The profession of a tattoo artist presupposes drawing abilities, good color perception, eye gaze, fine motor skills, and creativity. If you plan to beat simple tattoos, it is not necessary to know how to draw. For professional art tattoos, it is necessary. No stencil will help to make the coloring, for outlining you need a well-placed hand. In addition, in-demand high-paying artists themselves draw sketches.
The starting set of equipment
- Tattoo machines. Comparatively inexpensive equipment for beginners – Bilder coil and rotor machines. It is important to pick up the type under the style of a tattoo. Coil models have more potential – they are ideal for contour, and procreation, and the easiest to work with. They are divided into liners for the lines and shaders for the shading. Chinese ones for $20 will not do. You should start with quality equipment for $100-$500. More expensive rotary and coil machines from reputable companies, such as Cheyenne or InkJecta, cost ~ $300-400.
- Holders. Reusable metal ones don’t dampen vibration, so you’ll need a bandage to work with. Require disinfection and sterilization. Disposable nylon and plastic ones come sterile in disposable sealed packages. Their rubber handles dampen vibrations: make them comfortable to work with. Disposable holders should always be kept in stock. Modular holders are used with disposable needle modules. Suitable for any machine, easy to assemble, easy to adjust, hygienic and safe.
- Nipples (watering cans, spouts, tips) are the elements inside which the needle moves. They differ in the shape of the exit wound. They can be disposable or reusable.
- Needles. Their quality directly affects the final result. They have different sharpening – long, medium, short cones. The range of diameters is 0,25-0,4 mm. When working with modular holders, Cheyenne cartridges or their analogs are used instead of needles.
- Bandage rubbers, o-rings. Fix horizontal stroke of a needle, reduce oscillations. They provide the comfort of a craftsman and the accuracy of drawing.
- The power supply is a converter of mains voltage into the current with specified characteristics. Its quality determines the longevity of the tattoo machine. They can be impulse – compacts, transformer – stationary. Pedal – a switch that allows you to control the machine without using your hands. Should provide a reliable contact and withstand high potential loads, as it will be constantly lying on the floor.
- Clip Cord – Connecting wire to supply voltage from the power supply and connect the pedal. Selected by end connectors and diameter/throughput – they must match the parameters of the machine.
- Barrier protection elements – disposable provide sterility. To be worn on machine, clip-cord, spray-ball. Apron and gloves protect the artist.
- Pigment – ink for tattoos. Their quality is directly proportional to the final result.
- Cells for pigment – disposable caps and stands and their hybrids – holders. They allow dosing the paint and provide convenience to the artist.
- Transfer paper – helps to transfer a sketch on a client’s skin, provides a clear contour print.
- Tattoo-marker is disposable, sterile, hypoallergenic. It is used for incomplete transfer of the drawing on the skin, as well as for applying additions.
- Disinfectants – liquid soaps, aseptic.
All these can be bought separately or as part of special minimal kits for beginners.
In addition, to work you need a good lamp, couch, adjustable height chair on rollers. For your own business, you will need an autoclave, quartz lamps, pre-sterilization equipment, a work table, cabinets and/or shelves, chairs for visitors, mirrors, hangers.
Criteria for choosing tattoo artists courses
- You should be taught by practicing artists with a lot of experience.
- Don’t limit yourself to theory – choose courses with practice on models.
- Focus not so much on the duration, as on the intensity of the curriculum.
- Besides the narrow professional knowledge, the course curriculum should include drawing techniques, norms of sterilization and skincare after stuffing, as well as photography training.
- Give preference to courses with post-graduation support.
A minimum knowledge of medicine is necessary for a artist craftsman. Tools (needles) must be disposable, sterile. Work should be done with gloves. The workplace should be kept clean, using antiseptic solutions after each client (or use disposable sheets). In the process of tattooing, blood will be released, so you should keep a supply of disposable paper towels, an antiseptic solution based on water, and a special disinfectant on hand. After the session, an initial dressing of a disposable diaper and healing ointment is applied. Of course, it is necessary to give the client appropriate recommendations for healing as well.
The tattooist should understand that the person trusts him/her with his/her own body. A tattoo is forever. Every client needs an individual approach, it is necessary to be able to listen and to convince that he got to the professional, to be confident. During the session, it might be painful for the person, up to the fact that it is difficult for them to control their own body and from time to time they will experience cramps. This should be taken calmly, not getting annoyed unnecessarily. 5 minutes of rest, cooling ointment – all this will help relieve pain, calm the client, and after – comfortably continue the work. In general, the artist must be a professional but remain a person who can understand the experiences of his client, able to help him cope with them.
The start of work
There are two options here. The first option is to be self-employed, setting up your studio, allocating a separate room in your apartment for this purpose, or renting a small room. The second option is employment in a specialized salon. The first method promises the maximum income, but also involves substantial costs for equipping the workplace and the purchase of materials. There are also likely to be difficulties with finding clients. Employment in the salon means that you will receive either a fixed salary or a percentage of each session, the exact scheme depends on the individual organization. Yes, the income may be less, but the problems will not have to be solved, all of them will be a headache for the employer. Your job – just a quality work machine.
If you settled on the first option, then do not lose sight of any detail. Actively look for clients. Social networks, Internet – nowadays this is the best way, because tattooing is most popular among young people, and all young people use the Internet. Personal pages, communities, profiles, even own sites – display a portfolio, give an opportunity to leave reviews, talk to potential clients, in general, popularize yourself in any way. In this business, you need confidence in your abilities, complexes and shyness are not allowed.
In general, as well as in any other case, the answer to the question of what you need to succeed in tattooing is very common – hard work, persistence, and confidence. Talent, of course, is also important, but tattooing is an area in which even a not too gifted person can reach great heights if he is diligent and diligent enough.