HUGE TIPS AND MISTAKES I MADE WITH MINE
I am writing this to help you NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES I MADE.
Especially if you are getting tattoos for your RAPPER IMAGE
Which is really what Smart Rapper was created for.
I love my Tattoos but if I was more knowledgeable (like I am going to make you in this articles) than I wouldn’t have ANY REGERTS lol.
First you can see my Tattoos by watching the video below. It will also inspire you because of how crazy my story is.
When people see where I started and how far I made it… it usually blows their mind.
I hope it has the same effect on you 🙂
Tip 1: Don’t get color! Stick with black.
I was told color was a big mistake by all tattoo artist I have talked too and dealt with. And these guys were covered in color. They regretted it. Sick shading with black, is classy and bad ass. Color is very trashy and it fades VERY fast so it only really looks cool the first couple months.
Tip 2: WHY YOU SHOULD GOTO A PROFESSIONAL FOR YOUR TATTOO
DO NOT JUST LET ANYONE GIVE YOU A TATTOO. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF LORD JEEBUS.
I had a guy I trusted, a good friend, I thought he was a great tattoo artist. But you know what? I didn’t know ANYTHING about tattoos. His work looked great to my untrained tattoo eye. It’s not BAD, but it wasn’t AMAZING.
What is more fucked up is he did my tattoos for free (Kinda) I threw him like $200. But I was taking a Korean bus from LA to Sacramento to go to him to get my tattoos done and it costs me $80 per trip there and back and I went there 2 times, the first time I flew there and that costs me $120. PLUS I was there for 3 days both times.
1) It was a waste of my work time. I HATE not being able to work and we only tattooed like 6 hours tops of the 3 days. wtf?!
No wonder I had to go twice.
2) I paid the professional guy $500 to finish my upper arm and he drew an INCREDIBLE piece from my sample drawing AND had incredible ideas since he was more experienced.
3) The professional guy didn’t scar me. My friend did. My wrist and a bunch of other parts of my arm are scarred from his tattoos.
4) The tattoos hurt like fuck from my friend, they weren’t even painful from the professional, like… AT ALL. It was like getting shot compared to getting punched in the face on a pain scale.
5) I let this guy do the first half of my life story on my left arm. And not only is it sub par and non creative, it is scarred. Because of it’s thickness, the tattoo will eventually blob a bit in the thick lettering areas. Lastly, the main picture piece on my arm that could have been a masterpiece from the professional, looks like an ancient Egyptian wall drawing.
6) My friend said he couldn’t fit small pictures like the ones I wanted in such small spaces on my arm. Well….. okay…. well then how the fuck did the 2nd half of my arm fit EVEN smaller pictures than I asked him for? Get a professional that has done AMAZING work and make a deal with him on a FULL tattoo.
I cannot even stress enough through texts how annoyed and angry I was when I found out how absolutely incredible some tattoo artist are compared to my friend. And let’s remember the kicker…. In the end, I paid LESS for the professional.
Tip 3: DO NOT GET THICK BOLD LETTERING.
It breaks down over time and smudges under the skin and will eventually just turn into a blob. I was told this by the professional guy who pointed out that the other guy just didn’t know any better.
ANOTHER REASON TO GO WITH A PROFESSIONAL.
Tip 4: Make sure you 100% KNOW what you are getting and keeping on your body.
Right now I am in the process of getting the tattoo on my right arm lasered off so I can fit more of my life story on my right arm since there is so much to tell. I didn’t consider I would be doing this, but at the same time, my right arm tattoo was completely unnecessary.
I was on a tattoo high and really wanted tattoos so I found something that resembled me as a person and I got it tattooed on me. What an idiot I was.
BUt thats what this site is for, to help you learn from my mistakes. Make sure you 100% have a plan for ALL your tattoos, don’t just get them one at a time unless you really just want ONE tattoo.
TIP 5: I recommend NO HAND TATTOOS, NO FACE TATTOOS and NO NECK TATTOOS. PLEASE….
Just don’t… until you are making $50,000 a year from music. DO NOT FUCKING GET THESE TATTOOS, and even then… You still shouldn’t!
They are very VERY low class tattoos. Females and other people do not see you the same as soon as you are spotted with them.
It will change the whole perspective of how people see you. And unless you can back it up with the money to distance you from low class, it’s no bueno my friend.
Tip 6: Get a professional that has done AMAZING work
Make a deal with him on a FULL tattoo.
Tell him you went through dozens and DOZENS of other tattoo artist (Which you fucking better do!) And that you want HIM to be the guy that does your tattoos. Tell him you respect his work and don’t want any of the other amateurs touching what is going to be on you forever.
He will respect that you took time to look around and found his work so good you chose him. Now make a deal with him for the entire piece of your tattoo.
The guy who finished mine charges $100 an hour. He did my arm for like $35 an hour in the end.
Tip 7: Make sure your tattoo is unique and relevant to YOU.
Last thing you want to do is run into someone who has the same tattoo you do. You will look and feel like an idiot.
Tip 8: Make sure you do all the post tattoo cleaning and care
Such as moisturizing etc. This is common sense but it is something I must mention.
Let’s talk about location of the tattoo, where you get it on your body.
This is completely up to you.
I recommend you start somewhere on your body where no one will be able to just see it. At least for your first tattoo.
This way you can see how you feel as a tattoo owner haha. Then you can expand from there.
I got my first tattoo straight to my forearm…. and now it is the only one I need to remove because it is in the way of my 2nd half of my story for the right arm. :/
If you watch the Tattoo My Life Video it has my tattoos.
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