Full Sleeve Idea to Present to Philip at Needlepoint Tattoo

Note: Copy/paste this post directly to Philip. This section is for the full-sleeve on my left arm.

Left arm full sleeve

Hey Philip,

As you already know, I’m going to get a full-sleeve tattoo which covers my entire arm. While we’re going with irezumi, I’d like the color palettes to match traditional Japanese tattoos. So, colors like black, dark green, red, and so on. Color examples are this, this, and this.

The central theme of my tattoo is mindfulness. It is a state of awareness that fully embraces the present moment and to let go of anxiety, worry, and fear.

The overarching narrative behind the tattoo is: A dragon will be flying away and carrying two lanterns in its claws. One of the lanterns will have the kanji symbol 心, which means heart and mind; the other lantern will have a 和, which means peace. Example of lantern here.

It’s also important we add a water drop or some variant of it. I don’t know where we can put it, but some cool variants I found online are this, especially the lotus variant. The original variant looks like this. You can use artistic freedom to best determine where it’d fit.

The bottom of the sleeve will have an oni mask looking up.

a heart and brain on a scale. She will be fleeing (or fighting) monsters trying to reach her, but she successfully fights them back. This represents my subconscious attempting to overwhelm me with anxiety, worry, or overthinking when I’m enjoying the present moment.

An artistic example that kinda hits the theme is here.

Right arm full sleeve

Hey Philip,

For my right arm full sleeve, since I already have a pre-existing tattoo that needs a cover-up, I want to add an oni mask that looks up. On the upper arm, we’ll have a phoenix flying upward. Throughout the tattoo, let’s have cherry blossom branches blooming with cherry blossoms themselves.

Full Sleeve Idea to Present to Elina Lavrienko on Fiverr

Note: Copy/paste this post directly to Elina Lavrienko.

Hey Elina,

My goal is to get a full-sleeve tattoo which covers my entire arm. This includes my upper arm, bicep, outer forearm and inner forearm. I’m a big fan of the religious/greek mythology style of tattoo. A few good examples are this, this, and this.

The central theme of my tattoo is mindfulness. It is a state of awareness that fully embraces the present moment and to let go of anxiety, worry, and fear. Since it’s an important concept to me, I figured I’d contact you to get the best artistic representation I can buy.

There are two must-have components in my sleeve tattoo:

  1. A heart and brain on a scale. It represents the balance between mind and emotion. If possible, make it large enough so it doesn’t fade easily over time.
  2. A water droplet similar to this. It is the symbol of mindfulness and represents the past, the future, and now. Representation here. However, unlike the heart and brain on the scale, I don’t know exactly where to put it on the tattoo. I’ll let artistic freedom decide how to fit it in.

The overarching narrative behind the tattoo is: An angel (or goddess) will be carrying a heart and brain on a scale. She will be fleeing (or fighting) monsters trying to reach her, but she successfully fights them back. This represents my subconscious attempting to overwhelm me with anxiety, worry, or overthinking when I’m enjoying the present moment.

A good artistic example is this tattoo here.

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Full Sleeve Tattoo Idea

This is the last tattoo idea I’ll be doing in the Philippines. It will be a full sleeve tattoo encompassing my entire right arm and chest. I will do it at Needlepoint Tattoo. It will be done by Mards. It will also be a black and grey tattoo. This post states how well a similar tattoo will age.

  1. Upper arm:
    • It is inspired by this tattoo.
    • A few changes will be implemented: Next to the staircase, have a heart and brain floating above the pillars to symbolize a journey to mindfulness. A good example of floating heart/brain is here. Note: Work REALLY hard with Mards on ways to make the heart/brain tattoo to last longer. Because ironically enough, the two most smallest parts, are also the most important parts. Why? Because they mean the most.
    • Alternatively, I was inspired by this vid, but have a brain and heart balance beneath Marcus Aurelius at an equal balance.
    • Instead of Zeus, add Marcus Aurelius who practiced mindfulness. A good tattoo picture of him is here, here, here, and here.
    • On the stairs, add an arch with a water drop in middle which signifies balance. Example of arch here.
    • Or simply just add a water drop.
  2. Bicep: Atlas tattoo. He represents persistence. Have it as a connecting half sleeve. Example here. Have a band around the Earth that says “Steep is the way to mastery,” or alternatively, like in this tattoo, replicate the style on “In Actis Esto Volucris” beneath Atlas. Whatever the artist thinks will look better.
  3. Outer forearm: A sword balancing a heart and brain. An example of sword design is this. An example of sword with balance is this.
  4. Inner forearm: Janus, the Roman god of decisions, with the body of Hecate. It will have two heads, one man and one woman. They will be holding six items which represent something.
    • A seashell which represents love.
    • A US dollar sign which represents money.
    • An eagle which represents power.
    • A mirror which represents outer aesthetics
    • An olive branch which represents inner peace.
    • A cross which represents God.
    • ALTERNATIVELY: Have the traditional Michael slaying the devil tattoo, which signifies defeating evil in my life.

5. Chest: A quote on my left chest which quotes Marcus Aurelis: “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Stages of design: Upper arm -> bicep -> inner forearm -> outer forearm -> Shoulder/chest

New Cebu City Expenses With June

Since I’m living with June at her apartment, I’ll be spending far less than I usually do. I’m going to be boring for 08/14/22 – 11/14/22. I’ll be making $1,560/month, so I need to try and actually MAKE money per month. To do that, I need to seriously monitor my expenses.

  • Rental: $35
  • Utilities (water, electricity, etc) + condo dues: $25
  • Transportation: $30
  • Phone and Connectivity: $10
    • Internet covered with rent.
  • Food: $40
    • It’s cheaper to eat at a carinderia than restaurants. Go to Colon Market or any supermarket nearby.
    • June pays for additional +$40. Total is actually $80
  • Health Insurance: $52
    • Going with SafetyWing. It’s $42/month. However, I put it on credit card, so it’s $52/month.
  • Visa Renewal: $50
  • Taxes: $313
  • Netflix: $8
  • Note: Try to have $10,000 USD before I leave the Philippines. After Resident Evil tattoo, don’t get another tattoo until I have $9,000 in the bank.

TOTAL: $556/month

TOTAL INCOME EARNED: $1006/month

NOTE: If finances remain this way, save $13,000 USD before leaving the Philippines.

Tattoo Locations

  1. Left side half sleeve tattoo… (Do 1st at Needlepoint; ask for Mards)
    • Base it off this image: https://i.pinimg.com/564x/c7/f8/51/c7f85121d372aca0ea3358b8319b5f9d.jpg
      • Balancing brain and heart means not to overthink, yet not to be overcome with emotion. For example, enjoy the pleasant things in life, don’t overthink it. Also, for emotion, don’t get jealous or get too attached. Don’t be clingy.
      • Replace hand and book with waterdrop. That’s the representation of mindfulness. Example here: https://tattoosboygirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Symbolic-Tattoos-10.jpg
      • IMPORTANT: This tattoo style is called “fine line”. Unfortunately, fine line tattoos are prone to fading. Ask if it’s possible to get the same picture, but with a style that’s less prone to fading. For example, a black and grey tattoo or dotwork tattoo.
      • IMPORTANT: This post states how well a similar tattoo will age.
  2. Alternatively, get this tattoo. Next to the staircase, add a brain and heart to symbolize a journey to mindfulness. Instead of Zeus, add Marcus Aurelius who practiced mindfulness. On the stairs, add an arch, with a brain and heart with water drop in middle which signifies balance. Example of arch here. Add in “glass” shapes in heart, brain and water drop like so (heart example and brain example). Or simply add an actual brain and heart in the spaces like so (better image quality here). To prevent fading, maybe add bigger arch window for brain, heart, and water drop. Replace cult viking sigil with eagle stonework – it represents freedom (and example here).
  3. Underside of left arm: Atlas tattoo. He represents persistence. Have it as a connecting half sleeve. Example here. Have a band around the Earth that says “Steep is the way to mastery.” A list of perseverance quotes is here. (Do 1st at Needlepoint; ask for Mards)
  1. Chest (heart area): Exploding man in suit tattoo or USA map + compass (Do at 032 Tattoo) (Do 2nd)
  2. On top of left shoulder: Put 1992 in Roman numerals. It would be: “MCMXCII(Do 3rd)
  3. Left side of bicep: 3d shark with shadow (Do at Needlepoint Tattoo)
  4. Left middle of bicep: Minimalist American flag (Do at Needlepoint Tattoo as extra)
  5. Back of bicep: Either realistic courage the cowardly dog, geometric world map, or compass and map tattoo. (Do at Needlepoint Tattoo)
  6. Middle back: Lord Recluse clawing out of skin (Do in Chiang Mai)
  7. Flat area of right forearm: Snake and rose tattoo. It means temptation. Just tell girls I’m a passionate guy lol. (Maybe get this tattoo)
  8. Screaming Patrick Bateman left calf tattoo in pop art style. (Do in Chiang Mai or Needlepoint, depending on how good Philip does Resident Evil tattoo)

Note: In total, get 4-5 more tattoos in Cebu City after the Resident Evil one. After that, I’m done. They are: Modern half sleeve -> Map + compass -> MCMXCII + 3d shark with shadow

Note: For heart area of chest, do USA map + compass or exploding man in suit tattoo. Depending which one looks better with the left side half sleeve

Cebu City Expenses With June

Since I’m living with June, she’s agreed go give me 6,000 PHP a month for rent/electricity. I’m going to be boring for 08/14/22 – 11/14/22. I’ll be making $1,045/month, so I need to try and actually MAKE money per month. To do that, I need to seriously monitor my expenses.

  • Rental: $300
  • Utilities (water, electricity, etc) + condo dues: $120
  • Transportation: $30
  • Phone and Connectivity: $10
    • Internet covered with rent.
  • Food: $40
    • It’s cheaper to eat at a carinderia than restaurants. Go to Colon Market or any supermarket nearby.
    • June pays for additional +$40. Total is actually $80
  • Health Insurance: $52
    • Going with SafetyWing. It’s $42/month. However, I put it on credit card, so it’s $52/month.
  • Visa Renewal: $50
  • Taxes: $313
  • Netflix: $8
  • June Assistance: +$107
  • Note: Get Resident Evil tattoo on September 5th

TOTAL: $816/month

TOTAL INCOME EARNED: $229/month

07/22/22 – Learning Night Game in Cebu City

I’m back, baby! Been waitin’ to run game in SEA for years now lol. Y’all can look forward to my FRs and how international pickup compares to the United States.

On 07/22/22, Friday, I decided to try out night game in Cebu City. While I could have hit up Mango Square like most foreigners – and Filipinos – do, I felt it best to start off at Icon. Why? It’s an EDM nightclub visited by the elite-tier of Cebu City. Which consequently means hotter girls.

Unfortunately, I absolutely hated how loud the club was. Worse yet, the dudes and girls whispered everything. It wasn’t like the USA where people would yell so you can hear them over the music. Nah son, Filipinos, Koreans, and the Chinese I met last night are SUPER SHY. Only the Koreans made ANY effort to communicate coherently over the loud ass music.

Nevertheless, that’s why PUAs say bars > clubs. Easier to communicate = easier to game.

However, I learned valuable lessons when I went clubbing in Cebu City. Specifically, the difference between American style NG vs Philippines NG.

You see, as Americans, you have to run value-based game in order to catch the attention of your target. You’re also competing against literally hundreds of other dudes tryna get your girl’s attention, too. In the Philippines, the guys aren’t really competing against you (thank god). I’m pretty sure I was, like, 1 of 5 dudes at Icon running game.

IMPORTANT: But here are the key aspects of PH nightgame that I learned.

  1. Walk up to your girl.
  2. Speak slowly, in English.
  3. Tell her she has a cute look or – better yet – that she’s cute.
  4. Have a normal conversation (ie. “Are you Filipino? Do you come to [club] often? How are you?”). Very simple questions.
    • Resist the temptation to speak fast if you get excited. Keep calm and stay grounded. That’s far more important than “verbally finessing” her.
  5. Lead + escalate

Once I discovered the game style to run in Cebu City, I felt fuckin’ relieved. It’s easy. Real easy. Do not overcomplicate things. Treat all of them like cats. You’re careful, cautious, and don’t make any sudden movements. You don’t want to scare off the cat. Slowly bring them to your side. Be patient.

But yeah, other than that, I had a great set yesterday. I spent approximately 2 hours with this Japanese exchange student at Icon. I learn a ton of valuable things with her on how Eastern women operate.

Approach #1: The Japanese Foreign Exchange Student

Synopsis: After running a few sets at Icon, I was having trouble hooking any sets. My game was too high energy, my English too fast. And girls had trouble following. This wasn’t like in the USA where girls fed off high, fun energy levels. Nah, it was best if I kept to a calm, casual tone. Almost zero game. Except to lead + escalate.

So, after approximately 3 or so sets, that’s when I met her.

My target was a Japanese foreign exchange student living in Cebu City to study English. She was an HB 7, in a sundress, and a bit shy.

I distinctly recall opening her about how cute her sundress looked. She smiled, said thank you. After that, I simply ran with boring ‘ol: “How are you doing? Have you been in the Philippines long? How do you like it?” And she just lit up. Honestly, I didn’t understand why lol. It was just so boring. Like, this wasn’t even fun conversation topics. Moreso shit you’d say sitting next to someone in a bus or plane.

Whatever the case, it worked like a charm.

Unlike the USA, it’s ok if you buy a girl a beer in SEA. So, after buying her + myself a Red Horse, I immediately began leading. I wanted this girl to get invested in me. So, when I went for a smoke, she followed. When I wanted to dance, she obeyed. At one point, she started dragging ME everywhere lol. That’s how I knew my game was working.

I met her friends. And they were pretty cool. Nothing too big to note. Thankfully, they didn’t try cockblocking me – which seems to be a thing in the Philippines. If you’re cool with the guy you’re with, the girls won’t try leading their friend away. It’s fucking awesome.

But here’s the thing: I only did the most MINOR of kino. Like, handholding. I was at a point she starting rubbing my hand with her thumb + leading me around. I knew I should have escalated. But god damn, the fact I realized the game style required for Cebu City and the mad validation I was getting from this Jap was too good.

I played not to lose… I didn’t play to win.

Who cares if I lose this girl, right? I could snatch another one minutes later. But my mind starting fucking with me. What if I get too high energy again? What if I make mistakes – even though I knew the right answer? It was a little stifling, so I opted to go with the safe route and hang out with the Jap.

At the end of the night, I legit got bored. And my girl slowly started to lose interest at the 1 hour, 30 minute mark. So, what did I do? I snatched the Jap’s number and ejected out of set. Bummer.

After speaking with u/fastlife15, he said the following what I’d damn well better do next time: “Move her around a little + seed food/drinks”. Yeah, I should have done the last part. Specifically, seed food/drinks OUTSIDE the night club. Even with her friends being ok with me, it must have been hella hard to escalate without her ASD going off lol.

What I Did Right:

Learned the Right Style of Game: Or, more accurately, calibration. After three sets, I knew high-energy game wouldn’t work. Like Colombia in 7 days, I had to calibrate. Thankfully, it only took me a single night out to realize this fact. The slow, sexy English is what I’ll be opting for next time I hit the night trenches.

Lead, Lead, Lead: I lead my girl everywhere. I knew I had to make her invest. Even though she didn’t smoke, I led her to the smoking area. If I wanted a drink, we went to the bar. Even in the most useless areas, she followed me like a puppy. It was glorious.

Sticking Points:

Spoke Waaaaay Too Fast: Yah, this one is a biggie. Especially since this ain’t the States. Girls, even Filipinas who DO speak English, but don’t use it as their primary language, had a tough time listening to me. The music was stupidly loud. And I just ran my mouth 100mph.

Too High Energy: I had a similar issue in the United States. Since I was excited to NG in a new environment, I’d consequently be high energy as fuck. It was a little problematic in the States, but at least I could get girls to hook. In SEA countries, girls – hell, people – are inherently shy and introverted. Being high energy in general simply will not fly.

Played To Not Lose: God, I hated myself for this one. But yeah, it’s a learning experience. I knew I had to escalate, but I was afraid my target’s friends would drag my girl away. And I feared rejection. I mean, I put so much time and effort into the set – why risk losing it? At least, that’s the lie I told myself.

What I’ll Do Next Time:

Go Direct: This is the name of the game. If you convey direct intentions (ie. “I think you’re cute and I had to say hi.”) girls will light up. This is a far cry from the United States. Such an opener will absolutely murder the set. Full-on. But in the Philippines, direct is the ONLY way to go. Girls don’t get subtlety. They don’t get cute push-pulls, cold reads, etc. Just be straight. If you like a girl, straight-up tell her. Don’t sugarcoat it.

Speak Slowly In English: Ok, I think the fact I’m excited + have prior experience with NG in the United States is why I spoke fast. Next time, I’ll speak slowly, with meaning and focus, and less on what I say.

Project Sexual Intent: If I’m going to do anything game-y, focus on inner game. A practical inner game technique which translates infield is projecting sexual intent. I give the girl ‘I-want-to-fuck-you’ eyes, while training my focus on her.

Focus on HOW I say my words: Like in Colombia, it’s how I say things, not what I say. Simple as that.

Focus on Inner Game: In hindsight, very little – if any – outer game techniques are required in SEA. If I’m going to focus on anything, make it inner game. Practice mindfulness meditation, project sexual intent, become more entitled with 8s, 9s, and 10s.

Comments: Remember: Slow, meaningful English. Boring convo topics. Ditch the Todd V value based game in SEA. I don’t need it.