blown ink

“No matter how long I stand,


 I’ll still fall 


When you’ve lit the match.”


-JMEC // And the fire in me can still be blown 

WHOA!! Before you go hitting that ask button and sending me a hundred years long text wall about your OC and their background followed by a specific description of a full blown inked and colored picture of them you want me to draw… 

Then stop. Don’t do it. Go away. (I’m sure your OC is lovely tho)

I am on the other hand taking requests like… A pic of a character from your fav show/anime/etc. Maybe you just want to see said character in my style or you want to see them in a certain situation. Or… Shit, maybe you just want more of one of my own original characters that I only drew like… Once. Who knows.

Anyway. There’s no guarantee I’ll draw your request. Think of it like… You writing on a scrap of paper and putting it in a hat with dozens of other requests. Then when I have the free time, I pick one out of the hat.

So yeah, go do that if you want. Cause I’m bored and have no life. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

Poke Appreciation Society Presents: A Handpoking Tutorial

I am putting this together because I love handpoking and I love the culture that springs up around it, and I want to help the curious and interested followers of my blog have the best DIY tattoo that they can get. Handpoking is the oldest form of tattooing! People were handpoking before they built churches or learned to write.

The fact of the matter is, you are going to do whatever the hell you want to do. I offer the following information only in the hope of spreading knowledge to you in an attempt to help you do the best stick and poke tattoo that you can do. if you’re going to do something, I encourage you to do it well by applying a willingness to devote at least a minimal amount time and energy into learning something about said skill.

Acquire the proper tools, PRACTICE before you poke, and above all else, BE CLEAN when you tattoo yourself and others. Don’t reuse needles. Don’t reuse ink. Wear fucking gloves. Dispose of your needles in the safest way you can manage. This will help minimize the risk of infection and decrease the spreading of blood borne pathogens.

NEEDLES
I recommend that you order, from the internet, real tattoo needles that would normally be used in a machine, instead of making your own, but I will go over making your own rounds below, as well. You can get needles from any number of tattoo supply websites and even amazon has them. Tattoo needles are the best option because they come pre-sterilized and deliver crisp lines when used with skill.

In case you have never seen a tattoo needle, here is a picture.


As you can see, a tattoo needle is a long rod with a grouping or cluster of pins on the end. These groupings of needles come in different sizes and shapes, depending on how many needles are grouped together or what configuration the needles make when pushing ink into the skin. There are liner needles and shader needles, rounds and flats.

See that blue dot? That blue dot means the needle is sterile. If there is no blue dot, or the packaging is open, throw the needle away.

For handpoking, I recommend round liners. Liner needles come in different numbers, depending on how many needles make up the formation. There are 3RL, which is a grouping of three needles in a circular formation, followed by 5RL, 7RL, 9RL and 11RL.

It is good to have some popsicle sticks to tape your needle to, this makes it easier to work with.

Hand making a round liner
So, maybe you live somewhere where just ordering needles isn’t an option. Maybe you’re on the road. Maybe you’re locked up. I will be frank and say making your own rounds out of sewing needles isn’t clean, and isn’t something I recommend. Unfortunately just boiling something isn’t enough to make it sterile, and burning the tip of the sewing needle isn’t a good idea either. That said, I have like 9 handpoked tattoos, and none of them became infected, and some of them were administered with homemade round liners using sewing needles. I opted to take that risk.

Ultimately, the choice is yours to make, and the risk is yours to take. There will always be some risk associated with this practice, but by being as clean as you can, you can minimize that risk.

Making a homemade round liner is easy to do badly. You have to be careful to get the needles flush with one another when you are making your round. The needles need to be flush so they’re not poking in at different depths.

You will need at least three (3) “clean” sewing needles, duct or masking tape, thread, and a pencil.

Fig. 1. Take a long piece of masking tape and put all three of your needles about ¼th down the sticky side of the tape, close to one end of the tape, sharp points of the needle up. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that all three of your needles be level as you can get them. (lol they’re not level in the diagram, sorry)

Fig. 2. Fold the end of the tape over, securing the needles in place.

Fig. 3. Carefully wrap the rest of the tape around the end of the pencil so the needle tips are about 2/3rd of an inch above the eraser.


4. Take a long piece of sewing thread and wind it around the needles, starting around the bottom and working tightly up. If you are using india ink, you will want to wrap your thread all the way up until only a centimeter or two of the needle are showing, essentially the very tip of the needle. You will use the thread as a wick for your india ink. Bind the needles so tightly that the row of three needles becomes bundled into a round formation.

I find that if I am using tattoo ink, I do not need to use the thread as a wick, I just dip often.

 Wind the thread back down and secure with a bit of tape.

There you have it, a handmade 3RL.

Handmade Liner FAQ
Why do I need to use 3 needles? Can’t I just use one?
You could use just one needle but you’d have to poke three times as much to make your lines solid. Using three needles instead of one makes each poke more efficient and productive.

Isn’t that going to hurt?
Yes, but not as much as you’d think. When you are tattooed with a machine, your tattooist is not using a single needle.

What happens if I do use just one needle?
Over-poking an area can lead to scarring, blown out ink, and potential infection (a tattoo is an open wound), and when you use just one needle you have to poke the design in many, many more times over.

Can I use a safety pin?
NO! Safety pins have barbed ends that will literally tear up your skin.

Can I use a piercing needle?
Piercing needles are hollow and are not recommended for tattooing.

Can I use a needle more than once?
NO. Throw it away in a drink container or empty beer can, or take it to a sharps container.

Can I share a tattoo needle with someone?
NO. Aside from being a great way to infect yourself with someone elses’ blood borne pathogens, it also dulls the needle.




INK
As with tattoo needles, it is my opinion that you should use tattoo ink for your handpoking, as it is specially designed to be poked into human skin to make images. It’s vibrancy and lasting power compared to water soluble pigment based india ink can’t be beat. I personally prefer Intenze black ink for my tattoos, but there are other good brands as well. Don’t be tempted by the inexpensiveness of brands like Scream or Prizm, they don’t cost very much because they fucking suck.

If tattoo ink is simply not available to you, a WATER SOLUBLE PIGMENT BASED INDIA INK will work. Speedball or Higgins are the two trusted brands of india ink that work well for stick and pokes.

Don’t use toothpaste and markers. Don’t use ball point pen ink. Don’t use paint, or lipstick, or crayon, or ash and piss like you’re in prison. Don’t use mascara, or eyeliner, or sharpie. None of these things are designed for tattooing and will increase your risk of scarring, infection and possibly even blood poisoning.

The options are: tattoo ink or water soluble pigment based india ink. India ink is 4$ in most places and you can get it at Walmart. Make it work.

Since you’re hopefully already ordering needles and ink, you should also order plastic caps that you can put ink into when you tattoo. If you aren’t, I would use a soda bottle cap that has been cleaned for at least two minutes with soap and extremely hot water and then rinsed for an equally long period.

Ink Faq
Can I reuse ink once it’s in the cap?
NO.

Can I use anything other than tattoo ink or india ink?
NO.

POKING
So, you have your needles and you have ink. What now?

Before you tattoo someone, or yourself, even, I would encourage you to buy an orange or two and practice poking them. Practice straight lines over the curved surface of the orange. Remember that human bodies are curved and rounded in most places, and not a flat paper canvas. Get a feel for it. Granted, poking an orange will be different than poking yourself, and definitely different than poking someone else, but basically anyone who wants to poke a tattoo should relegate themselves to the extremely minimal practice and experience of tattooing an orange or two.

Tattoo ink only needs to be poked into the first few (3 or 4) layers of the dermis. If you poke too deeply, you will poke ink into your subcutaneous fat layer which causes the ink to spread under the skin. This is what is referred to as ‘blow out’. After you have poked some oranges, and you are ready to poke yourself, remember this.

When poking at the right depth, you should feel a bit of a springy pop- that is the feeling of the needle poking through those first few layers of dermis. This will signify that you need not poke any deeper. You will know you are poking deep enough, but not too deep. Once you feel that pop, pull the round back out.

DON’T FORGET TO WEAR GLOVES. This is super important, especially if you tattoo someone other than yourself. Even the smallest cut or scratch on your fingers or hand, even an angry hangnail being left open can expose you to a host of shitty diseases that you don’t want to infect yourself with. Just because someone says they’re clean doesn’t mean that they are.

If you would wear a condom during sex, you should wear gloves when tattooing.

When tattooing myself, I use witchhazel to wipe the ink away with, it is soothing and works well for me personally. You can get green soap from amazon.com as easily as you can get needles or ink.


WORKSPACE
So You’ve practiced. You have your needles, your gloves, your ink. Let’s talk about your workspace. Disinfect your area that you will be working in. Get some bleach, lysol, what have you, and clean that shit. Wipe the table down, wipe any wipe-able surface down. Saran wrap is good to put down after you’ve wiped everything down, because it provides an uncontaminated surface for you to set your ink, needle and paper towels on. It is good to have a clean roll of paper towels, you’ll want to have some on hand for wiping your ink away as you administer the tattoo.

When you are finished tattooing, keep your gloves ON as you dispose of the needle and the bloody/inky paper towels, then take them off and wash your hands. By following these simple measures you can ensure that your tattoo will be cleaner and less likely to become infected or scarred.

I hope this tutorial was helpful and informative.

Safe and happy poking!

waving

                                     Ooh baby, I’m a 1000 miles away
                                     And I just don’t know what to say
                                     Cause Jesus only loves a man who bruises
                                     But darling, we can clearly see
                                     It’s all life and fire and lunacy
                                     And excuses and excuses and excuses

Fic: The stain on your lips (matches the colour of mine) (The Vampire Diaries; Stefan/Caroline)

Fandom: The Vampire Diaries

Rating: PG-13

Pairing: Caroline Forbes/Stefan Salvatore

Summary: “Then, what do you feel guilty about?” He looks at her then, turns to meet her wide eyes, and he can see it there on her face. She knows. She always did.

Author’s note: So I got a prompt from the very awesome and talented knives-and-lint and I don’t usually do prompts but I really liked it, so I gave it a go. Original prompt is at the end.

 

 

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I.

 

He doesn’t hear the shatter of the crystal as it falls to the ground. He only sees the wine spill out from broken glass, soaking into the rug, spreading in every direction like ink being blown on paper through a straw.

It’s a bright, sparkling red in this lighting. He thinks of fresh blood gliding down skin, seeping into the collars of shirts and the front of blouses, bright red darkening as it seeps through every woven thread.

The whiter the blouse, the better the contrast.

It’s art.

Has his pulse racing, gums itching and veins yearning and he loves every minute of it.

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luminary-child prompted: idk if you’re taking prompts but here: klaine moves in to a new place and obviously christen it by having sex everywhere. bottom!blaine says (yells) Kurt’s name so much when they fuck that when their next door neighbour finally greets them they know Kurt’s name

It’s tiny. Their living room barely spans ten feet across, the walls are a flat off-white color that they’re not allowed to paint, and the kitchen is a miniscule outdated mess. But none of this matters because their names are on the lease and they’re standing, side-by-side, in the threshold of their first official place together.

Kurt turns his head. Blaine’s eyes are wide, bright, and when he meets Kurt’s he beams broadly and grips Kurt’s hand tightly in his. Their stuff is still unpacked, strewn in messy piles of boxes at all corners of their new apartment, and Kurt really isn’t looking forward to the daunting task of setting everything up and deciding on the perfect mix of both their styles. Living in the loft together had taught them how that could be.

But this is a new them. A new start. An apartment in the heart of New York City where the occupants won’t come and go as they please; where they can try this again, try them, at their own pace.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~hi folks~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

so in case u didnt already know which is improbable if u follow me cuz i talk about it literally all the time, im in a poly long distance relationship with these super cute pups: pup 1 pup 2 + the only problem w that is that they live kinda far away + were all super broke which makes us seeing each other hard + therefore makes me sad….SO!!! i figure ill put my talents 2 good use and slap out some commissions 

!!all of the money is going into a lil stash reserved only for the cost of visiting!! 


DOODLES: p self explanatory, just lil cartoony diddly doos, inked and with probably a max of 2 colors
price: $5 (an additional $2 for each additional character/person in the same image)

FLAT COLOR: this is a kind of confusing name but i couldnt think of anything else to call it lmaoooo… just the character/figure, no background, colored w just a lil high lighting and shadowing but not a lot, very stylistically flat…. u can tell me if ud rather the character drawn cartoony (like top right, bottom left) or more realistically (top left, bottom right) doesnt really matter 2 much…
price: $12 (an additional $3 for each additional character/person in the same image)

ILLUSTRATIONS: these r full blown, inked and entirely colored (if thats what u want) scenes w backgrounds, actions, narratives, cool stuff goin on, whatever u want!! these tend to have an inky/ watercolory kind of vibe
price: $25 (ill draw 2 characters/ppl in the same image with no additional cost, each additional character/person beyond tht will be an additional $3)

DIGITAL PAINTINGS: these big mama jamas take like at least 10 hours to do which is why theyre most expensive!! this ones also kind of self expanatory… just tell me if youd like it to look thicker/ more acrylic-y like the right side, or more watercolor/inky like the left side… both will be equally detailed, there are just different stylistic choices to be used for each!!
price: $30
(additional $5 for each additional character/person in the same image)

yes so that pretty much covers it. some extra info: 

  • feel free 2 ask me (reasonable) questions bout my relationship if u need 
  • i will do nsfw drawins 
  • i dont only draw ppl, i can draw animals and like fruit and stuff if u rlly want….. i am just way better at ppl
  • all transactions will be hosted thru paypal!
  • u dont need a paypal 2 pay me! u just need a bank account/ card!!!!!!!
  • FEEL FREE 2 JUST STRAIGHT UP DONATE AS WELL LMAO!!

my email is elliesteinig@gmail.com!! dont send me asks on tumblr about commissions bc it will probably get swept up in my inbox!! OK THANK U LUV U SIGNAL BOOST ME N FUND MY GAY LUV LIFE!! BESOS!

You were the first
to blow my mind,
a state
not to be mistaken
by the
sheer awe I feel
when I discover the
unknown facts of life.
  
It wasn’t a matter
of wonder or curiosity,
but a sheer explosion
of synaptic energy;
losing consciousness
almost entirely,
overwhelmed
by the sheer electricity
caused by a passion
strong enough to
overrule every thought
that has ever been able
to cross my mind.
  
Those fast, repetitive
kisses,
almost left me catatonic;
sweet surrender,
my entire existence
overthrown.
There’s no other way
to say it:
  
Mind blown.
—  A touch of lips; a burning soul, by M.A. Tempels © 2015

anonymous asked:

do you own any really "weird" lipstick shades?

In short: yes. 

In long: here they are.

NB: I have put everything under a Read More (I still resolutely refuse to call it a Keep Reading) but just in case mobile is still being an absolute arse about putting stuff under those, then I apologise in advance, and do feel free to blacklist the tag ‘anwen’s glorious lipstick collection’ in future.

Also, I promise I am not turning into a cosmetics blog. Mythology will resume as normal from hereon in.

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