How to Become a Tattoo Artist – 4 Important Steps

who’s always carrying a notebook, always drawing, and you should also have gotten at least a few tattoos to be taken at all seriously. Don’t get too many tattoos, though — you’ll need the blank space for later.

2) Build a great portfolio

Take all that natural artistic ability and put together a killer portfolio. Study drawing and anatomy like any real artist would, and preferably get yourself at least a certificate in drawing and art, if not a full-blown undergraduate degree. Your portfolio should showcase your drawing ability but you can also include murals (good graffiti counts) and graphic design pieces. Go for quality, not quantity, as most people will only flip through the first few pages of your book.

3) Get an apprenticeship

There are a lot of apprenticeships available, but the competition is ferocious. Expect to pay $1000 to $3000 for your apprenticeship, and be make sure you sign a contract with the tattoo master you pick. To have any chance of getting noticed by the kind of tattoo master that’s worth studying under you will need an impressive portfolio and an in-depth knowledge of tattooing techniques and history (from books or talking to people in the industry). Getting certified in health issues like sterilization and blood-borne pathogens will help your chances. You will probably also want to get a tattoo from the master you are co