Finish school. Receive your high school qualifications to the best of your ability. You will need to have one of these certifications and be at least 18 years old to become a tattoo artist.
Consider your artistic talent. Tattoo artists must be extremely skilled drawers with an attention to detail and an eye for colours. If you do not have any formal art training, then consider taking an introductory drawing course before pursuing tattoo artistry.
If you are already a skilled drawer, continue to practice your craft and develop a portfolio of your best work. Having a quality portfolio will help you when you are applying for apprenticeships.
You must also have excellent vision and steady hands to be a tattoo artist.
Pick up a Copy of "Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo" It is a text book design for anyone who wants to become a tattoo apprentice!
Apply for an apprenticeship with an experienced tattoo artist. This will give you experience and allow you to learn the proper techniques from the experts.
A tattoo machine is not a gun, if you insist in calling it a tattoo gun you will be ridiculed by the staff.
Always offer your help, always be available for any tasks.
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