Tattoo Artist Guides

Our easy-to-follow tattoo artist guides put you on the path to becoming a Learn how to get a tattooing license online, discover the best hygiene practices, learn tattooing techniques, and more. We don’t skip steps, and we won’t leave you guessing.

Need Step-by-Step Guides? We’ve Got You Covered.

Tattooing is full of detailed processes. An incomplete knowledge can lead to dangerous situations and bad tattoos. 

Why not skip the years of trial and error? Our online tattoo learning guides lead you through simple instructions that you can begin implementing TODAY! 

New to Tattooing?

Kick start your new career as a tattoo artist and begin your tattooing education TODAY with our Beginner’s Guide to Tattooing.

Explore Our Expert Guides for Aspiring Artists and Accomplished Professionals

Not sure where to start? Our aspiring tattoo artist guides show you how to begin your journey - and how to turn your online tattoo learning experience into a career.

Tattooing Foundations

Whether you’re brand new to tattooing or want to sharpen your skills, our Tattooing Foundations guide will make sure you’re nailing the basics.

Tattooing Safety

As a tattoo artist, protecting yourself and your clients is the #1 priority. Find updated guides explaining best practices here.

Practice Tattooing

Prepare for the real thing. We cover using fake skin, making machine adjustments, creating perfect blends, and more.

Start a Portfolio

What do you put in a portfolio? How do you adjust your work to fit your dream shop? Is an online portfolio hot...or not? Get the info you need to WOW local professionals here.

Design Your First Tattoo

You’ve got stellar skills. But how do you draw a tattoo that fits the body? We’ll teach you how to work WITH anatomy and how to craft elements that create personalized pieces of art.

Basic Tattooing Techniques

Creating incredible tattoos starts with solid skills. We explain how to keep lines straight and bold, pack color correctly, create smooth shades, and more right here.

How to Get a Tattoo License Online

You MUST be licensed to work in a tattoo shop. Find all the details about where to get licensed and what restrictions apply to your area here.

Most tattoo shops claim they aren’t taking on new apprentices...even if they are. Here’s how to get around the initial rejection and get professional artists to love your work.

Tattoos enable us to create art that lasts a lifetime. However, when working with a medium like skin, it’s important to understand how to protect against blood-borne pathogens. Here’s how to do it.

Stop Scrolling Through Outdated Information

One of the hardest things about learning how to tattoo is finding the right information. So many talented artists waste their time scrolling through endless forums and watching videos full of outdated information. Even when you find someone who seems to know what they’re talking about, they’re so vague they leave you with more questions than answers. At Tattooing 101, we help aspiring tattoo artists by giving them access to the most in-depth online tattoo learning hub that’s out there. 

Our Guides Move Your Tattooing Career Forward

Tattooing 101’s beginner tattoo artist guides give you the knowledge you need and get you on your way so you can get to tattooing faster. Find confidence in your skills and build a solid reputation that gets you more clients, right away. 

How Our Tattooing Guides Work for YOU

We’ve designed our guides to give you a complete look at a specialised piece of tattooing. Simply choose the topic you’re struggling with and walk away with a full understanding.

Join the Tattooing 101 Community

Our online tattoo learning resources connect you with other students and professional artists across the globe. Join the community to get the feedback, inspiration, and encouragement you need to build a rewarding tattooing career.

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Work through online challenges with experienced tattoo artists. From our shop to your home. 

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Get personalised answers from experienced tattoo artists and receive feedback from other tattooing students.

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Get notified when new guides hit the blog and receive regular inspiration.

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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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