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How to practice Tattoo techniques

Posted by ashanti from IP: 59.101.147.117 on 02/17/11
Australia

OKay, before anyone questions I am a professional tattoo artist, not a scratcher asking how to actually tattoo. What I am wondering is if anyone has advice on ways to test out new tattooing techniques without actually working on a client.
I have never used pig skin but have been told it isnt very accurate in terms of its comparisson to human skin. I do work on myself mostly when wanting to try new things, but I have all but run out of space that I can access myself. (I used most of that space when transitioning from coils to rotaries several years ago and wanting to test out different types of machines etc)

I would like to be seeing how my work looks without line work, layering techniques, adding new hues as highlights etc, but I dont expect to master it immediately and I dont want to look back at my "practice" attempts and feel as though I didnt do the best job for the client because it didnt quite turn out the way I was hoping.

I studied MIke's Dali piece and seen how many different hues are actually in that piece and would love to step my artwork up to a new level, but dont know if anyone has any ideas on how to actually do this.

I also have never really used 5 liners all that much to get tight little details in (trained a little oldschool) so I would love to start putting all this knowledge into practice.

If anyone has any helpful suggestions I would love to hear about them!



 
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RE:How to practice Tattoo techniques

Posted by superman from IP: 24.150.209.10 on 02/21/11
canada

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.


stephen stacey.


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RE:How to practice Tattoo techniques

Posted by DavidEngbaek from IP: 24.78.182.153 on 02/21/11
Winnipeg, Canada

Definitely throw out a few free tattoos, to try new techniques, nothing huge, just to get a feel ....
giving out a few free tattoos, lets you do a few things.
Obviously you can practice or try a technique, you can use it for getting some new clientel...the only catch is if your giving out a free tattoo, you choose the the design and location..customer has no say, if they dont like it, find another person to work on ...everyone wants a free tattoo, lots of GUINEA PIGS out there..good luck


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RE:How to practice Tattoo techniques

Posted by ashanti from IP: 61.68.140.119 on 02/22/11
Australia

thanks heaps guys! lots of great suggestions! I think in some ways I am just too stubborn. I hate the concept of not getting something perfect the first time because I respect the fact that it is there for life...even if its free! But I might try some pig skin and get confident with the techniques, experiment a little with different colour blends etc and work my way up from there. I do have MIke's Dvd, but havent watched it yet. Will do so within the next week or so. Cheers Heaps


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RE:How to practice Tattoo techniques

Posted by parlor from IP: 75.135.5.164 on 06/03/12
bridgeport, ne

so, i am a colorblind artist and i love using colors. it is often my use of colors that sets my work apart. i got the basics of color theory down early on, but i find that in my own ART i stick to a very basic pallet .. usually a 2-2-1 combo (say two reds, two yellows, and 1 blue). of course white (no black in PAINTING). i then exploit the basic rules of color theory (generally ignoring what the true eye sees), exaggerating the 'positive space' (generally warm colors) and modifying the 'negative' (cools most often) to best "throw" the positive space. i find that i run "dirty colors" in every medium and for almost the very same reason in every switch possible, and i do this by (1) choosing my chronology of colors first and by (2) starting my fresh color (AND EXPERIMENTS) in areas that i want some dimensional shading (backside 'negative'). of course there are adjustments from 1 medium to the next and one technique to the next. but the basics are universal, and if you choose to experiment in tattoo designs that you are already confident in doing, or compositions that are familiar to you... experiment in small doses where you KNOW you can get away with it. anyway it is how i always keep pushing the envelope and keep from becoming settled... keep it simple as basics are universal, experiment in small doses and do it in the part of the composition that you will lead the eye away from, and (at least for me at this stage) always leave something for touch-up... helps keep me from trying to 'force' a new technique.


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RE:How to practice Tattoo techniques

Posted by veronicacasarez36@gmail.com from IP: 99.75.12.48 on 08/12/13

Ive been told products from apoftattoo.com have been very effective and its a great way to show of your work to clients they have hands and arms that you can buy to tattoo on.


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RE:How to practice Tattoo techniques

Posted by sarah from IP: 86.6.94.123 on 11/19/13
stockport england

ill be a guinea pig


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RE:How to practice Tattoo techniques

Posted by Shredder from IP: 67.83.210.9 on 11/21/13
N.j

On supermans advice I bought my vegan apprentice a few hands from a pound of flesh and they are pretty cool I've since bought myself an arm and have been doing some real cool stuff on in my opinion you can't go wrong with it .


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