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March 18, 2014
11:55 pm
Vince InkDeleble
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Hello everyone. well I've been doing some research about practice tattooing.. and yes, im a total newbie in the tattoo zone of the body mod, I mean I already work as a piercer since 4 years ago and I have some tattoos on my body.. but im starting doing tattoos and I want to know what its the best way to practice tattooing, I hear about pig skin and fake skin foam, but there's other stuff to practice with?

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March 19, 2014
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The obvious answer, I'm afraid, is that the best way is to get an apprenticeship.

 

I'm going to assume that as a piercer you have a sound knowledge of infection control, anatomy, blood borne pathogens and general first aid. Unfortunately i know of far too many piercers and tattooists that really don't, even if they think they do. That includes some respected names. But that's an important first step.

 

My experience with tattooing fake skin, pig skin and citrus fruit (i heard some people do this) is that they are nothing like skin. I can see how they could be used in an apprenticeship with someone guiding you to teach specific skills, but on their own i found little value, given i was trying to teach myself for use on myself only (and knowing the above about infection control etc. first). I think if i had a guide it would have worked much better, but having no interest in tattooing others i find that's a hard thing to gain 1:1 tuition in.

 

Now in my experimenting i did try some machine work on my own skin. It was pretty awful. I now know for sure that my practical knowledge and ability in machine work are seriously lacking, and setting up a machine is both a science and an art. I gave up for a while. There are no short cuts. Maybe with a lot of practice and stabbing in the dark i would have improved, but on your own that is going to be seriously difficult.

 

More recently i have been hand poke tattooing myself, with much better results. I have learned way more about how to tattoo by going slow and doing it this way than any book i read or by scraping a machine across myself in the name of experimentation.

 

But if really wanted to learn, to become a real tattooist, to become as good as i good and progress as quickly as i could, there's no doubt i'd seek a mentor. It might take a while to find the right person, but it'll save time in the long run, and you won't risk messing up as much skin or even other people's.

 

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
March 26, 2014
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Honestly from my experience I can say there is no good substitute for real skin. Nothing that I have found has the same bounce, elasticity, or even imperfections the way real skin does. 

April 22, 2014
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based on what oakbear say .. its true there are some methods or some types of techniques that we can practice on skin substitutes. but however nothing seem like real skin.. i have practice piercing on raw pig meat.. and its really easy but nothing compared to humas skin.. people move.. shake.. etc. as well in a tattoo.. i did an anchor tattoo on the lower part of my leg.. and its.. i dare to say .. so so, but.. i mean.. i had to pracxtice.. you said it.. tunning up a machine its an art.. and i want to learn.. and for me… best way to do it. diy.. thanks for the things you said oakbear..

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