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The Job of a Tattoo Artist

By Edited Feb 8, 2014 0 0

General Information about Becoming a Tattoo Artist

Tattoo artists are creative individuals who use skin as their canvas.  They are talented in art and drawing and able to bring to life pictures on the bodies of their clients.  Most tattoo artists have raw talent that has developed over many years and morphed into a dedicated craft.

There is no formal training involved in becoming a tattoo artist.  There isn't a degree available in tattoo design.  If you are interested in becoming a tattoo artist, taking classes or earning a degree in fine arts, graphic design, drawing, calligraphy or sketching will help you. 

The best way to get into this career is to make connections with your tattoo artist or to become the apprentice of someone already working in a shop.  Some apprentice programs are free, however, some may cost you money.  This is why it is important to build relationships with persons working in this career.  You want someone who is experienced and able to teach you correctly about sterilization, safety,  management, and licensing, if applicable.

You shouldn't buy a kit and attempt to teach yourself either.  Receive your training from someone already working in the profession.  Safety is extremely important and you want to learn under someone before you begin tattooing customers.

In addition to obtaining training, you must be able to keep up with the latest trends, styles and techniques and be sociable.  Some of your customers may be nervous or shy and someone who enjoys people and can emphathize with customers will build relationships and their customer base faster.  Also, the more you practice, the more efficient, consistent and faster you will become.

Once you have your foot in the door and are ready to begin tattooing , without a mentor, you must stay motivated.  There may be days where you do not have customers and this can  limit motivation.  My advice is to supplement your income and work on increasing your clientele.

For those who love art and want to use the body as a canvas, tattooing may be the career for you, but it is not easy.  This career requires focus, attention to detail and the ability to communicate with a variety of people.  With most things in life, if you work hard, you will achieve.

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