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    Bike tattoo. Designing one is kinda like frame building right?

    Alright so I am trying to get a bike related tattoo together. This is what I have so far. A friend is an awesome artist, and he has things whipped up. I messed with the spine to make it look more like a chain ring (he isn't a biker, but had it pretty close), so it needs a little tweaking there, but otherwise what do you think? Suggestions for improvements? Anyone good at photoshop and want to fix the spine for me...hehe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by y0bailey
    Anyone good at photoshop and want to fix the spine for me...hehe!

    I am, how would you like it tweaked? rounder? spikier?/less?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Just even up the white area under the spine. It is thicker at certain points. And maybe taper the first and last chainring teeth.
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    This is mine, It's the Dig BMX logo. I'm a BMX rider at heart, so I felt that this means the most to me and it carries on to other cycling as well! Mine is on the inside of my right bicep and I love it.
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    ok here's something quick...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Bike tattoo. Designing one is kinda like frame building right?-iscreweditupsome-1a.jpg  

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    Dude that is perfect! Thanks for the help!

    What does everyone think of the design. I am veterinarian, and my first pet ever was a lizard, so hence the lizard bike parts hybrid.
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    I think it's cool
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I think the three holes on the 'belly' would be better without the little lines through them. It's actually a pretty cool design. I like it. It has nothing at all to do with frame building though.....

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    yeah really thats pretty dope.

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    Here is the final design. A few feet related tweaks and it is set! Thanks for the help!

    Now about location. I was thinking on the back of my right calf, where it can be hidden during work (long pants), yet seen while riding. Any suggestions or examples of locations?



    Picture stolen from forum thread about tattoos and modified to get the general idea. Whatya think?
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    That is cool. Maybe make the flathead screws hex heads?

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    I am a fan of going big...I would make the tattoo bigger in than what is shown in the picture. Doesn't have to be huge but a little tiny tattoo on a large body part like the calf too me does not look right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster
    I am a fan of going big...I would make the tattoo bigger in than what is shown in the picture. Doesn't have to be huge but a little tiny tattoo on a large body part like the calf too me does not look right.
    I agree, if you're gonna do it, you should do it big. It's painful while it lasts but you'll be glad you took the extra time and money to make it big.
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    To play the devil's advocate, aren't geckos and chainrings pretty played out as tattoos? Kinda like designing a car combining all the "great" characteristics of a Chevy Vega and a Ford Pinto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    I think the three holes on the 'belly' would be better without the little lines through them. It's actually a pretty cool design. I like it. It has nothing at all to do with frame building though.....
    Two points...
    I like the lines thru the holes - it's very indicative of some screw-heads.

    Also, I think it (tattoo design or artwork in general) has alot in common with frame building; massaging the design, trial&error etc.

    (not arguing w/ you sean - just a commentary )
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    Two points...
    I like the lines thru the holes - it's very indicative of some screw-heads.
    Yeah, 'cause we all have flat head screws holding our chainrings on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    To play the devil's advocate, aren't geckos and chainrings pretty played out as tattoos? Kinda like designing a car combining all the "great" characteristics of a Chevy Vega and a Ford Pinto.
    Depends on if you want your tattoo to be something YOU like or whether you are playing to the current style. I would rather get something that is permanently attached to my body to be something I like rather than what others like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster
    Depends on if you want your tattoo to be something YOU like or whether you are playing to the current style. I would rather get something that is permanently attached to my body to be something I like rather than what others like.
    True dat. I guess that's why I don't have any. I've never seen one that convinced me I'd like to see it on me FOREVER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    Yeah, 'cause we all have flat head screws holding our chainrings on.
    Well, you'll find that suggestions of an idea often work better than the literal.
    A hex pattern would not only be hard to define in a tat, but would also lose a lot of meaning if in a print for example (to MOST people). Instead of subconsciously saying "ahh yes, screws" the viewer thinks, "what's up with those hexagons".
    It's all about Iconography man...
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    To play the devil's advocate, aren't geckos and chainrings pretty played out as tattoos? Kinda like designing a car combining all the "great" characteristics of a Chevy Vega and a Ford Pinto.
    This makes little sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    Well, you'll find that suggestions of an idea often work better than the literal.
    A hex pattern would not only be hard to define in a tat, but would also lose a lot of meaning if in a print for example (to MOST people). Instead of subconsciously saying "ahh yes, screws" the viewer thinks, "what's up with those hexagons".
    It's all about Iconography man...
    I think most people would look at that and think "What's up with that poor gecko's spine and tail, the poor thing?" Anyone who recognizes the pieces of chainring would surely know how they're usually fastened.

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    Also I agree with the size being a bit small on the picture with the actual leg. I think I would probably make it about 50% bigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by y0bailey
    This makes little sense.
    Pinto and Vega...tired, nondescript, unspectacular, overproduced designs.
    Geckos and chainrings....
    you get the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    Pinto and Vega...tired, nondescript, unspectacular, overproduced designs.
    Geckos and chainrings....
    you get the picture.
    Yea you are right...I cannot explain how many gecko tattoo's I've seen not as a picture on the internet while designing this tattoo (zero), or chainring tattoo's I've seen not on the internet looking for chainring tattoos (also zero). Certainly overproduced. Douchenozzle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by y0bailey
    Yea you are right...I cannot explain how many gecko tattoo's I've seen not as a picture on the internet while designing this tattoo (zero), or chainring tattoo's I've seen not on the internet looking for chainring tattoos (also zero). Certainly overproduced. Douchenozzle.
    Oooh, degrading to name calling. Don't get butt hurt if you come on forums asking for opinions and you don't get only ones you like, junior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by y0bailey
    Yea you are right...I cannot explain how many gecko tattoo's I've seen not as a picture on the internet while designing this tattoo (zero), or chainring tattoo's I've seen not on the internet looking for chainring tattoos (also zero). Certainly overproduced. Douchenozzle.
    Yeah, there are hardly any gecko tattoos out there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by y0bailey
    Yea you are right...I cannot explain how many gecko tattoo's I've seen not as a picture on the internet while designing this tattoo (zero), or chainring tattoo's I've seen not on the internet looking for chainring tattoos (also zero). Certainly overproduced. Douchenozzle.
    read much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    Anyone who recognizes the pieces of chainring would surely know how they're usually fastened.
    I think you.... may be wrong, but you may be right
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    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by y0bailey
    read much?
    y0, because you haven't seen them doesn't mean they're not a dime a dozen. I'd bet if you gathered a dozen hippie chicks there'd be at least half a dozen gecko tattoos among them. You think all those people "pictured" on the internet were cg?
    You need to get out in public more....

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    y0, because you haven't seen them doesn't mean they're not a dime a dozen. I'd bet if you gathered a dozen hippie chicks there'd be at least half a dozen gecko tattoos among them. You think all those people "pictured" on the internet were cg?
    You need to get out in public more....

    I shoulda never fed the troll.

    Anyways, we know whoda doesn't enjoy it, any constructive criticism out there? I think I am sticking with the flathead appearance. I agree hex can get confusing. Plus if u look at a lot of the chainring bolts out there the back side has a slot for a flathead.
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    I like it dude, phuck the phuck
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    I think you should get it. Make it real big. "...looks good on you though ..."<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VzPsdkTCufs&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VzPsdkTCufs&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

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    The front foot above the head looks a little too high up in proportion to the rest of the design, but other than that I dig it.

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    I like it as well. I do like the idea of the flat heads being hex.I'd even go as far as to do the circles in the toes as hex as well - give it a more mechanical look.
    Cool art though!

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    Maybe you could symbolize chainring bolts with an extra circle in the middle to maybe indicate "hollow"? So you would still have the flat head, but with another circle in the middle.
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    I love this - would be a perfect tat! Sorry to bump an old thread. Found this looking for a bike tattoo

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    Here's one that I'm thinking of getting on my shoulder or calf

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    Here are a couple pics of mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_cowboy View Post
    Here's one that I'm thinking of getting on my shoulder or calf
    Is that a road ring?

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    This was funny to read So what happened with the tattoo? Can we see a pic of it? I hope you went with the flat head screws!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl View Post
    Is that a road ring?
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl View Post
    Is that a road ring?
    I have no clue. It was just the cleanest pic I could find to photoshop with the biohazard symbol lol

    If someone wants to do the same thing with a mtb ring (36t?) that'd be great

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_cowboy View Post
    Here's one that I'm thinking of getting on my shoulder or calf
    I'm sorry man, but no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal View Post
    I'm sorry man, but no.

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    Any reason why not?

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    What about like a bike chain around the bicep, all tribal style? Lots of options out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_cowboy View Post
    Any reason why not?
    Quote Originally Posted by ccs1676 View Post
    What about like a bike chain around the bicep, all tribal style? Lots of options out there.
    because biohazard-anything in a tat is played out.
    as are tribal bicep tats
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Hard to find a nice bike tattoo, that's for sure. Liking yours Dave!

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    because biohazard-anything in a tat is played out.
    as are tribal bicep tats
    That's strange....cuz I know literally nobody with a biohazard tat...

    Lets see your idea for a bike tattoo

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    google bike tat and google biohazard tat. - maybe try both together?
    I can have an idea for a bike tattoo, but why should I show it?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    google bike tat and google biohazard tat. - maybe try both together?
    I can have an idea for a bike tattoo, but why should I show it?
    biohazard bike tattoo = no results on google images...

    Because I'm interested in seeing a tattoo that's not "played out"

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