Posted by superman from IP: 126.96.36.199 on 02/21/11
my only suggestion is to offer some free tattoos. spread the word that your trying some new techniques and looking for volunteers. if this is too costly for you "time wise" then tattoo people that can give you things in return. like offer your mechanic a free tattoo in exchange for a free tune up. ect. at least this way you can justify your time.
you are a professional so I think that you have the competence to know if the tattoo is going badly, and can make adjustments with your "oldschool" techniques to pull it off. it may not be perfect right away, but it cant be worse than your older work. the volunteers will know this before hand, and if you current skill is solid. im sure most will go for it.and they'll like the outcome, even if it doesn't meet your expectations
if you don't already have it , buy mikes animal style. pay close attention to how well he is able to keep the stencil for his outlines, , by carefully wiping away, working from the outside in. and keeping the area clean. this got me pumped to stop blood lining and lining. get this technique down and you will feel confident to take on bigger, longer tattoos without lining your work.
I've used pig skin in the past during my apprentiship days. and it is pretty good. the only down side is the stencil is almost impossible to get off, because of how porus the pig skin is. but I think it will work well to help with what your trying to achieve. however, keep the pig skin tattoo times under 5 hours. the skin can dry up quickly. I remember once I was rockin a killer portrait on pig skin, only to have the f**king piece dry out on me before I could finish. lol.
every once in a while, ill go grab a piece of pig skin to practice on. just last month I grab a piece to practice my color fades. working . eg. black,purple,red,light red, orange, yellow, and back up again. experimenting with rinsing and keeping the tube dirty. the outcome it not the same as human skin, but the theory is sound, and I find that after I struggle with the pig skin, the real skin becomes so much easier to work on.
hope this helps a little. take care.