If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, it’s important that you do your homework first. That means not dropping into a tattoo shop on a whim and getting the first “cool” design you come across. The best way to get a tattoo that you’ll be proud of for years to come starts with a bit of preparation. If you’re not very artistic and prefer to have your chosen artist (more on that later) design your tattoo, first you’ll want to start with a concept.
How much can you expect to make as a tattoo designer is a very subjective query. It is impossible to draw any conclusion and it depends of a lot of variables. For example where do you live? What is the local economy like? How much do they pay you in your area? All these factors plus how many customers visit you will determine your earnings.
To seek an internship, the best thing you can do is go from parlor to parlor and ask for one, but bring your portfolio with you. Some may be short-term and others may be long-term but, either way, the experience will be crucial. It may even be a good idea to intern at more than one place just to get the perspective of more than one experienced tattoo equipment artist. Of course, if you have a friend in the business, do not hesitate to ask for help. Their experience and mentoring can be very helpful.
Within the first week, the tattoo will begin to scab and peel. Do not worry, that’s normal! Don’t force it when it does start to peel. When washing it with your hands, it should come off on it’s own. If it is scabbing, do not apply ointment or lotion until after the scab itself has completely dried.
The best way to overcome fears of the tattooing process is to read books and articles and become familiar with what exactly will be involved in the tattoo experience. This way you will be aware of each step in the process and know precisely what to expect before the needle starts buzzing. In this article, I will tell you, from start to finish, each step involved in tattooing.
Most tattoo sterilization equipment parlors will require payment for their services before they begin. This again will vary from shop to shop and each will vary in the types of payment that they accept. You should always request a receipt for your payment.
The most important piece of tattoo equipment is of course the tattoo machine. Without this, no artwork can be put on the human body. There are a wide range of tattoo machines available, and choosing a high quality one is highly recommended. They are often made out of durable materials such as brass and iron, and their stylistic qualities are often important for the purchaser, so they look good in the studio.
Don’t drink or take drugs: Drinking alcohol thins your blood which will cause you to bleed more, which is not a good thing because the tattoo artist may have a harder time do good work if you are a heavy bleeder.