Anyway, I talked to a friend of mine who has a shop in Japan last night about what I would need to think about to have ink done with APS. I have to watch the bleeding, so I'll bridge (stop Coumadin, do Lovenox injections twice a day, immediately start back the Coumadin and keep doing shots until my INR is back up) and I have to be really careful of infections. Mark, my friend, told me to make sure that they not only used disposable needles, but also used the plastic disposable ink systems, rather than the autoclaved metal.
I'm pretty excited about all of this. Now to start drawing until I can get across what I want, and then see what they can come up with.
BTW - the place I am looking at is Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas. I actually recognized several of the names, although I think they need to update. I really don't think since Oliver Peck and Kat von D got divorced they both come through that shop. :) Could be wrong though. Either way, I'm probably looking at Dean Williams or Oliver Peck because their work seems very vibrant.