Getting a tattoo apprenticeship is almost never easy, but it's certainly possible. To get a good tattoo apprenticeship requires talent, dedication and some money for training.
Build your portfolio
Showcasing your artistic abilities to your potential mentor is important, so you need to have a portfolio of your work. It should contain at least 50 of your best color drawings or paintings. You could also include pictures, sculptures or murals you have created.
Find a tattoo artist
Find a tattoo artist with at least 5 years of experience and a good reputation. Remember to be both humble and enthusiastic when approaching your perspective mentor. Visit several reputable shops, and make sure to follow up with a phone call.
Strike a deal
Negotiate the monetary aspect with this in mind: Most good artists aren't going to offer you a free apprenticeship. Even if they were to do so, know that you are required to work hard doing all of the mundane tasks no one else wants to do, including taking out trash, mopping floors and doing all of the dirty work. Avoid an apprenticeship with someone who is only in it for the money. Striking a balance between the two, as well as finding someone who you get along with, are the keys to success here.