Organize your workflow – Ink can get really messy. A practice session is a great way to understand how to work around the tattoo. By developing your skills, you will avoid spilling and spreading ink during your first tattoo. For example, you could discover that its easier to start with main lines working from left to right if your are right-handed.
Make it real – Bring your practice closer to reality. Wrap a flat tattoo practice skin on someone or on an object that can mimic body curves. Avoid turning the sheet while you work. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to turn your client or friend’s arm!
Drawing is your best practice – Before you start tattooing and even practicing, you should practice on paper. Having drawing skills will help you a lot with tattoos. Nevertheless, handling a needle and poking is much different from running a pen on a sheet of paper.
Use Tattoo Practice Skins to Try Different Tools
Work with and without transfer paper – You can use tattoo practice skins to get familiar with transfer paper, but also to get familiar with free hand techniques. Try both and compare!
Use different needle size – Tattoo needles come in various size for different means. Tattoo practice skins can help you test different sizes and feel how it influences your work. If you begin, it could also be great to use a practice skin to develop a chart, a reminder of the result of a line done in 3RL versus one done in 9RL.