There are no college courses that teach the art of making tattoos. What you do need is the innate talent for drawing and painting. You can sharpen your talent even more by studying the techniques used by other tattoo artists, practicing on artificial skins that are available on line or in the market. Talking to local tattoo artists, getting yourself tattooed and observing how it is done or even taking specialized art classes if you can afford it. You should have a portfolio of all your art work, that could include all your tattoo designs and even random sketches or paintings. Your portfolio is crucial for your future prospects as a tattoo artist, so try to make it impressive and original. This will give an idea of your style of artwork and your level of talent.
It is better to do a lot of research on skin pathogens and transferability of diseases through blood. Your initial training will include firstly how to protect yourself and your clients from diseases, how to trace the designs accurately, the color combinations, lessons on how to hold the tattoo machine and make a tattoo properly, tips on tattoo care, how to sterilize and clean the machine and its parts, techniques of operating the equipment while controlling the power supply, analyzing the depth the needle should go into while tattooing the skin and understanding the various skin types and texture. Learning these tricks of the trade, show you how to become a tattoo artist.
- One of the most important tips on how to become a tattoo artist is to grow your interpersonal skills with your clients. Tattoo artist, in order to be successful, must treat their shop, clients, employees and trainees with respect. They should be sincere, willing and eager to learn and should not be arrogant or rude.
- You should keep yourself updated with the ever changing designs of tattoos and it’s styles of tattoo letterings. Being aware of the new models of tattoo machines and the latest procedures on maintaining skin hygiene and safety, proves helpful.
- Try to keep experimenting and drawing newer designs that are radically different from your older styles of art.
- Get to know your clients better, request them to discuss in detail, their vision of the tattoo they wish to have and their expectations out of their tattoo design.
- Make a rough sketch of your client’s tattoo and get it approved by them, also try and give them a design that will definitely satisfy and please them.
- Make your client feel welcome and comfortable, so that their nervousness may reduce. Try to win their confidence and that will grow their trust in you.