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Getting an apprenticeship in a tattoo studio

Posted on: January 18th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

Do you want to learn how to tattoo?

I must tell you—there’s a big difference between learning theoretically and through praxis. Just like baking, even if you do have the recipe and the step-by-step procedure on how to do it, it is still different when you’re actually doing it.

Take coding in website designing as another example. You may know the codes but it is actually getting the site up and live when you can really say you know how to. That’s when you encounter challenges that are not exactly in the code manual you have.  

In doing tattoos, it is beymore than simply buying a kit for tattooing. You discover more with experience. And what better experience is there than to learn “under the wing” of a skilled artist through an apprenticeship in a tattoo studio.   

You need to find an apprenticeship that will provide you the proper training to get you into the business of tattooing. You need to learn the proper skills involved in the business of tattooing like sterilization, proper cleaning, needle making, prepping, making stencils and every other aspect of the business.

Finding the right fit for you may not be that easy. Go and make rounds to as many reputable shops as you can, then leave your contact details.  Let them know that you are interested. Don’t be shy to follow up with a phone call to inquire about the status of your apprenticeship. It shows them that this really matters to you.

Here are some important aspects on getting an apprenticeship in a tattoo studio:

Be respectful and presentable.

You may be surprised to find yourself in a studio with what your Mom may consider as bad-influence-looking-people (even thug-like looking), not to mention real heavy metal music but it does not in any way give you the excuse to behave like you’re the real villain and forget your manners.  Do not forget to maintain your respect towards others. And always be presentable. (The secret is to look neat and clean.)

Gain Knowledge.

Do not pass the opportunity to learn and discover new things about the tattooing business—even the little things which you think may be too small to be unimportant. Learn from the experience and enjoy your time learning stuff.

Be Sincere.

Do not be someone you are not. If you know something, share it even to your mentor. And if you don’t know things, don’t be afraid to ask. Be yourself and be honest.

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The Importance Of Being Financially Accountable for Your Tattoo Business Success

Posted on: August 28th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

To achieve your tattoo business success, go back to the basics and remember what you have always been taught regarding your actions— take responsibility.

It doesn’t matter how many staff you have employed in your tattoo studio, or even if you are a solo operator, being financially accountable for your tattoo business is crucial. You can either learn from trial and error and create costly mistakes or you can follow in the tracks of people who are successful in your field and avoid them.

Know your numbers!

Here are a few tips to assist you on how to become financially accountable for your tattoo business and become successful:

  • Discipline Yourself
    Most financial mismanagement comes from not being able to control yourself. Yeah, you are your own worst enemy. But at the same time, you are also what you need to counter this.
    It sounds so ironical but it is only you who can make or break you in your tattoo business. Through your own financial discipline you can determine your financial success. It may take a lot of effort and practice in order to develop and maintain financial discipline just like any other discipline. But this is necessary for proper financial management and without it you cannot accumulate or accomplish anything. You will always be going in circles or starting out from zero level and never going anywhere at all.
  • Plan the finances in your tattoo business and create a budget
    It is imperative that you discover how to manage your own investment. Do not rely too much on your staff to tell you what the numbers are.
    Begin by planning out your finances and creating a budget. Make a forecast of at least a year. In the beginning stages, allow time for your business to take off and be prepared for this.
    Then, take control. If you don't know anything about finance, read as much as possible and research to better equip yourself with the skill on the "how tos."
  • Keep a Financial Journal
    By simply writing down the ins and outs of your finances in your business (what you spent, when and where you spent it, and what you spent it on plus how much money is actually coming in) you will see a pattern and you can develop your own system. You will be able to discover some pretty significant figures. Look it over.
    Doing this will open your eyes to where most of your money is going. Doing this will give you a clear direction of where your business is and where it is going.
  • Review
    Make it a point to monitor your finances. Set a schedule for it. It will serve like a financial “check-up” so you can decide to take advantage of strategies and financial decisions. This will also give you an opportunity to measure the progress toward your plan of action or to see where you have fallen short and make changes. This way, you can better protect your assets and prepare for the unexpected.

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How to Choose Your Tattoo Studio

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

 

Tattoo StudioOnce you have made the decision to get a tattoo you’ll need to find a qualified tattoo artist and studio.  Before you decide on a tattoo artist or tattoo studio, you must first see if they are qualified.  There are hundreds of thousands of successful tattoo artists out there, some better than others.  If you go to a less than perfect tattoo shop, you could very well end up with an infection that can cause you more trouble than you ever thought possible.

When you look for the best tattoo studio you should find out how long they have been in business – as this will tell you how much business the studio receives, and make sure that the artists are licensed, and the studio is clean – your health and safety should be their primary concern.  Ask if their equipment is sanitized and cleaned after each and every tattoo.

When you meet the tattoo artist, he/or she, should be friendly and not intimidate you at all, nor should they at any time attempt to push a design on you.  The welcome you receive when you enter the tattoo studio will indicate their level of professionalism and ability to communicate well.

Remember, you shouldn’t rush your decision.  Take the time to consult with several tattoo artists and weigh up the pros and cons of what each tattoo studio has to offer you.   That way you will feel totally confident in your decision.

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Your Dream Tattoo Design Can Start Small!

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

Tattoo Designs
You have a basic idea for your tattoo design but you may have something small in mind. Don't worry because you can always have it tattooed then come back later and have more added on.  That is one of the best things about small tattoos – they can always be added to later.  This can be a great thing if you want to try a smaller tattoo first, and then decide whether or not you want to get it bigger.  If you start with a fraction of your dream design, you can always finish it up later on.

Whatever tattoo design you choose, your dream design should be very important, and hold meaning.  This way, every time you look at it – you’ll be reminded of that special moment in time and you’ll never forget about your first tattoo.

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Minimizing The Pain Of Tattoos

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

Tattoos involve piercing into skin, which almost always involves pain.  No matter how big or how small the tattoo may be or where it is located, you can expect to feel some pain.  The overall amount of pain you experience though, all depends on your tolerance.  If you have a high pain tolerance, you may feel next to nothing during the entire process.

When you get a tattoo, the needles will puncture your skin at very fast rates and variable depths.  The outline of the tattoo is easily the most painful, as the needles will be used to create a black line that will stand out on the tattoo.  This part need to be inserted fairly deeply and carefully to ensure that it’s done correctly.  The shading of the tattoo normally isn’t painful, although it depends on the penetration depth and effect that you desire.

Normally, the pain you feel is a slight burn or scratching feeling.  If the tattoo is going to be on an area where there is less bone and tissue such as the wrist or chest, the pain will be a bit more intense.  Areas like the arms and legs however, normally aren’t that painful.  Areas such as these have more tissue and muscle, which will lessen the amount of pain you feel.

Minimize the pain when getting a tattoo 

Even though some pain is to be expected, there are ways that you can minimize the pain.  Below are some tips that will help you deal with the pain.

1.  Never show up to a get a tattoo on drugs or drunk.  This will thin out your blood, causing you to bleed more.

2.  Always choose a tattoo artist that you are comfortable around.  If you have confidence in your artist you can minimize the pain a great deal.

3.  Show up at the studio with sheer determination.  You should accept the fact that the tattoo will take time.  Quality work is an art – and should never be rushed.

4.  If the pain becomes too much to bear, you should let your tattoo artist know immediately.  He will allow you to take a break, or stop and come back later.  You can always break up your sessions, as tattoos don’t need to be finished immediately.

5.  To ease your mind, listen to music.  This way, you can take your mind to a different place and focus on something other than the tattoo.

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Are You An Aspiring Tattoo Artist Wanting To Succeed In The Tattoo Industry?

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

How To Avoid Stress In Your Tattoo Business

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Hayley James No Comments

You’re probably really looking forward to the Christmas break – right?   If your Tattoo Business has been thriving leading up to Christmas – GREAT!  But, have the extended hours you have worked in your Tattoo Studio taken its toll on you physically?  

The thing is, Christmas can also be a bit stressful, catching up with friends and family, too much food, too much alcohol and late nights.   Don’t let the hectic pace of socialising over Christmas stress you out.    You will need some down-time to rest, re-cooperate and recharge your batteries.  Try these Tips for ways to avoid stress and maintain your health and safety in the workplace.. 

TIP 1.   Get rid of technology (even for a few days) Leave your laptop/iPad at home and turn off your mobile phone.    You need to escape from the daily communication from home and work.  Make sure your loved ones know you are going away and use your answering machine to communicate to your customers.

TIP 2.  Reward yourself in an activity that you really want to do.  This could be anything from taking a Spa Treatment to reading a good book to going scuba diving or learning to surf – be as adventurous as you like.  Trying new things is a great way to switch off from your daily routine.

So, have some fun and remember to take some time-out for YOU. The last thing you want; is to feel like you need another holiday!   Like us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/TattooBusinessForProfit