So, recently I have started flipping through old tattoo magazines and cowering the internet for cool tattoo related imagery that I loke the look of. Then I copy them in my sketchbook. This way I can figure out how the piece is constructed and work on my technique at the same time. All in the interest in learning and bettering my work.
I really liked the detail and shading in the tattoo and it was something I really wanted to work on. So I started copying it down and by the end I started to really see how the shapes were constructed, but by this point it was to late to correct any of the minor errors I picked up. It then became a shading exercise.