Becoming a Tattoo Artist


Becoming a tattoo artist is more than learning how to use a tattoo machine. It is not the trade for high school dropouts and wannabe bikers. There is a lot of hard work, many hours of apprenticeships, and state certification exams required. Being very different from a nine to five type of job, it can be very rewarding and satisfying.

The first step is finishing high school. You will need your high school diploma or equivalent. If you can’t show the initiative and follow through to finish your basic education, you won’t have what it takes to become a tattoo artist. It is also important that you have some artistic ability. If you already draw well, get a sketch pad and practice, practice, practice! If drawing isn’t something you do well, you should take classes that will teach you basics, then more advanced techniques. If you can’t create art with pencils, you can’t create art with a tattoo machine.

You also need to work on people skills. Tattooing isn’t all about the actual art, but about the customer. Remember, you do work in customer service where their opinion and satisfaction is the only thing that matters. Even if you delivered a flawless piece, if you can’t make your canvas happy, you didn’t win. You might have gotten paid, but you also have a person in your community who will tell everyone who sees their tattoo how horrible you are.

Many people don’t realize tattoo artists are self-employed. If you don’t know how to budget your finances, or understand the tax laws for self-employed business owners, you should take classes on these subjects as well. You will handle paying your taxes, regardless of where you tattoo. You will also have to plan for the lean months, usually around holidays when people need to save.

Once you have a basic understanding of what it takes to be a tattoo artist, you need to apply for an apprenticeship with a reputable, established artist. Be prepared to mop the floors, take out the garbage, and anything else your master commands. Show initiative, do things before you are asked and try to stay a step ahead. If you can do that, you will have more time to look around. See how the other artists in the shop set up their stations. Listen to how they speak with their clients and prepare their stencils. It would be beneficial to have a notebook to keep notes, as well as continue your sketching.

You will need to take a tattoo education course. You will learn the functions of day to day tattooing with your apprenticeship. But you also need to learn about skin diseases, infections and how to prevent them from occurring. Also pay attention to how your tattoo artist, and others at the shop, handle their garbage. Learn how to be clean for your safety, and the safety of those you work for in the future. These things will also most likely be on the state certification exam.

Once you have your certification, you will need to keep learning and refreshing your knowledge. You will have to retake exams and be re-certified several times throughout your career; some states require annual certification. Becoming a tattoo artist is not a one-day event. It will be a continued learning experience for you.

Working hard for your clients will help you build an impressive portfolio. Tattooing is not a get rich quick type of job. You are going to have to work hard at getting your name out there, attracting clients, and keeping them happy, so they speak well of you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement because it’s free. When you decide to become a tattoo artist, you should understand it is hard work, you will be in the service industry, but it can be amazingly rewarding. You will get out of it what you put into it.

How to Get a Tattoo That you Will Not Regret


Totay we are going to discuss tattoos. Tattooing is a unique art-form that can be found within numerous cultures spanning the entirety of human history. However, within Western culture, it is only now becoming more socially acceptable and mainstream, having finally shook off the vestiges of religious taboo that has hounded the subject of tattooing in the West for hundreds of years. With tattoos become more accepted and desired by our culture, it has become increasingly easier to get a tattoo, as well. But, none of this changes the fact that tattoos are a way of permanently altering ones body. This bares considerable weight and is one of the primary reasons that getting a tattoo should be carefully thought over, ensuring that you’re not one of those people with a tattoo they regret.

There are many reasons why people choose to get tattooed. Historically, tattoos have served as a way to remember the dead and very often as a way to transfer abilities and powers to the individual, as many tattoos and tattoo styles, such as sak yan of the East, are seen as mystical expressions and means of magical protection. Many tattoos are a form of religious devotion, such as some of the lotus crowns on the top of the head by Buddhist monks, and many individuals choose to adorn themselves with symbols or verses with religious or spiritual meaning that speaks strongly to them.

With this in mind, it is clear that getting a tattoo, whether it’s your first or tenth, is a matter deserving careful thought. Here are some tips on how to get a tattoo that you won’t regret:

Do your research: I’ve talked to a lot of people who have tattoos. To those who have said they regret it, a lot of them say that the tattoo artist wasn’t great. They often go for the cheaper route and end up regretting it rather than going to a renown tattoo artist. I’m from Chicago, so if you’re looking for a tattoo shop, I only can recommend one of the best tattoo shops in Chicago. It’s always good to check out their portfolio to see their previous work. If you want to read reviews, check Goodkind Tattoo on yelp.

Would you still want that tattoo in a year? Ten years? How about 30 years? Picture yourself late in life, a grandparent perhaps, with skin wrinkly and worn with age, will that tattoo still have the same meaning or will it simply stand as a memory of time when you should have behaved a little less recklessly?

Does that tattoo have specific meaning for you? With so many talented tattoo artists and countless unique and amazing designs available, it can be quite tempting to get a tattoo based simply on aesthetics, but tattoos have a long tradition of meaning something to the individual. If you can’t justify that design or explain why you want it then that’s a pretty good sign you should consider getting something else.

Tattoo placement. This is a key point to consider as tattoos are still often viewed as unprofessional and many jobs and professions require any and all tattoos to be covered while working. Where a tattoo is placed can also add an extra layer of meaning to a tattoo, as a tattoo placed over the heart can better serve as a reminder of a loved one who has passed on or increase the level of protection a mystical symbol provides.

Is the tattoo you want popular or trendy? If yes, then this is a pretty good reason to reconsider that tattoo. Trends and fashion are notorious for changing quickly and at the slightest whim. Getting a tattoo because that’s what everyone is getting right now is a pretty good sign you’ll regret that tattoo later.

Keeping these few tips in mind will help to ensure that you get a tattoo that you love, not one that you regret hours afterwards.

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