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Old 18-02-2017, 04:50 AM   #1
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So this is my first tattoo!

Sent an email to Vic Vivid and got a reply back from their shop manager Nick right away and arranged a consultation to see if this might be a project for him and for me to check the place out. Vic's new shop, Basilica tattoo, is beautiful, clean, and has a nice vibe about it. I let felt right so I booked right away. He books at least 6 months out so I waited a while.

In case you aren't familiar with his work: Vic Vivid IG

Day of we spent the day looking through plant pictures and picked 3 to start off my sleeve. We opted to color outline the whole thing so that the photo realism stays crisp and that each following session would go faster. I almost didn't go this route and did section by section.

It's not much yet, til the magic shading happens but I'm on my way!

Inspiration pics.


Stencil to outline


Video on my Instagram

Unfortunately my next appointment (if there isn't a cancellation) is not til June, July and August because I'm a ding dong and didn't think about just booking a bunch until he was already full up on the days I can go.

But I'm so damn excited now that the initial jitters are over with and I know getting tatttoed is something I can handle. My friends really fucked with me in that it will be the worst and I think that is partially why I hesitated committing to the whole outline and booking up sessions. One friend said it was as if someone takes a little razor blade to make a bunch of tiny cuts, like perpetual papercuts. That is fucking horrifying! My mom even told me I'd probably wuss out and finish a small piece because she threw up doing her back.

I've wanted tattoos for 12 years and waited. This might sound super cheese balls but this makes me feel more "me". I felt a sense of relief in a way that this is something I "needed" and finally making it happen.

Hopefully I'll be able to grab a cancellation and update sooner than June!

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Old 19-02-2017, 12:05 AM   #2
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Looking forward to seeing this progress. Hope you get the cancellation you want.
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Old 19-02-2017, 02:15 AM   #3
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Hope so! Have all the underarm and sides still empty so we're a very long way to a finished sleeve. More plants, bees, probably a praying mantis or thinking of a surprise maratus spider on the underarm.

I had a general question I guess to you or anyone reading....


Are color outlines the usual for photo realism? I've never come across it mentioned so I was surprised when we rolled this route.
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Old 19-02-2017, 07:53 PM   #4
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I dunno much about realism but Vic's work looks awesome so I wouldn't have any problems trusting him
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Old 20-02-2017, 01:02 AM   #5
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Looks dope, how long did the outline take? Do you consider Vic to be a fast tattooer?
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Tattoo time was 2.5 hours probably for the outline. It's my first tattoo and we haven't gotten to shading so not sure how fast that's gonna go. I'm gonna keep track for my own curiosity.

Generally I've been told to expect color realism to never be as fast as say, a traditional since there's a lot to be finessed into the piece.
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You're in good hands. I remember a piece he did of a cocktail, an Old Fashioned iirc, it was gorgeous work. Keep us updated.
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ive seen plenty of work from him and they were all awesome. you're in great hands
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Old 29-06-2017, 06:15 AM   #9
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Long time no update! Good news is there's a few sessions booked up so there's gonna be progress.

Here's last night's work!

Spines are just mapped and still need color. Will finish next session and the other bloom of this plant.

I'm just so happy to finally have something "tangible" to see this vision. I'm so fucking pumped. It's all saniderm wrapped now.


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Looks great!
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