As of 2014, the average annual salary of a tattoo artist is $32,111. Salaries can differ based on location and experience level. Many tattoo artists start out as apprentices in tattoo parlors to gain experience in interacting with customers and develop their tattoo skills.
Tattoo artists create original designs, symbols, pictures, images and words or use design templates to apply black-and-white or full-color tattoos to different parts of their customers' bodies. Tattoo artists are responsible for sterilizing equipment and supplies to maintain a clean and healthy environment for their customers. Developing friendships with customers helps to increase repeat visits and referrals.