tattooing is a style of art that has certain characteristics which  make it stand alone in this vast world of art. I'm very determined and insistent on improving, innovating, and furthering the art of tattooing. But, without the implication of the basic fundamentals of the craft, which include defined black line work  and saturated shading, the tattoo will not hold the test of time. Many variables come in to play with healing and longevity of the quality of tattoos. Thus, making the basic fundamentals of tattooing essential and crucial.  This is something many tattooers, accomplished and those just starting their career, have lost sight of or have never learned. 
Doing a realistic tattoo that looks like an oil or acrylic painting and then posting it on the internet for a million people to see  Is great. But, the real question is, will the tattoo stand the test of time?  Was it applied properly? Were all the fundamental used? Many times these types of tattoos come back faded and unclear within a year or so.  This is not a diss to any artist out there. It's just a simple message to those millions of people that try to emulate the Few great artists that can pull off these types of tattoos. For those that can't, stick to the basics; use lines, use black, make sure you saturate where needed. There is a reason that we use what we tattooers call a "Liner" and a "Shader". This message is not to stir controversy or upset anyone. Just simply a reminder that those before us have paved the road and some just chose to walk the sidewalk. Don't be afraid to play in the road! You might like it.
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  • lukewessmantattooing is a style of art that has certain characteristics which make it stand alone in this vast world of art. I'm very determined and insistent on improving, innovating, and furthering the art of tattooing. But, without the implication of the basic fundamentals of the craft, which include defined black line work and saturated shading, the tattoo will not hold the test of time. Many variables come in to play with healing and longevity of the quality of tattoos. Thus, making the basic fundamentals of tattooing essential and crucial. This is something many tattooers, accomplished and those just starting their career, have lost sight of or have never learned.
    Doing a realistic tattoo that looks like an oil or acrylic painting and then posting it on the internet for a million people to see Is great. But, the real question is, will the tattoo stand the test of time? Was it applied properly? Were all the fundamental used? Many times these types of tattoos come back faded and unclear within a year or so. This is not a diss to any artist out there. It's just a simple message to those millions of people that try to emulate the Few great artists that can pull off these types of tattoos. For those that can't, stick to the basics; use lines, use black, make sure you saturate where needed. There is a reason that we use what we tattooers call a "Liner" and a "Shader". This message is not to stir controversy or upset anyone. Just simply a reminder that those before us have paved the road and some just chose to walk the sidewalk. Don't be afraid to play in the road! You might like it.

  • nicklissarrague@lasermantodd I had this exact conversation yesterday !
  • artalive_inkfiendYou sir are amazing this is why you're my role model! Much respect
  • ____melissa__ann_____🙏🙌
  • kristenhope12Agreed!! And if anyone questions your point of view... http://blog.tattoodo.com/2014/04/40-failed-tattoos/
  • abrozki@lasermantodd this is brilliant
  • cmoney602@lukewessman thank you.
  • abrozkiAnd to the person that wrote this I couldn't agree more,well said. Tattoos to me don't look complete unless they have an outline,they look flat and it's a disgusting look.
  • fernando_roybalWell said....wouldnt you agree @teamlucero300!
  • teamlucero300Amen!! Very well said @fernando_roybal
  • inkyknucklesGreat post!
  • tomsnydertattoosPreach it brother !!
  • xtetexVery well said @lukewessman !👍👍👍.. And good to know that more people still thinking the same.. Even thou theyr far!
  • blakeowenstattoosAmen
  • afflictedaddictiontattoosYa I'd love to see more healed pics if the colored covers some people do. Lots of them end up looking great then the ink. Shows through like nothing right in the center if their piece. Prob one of the worst thing when an inexperienced artist takes on a cover and then the client is left with a fuckin mangled piece that needs to be completely redone again. Just what I see around here. @lukewessman good post though. I always encourage my clients go come back and let me see a piece because sometimes they don't think it needs to be retouched and I see a little something. Always want your work to look it's best especially after it leaves because it's a reflection if you. Right.
  • devin_stacey@lukewessman you speak truth my friend
  • theliquidsw0rd@archangelx48 @ryzendenied read
  • theliquidsw0rd@Archangelx48 reasons why I stick to trad and jap
  • theliquidsw0rd@stinabg
  • inknwood@rocknink
  • griimtattoosLove the inspiration.. gotta get like you haha @lukewessman
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