"A Pound of Flesh" is a silicone/rubber based synthetic hand created to replicate the experience of tattooing a client's real hand. Its main purpose is to help an apprentice and beginning tattoo artist learn tattooing techniques under real conditions, without having to practice -- and make mistakes -- on real people.
More experienced artists can also use A Pound of Flesh, whether to practice new techniques or sample new equipment. The hands can also showcase an artist's work in a unique 3D portfolio. Prospective clients will better judge an artist's true skill and craft, seeing the work firsthand, so to speak, rather than just lifeless on paper.
We found using thermal fax paper for stencils along with stencil stuff for application works best. After placing the stencil, spray a thin coat of an aerosol hairspray and let dry overnight. DO NOT let it dry for more than a day, or it can become permanent. When drawings directly onto the hand with a skin scribe or markers, use the hairspray and still let dry overnight.