Wanting To Become A Tattoo Artist?

tattoo artistGetting a tattoo nowadays is so popular, a lot of people are thinking to be a tattoo artist themselves, due to the potential income that they can earn.  Many tattoo aspiring artist start by purchasing themselves at tattoo kit; which can be easily bought on-line, and practice tattooing at home. Unfortunately, such tattoo artist never get to work professsionally, simply because they never learn the skills required to be a one.

The truth is, becoming a tattoo artist is difficult. Depending on your skill and how fast you learn, it takes about 1 to 5 years of apprenticeship before becoming a fully fledged tattoo artist. If you really want to be one, below are the things you need to know:

  1. Raw talent. You should know how to draw of course. Drawing a perfect image on paper is totally different from drawing on living canvas. So, if you already got the drawing skills, then you need to practice a lot on skin. Well, not on live skin at this point, there are synthetic practice skin that’s made of rubber, specially made to mimic the real thing. Keep all your drawing (paper and skin) because you’ll need them for apprenticeship.
  2. Now, you need to show all of your drawings to someone who is already a tattoo artist, your to be “master” so to speak, and this person will teach you all the skill needed to become come a real tattoo artist. Be informed that apprenticeship can be free, but most will cost thousands of dollars.
  3. Once accepted as an apprentice, you will find that most of your job in the parlor is sterilizing the equipment and not doing the actual tattooing, well not just yet. The first thing your teacher oath to teach you is to be clean, clean and clean. Sterilizing the equipment, using sterilized gloves, protecting yourself and the client from diseases, proper use of the tattoo machine, clean in and out. This can take months to learn correctly and master.
  4. Once you’ve mastered the basic, you are allowed to do the actual tattooing itself. One important lesson to learn here is to properly apply a tattoo. It’s not like drawing on paper and learning how to do this critical step can only be passed on through your teacher.
  5. Practice, practice, practice until you master how to draw on skin. You will notice that our skin isn’t all the same. The ink may adhere to it easy and some may not and knowing how to manage this is learned through experience.
  6. Finally, when all is well learned and mastered. You will be released from your apprenticeship and be able to work on your own.

Entering the tattoo industry isn’t easy, you will devote a lot of your time and effort to atone not only your drawing skills but also master how to apply the tattoo as sterile as possible.