More people are getting tattoos than ever before. This means that as tattoo designs become more popular, so does the profession of tattooing. That is why people are interested in becoming a tattoo artist, and many television programs now show a very attractive side to the profession.
Don’t believe everything you see on television show. TV shows about tattooing only show the glamorous part of the profession and not all tattoo artists are rich and famous. In order to succeed you need to have a passion towards the art of tattooing. Hard work and dedication are also vital for a person to really make it as a successful tattoo artist.
Lots of popular artists are making a huge profit, some have such a dedicated clientele and reputation that they have to put people on a waiting list of weeks and even months. Tattooing is a huge business and big money is out there. But, the reality is that that’s just a tiny part of the whole picture.
Skills You Need
Dealing with people will be your everyday job and you have to be good at it. The truth is, half the job is interacting with clients. In order to customize tattoo designs based on his or her preferences, you will have to listen carefully to the customer. Developing strong customer relation skills can help you in many ways. Many clients may be nervous or anxious about getting a tattoo and your interactive skills could put them at ease.
Artistic talent is one of the most important skills that you need to develop. Formal training isn't necessary, but certificate and degree programs in the fine and visual arts can help you to refine your skills. You can also benefit from learning multiple artistic styles. Tattoo artists must be able to design a variety of tattoos. Due to the nature of the work, you should also be extremely detail-oriented.
Use a Tattoo Machine
Always remember to use a correct angle. In order for the ink to be inserted in the skin layer properly, you must hold your equipment in a 45° angle. There is a high risk that the ink will leak out from the puncture in the skin. This could happen if you hold the machine too vertically angled. Avoid the too horizontal angel also. There is a high risk that you miss the correct position of the design which will result in a failed tattoo attempt.
If the customer experiences pain and bleeding, it is indicative that you’re exceeding the recommended depth. If you don’t exceed the recommended depth, a lot of the ink will quickly disappear and the final result of the tattoo will be a mess.
With just small smooth movements, you will be able to learn how to seamlessly balance and control your tattooing machine. Don’t try to freehand a tattoo without support from the rest of the arm. It could result with crooked squiggly lines and an unsatisfied customer.
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