This is a warning to anyone about to get a tattoo - just because an artist is good at one style, DOES NOT mean they will be good at any style. I saw a neo-traditional artist (Christine Ward, Black Throne Tattoo) who is fond of colour, to get my greyscale traditional tattoo done. She informed me when I walked in the shop door, she had never actually tattooed a banner before. The entire time she was doing the outline, she kept trying to convince me to add colour, after I had been very specific I wanted it grey wash. It ended up irritating me so much, that I said that was fine and walked out. The top photo shows you how badly it healed. It dropped out, lines were uneven, and the amazing artist who fixed it (Hamish McWhirter, City Body Art) later informed me that she had tried to do thick lines with a thin needle. Please be so careful and RESEARCH your artist! Fix ups are not at all fun. Oh, and Buddy is my dog, don’t judge - he means the absolute world to me.
Submitted by Khoax
So you’ve probably seen this already, but I’ll reblog for great justice.
See what a difference some nice shading makes? It’s so much better looking than a plain outline. You don’t have to get color to get depth.