I just had Takashi Matsuba tattoo a bat on my foot.
It looks awesome.
He did it the traditional Japanese way- tabori- which involves hand poking all the shading and color with a 30 needle double stack needle group on a stick...
There are many people out there who will tell you this method hurts less than regular electric machine tattooing. There are many people who told ME that... some of those people are right here with me in the room as I type... I want to punch those people in the neck. Hard.
People who tell you these things are not your friend. They are lying-ass liars, who need their lying mouths slapped shut.
This shit HURT LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER.
But it was well worth it. Look how cool that bat looks!
If you are a true tattoo aficionado, you owe it to yourself to get a tabori tattoo at least once in your life.... In fact, for me, I think EXACTLY once is just about right...