If you have an attitude problem you must learn to keep it under control, because you will be accosted about anything. Do not take it personal they want to know if you are serious about tattooing.
Watch how they handle trash.
Do not wait to be told what to do, find something to do.
Get yourself a Moleskine sketchbook and take notes about tattooing, every tattoo artist sets up differently so sketch a quick thumbnail of their work stations.
Try to find a reputable artist or studio to complete your apprenticeship with.
Choose a mentor with several years of tattooing experience.
The apprenticeship length will vary depending on your states' requirements for tattoo certifications.
Some apprenticeships are free while others are expensive. Research to find the right apprenticeship.
Take an educational course in tattooing. While your apprenticeship will teach you the practical skills involved, you will also need to learn about disease prevention and skin diseases/infections. This information may be included in the written test that your state requires for certification.
Receive a tattoo certification. The specific requirements for tattoo certification will vary from state to state, but most states require that you complete a certain number of hours working as an apprentice and pass a written examination.
Keep your license current. Again, requirements vary between councils, but many councils require you to renew your tattoo license every year or so by completing additional courses.
Look for customers and keep your portfolio updated and fresh. The best way to build a strong customer base is to perform tattoos on as many people as possible and do it to a excellent standard. It is important to get good reviews from your customers so you will be recommended to friends and family members. You should keep your portfolio updated as your job progresses, and be sure to include your best and unique work. Find new Tattoo flash and draw your own.
If you would prefer to open your own tattoo studio, you should enrol at a business management school that focus on small businesses. You will need to write a business plan, find a location, buy software to track your money, and check with your council regarding the necessary licenses and health codes for tattoo studios.
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