Get your foot in the door as a tattoo artist understudy
For people wanting to become a tattoo artist it can be a trying profession and it may be more difficult work than you may think. Know that you will need to be patient, persistent and aware as the business is ever evolving.
Target who you will gain from: There aren't schools offering a course in tattooing. Most tattoo artists begin with an apprenticeship under the guide of an expert tattoo craftsman. The individual you seek out should be experienced, respected and well-known in the field. Inquire as to whether you can volunteer in their parlor just to learn a few basics on how they operate, explaining that you are interested in learning as much as you can and that you are very interested in this line of work. This is before asking for an apprenticeship.
Be an artist: Tattoo specialists make art with intent of their art to be placed on individuals' skin as a tattoo. You must know how to draw and turn your work into a tattoo artists designs/sketches. Most tattoo artists do drawings or painted creations or work in other media as a side interest because they are that good and because they enjoy practicing their art.
Pick a mentor: One that will show you more than the specialized approach but one that will help you learn the entire operation. You may begin with keeping the shop clean, cleaning tools and managing customers.
Make a portfolio: Practice with your drawings/sketches first. You will need a variety of drawings actually. Take a look at tattoos that are out there. See what you can improve upon some of them or what you might like to see changed then show what your alterations may look like. Your portfolio should contain on average 50 or more drawings.
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