Sunken Anchor

Sunken Anchor

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My first tattoo attempt on pigskin

So I finally got some pigskin to practice on. It's the closest thing to practicing on human skin; although its a bit tougher. I decided to try my hand at quickly tattooing a Japanese style koi. My color choices were a bit limited because I only had orange and blue, I need to pick up some yellow and red to add some more hues. I love fish, so I will probably tattoo a few more koi. Enjoy.


  1. I am excited to see you add more color work in this! I am sorta grossed out by the slab of pig skin :P do you have to store it in the fridge between work sessions? Bathe it in formaldehyde?? so curious.
    Keep it coming...
    Best wishes,
    -Chelsea Rose

  2. Thanks Chelsea :) After you work on it you forget its pig skin. I actually found an old microwave cart someone was throwing out so I cleaned it up, and made it my tattoo practice station on wheels. Because of this I am able to work in my living room in the air conditioning, so the skin stays pretty fresh. My hot kitchen where I used to work would be a big no no.

    I did this in one session which lasted about 2 hours. I stored it on my plastic cutting board (which was my work surface)wrapped in plastic wrap over night, so I could get some pictures. So it seems that over night for multiple sessions might be a viable option down the road for other projects.

    You dont need formaldehyde:) This stuff is kind of ephemeral, so once its done , you need to dipose of it.