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tattoo line "blow-outs"

topic posted Fri, January 18, 2008 - 12:12 PM by  Susan
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I have a large piece that I have started on my back - and the outline completed - now I have multiple lines that are "blown out". It was an easy heal and didn't seem to have any problems so I wasn't sure why it happened. Then I realized my good friend has several pieces from the same artist and they all have the same problem.

I have several other tats from someone else that I have had no problems with who is willing to finish the tattoo and I want to know if anyone else has had this problem and what you did. Would this be a big no-no to have someone else finish it if the first artist has already received proper compensation for the outline?

I can post a picture later if you would like to see the areas in question. Thanks for your thoughts!
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Susan
Florida
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    Fri, January 18, 2008 - 12:44 PM
    Eesh. I wouldn't go back. I don't know about anyone else, but if you paid the person for the work done so far, I don't see any problem with having someone else finish it. It's going to be there forever, you don't want a crappy job just because you feel obligated to go back.
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    Fri, January 18, 2008 - 1:36 PM
    I'm not sure what a blow out is...is it ink that leaks over the lines into a splotch instead of a nice crisp line?

    Anyhoo, if I was unhappy with *any* aspect of my tattoo, I would first talk to my artist about it. If they did not resolve the issue, I would definitely go to another artist. Tattoos are too expensive and too permanent to settle for anything less than excellence, IMO.

    Have you thought about getting a "second opinion" from another artist regarding the blown out areas? They might be able to tell you whether the problem is with your artist or with the location or something else.
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    Fri, January 18, 2008 - 1:48 PM
    I'm curious what a blow-out is, too. If your friend has the same problem, and there's another artist who doesn't cause these "blow outs" whose work you like as much or more, I'd probably go to them.

    I know some people feel that needing a touch-up is a sign you have a bad artist, but everyone's skin takes ink differently. I personally feel that there are bound to be a few little light areas or things that need a bit of attention after your tattoo heals up. My artist offers free touch-ups for the life of the tattoo, and honestly I think that's a really good policy. Because it is partly your body and partly the artist, so knowing that I can always get things freshened up makes me really happy.
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      Fri, January 18, 2008 - 2:02 PM
      The blow-out is when it gets that "fuzzy" (for lack of a better word) look to it. I will post the pics when i get home so you can see it. The artist who I want to do it actually finish the piece was like "Did you do something to make that guy mad?" when he say the area.... up until that time - I just thought it was the area of my back has some, um.... cushion shall we say.

      The artist who I want to finish it has actually become a friend - and he is the co-owner of a couple shops in town (one being just several blocks from my house). He really was trying to explain the blown out areas without slamming the original artist - and it sounded to be like a technique problem.
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        Fri, January 18, 2008 - 3:00 PM
        Just like we are all unique, the way we take ink is too. I've seen "blow - out" due to poor technique, I've also seen it in spots due to the difference in skin, I've seen a whole tattoo fuzz / bleed due to the skin. I've actually returned the cost of a tattoo due to the client rejecting the ink. Another tattooist actually said they had never seen a tattoo react the way she did. The tattoo was done twice. So, if someone else finished the work you could or could not eliminate "blow - out." If you feel it's due to poor technique than move on and get what you truly want.

        The best way to describe this is the old "sailor" tattoos, where the lines bleed into the surrounding skin.
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          Sat, January 19, 2008 - 7:23 AM
          Don't fret... unfortunately blow-outs can happen. It has to do with you skin. Yes, it can be from poor technique, but usually it is due to your skin. For instance, I have over 20 tattoos...and most of them are just fine, but there is one over some stretch marks that had a few line that blew out. Before, my old artist never told me about it, and I was upset because I thought it was something that he did. Just the other day in one of my sessions on my dragon, Dan (my new artist), mentioned to one other guys that I have "weird skin" and some of the lines were blowing out. So I talked to him about it. He actually showed me while doing a line what it looked like.... "fuzzed" out. I have come to live with the fact that I am real weird anyway so I'll deal with a few blown lines - .......
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            Sat, January 19, 2008 - 8:13 AM
            I thought it was just my skin at first when it starting doing it too. Some of the lines started this "fuzzy" look about 6 weeks after it was done. I really thought it was me until I have other artists comment on it and then I realized that none of my othere ones did it.

            The artist that is going to finish it is just doing to throw in some background and hopefully hind the areas. My thought is that there is going to be such much color in it that the colors are going to be what people see. I will post a pic this afternoon so everyone can see - its a pheonix that is going to cover an old tat I got 18 yrs ago.
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              Sat, January 19, 2008 - 8:42 AM
              My point exactly - you will notice the fuzzed lines, but unless someone has go-go gadget eyes and is all up in your business... they won't notice it. I don't notice the ones on my sleeve, I do on my fairy - because there is no background... but hey - we are all imperfect... hence the character! Love it!
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                Mon, January 21, 2008 - 4:09 AM
                I have to agree here. Someone with "gadget eyes and is all up in your business" will notice. As many have said, it could just be you, or just that little area of skin.
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            Thu, January 24, 2008 - 9:00 AM
            Oh...that's something to think about. If I also have weird skin, I might want to go to the same artist just cuz at least he would be familiar with my skin by now. Hmmm...
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          Sat, January 19, 2008 - 10:08 PM
          Sounds like the went too deep. That's what one of tat artist friends says when he has seen blowouts, He says it's all in the control of the tattoo artists touch and going too deep makes the ink bleed out.
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            Sun, January 20, 2008 - 4:30 PM
            I have added photos in groups photo section - look for Phoenix.
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              Sun, January 20, 2008 - 10:52 PM
              Halfway down is Tattoo Removal: and it says "Some tattoos fade. If the tattoo artist injects the color too deeply into your skin, the dye can drift — causing a blurred design. "

              www.mayoclinic.com/health/t...DATEAPP=0

              Hard to tell from your pic, but you may wan't to talk to another artist about it before gettng more ink.
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                Mon, January 21, 2008 - 6:41 AM
                I have also heard that fuzzy lines can happen if the line isn't deep enough. Something very technical having to do with the different types of layers of skin, and that blow-outs from shallowness can fade quickly. Like the whole tattoo, poof gone.
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    Thu, January 24, 2008 - 8:57 AM
    My tats, though I think they are gorgeous now, all had blowouts even though I healed well -all from the same artist. I ended up having to go back for touchups. I don't feel like having that happene again -not only risk the design being beyond repair (as it is, one my designs is thicker than I would wish because he had to cover his mistake, but it's is OK), it just sucks having the added healing time! Every time you go, you have to wait 3 weeks to get the touch up, then again do it, and each time go through the healing process. I will go elsewhere, even though I really liked the artist and would love to have him do everything. It's your skin, your money, your time, and most of all, it's permanent!

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