So, before any of the tattoo haters come in here and call me an idiot, I'd like to say that it's my choice and I already have a Joker tattoo, so bleh!
On to the topic then! In may I'm going to get the tattoo made by Dmitriy Samohin, and for those who don't know who that is, it's a very famous tattoo-artist who makes some insane art.
Examples on his different tattoos: http://teamfisticuffs.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/dimitriy.jpg http://www.inkarmy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/32525125151.jpg http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz057bwrMV1rn6fa2o1_500.jpg
So, anyways. I'm planning on getting a very realistic tattoo in the likes of Alex Ross, and my initial plan is to get the cover of Batman 681 (http://media.dcentertainment.com/sites/default/files/comic-covers/10341_400x600.jpg), but since it's a couple of months till May, I guess it could be fun to see if anyone on here have any good tips on other realistic Batman art that could be cool for a shoulder tattoo.
For those who's interested in how my Joker tattoo looks: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e338/Sessan22/Camera%20taken/tatuering.png
If you are getting a tattoo from someone of a decent reputation, I think you'll be better off discussing with them what you want, giving them some reference images, and then let them come up with a design of their own based on what you are asking for. You'll get some more personalized and unique, and it will likely look better.
I suggest, as someone who has no tattoos and who has no plans in the foreseeable future to get any tattoos, that in addition to whatever this board says, you should also get a tattoo of that chest-based symbol on Batman's costume. Which artist's interpretation of the symbol? Should you get one with the yellow oval or one with no oval? Your choice!
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True Rune: Yes, I'm planning on keeping the gargoyles since they add a sense of depth to the picture which I like. Out of curiosity, what is it you don't like about my Joker tattoo? The picture is from when it was just made, but I haven't taken any new pictures of it since really.
wizaerd: Lol, each to their own! Any pictures of your tattoos?
Spawnshadow: If I'm planning on ever getting the Batman symbol, I'll probably won't tattoo it on my chest, since it might look really tacky. I'm planning on maybe turning the Batman tattoo into a half sleeve later with Robin or something, so I might add into that.
iDubstep: I'm not entirely sure on the pricing, but I think that it's going to take a full day (six hours), which the studio he's visiting usually goes for a thousand swedish kronor for an hour, which roughly is 148 USD, so around 892 USD for the tattoo. He might pay extra since he's who he is, but I'm not sure. It'll be worth it though!
MasterFoxCheif3: Lol, mind explaining why? :P
Anyways, thanks for all the responses! To keep the topic going, I might as well say that I'm planning on tattooing something from Sandman eventually as well on my wrist, but I'm not entirely sure on what.
Awesome, I agree that you shouldn't get an exact image as a tattoo. Give the artist some ideas and let him draw something out, It's way more unique that way especially if you're going to a famous tattoo artist of that caliber. You don't want him to just directly copy a picture. Any competent tattoo artist can do that.
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