Having a tattoo done is not a joke. Moreso being the person making those tattoos. Thus, it is really necessary to be prepared both mentally and physically if you want to become an effective tattoo artist because it really is not a joke.
To become a good tattooist, you need to know what are the attributes or qualities of a good one. So here are some quick tips:
Before anything else, you need to be able to imagine, design, sketch, and render tattoo ideas. Without this, it is next to impossible to craft creative tattoos for people. Also, talent is the bread and butter of every artist including tattooists.
So if you think you have the talents, which by the ways is innate in most cases, you need to know whether that talent of yours is enough to be able to make peoples’ dream tattoo a reality. If you think it’s something that needs refinement and has plenty of room for improvement, consider spending more time honing that talent to become more advanced.
Practice makes perfect
Even though you think you have what is takes to render designs and enough talent to do some sketching, you can’t deny the fact that there are still a lot of things that you need to learn.
Don’t be too over-confident thinking that you know everything and that there’s virtually nothing for you to learn already. That’s totally wrong. Even expert surgeons do attend continuous education just to hone their expertise so as a good tattoo artist.
Develop your portfolio
Once you have established your name in the industry, you need to start developing your own portfolio. Your portfolio will be your passport to a better career in the field of tattooing.
Without a detailed and substantial portfolio, a it is virtually impossible for any artists, including a tattooist, to attract new clients. Since clients would usually make decisions based on designer’s portfolio, it’s just so important to start off your career building and developing your portfolio.
It can either be hardcopy or compilation of your past designs done or sketches made or testimonials from your previous clients. But a combination of the two works perfect for purposes of building your reputation.
Find a master
Just accept the fact that there will always be a person much better than you in this world. No matter field you are in or in what industry, it is a fact that you’re not and will not be the ultimate best.
So don’t be afraid to consider someone as your master and learn everything you need from that master. You will realize at the end of the day that you have learned more than you really had wanted to learn such as techniques and ways to better improve your craft. But you will realize that there are more lessons that you need to learn from that master of yours.
Choose carefully to whom you will be working with as an apprentice. Make sure that that person is credible and is known in the industry. Also, it’s important to consider that your master should have already established a name of is own in the field of tattooing.
Another good measurement of an effective tattoo artist is his collection of high quality tools. It is extremely essential for every tattoo artist to have all the necessary paraphernalia needed to carry out a tattoo session safely and efficiently.
Without these tools, it will be extremely impossible for anyone to render any designing job in a professional manner and without those health risks. Also, whether you like it or not, some of your clients will be judging you based on your tools and how you organize your shop.
Learn the nitty-gritty of tattooing
As a starting tattoo artist, you need all forms of learning you can get from your experience in the field or from being an apprentice. During your apprenticeship times, you have to learn as much techniques as possible to become an effective tattooist in the future.
Before you even start tattooing on your own, you need to know the basics as well as advance tattooing approaches, which you will later on use in your own practice. But while you’re still doing your apprenticeship, try to learn from your master as much as you can.
In most countries, tattoo shops are now being regulated, especially by the health bureaus. This is the reasons why you need to first work as an apprentice before anything else.
It’s because some tattoo shop, especially the legit ones, sometimes give certification of completion to their apprentice after completing a whole training course.
Don’t stop learning
Finishing a training course as an apprentice doesn’t mean that you are now an expert. Of course, that’s really is not the case. Although you have finished a training course and you now have your certificate, which allows you to practice as a tattoo artist, you should strive to continue learning.
Learning should not stop at your master’s tattoo shop. But rather, it’s a lifelong process, where you should strive to learn new techniques and styles in tattooing. Through continuous learning, you will also realize that this industry is continuously evolving and new information are being added that you should be aware of.
In a nutshell, tattooing is a fun and exciting craft if you have started it the right way. So for those who are planning to enter this craft, you better start it the right way.