The tattoo machine I ordered was finally delivered yesterday, and I'm going to document my journey with it.
It took me a while and many a YouTube video to learn how to get it to even come on. Once I did, I started messing around on the practice skins that came with my kit. So many things impact the line that the needle makes-- such as the voltage and the placement of the contact bar-- so I wanted to do a bunch of different things and see what kinds of lines I was making. The problem with the practice skin, however, is that once I make a line and go to wipe off the excess ink, all of the excess just smears and I can't tell what is permanent and what is just kind of stained.
So I decided to try my foot. Tattooing on skin was a lot different than the practice skin. (It's also extremely scary and intimidating because you have to be clean and careful with new needles and gloves and whatnot whereas with practice skins it just doesn't really matter.) I had to use a higher voltage, and adjust my needle length and contact bar length. I kept trying lines on my foot and although I could feel the needle, I wasn't creating any permanent lines. I upped the voltage and finally managed a dot.
That tiny one in the middle is there for good. Everything else is just a surface smudge. I'm about to call it quits for today. I never knew so much went into it!
Also I did this because I wanted practice with lines on flesh