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Seems to me there is an overabundance of aspiring “tattooers” out there now trying to get into this great industry of ours and want to learn how to tattoo. I have a few words of wisdom on this subject from my own humble beginnings and years of experience in the business of tattooing. Bear with me and read the entire article up to the end to truly understand where your personal success in tattooing lies
Now I see people making the same mistakes I did. The difference, most of the time, is they don’t give a shit about getting better or learning how to do anything the right way. Not all, but most.
Aspiring tattooers looking for apprenticeships come into the studio with two or three shitty drawings that look like an 8-year-old drew them. Their Mom or Grandmother or friends told them that the drawings were amazing and they should do tattoos. They get turned down, buy an Ebay machine, and scratch away in the kitchen ! But and trust me on it this, shouldn’t encourage you on how to tattoo . Keep reading and discover some more from what i have experienced and try to be less naive than me.
My whole purpose for this little blog is to recommend on how to approach this great art form of ours. Learn from my mistakes, allow me to save you 3 or 5 years of embarrassing struggle.
First off, tattoo apprenticeships range anywhere from free to RS.100,000.00!!! Let me tell you something, free is where it’s at.
If you stroll into a tattoo studio with a portfolio filled with the nicest, most mind-blowing , original tattoo designs you’ve ever seen, you’ve already jumped a HUGE hurdle. The ART & Artwork ! If you can’t draw, then why are you here? No Tattoo artist wants to teach someone to draw. They want to teach them to tattoo. The drawing comes first people. If you’ve got a portfolio that I can’t resist, I’ll probably take you on….for free. I, nor any other established tattoo artist, wants to teach you how to draw a rose. No way!!!
Don’t approach a studio with a half assed portfolio. We need to see finished art. Full color stuff, smooth black and gray, perfect line work, nice composition, attention to detail and anything else that would set you apart from the next guy. Remember, we ALL feel like there’s already too many tattooers in the world. The supply vs. demand is way out of balance, so the deck is stacked against you right from the start. Be irresistible. If you’re not, go draw for another year. If your serious you will trudge on and you will improve.
And don’t bring in stuff drawn on yellow lined paper and bar napkins (see above). Present yourself professionally. Make a Portfolio of your work. Show you care…
Your gonna clean some toilets, you’re gonna wash windows, set up stations, break them down, scrub tubes, wash the floor, do stencils and just be all around shop bitch. That’s how you pay for your free education. Hell, you’re gonna have to do that even if it isn’t a free apprenticeship.
We’ve all paid our dues one way or another. I did all that scrubbing and cleaning and didn’t get shit for it. I chose to go down that road, and I wish I hadn’t. I’d give ANYTHING to have had a guiding hand from an educated professional those first couple of years.
We all know that getting a tattoo requires some extra energy - in order to keep their blood sugar in balance while they make endorphins and get through their tattoo, most people eat snacks before or during the tattoo session.
Here are some of our favorite snacks while getting tattooed, and some of the best snacks we have seen clients bring in to get them through the session.
Soda - sodas have lots of sugar and are integrated into your blood stream fairly quickly, so you feel the beneficial effects faster.
Gum - when all else fails, a stick of gum can slightly perk you up and at the least give you something else to do besides sit and wait for your tattoo to be finished. It also keeps your breath minty fresh - bonus!
Snickers bars or Dairy Milk - Candy bars feel like a mini-meal and give you the sugar you need to get through the most demanding times in your tattoo session. After having one, you should feel perked up and ready to make it to the end!
Orange juice - another healthy alternative to the sugary snacks, OJ packs natural sugars that are easier to digest and break down. You will be less likely to experience a crash after your high if you pick orange juice to drink as your sugar source.
What is the best way of expressing your thoughts or views these days? Yes, it is the Tattoo design that have gained huge popularity as an art of expression. This art has become a trend in modern times. Both men and women are making use of their bodies as sign boards to express their beliefs and views. So, if you too want to express your ideas in a unique way, get yourself tattooed. There are many tattoo shops around but always remember to get it done from a professional artist who has years of experience in this body art.