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1. Do your research when choosing a tattoo and an artist.

  • Don’t rush yourself when choosing an idea. You’re going to have to live with it forever.
  • Most artists have a speciality, think about this when choosing one. If you want a photorealistic tattoo don’t choose an artist who specializes in American Traditional, for example.
  • Don’t ask to have your neck/face/hands tattooed if it’s your first tattoo, you will most likely be denied.
  • Look into the cost of the tattoo before walking into the shop, don’t sacrifice the tattoo you want to get a good deal. Save up to get the right ink.
  • Be prepared to be placed on a large wait list for the more popular artists.

2. Prepare properly on the day you get your tattoo.

  • Eat a full meal beforehand.
  • Many artists recommend drinking orange juice prior to getting inked.
  • Don’t drink alcohol beforehand.
  • Getting tattooed is a pretty intimate experience, don’t forget to shower.

3. Bring a good reference photo.

  • Bring in a high res photo if possible; at the very least a picture that is big and not blurry.

4. Don’t bring your entourage to the shop with you.

  • It’s fine to bring a friend to hold your hand, any more than one is rude and obnoxious.
  • Children are not permitted in most tattoo shops, leave them at home.

5. Trust your artist. 

  • The artist knows what they are doing, there is no need to be a “backseat driver.”

6. Check out the stencil design, body placement, and spelling before the tattoo begins.

via Inked Magazine

Inked Magazine

  • If you see something, say something. You aren’t going to hurt anyone’s feelings if you tell them that something is spelled incorrectly.

7. Be prepared to go through some pain, tattoos hurt.

  • Don’t be afraid to tell your artist that you need to take a break if the pain is too much. Nobody wants a passed out client.
  • Ribs, feet, hands, head, and the spine all really hurt.

8. Stay still!

  • We know that it might be difficult to do so, but make every effort to remain as calm and still as possible while getting tattooed. If you are jittery the artist won’t be able to create straight lines.

9. Tip your artist.

  • Most artists don’t own their shops and have to pay a percentage of the tattoo price to the shop.
  • Tipping anywhere between 10-20% should be fine.
  • If you really love the work don’t be afraid of tipping extra.

10. Take care of your tattoo once you leave the shop.

  • Tattoo aftercare is a crucial step in assuring you have a good tattoo.
  • Tattoos will scab and they should heal in 2-3 weeks.
  • Avoid sun and going in bodies of water for the first 2 weeks.
  • Keep the tattoo moist and clean as it heals.
  • Once it’s healed don’t forget to use SPF 50 sunscreen when going outside, you don’t want your tattoo to fade.

via Inked Magazine


For future reference!

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This is your Sunday evening reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you. Even if school, work or general life isn’t okay, you’ll get through it because you are damn strong and amazing.

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Tuesday, September 23 is Bisexual Pride day.
To celebrate, we’re giving you 30% off all our books with a bisexual main character. This discount is good at both All Romance eBooks and Dreamspinner Press.
You can find a full list of our bisexual books here (complete with links to the sales pages on both DSP and ARe).


Tuesday, September 23 is Bisexual Pride day.

To celebrate, we’re giving you 30% off all our books with a bisexual main character. This discount is good at both All Romance eBooks and Dreamspinner Press.

You can find a full list of our bisexual books here (complete with links to the sales pages on both DSP and ARe).

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Harpy eagle head study
Pencil on paper


Harpy eagle head study

Pencil on paper

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Commission for royal-jelliefish @ deviantart


Commission for royal-jelliefish @ deviantart

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Wolf Body Language 


  • Affection – nose-pushing; touching with forepaw; jaw-wrestling; cheek rubbing; facial licking
  • Afraid – wolf tries to make their body smaller; ears flat on the head; tail tucked between the legs; arched back; whines or makes short, sharp barks; runs away with its tail between its legs
  • Angry – ears erect; fur bristles; lips up and curled back to reveal incisors; snarls; wolf crouches as it prepares to attack; tail held stiffly and horizontally
  • Calm – tail points straight down; wolf sits or lays down on its side; wags tail slightly
  • Dominant – wolf stands tall; ears erect and forward; fur bristles; tail held vertically; stares at submissive wolves; may bark and growl. Asserting dominance: dominant wolf will bite the neck of the inferior wolf and hold it for a moment or bite the snout of the inferior wolf
  • Happy – tail wags slightly; tongue lolls out of mouth
  • Nervous – wolf narrows eyes; ears flat against the head; tail is parallel to the ground
  • Playful – tail is high and wags; wolf frolics around; may lay low while holding the rear high in a manner reminiscent of domestic dogs; littermates may bite each others’ jaws
  • Active submission: body is lowered; lips and ears drawn back; tongue thrust in and out of the mouth rapidly; tail placed down or between the legs; muzzle points toward dominant animal; submissive wolf may lick the muzzle of the dominant wolf; the more the back arches and the tail tucks, the more submissive the wolf is; sometimes used as a form of greeting
  • Passive submission: wolf rolls on its back to expose throat and belly; paws drawn into the body; wolf whimpers

Check out the International Wolf Center on YouTube for some really great videos.

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I believed this would be beneficial for people researching for school papers, in college, for writing, and so on. This guide is mainly directed towards people who can access a College or University’s library systems because that is what I am most familiar with. However, this should help other people in a few places. 

The basic steps of research are:

  • choose a topic
  • narrow your focus within that topic
  • choose your thesis (if your thesis was not given as part of your assignment)

When you have a subject to research, then you can begin.

The above images describe how to run an efficient google search, and how to read Library of Congress system call numbers. When attempting to find a book within a research or university library in the United States, knowing the general set-up of the LOC system is invaluable.

When in doubt: Ask a Librarian. Having worked within a Library’s special collections & archives, I’ve both helped people find some pretty obscure things, and asked other librarians for help on equally obscure research. Librarians are trained to be able to help people research, find, and retrieve information. Their degrees are library and information sciences — and many academic librarians are specialized. They are familiar with things you may not be — finding things on microfilm, or special collections works, finding obscure keywords, running a variety of database searches, etc. 

If something cannot be found through your institution’s library, check the ILL (Interlibrary Loan - info here)

This is an incomplete guide, but a nice starting point. 

(Fuente: themuseologist)

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