For my 18th birthday i got a tattoo of my dads laugh on my arm, he passed 3 years ago. I have his smile and joy wherever i go now.

For my 18th birthday i got a tattoo of my dads laugh on my arm, he passed 3 years ago. I have his smile and joy wherever i go now.

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33 Replies to “For my 18th birthday i got a tattoo of my dads laugh on my arm, he passed 3 years ago. I have his smile and joy wherever i go now.”

  1. As a father and son, i love the idea.

    If you hate criticism, stop here.

    As a tattoo artist and shop owner, i really worry that the lines will blur together and it wont be very recognizeable. Some of the linework looks like it blew out and if that is the case, in 6 months, some of those narrow areas at the bottom and top will end up being wider. Its very easy to turn lines this close into a solid mass when healed. Also the consistency of lines from bottom to top is very different with deep solid strokes fading to very light on top in some areas. The whispy fade at the top may fade out and leave much shorter lines as well.

    I hate to be a buzzkill but i want folks to be aware of things i mentioned for when they get their tattoos. These things need to be and should be explained by tattoo artists. Its why we see more heartbeats. Because the linework is more spread out and much easier to hold and read after healing. No tattoo artist should ever do this many lines, this close. Just look up some small font lettering tattoos and you will see the blur and how it becomes unreadable. **Fortunately, if it does happen to THIS tattoo posted by OP, a quality artist will be able to fix it.** Dont just go to your local shop. Its worth an hour or 2 drive to get a meaningful tattoo done right by a quality artist.

    Also, the quote to live by when getting tattoos is, **”Good tattoos arent cheap and cheap tattoos arent good”**. Price should never be a concern. If it is, dont get tattooed. Also, good shops want to do custom work. We want to sit and talk and want you to nitpick our drawings and find what you want. Unfortunately, this costs money if it takes a while, but when the final product is done, it is beyond worth the extra couple bucks.

    Edit: ive responded to some people below with some basic advice on how to find a quality shop with quality artists. And how to approach decision making for what you want.

  2. I tried to find an app for you that could scan it and play but the only thing I saw required you to have them create the tattoo.

    edit: It’s impossible to put enough resolution into a tattoo to recreate an understandable sound.

  3. For my 18th birthday I got my boyfriend’s name tattooed on my ankle. Three months later I kicked him out because he was horrible and we were just so young.

    This tattoo here is lovely and something you have a great chance of never regretting.

  4. I am VERY close to my father. We’ve had a turbulent relationship in the past but that’s all behind and now we are thick as thieves. He had a good amount of rules for his 3 kids while we were growing up, but the only one that all three of us have yet to break is the “No Tattoos” rule. I’m the oldest but we are all just over 30, none of us have gotten one.

    It might be because my dad is a pretty intimidating guy and we take him at his word when he constantly says “If I ever see a tattoo on one of you, I will dig it out with a rusty spoon”.

    That being said, when my father does finally pass, I will get one tattoo: a rusty spoon. It’s something that will be unique to us and I know he would love the humor of it even if he doesn’t appreciate the sentiment.

  5. I’ve always said I’d only get a tattoo if it was something really personal, interesting, and something I’d never regret. Using an audio track is brilliant; so minimalist and deeply personal. If I ever get one, I think I’d steal this idea because it’s so good.

  6. It’s a great idea and I also wanted to do it some time ago.

    The thing is, if your tat artist isn’t very precise and if he don’t have a decade or two of experience, those thin lines will spread in a couple of years and the tat won’t look so good.

    My guy is very good and talented but he advised me not to do it.

  7. Here on /r/pics, quality content isn’t needed. In fact, we encourage the most basic, most grainy cell phone picture you can take! Just make sure you have a sob backstory to go along with your shitty picture, that way the upvotes can just roll on in.

  8. That’s amazing, my father passed away a few years ago and I wish I have something like that to immortalise him on my skin too, I’m sure your dad will be proud of you.

  9. I love this. wish I could have something for my dad. He passed this past Easter. I may not have audio for this, but I have a birthday card with his handwriting on it. Going to try to find someone who will be able to do it.

  10. That’s a really nice sentiment but a really awful tattoo. Looks like you doodled with a bic pen. I know this is going to get downvoted but just because he has a nice backstory doesn’t make it any less of a shitty tattoo. It is also a low quality photo, I don’t see why this is in this sub.

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