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"SkinBook" Replaces Paper with Fake Skin for Tattooers to Practice On

When a tattoo artist is learning to ink, they don't have a lot of choices for surfaces to practice on. Many start by tattooing on fruit or raw meat, but it can't compare to real skin. Kind friends and willing participants are often their blank canvases. As a result, there are always some unhappy clients with unfortunate tattoos that are hard to get rid of. Tattoo Art Magazine recently produced a small book that'll be sure to delight beginning artists. It's called The SkinBook, and the pages are filled with practice synthetic skin.

This limited-edition publication features different pictures of body parts for artists to learn on, all while using their own equipment. Areas like the chest, hands, and arms are all included, and it affords the novice tattooer the valuable opportunity to improve their skills without making a mark on an actual human being. The polymer pages mimic the look, feel, and texture of the real thing. That way, when the time comes, the artists will make less of the permanent mistakes.

Watch the short video below introducing The SkinBook. You'll see it's a welcome sight to tattoo artists!

Tattoo Art Magazine website
via [Lost At E Minor and Creativity Online]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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