All of it was done by one artist and was actually originally just linework without any shading.

All of it was done by one artist and was actually originally just linework without any shading. Through no fault of the artist and totally because of my own choices, I really hated how the entire arm turned out.

After feeling this way for a while and seeing American traditional style pieces on other people and wishing mine looked like that, I made an appointment with a new artist to have all the linework shaded. Picture 3 is what the bird originally looked like, and picture 4 (along with 1 and 2) is after getting it shaded/reworked. I like the bird and the whole arm in general more now, but I still don’t love it, and can’t help but feel like I wasted my entire arm because the bird takes up so much of it. Every time I see it in a mirror or in a picture, I feel regret, and I feel so sad that such a big space could have been something better if only I’d put more thought into it. In comparison, I LOVE my left arm, which is shown in the last picture. The artist who did all the shading/reworking did that arm, and while I’m so grateful to have so many pieces that I love, I think it makes me dislike the other arm that much more. I just feel like there’s such a noticeable stylistic difference between the two arms, and that the left is cohesive with good placement while the right one is all over the place.

I guess my question is, is it as bad as I feel like it is, or am I over analyzing it because it’s on my body and I see it every day? If it really is as bad as I feel like it is, I’d rather know so that I can think about what possible solutions might be. If it isn’t, I’d love to know that too so that I can try and stop thinking about it so much. Any advice would be so helpful!

37 thoughts on “All of it was done by one artist and was actually originally just linework without any shading.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Listen here little baby. You’re gonna get a lot of hurtful and degrading comments, but that ain’t what I’m about. Let me just say, you are perfect the way you are. You hear me sugar? PERFECT. Don’t ever change. You deserve anything and everything you want. Stay safe for me, baby girl. >mfw thinking of you hurting

  2. Anonymous says:

    Stupid kunt, that’s what you get for ruining your body with tattoos
    You did your sins, now live with them muahaha

    • Anonymous says:

      i saw a girl at the beach the other day like this, she looked maybe 20 at the most and was literally COVERED in this trendy black/grey neo trad kinda stuff. like do they keep going back to the same artist and getting flash every couple of weeks? how can someone acquire so many tattoos in such a short period of time? im 35 and i have three so far and they all took a fair amount of thought and preparation before having it applied to my body FOREVER. not just some dumb passing trend that youll get blacked over in a year (speaking of another stupid trend)

      • Sieg Heil says:

        Because you’re a 35 year old man and not a teenage girl with poor impulse control

        Women life this life where they never experience

        Choices –> consequences

        At 35 your life is all consequences

        You live a life that you can’t even imagine how teenage women live imagine being told you’re hecking perfect 24/7 no matter what you do

  3. Anonymous says:

    Memeing aside, if you don’t like your tats, that’s your subjective opinion. I’d still pump and dump and never call back ig

    • Anonymous says:

      LOW self worth, bad self body image.
      They subconsciously appear more easy ergo more likely to have lower standards, basically your brain is "choosing" but is actually just coping cause of lack of self confidence .

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re attracted to them in the same way you’re attracted to eating candy. It will taste good, for a little while. But you also know deep down that it’s not a steady diet.

    • Anonymous says:

      stupid gradeschooler thinks ink is somehow toxic or the fact that it collects in your lymph nodes is harmful. have a nice day asap

      https://i.imgur.com/IwleRWF.png

      If I had a tattoo of a butterfly on my body I would kill myself. I could never take a girl with a butterfly tattoo seriously, it’s the dumbest possible thing to get.

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      girl in the OP would never give you the time of day and you probably don’t have sex in the first place so i wouldn’t worry about it

  4. Anonymous says:

    If I had a tattoo of a butterfly on my body I would kill myself. I could never take a girl with a butterfly tattoo seriously, it’s the dumbest possible thing to get.

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    • Anonymous says:

      woah imagine liking butterflies.
      if you could remove your head outside of your anus for one moment and think for a second why someone might like a tattoo like that, you might be surprised by what you could think of. doesn’t even have to be that deep

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why anyone would want to be the canvas for an artist instead of an artist will never make sense to me. If you were the muse to the artist, sure. But if you’re paying someone to draw on you, you are some sort of cuck or fool.

    • Anonymous says:

      you could be a brilliant painter or illustrator and still be a piss poor tattooist. technique and skill of handling the needle will make or break a piece hence why you see shitty blown out lines and weak shading on the majority of normie tattoos.

    • Anonymous says:

      this is the same argument as why are you paying someone to build your house, or grow your food, or clean up your shit, etc. you should do everything yourself since you are such an ubermensch

  6. Anonymous says:

    If i regretted a tattoo i wouldn’t tell anyone. She hecked up and rushed into two whole arm jobs instead of taking her time. The funny thing is if you do a whole limb and don’t like it, laser won’t ever save your ass. You have to do a full limb blackout.

    I hate the American trad patchwork shit on women but at least it’s better than the fine line patchwork shit.

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