Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • J.J. Flash

      THIS IS A SITE FOR ARTISTS, NOT CLIENTS (Please read before posting)   04/18/2018

      I'm seeing a lot more questions from people who are looking to get tattoos, asking about ideas, healing instructions, etc. These are questions you should ask YOUR  LOCAL TATTOO ARTIST, not random people on the internet. This site is specifically for tattoo artists and those looking to get into the trade by way of an apprenticeship. Don't be shy! Google local artists and drop by a shop or two, check out their portfolio of work and talk about your ideas with a professional who can help you achieve the best tattoo experience. 

       Thanks for reading!

A newbs attempt at duplicating pro work.

Keep practicing?  

1 member has voted

  1. 1. Should I keep practicing, or is Tattooing just not for me?

    • For a week, that's not half bad, keep practicing and you'll someday be good!
    • For a week, you show potential, don't give up YET.
    • You may someday not suck so bad... but I'd quit.
    • You're horrible, jump off a cliff.

Recommended Posts

I saw a post from user "purplethumb" and figured, hell I've been tattooing for a whole week, so let's see how I compare to a true pro (Ha)

So, without further ado, let the roast begin!


This is the OP's amazing work.


This is my work ( a complete newb, practicing on Pig skin for 1 week). Note, the vetical lines are from the machine used to de-skin the pig, not my doing.



So, as you can see, I have a LOT LOT LOT to learn. Even though doing this I did practice whip shading holding the 7M1 sideways, which was an awesome thing to learn

because now I know how he got those fine pointy shaded parts. Anyways, comment, roast, etc.. Enjoy! This is my first post here. I know I am a complete newb and I ONLY practice on pig skin.


Original post:


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

knowin you have a lot to learn is a good thing.

i tell that to myself every day, and hope i keep doing that... 

i think you are attempting to chew many things at one go. nothing wrong in itself, as it s just practice, and on a throw away skin.. but it could make sense to make slower steps, as in, get the lining right... practice lining on it s own. that thing you did is good practice but has too little lining. try doodling, writing freehand, straight lines, curves...

try shading on simpler shapes.. sphere / cube.. leaves, cherry. do them as long as it takes...

i know it sounds boring, but if you focus on too much at one go, then everything gets diluted. 

i would read a lot, or take a course on bloodborne pathogens / cross contamination etc.. never touch real skin before you know your shit on this one, and well..

what machines  / needles are you using?







  • Upvote 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now