Leaving Van Life to Become a Professional Tattoo Artist: Stephi Wright

Stephi Wright began sharing her story online back in 2017, living out of her car in California. Having always been interested in art and traveling, she made videos both about her passion for exploring - and her struggle with cystic fibrosis.

Today, she is a full-time professional tattoo artist in North Carolina, living out a dream she’s had for over a decade, feeling the stronger than she ever has before.

Stephi Started Out Vlogging

Before starting Tattooing 101, Stephi made videos about her life, working her way from living in her car to renovating a van and traveling the world.

Everywhere she went, she always found somewhere to draw. But in the back of her mind, she always wanted to become a tattoo artist

However, despite her positivity and adventurous outlook on life, Stephi knew cystic fibrosis meant her time was limited. She didn’t consider the idea of a long-term career because of her health, until she found a new medication, sharing with her viewers that - all of a sudden - her life expectancy was much longer.

After another year of traveling and one of building a permanent home, Stephi decided it was finally time to pursue the career she’d wanted since she was 13 years old.

Online Learning Offered a New Adventure

Stephi wanted to learn how to tattoo online and found the Artist Accelerator Program. She began working through the modules, eventually moving onto fake skin, while building a list of tattoo studios she dreamed of working in.

After practicing on her own, Stephi then moved on to real skin, taking on her first few clients. And just 8 months after beginning the Artist Accelerator Program, the tattoo studio at the top spot of her list reached out to her, offering her a spot in their shop

Stephi now works there full time, where she’s taking on custom pieces in her signature black-and-gray style and getting invited to guest spot. And she did it all while building her health and happiness to create a life she truly loves.

Stephi’s Year-Long Journey

Stephi went against the “traditional” tattoo apprenticeship path to speed up her learning, and take things at her own pace. Because of that choice, she was able to learn much faster than the average new artist.

Stephi’s entire journey from beginning the Artist Accelerator Program to getting her dream job at her dream shop was just one year. Now, she’s able to focus on what she loves while enjoying more artistic freedom.

Check out Stephi’s art here.

Begin Your Journey as a Tattoo Artist With the Artist Accelerator Program

Having a career in tattooing is not only fulfilling, but it’s also the most stable way to make a living as an artist. However, for decades, the process to become a tattoo artist has been notoriously difficult. 

The apprenticeship process requires aspiring tattoo artists to work 50-60 hours a week without pay for 2-4 years. That, combined with the toxic culture of abusing apprentices, makes getting into the industry almost impossible for newcomers. 

That’s why we created the Artist Accelerator Program. Our online course provides a simple, structured way of learning to tattoo that has been proven to work by over 2500 successful students, with many of them having gone on to open their own shops all around the world. 

Inside the program, we’ll take you through every step of the tattooing process in 9 clear, easy-to-follow modules and support you along the way within the Tattooing 101 Mastermind online community.

In the Mastermind group, you’ll collaborate with other students, get answers to your questions, and receive personalized video feedback on your artwork and tattoos from professional tattoo artists. With this friendly community of both new and experienced tattoo artists, you’ll never be stuck again. 

When you join the Artist Accelerator Program, you’ll have instant access to the full course and the Mastermind community, as well as our 30-Day Flash Challenge and recorded interviews with tattoo artists from all over the world. 

Click here to learn more about the Artist Accelerator Program.

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Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain.

When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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