Tattoo artists generally train in tattoo shops during a period of apprenticeship under working tattoo artists, according to Education Portal. These apprenticeships are rarely free. Often, apprentices pay the artists to teach them or agree to provide free labor for the tattoo shop. An apprenticeship typically requires signing a business contract that stipulates the length of the training period and the tuition amount paid by the apprentice.Continue Reading
Karen L. Hudson at About.com writes that apprentices most likely have to seek out their own artists to apprentice under. Not all tattoo artists are willing to take on apprentices, and not all are effective teachers. Apprentices should begin by looking for a reputable shop in their area, bring their art portfolios with them and be prepared to answer job interview-style questions before artists decide to take them on for the apprenticeship.
Although not required for licensing, training in art history and studio art techniques are often useful for a tattoo artist. Veteran artist Lea Vendetta identifies a year of art school that she completed as one of the most important parts of her tattoo training. Art classes teach perspective, color theory and other techniques that are useful in creating tattoo designs and making a technically and stylistically impressive portfolio.Learn more about Tattoos
According to About.com Tattoo, Becoming a tattoo artist follows a similar career path to most other specialized trades: It typically requires true artistic talent, a portfolio showcasing the work of the artist and a long-term apprenticeship with an established tattooist. This process can range anywhere from one to several years, depending on the person's drive and ambition.Full Answer >
Turning your dog's paw print into a tattoo requires a paint or ink print of its paw on paper, an idea of the design you would like to use, and a tattoo artist who can incorporate the paw print into a design you like. Tattoo costs vary; be prepared to pay more for larger or more intricate tattoos, which also take longer sittings.Full Answer >
It's possible to get a tattoo of praying hands with a rosary by finding a tattoo artist with the desired design in his portfolio. Another option is to commission a custom tattoo.Full Answer >
Although a spade tattoo has different meanings for each wearer and artist, it is typically considered to be a symbol of good luck. Spades are often inked alone, but they are also sometimes accompanied by other images, such as playing cards.Full Answer >