How Do I Learn to Tattoo?

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If you like working with people and you see yourself as artistic person, working as a tattoo artist may be a great choice for you. But before you make your decision final, you should know that it takes training and it takes time to become a professional tattoo artist.

Talent is vital for tattooing. You can develop your skills to become a tattoo artist. Learning the basics like shading and tracing, either from photos, artwork or logos and the ability to draw or sketch are a good start.

The Beginning

It is illegal to tattoo for "for fun" or as a hobby. The health and safety are the biggest and the most important for good reasons. It is extremely risky to use disposable equipment. The risks associated with home tattooing start with minor Staph infections and end with Septicemia. You shouldn’t use your home as a tattoo studio. It can put you and your family at extreme risk of infections and diseases. 

When you become a tattoo artist, you will permanently apply images to other people's bodies and you will be exposed to needlestick hazards, infectious diseases, unconsciousness, rudeness, vomiting and blood. You will also have to know how to write "strength" in Chinese, Japanese and Farsi for example.
You will have to get business licenses, vaccinations and skill in your drawing ability. It is recommended by most professional tattoo artists that you serve an apprenticeship before taking a step toward tattooing. Apprenticeships can be either free or paid. In any case, it is highly recommended for an artist that wants to become a tattoo professional to seek out a mentor.

With apprenticeships, you will learn how to clean your equipment to meet health regulations, manage your business, price your work and more. You can even sign a contract with some tattoo mentors that outline how long your apprenticeship will last.
Apprenticeships normally range from 3 - 5 years. The first couple of years, you will be expected to help with cleaning and running the shop. Along the way you will learn safety and health practices and customer service skills.
Most probably your first work will be on yourself or your friends. You will be considered as a journeyman once you have completed your apprenticeship. After spending 10 years as a journeyman, you will be officially considered a professional tattoo artist.

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