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Post by skulltattoo80 on Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:41 pm

early in the year i started a sleeve on a friend, just doing a little bit now and again when i have free time

a snake starting from the tip of his finger ending with the head on his chest. problem is ive tried tattooing his finger probably 4 times now but from his nail up to around his middle knuckle isnt taking the ink

ive been using the rotary works direct drive, penetrating about 1mm with dynamic black. tried a 7 mag and a 9 rs

any advice folks?
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Post by Dmerit on Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:59 pm

Fingers don't heal good,,between the knuckles is best,,,knuckles just don't take,,, not sure what the answer isis?. i tend to turn them away because they will come back for touch ups andand expect it for free,,,
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Post by skulltattoo80 on Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:23 pm

I did ask on the old forum and was advised to try putting him off but he wanted to risk it and I agreed ffs

I Googled it and found this on another forum

The skin on the top of the hand is called the Dorsum. The skin on the bottom, Palmal. Where the two types of skin meet there is a distinct junction. In this picture you will notice that the line is above the area where the dorsum and palmal meet. This area is where any tattoo must be placed in order to remain intact and not fade. It is important that you find an artist that has done many hand and finger tattoos. Another important factor is that the artist must use a small needle grouping, between 1 and 3. Any larger (like the 'love' tattoo, above) and the ink has a greater chance of falling out.

Another factor to consider is healing. The healing process is crucial and one should move the finger (or hand) as little as possible during healing. Flexing the digit will cause the ink to ghost and fall out because the cell structure of the hand is adapted more for pliability and because of the nature of the hand to shed dead skin (over simplified). The ink needs to settle inside the skin that has just been traumatized, in order to heal correctly. Flexing the skin ensures that the body will consider the tattoo as a cut and will attempt to remedy the injury by restricting blood flow to that area so that the skin dies and is shed, to be replace by new skin.

The artist needs to both be gentle and forceful, in the sense that he/she needs to tattoo with intent and purpose, keeping needle depth consistent is a must.

Good hand/finger tattoos hurt like hell. If it doesn't hurt, chances are it will fall out.
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Post by Dmerit on Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:20 pm

That explains it,,knuckle skin is like palm skin,,
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Post by skulltattoo80 on Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:38 pm

It's a pain in the hole lol
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Post by Loulou on Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:50 am

i avoid the knuckles and joints in the finger im doing one today as well lol
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Post by skulltattoo80 on Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:18 pm

Lol, I went a bit deeper on Saturday so hopefully at least half the ink stays in, never again lol
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