Mike Baxter is a great guy that we love hearing from. The work he shares with us are tattoo designs that are done on hog skin. I’ve never used hog skin to practice doing a tattoo before but looking at his work, I would definitely recommend using it if your looking to practice how to tattoo on something similar in texture and epithelial layers like human skin. I just don’t know where the hell your going to find a hog.
I personally love the pinup style girls. The one in the green reminds me of the old vintage Sailor Jerry tattoos of quasi pin up girl tattoo designs. The effect from the varied shading gives the piece a good textured look. That is the sexiest looking girl I could imagine sitting on a hog about to get slaughtered. I have yet to ask Mike the meaning or inspiration for that particular one but I’ve included a little excerpt from his email to share in this blog post. I hope I didn’t cross any boundaries by posting the excerpt Mike, let me know if you want me to edit that part out of the post. Anyway, Great job! Look forward to hearing from you again soon man!
Mikes description of his work: “Richard, Hopefully these make it to you. All of these are just practice done on Hog skins. The Rabbit was done with the .444 and the .38 (.444 Hildbrandt Magnum and .38 Hildbrandt Calibre). The Pinups were done exclusively with the Assassin, Sniper, and Hitman Rotary’s. If anyone has wondered how these perform they are flawless for lining, color, and shading as evidenced.”