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Everything You Never Knew About Synthetic Skin for Tattoos

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Here at Tattooing 101, we hate to see people faking it. We just make one exception: fake skin!

New tattoo artists and veterans alike sometimes practice their craft on synthetic skin. However, many people don’t know what this skin is or how it works.

Want to learn more about how faking it can help tattoo artists keep things real? Keep reading to discover the secrets!

What Is Synthetic Skin?

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“Synthetic skin” is exactly what it sounds like: fake skin that tattoo artists can practice on.

It can technically be made from a variety of materials, but a popular choice is silicone. For many artists, this has replaced the older technique of practicing their skills on things like pigskin.

The next question, then: just where can you get the stuff?

How Can I Get It?

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Strictly speaking, you can make your own synthetic skin. It is typically made from silicone and special molds, so someone with enough “arts and crafts” style talent could probably make some passable fake skin.

The more popular option, though, is to simply buy it. While multiple companies offer this product, the company that has made the most waves is definitely A Pound of Flesh.

Ultimately, the proof is in the synthetic pudding: a quick internet search will show you the countless tattoo artists that have enjoyed trying this product and taking their artistic skills to the next level!

What Are the Benefits?


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There are a number of benefits for tattoo artists using synthetic skin for tattoos. First, it is a much better alternative than pig skin (which can be leathery and hard to work with, or worse – carry salmonella and other diseases) or grape skin (which Is far too sensitive for any kind of serious work).

Second, professional companies like A Pound of Flesh have synthetic skin hands, feet, arms, and so on. This offers a much more practical experience for tattoo artists looking for practice.

Finally, those synthetic arms and hands make it an ideal way to show off your work. For those who want to transition from practice to marketing their craft, this is a great solution.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

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With all the benefits of synthetic skin, there are still some drawbacks. The obvious one is the price: while A Pound of Flesh makes great products, they aren’t cheap: as of this writing, a practice hand costs between $50-$60. That cost adds up if you are doing a lot of practice.

And synthetic skin is never going to be a replacement for the real thing Some tattoo artists have struggled to transfer things like stencils over to the fake skin. That may ultimately take away from its value as a “one size fits all: practice solution.

Synthetic Skin: Our Verdict

With all these pros and cons, one question is left: what’s the verdict?

In our opinion, synthetic skin is pretty great. It’s the best option artists have ever had to practice their tattoos, and the practice pieces look pretty badass around the tattoo shop.

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Kentucky Scar Tattoo Ban: A Wild Ride

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Right now, the news is filled with stories about legislators regulating what people can do with their own bodies. However, no one expected that tattoo artists would be the next group to face such scrutiny!

Over in Kentucky, there was a recent push to ban covering up scars with tattoos. But what caused this proposal, and what ended up happening?

Keep reading to discover the answers!

Who Is Doing What?

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This proposal actually came from the Kentucky Health Department. And it was intended to keep anyone from covering up any kind of scar on their body with tattoos.

There were some good intentions to this proposal, but the vague wording meant it would be very disastrous for tattoo artists and those who love getting tattoos.

Fortunately, thanks to a vocal uprising from the community, this wild proposal may end up being a non-issue!

What’s the Motivation?

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The initial motivation was seemingly just to update state regulations on this matter. Because they hadn’t been updated in over 15 years, state officials thought it was time to update what people could (and couldn’t) do.

Another possible motivation concerned melanoma scars. Some officials were considered that people might attempt to hide these scars and that this would cause further trouble down the line.

If you’re wondering how this ended up affecting tattoos, it all comes down to some ambiguous phrasing on the state’s part.

How Does It Affect Tattoos?

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While keeping people from covering up melanoma scars may or may not be a good idea, the state did not specify what kind of scars they were talking about. And this is where it starts getting weird.

Thanks to their phrasing, nobody in the state would be able to cover up scars of any kind. This included covering up things like stretch marks from pregnancy, which is one of the most common tattoo coverup requests.

And it gets even weirder! At the most basic level, a tattoo is a permanent scar on your body. Under the state’s vague wording, people would not be able to get any kind of new tattoo to cover up an old one. After all, they would technically be “covering up a scar!”

Fortunately for tattoo artists and lovers, this story seems to have had a happy ending.

What Ended Up Happening?

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Recently, the state of Kentucky has seemingly backpedaled on the issue. Thanks to the massive public outcry against this proposal, they will be going back to the drawing board on this matter.

That means that while a new proposal may be incoming, it should not be so inclusive as to affect people getting tattoos for stretch marks and mastectomies. And, of course, the new proposal shouldn’t affect people who simply want to cover an old tattoo.

It’s our hope that the new proposal focuses on matters of health and not matters of appearance. After all, that’s what the state’s health department is supposed to be doing!

Kentucky Scar Tattoo Ban: Final Thoughts

The Kentucky incident isn’t entirely over. However, the state backpedaling on their vague wording shows how important it is for tattoo artists and lovers to speak out against the legislation that affects our lives.

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