There’s no one set path to becoming a tattoo artist, but clients often underestimate how difficult it can be to get into the business — and then get good enough to make it your full-time job. Even once you’re part of a shop, it’s a constant process of building portfolios, creating new and innovative work, and putting yourself out there in all sorts of different ways.
Many artists come from a fine art background and have degrees in art. No matter the background, no one just jumps into a successful tattoo business. Regulations for artists vary by state, and at the very least, they’re required to take classes in things like blood borne pathogens. Artists, shops, and shop owners must be licensed in accordance with local and state health departments. There’s a good reason for all that paperwork you’ll likely fill out before your session starts!
Thinking of getting a tattoo? Pick the colors carefully
Most neon’s are loaded with toxins, but you can now get natural dyes. There are ways to choose the right spot too and we tell you how.
Neon skin inks are loaded chemicals and mercury. The reds are perhaps the worst, because they also contain the highly toxic iron oxide and cadmium.
Stick with the basics. Black remains safest. Blue and green inks with copper phthalocyanine pigments are safe too. Some parlous mix their own inks; it’s generally safest to use branded inks that list their ingredients.
There are natural alternatives.
We have yellows and blues that are turmeric- and indigo-based. We have other colors that are naturally based also, but remember many other shops make false claims, so always check the contents.
A good tag to look for is EU certification. Inks that say they are compliant with EU quality standards will have the lowest levels of toxicity possible.
Skin tone is important when planning a tattoo. Because melanin acts as a filter, bright colors such as reds, sky blues and yellows won’t look as you expect them to. For dark skin tones, black and most shades of green work well.
Muscular parts of the body — upper arms, calves, back — are good places if you plan to get a tattoo. Avoid hands and feet. Sustained and direct exposure to sun, soap and water would make healing difficult and could cause the tattoo to fade.
SO STAY CALM AND GET TATTOOED!