Tattoo artists and body piercers work directly on their clients' bodies in a controlled indoor environment. Although formal education requirements are not strict for this profession, some states require a valid license to provide tattoos and/or piercings to clients. Those with five or more years of experience are considered "fully qualified," and examples of prior work and past references are highly beneficial.
Tattoo artists/body piercers must always stay up-to-date with health and safety procedures, and their attitude and professional demeanor are also important. They must have a positive attitude and pay close attention to detail in order to effectively create artful tattoos or properly apply body piercings, and strong communication skills are also important to fully understand clients' wishes and desires and ensure that they are fulfilled. For this reason, some employers may prefer applicants who can speak more than one language fluently.
Successful tattoos and body piercers should have creative flair as well as artistic talent, and must have precision and very steady hands to create consistent and accurate drawings. Tools to complete tattoos and body piercings are typically purchased by the artist or his/her employer, and sterilizing kits are also required. Tattoo artists and body piercers may work up to six days per week in part-time or full-time shifts, as hours can vary greatly by employer and geographic area. Individual tattoo sessions may last up to three hours or more, and extreme concentration is required due to the permanent nature of this business.
Tattoo Artist / Body Piercer Tasks
Apply tattoos on customer skin.
Ensure the shop environment is sanitary and the tools are sterilized appropriately.
Design original or variations of known tattoos for customers.