Frequently Asked Questions:
Tattoos and Body Art.....
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Can I get a disease from a tattoo?
How do I become a tattoo artist?
Thank you for writing APT. We are an educational
non-profit whose primary purpose is the education of artists in the
practices of infection control. As such, we don't deal with teaching
tattooing. That being said, I'll give you what advice I can. Tattooing
is traditionally an apprentice based art. Apprentices serve at approximately
three years before they are considered professional artists. Our organization
advocates that those who wish to learn follow this route rather than
some of the other available options. You are making permanent, often
visible changes to another human being and if proper procedure isn't
followed, could be jeopardizing that client's health and emotional well-being.
By taking advantage of the knowledge of an experienced, professional
artists, you will avoid many costly mistakes. In recent years, schools
have opened that claim to teach tattooing. Many of these schools will
turn you out in a matter of months. It is an option, but a poor one.
Apprenticeships can cost you money and you may have to sign a contract
regarding your future business practices. This is not unusual. You are
being provided with a powerful earning tool. Just as in any other profession,
you need to pay for schooling. First, you should put together a portfolio
of your artwork. Designs that are similar to tattoo flash would be most
appropriate,though anything that shows your skill with composition,
color and line would be good. Second, you should make appointments to
talk to the artists in your area. You should be willing to wash floors
and scrub toilets. Many of these artists feel that they have "paid their
dues" and will expect you to do the same. Once you have obtained an
apprenticeship, the course of your education varies. You should receive
instruction on infection control from day one. From there, you will
learn about the tools of your trade, customer relations and maybe a
bit about art as it pertains to skin. Some teachers are very formal
and others informal. Best of luck. Please feel free to write if you
have any questions. Katrina Hegge APT, Inc. http://safetattoo.com