How To Become a Successful Tattoo Artist

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As a tattoo artist, you will be spending your day designing tattoos and applying them to customers. Every tattoo artist needs knowledge of the body so he can safely apply the tattoo while following health regulations and meeting the customer’s expectations. He also needs knowledge of art to create designs that people will love to put on their skins for a lifetime.

You don’t need a college degree to become a tattoo artist, but depending on your state you may need a license. Tattoo artists are responsible for keeping a safe and clean environment. They need to take all kinds of precautions against the spread of infectious diseases.


Apprenticeship and Education

An apprenticeship is highly recommended. According to the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, or APT an apprenticeship should last at least three years so the new tattooist learns his trade. That includes designing tattoos, how to operate the tattoo machine and proper sterilization techniques. You should expect to pay the experienced artist to teach you this trade, just as you would expect to pay for a trade school. It is recommended to sign a contract before your training and apprenticeship.

College is not necessary but taking courses either in high school or through a community college to learn skills that will help you design and create better tattoos. Having your own portfolio is also a must. You need to display the skills you posses through your best artwork and drawings.

License and Other Qualities

Most states require a tattoo artist to have a valid license. The requirements to obtain a license vary from state to state. But in general, most states include needing a certain amount of hours of training as well as a certain number of applied tattoos. You need to be at least 18 years old, and some states require tattoo artists to stay abreast of the laws by taking continuing education courses as well.

When it comes to other qualities, a tattoo artist should have artistic ability, creativity, manual dexterity, knowledge of tattoos and tattooing, and customer service skills. It is also recommended for your image to have some tattoos on your body as well. It helps you to be taken more seriously if you are going to give advice to another about tattoos. When giving an advice, you can always display your own tattoos as examples.

Before having a tattoo, people have lots of questions and the tattoo artist should be able to answer those questions and put to rest any fears about tattooing.

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