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Old 04-10-2010, 07:23 PM
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Is it possible to get ink to hold in the long-term on kneecaps, elbows, and other rather tough, lathery areas?

I've seen lots of kneecap/elbow tattoos that seem like they healed solid with very little fall out.. so I would assume it's possible.
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:32 PM
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There is no ink that holds better than others on knees and elbows, It's all what your used to using. I was told (on another thread that posted before on the same subject) To just get in and get out, It's true! Get in and get out, It works dude. Promise
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:01 AM
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Slow machine works best for me in those areas.
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Slow machine works best for me in those areas.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:50 AM
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it also depends on how tough the area is to begin with. i've tattooed knees on a couple of my friends that work in an office, and had no probs, then my best friends dad that works in construction, could not get s&!t to stick. but fk is right slow machines that hit soft, that area tends to bleed alot.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:33 AM
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Just finished up a tribal sleeve tonight. Saved the elbow for last. 1 i hate doing tribal 2 i dislike tattooing elbows. depending on skin type (desk jockey-construction worker) have them lotion up a good couple times a day befor tattoo really helps. i hang my needles out a mile and am very aware how deep and how much time i am spending on the spot. Bending the arm so the skin is very tight helps as well. Again being very aware of how deep i am because being at the other end of a large grouping can suck ba!!$. It also helps to hit with green soap water etc( dont wipe off just let sit works like a magnifying glass) after you worked the area to see how light or dark you put pigment in. Well keep on truckin
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:14 PM
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When I had my kneecap tattooed before, it seemed like the machine just didn't penetrate deep enough and during the healing process 90% of the pigment completely fell out.

It healed fine.. very little scabs / mostly flakes.. the machine just didn't penetrate deep enough I think.

Tom.. did you eventually find a way to make it stick on the kneecap of that construction worker? Or would it just not go in no matter what?
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:09 AM
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yah, i made him use hand lotion for a week before that tattoo, and i took my time. the problem with people that work hard for a living is that they are always on their knees or smashing their elbows or whatever. so even if you do get it in, most likely after a year or even less, it will have a tendency to fall out. so i try to stay away from that as much as possible, but touch ups help, there just annoying.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:03 AM
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Ya and touch ups sure as hell ain't paying the bills
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