How to become a tattoo artist

How to become a tattoo artist

Any form of art liberates you from what we are used to calling “normal” society. Nevertheless, as a tattoo artist you are generally required to participate in society to some extent – mainly in order to run your own business

Woman Watching a Tattooist Tattooing Her Arm

If you already are a keen designer, or if you have loved to draw pictures your entire life, then you are off to a good start. You need to build a portfolio of your designs and it is a good idea to invest into some formal art classes. However, there are several aspects of the trade that most people completely overlook when plunging into it. First of all, you have the economic aspects of running a company, since you actually will be making money. And quite good money, that is – tattoos are expensive these days. Have you ever sent out an invoice for a job, or kept track of tax regulation on your own? Some business classes will therefore be a good complement to the art lessons. Some sites, like, allow you to ease up this process by buying your invoices and thereby giving you instant access to cash, and you should be looking into some other services as well. With the invoices out of your way, you are ready to make money. The question is – do you have what it takes to become a tattoo artist?

Plenty of tattoo schools are around, but most professionals are home made magicians. They have practiced on pigskin, they have drawn hours upon hours of sketches, they have done free work for their friends and made it to the top by mixing charm and positivity into the blend. Tattoo artists need to know their customers, just like in any business. It is important to be good with people in this line of work, and to be good at reading them. Adjust to your customers, please them. Then you will have a life long, wonderful career in a steadily growing industry. Look up a few videos online, read a lot about the skin and about its layers, then try going to a local tattoo saloon to check how the professionals are doing their jobs. Most of them will love showing you the trade – its quite a closed, but warm community.

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