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Tattoo Like A Pro: Career Guide
- Aug 11, 2018 -

More people are getting tattoos than ever before. This means that as tattoo designs become more popular, so does the profession of tattooing. Many people are interested in becoming a tattoo artist, and many television programs now show a very attractive side to the profession.

TV shows about tattooing show the more glamorous side of the profession and not all off screen work involved, (even reality t.v. edits...a lot). In order to succeed you need to have a passion for the art. Hard work and dedication are important for a person to really make it as a successful tattoo artist.

Lots of popular artists are making a nice profit, some have such a dedicated clientele and reputation that they have to put people on a waiting list of weeks, sometimes months. Tattooing is a huge business and big money is out there, however, the reality is it is 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 and always evolving. 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 might happen if you hold the machine too much of a vertical angle. Avoid the too horizontal angle also. There is a risk that should you miss the correct position of the design, it 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 do 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 lines and an unsatisfied customer.