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« on: September 03, 2006 08:43:50 PM »

this question may have been asked already- sorry if it was...

anyhow. i am considering becoming a tattoo artist. i know there are alot of tattoo artists on craftster. i am just wondering what you must do to become one. i am a sophmore in college for fine arts right now. i guess i am just wondering
a- what qualifications must one have to start tattooing
b- how hard is it to get a job
c- could i do an apprenticship(sp) while still in school

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2006 09:37:51 PM »

Your best bet would be to bring your portfolio in to an artist whose work you admire and ask him* to look at it and see if he is willing to apprentice you. You should be aware that it will not be free. It is an education, so it does have value. You will do a whole lot of grunt work and you most likely will not be paid for any of it.

*I want to make it clear that there are amazing female tattoo artists out there (look at Hannah Aitchison!), and I just used "him" and "he" to avoid the annoying him/her, he/she, and my personal pet peeve, "they."
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2006 09:51:17 PM »

right on. so how do you learn to use the tattoo gun? do you just try it out on someone and hope it goes well. i mean being able to draw with a pen and with a tattoo gun are two different things right?
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2006 07:21:17 AM »

I'm not sure, exactly. I am not a tattooer, I just saw my boyfriend go through his apprenticeship. Bambi could tell you better I am sure.

I'm not making fun here, but they'll give you major shit for calling it a gun- call it a machine.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2006 08:03:30 AM »



 I feel obligated to tell you that not all tattoo inks are vegan, and to check with your artist about what he/she uses if that's something that's important to you.

what is in tattoo ink that's not vegan?
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2006 09:56:24 AM »

A super quick google search tells me that the reason that a lot of ink is not vegan is that it is made with glycerin as the carrier for the pigment. Glycerin is frequently made from an animal source. Here's my source, correct me if I'm wrong Bambi!
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2006 11:11:46 AM »

whoa... how did you know i was vegan?
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2006 11:19:45 AM »

tattoo artists practice on non-human vehicles first.  oranges are the most common, although i have seen a picture of a piglet with a giant tattoo - i guess they sedated him first.

i heard a rumor once upon a time that tattooing yourself was part of the (PA) licensing exam but am not sure how accurate that is.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2006 01:15:57 PM »

they call it a tattoo gun in europe.
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2006 02:12:53 PM »

cool.
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