Tips For Breaking Into The Tattoo Industry

Tips For Breaking Into The Tattoo Industry

Many people who are good at art and drawing find themselves wanting to take their talent to the next level by pursuing a career as a tattoo artist.  As with many careers, tattoo artists find themselves in an industry which has a lot of competition.  In order to be a successful tattoo artist, you will have to get your foot in the door first and foremost.

A successful tattoo business can make a very generous salary every year.  The trick is seeking out a solid client base, and getting your name known in the industry.  Once you have established yourself then you can start to pursue your dreams as a successful tattoo artist.  Here are some of the best tips for breaking into the industry and getting started.

Get Certified

It is important to get certified as a tattoo artist so that you can legally take appointments from clients without breaking the law.  You will need to learn all of the health and safety requirements as well as proper after care.

In addition to the safety aspects of knowing your job, you should also know how to operate the tattoo equipment in order to successfully execute quality tattoos.  The better quality work that you deliver, the more clients that you will find yourself with.

Build a Portfolio

After you get certified to be able to give tattoos to clients, you will want to start creating a portfolio of your work.  Make sure that you take photographs of every tattoo that you do so that you can have a history of your style and examples of your range as an artist.

This portfolio will be your biggest help in finding new clients since once they see the quality of your previous work they will know whether they want to hire you or not.

Get a Social Media Following

In the world of tattoo artists, one of the biggest favors that you can do for yourself is getting your name out there on social media.  If you have a lot of followers then you can travel all over the world doing guest tattoo appearances.  

This is a great way to make sure that you can meet the demands of your international followers.  The more international followers that you have online, the more work that you will have wherever you travel in the world.

Offer Introductory Pricing

When you first launch your business you should hire an attractive rate.  This rate will change as your work is more in demand, however, it is advantageous in the beginning to offer lower prices as you try to build your client base.

The most important thing, in the beginning, is finding clients to build your portfolio with.


Robert Darnell

I’m Robert, the Grey Wanderer. After over 50 years in business, it was time for me to hang up my boots and enter the world of retirement. With so much time on my hands I decided to indulge in the two things I love most, writing and travel and so the Grey Wanderer was born.

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