Transform Raw Talent into Creative and Profitable Inking

Tattooing is an ancient art that dates back to early civilisations.  These days tattooing is still very popular and thanks to modern tattoo equipment and inks this field has reached new heights of creativity.

It takes a combination of creativity and drive to become a successful tattoo artist.  Like many artistic professions it can take years to develop the skills and experience to become a competent tattoo artist.  You can’t just go out and buy tattoo equipment and start practising on your friends.


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A Career in Ink

Tattooing has seen an increase in popularity in recent years.  There is the potential in this field for a highly rewarding and profitable career.  However with any career that can offer such benefits competition can be fierce.  It can take a lot of hard work to build up a reputation and client base.  Don’t forget that if you are new to the business you will have a lot to prove to compete with those established artists in your area that have been doing it for much longer.

I started studying to become a tattoo artist about five years ago.  I was fortunate enough to be able to learn my craft from an experienced and highly proficient tattoo studio as an apprentice.  It is important to immerse yourself in a creative environment like this so that you can get help and support when you need it.

I would strongly advise against trying to go it alone.  Although it is possible to buy tattoo equipment and supplies as a beginner it is important to have the support and guidance of experienced artists.  They can give you tips and advice that you just will not learn from the classroom or by practising on your own.

Raw Talent

One of the main factors in becoming a successful tattoo artist is raw talent.  You need to have creative talent for drawing, colour and design that can be honed through training into a fine art.  Don’t forget you cannot erase your mistakes when using tattoo equipment.  Talent, training and experience is required to ensure you can deliver accurate and creative designs without any flaws.

Training

Training for tattooists comes in many forms.  I started as an apprentice tattooist in my local studio.  In the beginning I worked strictly on paper creating new designs and perfecting established tattoo styles.  I then worked with an established artist and assisted with tattooing.  This basically meant working under their guidance and filling in small sections of basic designs to gain experience using the tattoo equipment.

At the same time I studied from books and attended a drawing and design course at my local college.  This helped to develop my practical art and design skills.

With the right training, talent and experience you can use tattoo equipment to forge a highly creative and profitable career.  This can be a wonderful way to make the most of your raw artistic talent.

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