How To Make Money Designing Tattoos

The market for custom tattoos or “tats” is wide open for talented individuals like artists and designers. It’s because people are looking at something original and personalized when it comes to permanent body art or tats. Besides, now that tattoos are considered a form of artistic expression and not relegated to the stigma attached to it, you know, like being recently freed from or incarcerated in jail, people of legal age and from all walks of life are becoming more and more drawn to it. The only challenge for you is how far your imagination will take you so that your designs become a hit and move on to develop your own fanbase or cult following as a result.

This is a business that knows no peak or slow season, and the perfect avenue for you to reconcile art and money.

Here’s what you need to have:

Tattoo equipment, which is made up of:

  • Tattoo machine (liner or shader)
  • Needles
  • Tubes that are detachable for sterilization purposes
  • Power chord
  • Foot pedals
  • Ink caps with a variety of colors for tattooing.

Getting started:

  1. Design your portfolio and build from there. You can have free rein on the designs using fonts, symbols, colors, characters, zodiac signs, celebrity faces, and whatever else that hits your fancy. You’re the designer so roll with it and have fun creating from pure imagination and creativity.
  2. Earn your stripes by taking on an apprenticeship stint. You can do cold calls or get your foot in the door by posing as a customer and presenting yourself to a really in- demand tattoo shop. When you’re certain that it’s cool to ask for an apprenticeship, go for it. No one says no to free help so you stand a good chance of getting a favorable reply from the tattoo shop owner. However, prepare yourself as this will be no walk in the park, apprenticeship is serious business and your chance to prove that you are in it for the long haul. Though your time and labor is free, your designs are not so you might want to insist on signing a contract specifying the terms and conditions of the apprenticeship. Read the fine print before sealing the deal. The good news is that while in the middle of your apprenticeship, there is always a good chance that you will earn more money especially when your boss, the manager, or the senior tattoo artist sees your potential and will want to keep you on board permanently.
  3. Announce your entry to the world of tattoo art and design by uploading your work on the worldwide web. Many tattoo salons are just waiting for radically different and fresh designs for use in their own shops. Naturally, you can charge fees for this and royalties as well.
  4. Take on design work on the side. While you’re on the early stages of your career as a tattoo artist, you can also solicit for designs that need to be executed from imagination to paper and pen, so to speak. A lot of design studios are run by management people who have very fertile imaginations but labors on the execution side, so step in and take it from there.
  5. Teach. There are others like you out there who have the gift for creativity but do not have the moolah to pursue it so you can offer tutorials about the ABCs of designing tattoos.

Now, design SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS styled like an Ambigram and you are most surely on your way to becoming a superstar in the tattoo world! 


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