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Practice makes perfect in anything you do, but unless you have a lot of friends willing to go under the needle for free ink it can be difficult for tattoo artists to build a respectable portfolio… until now! Tattoo Art Magazine created a moleskine style notebook of synthetic skin that displays the most common areas people get tattooed so that aspiring tattoo artists have something other than fruit and poultry to practice on. The entire idea behind the design project is a world filled with tattoo pride and not regret, and that’s something we can totally get behind. It still doesn’t include spellcheck or foreign language translation, so make sure you’re set with the image for life–regardless of how cool it looks in a notebook.

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While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.