop was not the cleanest and he was not the professional I expected everyone with a tattoo shop would be.

So after a while my bat due to aging started to look even worse, I started to call him Quasimodo because that’s how his face looked like. I then found a really awesome Tattoo-shop in Hamburg, St. Pauli, Tattoostudio Dänemark where Frantz took care of the actually desperately crying me. I had some papers with different ornaments I drew with me and asked him to cover Quasimodo and to also tattoo the ‘bit of shaved’ part on the right side of my head. He did so on Halloween (I think it was 2007?) Those guys I can really recommend, Their shop is located next to the Reeperbahn and the guys are entertaining and do a great job and their shop is as clean as it should be! I also got another tattoo there but that will have to wait for another post.

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But as time went by, as said, my sidecut was expanded and I got sick of the empty part above the tattoo so I went to a – back then – local artist (Ted, Surf Ink Tattoo, Kamen) to get a bit of ink added in 2013. I like his art and it always was nice to be there but actually getting an appointment via phone/online is a mess (and that’s what I do when I live 3hrs away.) and communication seems to stop in a heartbeat. The right picture below was taken by Karsten Uwe Meyer.

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That was the story so far. As mentioned in the beginning I again had some empty space. This time I went to a local artist in Wolfenbüttel, Melek from Memories Tattoo. This time I did not only want something to match the existing tattoo but also something that will match the future tattoo on the other side of my head (I see, it is getting cunfusing now, sorry.) So a spider with web it would be. Melek prepared a black widow and I agreed.

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Took an hour and there it was, I really do like it but I think when it is healed we need to do something to make the spider stand out a bit more – which probably will be difficult since I don’t want to have any color (maybe a hint of orange or green but nothing else) and I want to stick to ‘something that looks like it’s been drawn on my skin’ instead of 3d/realistic looking stuff.

What kind of tattoos do you have? Any new plans? Have a nice evening!