Tattooing is an art based on apprenticeship. Usually, a traditional apprenticeship lasts for 3 years. Many aspiring tattoo artists follow this route if they really wanted to be successful in tattooing industry. There are many things to learn when you want to become a tattoo artist – the variable you should learn include machine adjustment, machine building, different skin conditions, design selection and color, pigment variations and reactions, as well as medications that can affect tattooing. There are certain medications that might affect tattooing that’s why you should know every measure to keep yourself and your clients safe – always remember that trial and error approach is criminal. Tattooing places the overall well-being and health of your clients at risk; not only that since you can even risk your own life too as the author of their tattoo. That’s why you should learn from professional and experienced artists the safety measures that should be done during your apprenticeship. In that way, you can be able to avoid costly mistakes.
In past few years, many schools have opened a class and claim that they teach tattooing artistry. However, most of these schools will just turn you out in few months. Of course it can be your option, yet a poor one. Generally, there’s no way you can be able to learn all the things that you should know about machines, skin, infection control and design selection in just a span of 6 months, whether you’re in Houston or Miami. In addition to that, you can’t win the respect and trust of your peers too – that can be very essential in your chosen industry.
Finding the right mentor for your apprenticeship is not easy and your apprenticeship itself usually takes lots of persistence. It can help if you have tattoos since an individual who isn’t tattooed doesn’t present a compelling argument for entering such profession. If you aren’t tattooed, you won’t be able to help your first timer clients make very important decisions about size, placement, and selection. In addition to that, it also shows that you are not showing solid commitment to the tattoo industry and community.
Rarely, an apprenticeship can be free. You wouldn’t expect to attend training without paying fees or tuition so never expect an artist to offer you with the needed tools for making money without expecting something in return. To legalize everything, you can make a contract and get a lawyer to help you with everything related to your apprenticeship. Your apprenticeship is a formal business arrangement and both the artist as well as you as the apprentice has certain obligations and responsibilities that should be met. Make sure that you both know what your terms and obligations are.
When looking for a shop where you want to have your apprenticeship, try to make an effective artwork portfolio. Make designs that are related to tattoo flash as it would be the most appropriate. However, anything that showcases your skill as an aspiring tattoo artist with line, color and composition would be good enough. Lastly, you should set appointments in order to talk to your chosen tattoo artists in your area. That is a sign that you are the formal kind who respects them much.