How To Become a Tattoo Artist In 13 Easy Steps

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Tattooing For Beginners: 9 Simple Steps

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How To Become a Tattoo Artist In 13 Easy Steps
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About Tattooing101.com…

Tattooing101.com is simply about the art and process of tattooing…

This includes not only the process of tattooing, but also about what it takes to become a tattoo artist the right and safe way. Before anyone can become a tattoo artist, a good understanding and background knowledge of the process, the equipment and safety procedure is vital. On this website, we will cover various aspects on the subject of tattooing from techniques, to equipment, to tattoo flash, even aspects such as getting your license and paying taxes as an artist, it's all here.

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The Five Foundations of Becoming a Tattoo Artist the Right WayFeatured

Tattoo GirlThere are so many paths that lead to a career as a professional tattoo artist, and one of the only things they have in common is the belief that the path one person took is the BEST path for everyone.  This really isn’t true, or else there wouldn’t be so many ways to end up in the industry!

So, this article isn’t saying that this is the “only” way to fulfill the dream of becoming a tattoo artist.

Instead, it’s offering advice on what is a tried-and-true method for how to get to where you want to be.

Following a path along these lines provides a good progression toward becoming a tattoo artist…

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5 Traits of a Successful Tattoo Artist

Tattoo ArtistThe world of tattooing is a competitive one, and in order to be successful, you need to have passion and be willing to work hard.

There are a number of skills that you can learn, from basic ability to use a tattoo machine to understanding the business end of things.

But, there are some traits that will improve your chances of making tattooing into a career…

Tattoo Trait #1:  Artistic Ability

Whether or not artistic talent can be taught has been debated for a long time.  There’s no doubt, however, that certain skills and techniques can be learned in order to improve whatever abilities you already have.

Those who are most likely to succeed in tattooing are the people who love art and view tattooing as their medium.  Just as some people choose oil and canvas to paint, the tattoo artist chooses ink and skin.  The client’s main concern is going to be what the final tattoo looks like, and those with artistic ability have a better likelihood of having a nice outcome. (As long as the artist is also comfortable and experienced using the tools of the trade to translate the image into a tattoo.)

Tattoo Trait #2:  Attention to Detail

Attention to detail might not seem like the most exciting trait needed to become a successful tattoo artist, but it is one of the most important.  Tattooing is very exacting work.  You must listen carefully to clients’ ideas in order to turn them into pieces of art that fit their desires.  The tattoo machine is made of many tiny parts that have to be used and maintained continually.  Tattooing also requires a thorough knowledge of safety procedures and strict adherence to laws and regulations put in place to keep both artists and customers safe.

Tattoo Trait #3:  Curiosity

The tattooing industry changes all the time.  New tools and techniques are developed that advance both the art and science of tattooing.  Trends change, as well, with styles going in and out of fashion.  Keeping up with these changes and advances makes for a better, and more successful, tattoo artist.  Fortunately, there are lots of trade magazines that you can read to keep up on what’s happening in the industry, and trade shows and conventions are not only educational, but also a lot of fun.  Someone with innate curiosity will have fund staying informed and continue to become a better and better artist.

Tattoo Trait #4:  Work Ethic

Tattoo artists work very hard.  While there may be a   perception that their days don’t start until noon and their nights are full of parties, this is not a true representation of how hard tattoo artists really do work.  The truth is that they often work into the evening, they must find their own clients, and they have to continue to develop new skills and keep up with the industry.

And that’s AFTER they become professionals.  The path to becoming a tattoo artist is full of challenges and hard work.  From learning how to hold the tattoo machine to becoming skilled at sweep shading, every step of the process takes practice, practice, practice!  Add to that the likelihood that you’ll be doing a lot of the “grunt” work during your apprenticeship, and you can see why having a strong work ethic is an important trait for someone who wants to become a tattoo artist.

Tattoo Trait #5:  Adaptability

Being a successful tattoo artist requires the ability to work with all kinds of people in all kinds of situations.  And, generally speaking, you’ll be doing it amongst a group of people who already have some pretty set ideas and opinions.  While it can be a bit frustrating, it also provides great insight into the industry.  Because tattoo artists are often big proponents of their way of doing things, you get to hear the pros and cons of everything, therefore eventually coming to your own conclusions.

Along those same lines, clients will have all different kinds of ideas about what they want, where they want it, and everything else regarding their tattoos.  While you will be the professional who will guide them to the best of your abilities, you will still need to be flexible enough to give them the experience they’re looking for with an outcome that reflects well on you.

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Tattooing For Beginners: 9 Simple Steps

All of us that are passionate about tattooing for beginners want to know how to tattoo fast and easy.

But the reality is that this is more than just a way to put some symbols on your body. Tattoos have a great meaning, and they allow you to express yourself. They are a whole lot of fun to have, although getting a tattoo is a process that does tend to imply quite a bit of pain.

But most of the time, this pain is very well worth it since you get to have some amazing, one of a kind, pieces of body art that will impress.

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The Art of Tattoo Flash:  How It Is Created and Applied in Today’s Industry

Tattoo FlashTattoo flash is a staple of the industry.  When you imagine yourself in a tattoo shop, you likely envision all kinds of tattoo designs hanging on the walls of the waiting area.  This art is called “flash.”  Flash has a couple of different purpose in addition to decorating the shop.

First of all, it offers ready-to-go designs for customers who are able to find something on the walls (or within binders) that they like.  Tattooists could simply use the flash design to ink the customer on the spot.

This was the typical use for flash until fairly recently.  Nowadays, flash is used more as a reference point.  Customers look at a shop’s flash to get ideas and then customize them for their own desires.  Often, a client will come through the door with a good idea of what he or she wants.  Looking through flash designs can provide an idea of style, size, and coloring for what they’re envisioning.

The old-school method of creating flash is to draw it by hand…

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The Different Styles and Techniques of Tattooing

tattoo artist smilingLearning how to become a tattoo artist means learning a lot of different styles and techniques.  While it’s tempting to want to jump in with both feet to try a little of everything at once, tattooing is like any other art form. You need to learn basic skills and them build on them as your abilities and confidence grow.

As you work through your apprenticeship, you will develop skills in all of these areas, not to mention learning about all kinds of fascinating techniques that others are using to make their art stand out and to make their customers happy.

There are great techniques out there for adding light an luminosity to your pieces, or for adding texture that looks realistic, for example.

But first, the aspiring tattoo artist will want to learn the basics:

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