This is the post that will lose us our vegan and vegetarian readership. Part of learning to tattoo is actually doing it, and we have to resort to tried and trusted methods: we are going to be practicing on pig skin, as it is the closest thing to human skin.
When we were offered some pig skin by a guy-who-knows-a-guy, we were kind of expecting cute little pink squares of ham-scented skin. Instead, we were given a garbage bag full of a crumpled, deflated pig, from snout to tail. But we're not looking a gift pig-sack in the mouth. We're very grateful to have it, because after doing some research, I found out that it is in fact very difficult to obtain human skin. And Dave's terrible at the tuck.