A tattoo artist applies permanent artwork to people’s bodies with the use of needles. The tattoo artist should always comply with health codes. It is important to keep the facility and materials clean and sterilized. Some tattoo artists do freelance work, while others work for a company. Prior to being hired by a company, it will usually be necessary to present a portfolio and demonstrate work. Many tattoo artists will work on commission. Some tattoo shops will offer an apprenticeship for a tattoo artist to learn the skills needed for the job. This job may have lower or no pay.
Before applying tattoos to the body, the artist will usually create a drawing based on the desires of the customer. The customer may describe a concept or may have an image ready for the tattoo artist. The tattoo artist should also keep a collection of images and fonts for a customer to choose from if the client does not have a preexisting idea. Then the tracing of the image or letters is transferred onto the customer’s body, which is followed with a tattoo needle. Once the tattoo is done, the tattoo artist will instruct the customer as to how to care for the tattoo. Retouching services may be offered for any spots that may have been missed or were not colored to the client’s satisfaction.
Strong customer service skills are important so that customers provide good reviews and will come back for future work. Some tattoo artists will focus on a certain area, such as letter or portrait work. Some tattoo artists will also have other body art duties, such as piercings. There aren’t usually any specific education requirements for this position, although some kind of art schooling can be helpful.
Tattoo Artist Tasks
Design original or variations of known tattoos for customers.
Ensure the shop environment is sanitary and the tools are sterilized appropriately.
Apply tattoos on customer skin.