how does one become a tattoo artist? Do they make good money?

I think being a tattoo artist would be a fun job. Do they make good pay? I'm not looking to rake in thousands of dollars but just enough to pay for normal living expenses such as an apartment, groceries, ect. How do I go about becoming a tattoo artist? And does anyone have any tips?

Asked By: Miley - 1/17/2008
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You have to apprentice...self taught scratchers rarely ever make it in the real tattoo world... More
Answered By: smithsalbabe - 1/17/2008
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i am not one personally but all of my closest friends are successful tattoo artists. First of all, you have to be a motivated artist... enjoying drawing if nothing else, because thats what you would be doing all day. you need to purchase all of your tools, and you would have the most luck online i think. after you... More
Answered By: Katie G - 1/17/2008
if your thinking about the money, then simply do not bother, we have enough ppl jumping on the bandwagon and diluting the trade as it is...its not cool, its bloody hard work and you have to LOVE the lifestyle before even attempting to learn...most apprentices work for free or tips for the first couple of years..a lot... More
Answered By: deebo - 1/17/2008
first off - no, you don't make good money. it's very sparatic and the clients are difficult to deal with. The hours are long and completely different from "normal" people hours. It is extremely taxing on relationships, not just the time away from home, but the environment as well... More
Answered By: Kit - 1/17/2008
First, you have to know how to draw free hand and be creative. Then you have to start going to different shops in your area to see who will hire you on as a apprentice for free or you have to pay them!, and its not a easy job... More
Answered By: LO - 1/17/2008
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Answered By: Elsie P - 1/17/2008
Put together a portfolio of your art work and goto the different tattoo shops in your area to see if they are looking for an apprentice. Do NOT just buy a kit and practice on yourself and your friends.
Answered By: CeeCee8 - 1/17/2008
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