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  1. Hello! To start off, I’m very new in this field. I don’t know too much about tattooing, but I am slowly learning. I was told to purchase a decent tattoo machine, but I’m not sure which types or brands are best for beginners? The tattoo artist I have an apprenticeship with recommended “Cheyenne Thunder”, but I also want to get other artist’s opinions.
  2. Hi I begin

    Hi, I'm just starting out on a journey to become a tattoo artist. I'm hoping some people here can give me advice on what to put into a portfolio as well as how to improve my work. Down the road a bit I would hope to get some advice for gaining an apprenticeship. I'll attach some of my art. Just starting out, so my first question is what to put in my portfolio. I'm planning to work on a variety of tattoo styles mostly in colored pencil. Does that sound like a good beginning? Thanks. https://imgur.com/a/sZUiO
  3. Hello All! I am a 28 year old female who has devoted my life to art and finding a job and career I will love instead of working the dreadful 9-5 for a headache and lousy paycheck. I am very artistic and have been drawn to art since I was a very small child...As I got older my mediums have changed (I still finger paint lol) but my goals haven't. I have always wanted to work a job I'd love, around artsy people who have the San passions I do. Now let's fast forward some years of dedication to the art and picture me lost in the world of wanting that perfect apprenticeship. I applied for a great position and have myself an interview coming up! Years of research and dedication might land me my dream job- If I could just relax (lol). I'm usually not this excited over an interview but this is my dream guys and I'm super pumped! This is not just a "job" I'm applying for but a career move that could change my life...Which leads me to the questions I have: 1. Were any of you so giddy before your interviews and how did you deal? 2. What is a "normal" rule of thumb for the attire worn at an interview? Clothes, hair, nails and accessories? And finally if you remember any pivotal moments during your interview can you post them as well? I'm so very excited to see your responses! Thanks for answering, hopefully we will be chatting soon! X×xDeFelicex×X
  4. Hey everyone, I could really use some advice making a big life decision! I have been talking to a shop in town and they recently offered me an apprenticeship (woo!) but I'm getting really nervous about committing to their contract. The apprenticeship contract states that after around a year of being an apprentice, I would be required to work there for FIVE years. Five years is a long time for anyone, especially a youngster like me. And this small town isn't the place I want to live in for most of my 20s. Seems like 2 or 3 years would be more reasonable, although I understand that they want to get a lot of work out of me after they teach me so much valuable information. Is five years normal? Is it unheard of for me to try to negotiate with them? Should I maybe just try for another shop in the town that I actually want to live in for the next six years? Thank you so much!
  5. Help me!!!! Apprenticeship

    What is everyone's experience on training? I have been a tattoo apprentice for 2 and a half months and am unsure on what's normal and not. My boss has got a tattoo appointment lined up for me at the end of this week. He said he will be leaving me COMPLETELY by myself and if I don't do a good job, I am out. I feel this is unsafe as I have only tattoed on silicone under his supervision a handful of times. This will be my second ever tattoo on skin. I do get to watch him for roughly 30 mins a day, but I get so much pressure put on me with designs, deadlines and stencils, I don't get to watch or practice enough. I tattoo at home on fake skin and research but I feel there is only so much I can do by myself. I am on £3 odd an hour, I do all the designs, cleaning the shop, reception work (all of which I expected to do). I have invested in good tattoo guns/ equipment also. What is everyone's thoughts?
  6. Some recent work

    I haven't been posting much since my first apprenticeship(which is when i signed up) Due to that going to hell which i expected. Then i learned how to pierce for a little over a year. Worked a normal job for a year to save to move to wisconsin. And these are various photos throughout my apprenticeship here so far. No particular order. Ill post more as I do more. All feed back welcome, Thanks for looking.
  7. Now Then all, Just joined up and figured I'd introduce myself. I'm Denham, or affectionately Denweasel, I'm from the industrial mecca of Leeds, UK. I'm a pro freestyle skateboarder, which basically gives me the same status as a professional Yo-Yoer. Sorry if anyone here is a professional Yo-Yoer. I spent most of my life being told what I am or am not capable of, and after attending art college a few years ago with dreams of getting into the tattoo industry, I soon had the creativity crushed out of me and headed into fairly monotonous lines of work. Anyways, I've recently put pen back to paper and started creating my portfolio, picking up where I left off a few years ago. I feel that at 25 I might be a little late to the party, and I've now got responsibilities and more bills to pay, but my hope is still to find an apprenticeship and take on the dream job I always hoped for. I feel more motivated now than ever before but I know there's still a long way to go. Any advice at all would be rad. I'll get posting a few bits of flash up and I'd really appreciate your feedback, and be as brutally honest as you would like. I was going to write up a post asking for apprenticeship advice, but I figured this had been done to death and I didn't want to clog up the page. I'm having a word with myself to see if this is possible and working out funds/time, so any advice from your experience would be greatly appreciated. Look forward to chatting to you all, Cheers! Denweasel
  8. So I've been apprenticing for just under a year, (it'll be a year in april) and while I have been learning a few things slowly I'm starting to wonder if the person who is supposed to be teaching me is taking advantage of free labour. I've done the set up and take down, and reception and cleaning. He's only let me draw two (very simple) final stencils and I haven't started practicing on fake skin yet. I'm fine with being patient but I want more opinions on this. He also wants a certain amount in tuition every year even though I've already worked for him for free for a year. Is this normal? He's also weird about me getting tattoos from other people (when it was their specific style and he couldn't have done it) and I was wondering if you guys think this is a breach of etiquitte? What would you expect from your apprentice? What other rules do you have? Everyone I've talked to in person has had very non formal apprenticeships so I haven't had any help there. I just want to know what is the norm in an apprenticeship
  9. Apprenticeship

    Hi guys, So I've dreamt of becoming a tattoo artist for years, yet my only art experience is for two years in high school when I was 14-15 years old. I don't study creative arts at University, either, I study journalism. I can draw though, and you can see some of my work on my instagram @emsch_ or https://www.instagram.com/emsch_/ or attached on my profile here. I was just wondering what my chances would be regarding getting an apprenticeship, or should I study art before trying? Ps. Any constructive criticisms on my art would be accepted! Thankyou!
  10. Apprenticeship

    Hi guys, So I've dreamt of becoming a tattoo artist for years, yet my only art experience is for two years in high school when I was 14-15 years old. I don't study creative arts at University, either, I study journalism. I can draw though, and you can see some of my work on my instagram @emsch_ or https://www.instagram.com/emsch_/ or attached on my profile here. I was just wondering what my chances would be regarding getting an apprenticeship, or should I study art before trying? Ps. Any constructive criticisms on my art would be accepted! Thankyou!
  11. Greetings Folks, Yes, I too have been an on-again, off-again troller here at Trails and I decided to "gift" myself with full membership -- I want support tattooer community space, good dialogue and take part in it too! Here's my story (short version of course): Tattooing is the crux of my professional passion -- it is what I want to do out in the world. Tattooing is the craft I want to build over the course of my life, my never-ending learning curve, my drive to be creative on a daily basis as a means of thriving. My brain and heart work in such a way that tattooing uniquely honors. Variety, short term projects AND long term works, technical knowledge as well as abstract wisdom, work hours, peer community, a livable wage, oh... and ART. The list goes on. It fits my nature like a dream, so I'm directing my life to make it into reality. Steps I've Taken So Far: -First step? I've started working on my portfolio! I'll start posting as soon as I have some completed pieces. -Step two? I'm a shop assistant at a very well respected shop. "Bridging/Minding The Gap" So this isn't a new story (read one other post in the archives about this and hoping for newer/fresher feedback). My shop explicitly said they weren't looking for an apprentice, and they didn't want anyone who was interested in learning to apply. My response? I kept my mouth shut and opened my eyes. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be there, period. I bring my all to the shop everyday. I scrub tubes, mop, break down and set up, sanitize, answer calls, speak with clients, etc. The vibe and feedback I get is awesome, and that's where I aim to be: Show up, do the work, job well done. Where To Go From Here: To be perfectly clear, I would be happy to never seek apprenticeship with anyone at this shop. I am not waiting to pester, bug, push, or insist anyone in the near future nor beyond. The opportunity alone is invaluable and I recognize it as such. I respect and honor their wishes around not wanting to entertain apprenticeship - the end! That said, does anyone have any experience or advice on what to do in my position? Right now my instinct says to: 1) Work on my portfolio so that has a decent amount of quality shit I'm proud of (an honest time frame for this is 4-6 months) 2) Start using my connections/community with the shop to meet and greet others out there 3) Get GOOD tattoos 4) Start asking for apprenticeship by approaching a select few artists who really (really!) make sense for me to be working with Feeling super blessed. Thanks for the feedback ya'll. Happy to be here.
  12. Hello All.

    Hello everyone, I'm happy to have found this site . I 'm a Brazilian artist who lives in the USA. I just start last night with my apprenticeship and I am very hungry for information. My question is simple! Where do I start to get all the good advice for a beginner in here? Thank you all and happy easter!!!
  13. Hey guys, Im a 29yr old chick who is just over the first 6 months of her apprenticeship at a great studio and I had the chance to have my first go on some fresh piggy today. Here are the results.... Im aware that the centre of the pattern is a little uneven and the darker green is patchy in places. The actual design measures approx 3.5" in diameter. I really liked Amybirds online diary of posts with pics of her practising on skin etc so I thought Id do one also :-) Ive agreed to do my first real tat on the other apprentice in the studio in 4 weeks time..... quite quite nervous...... even if it is a very small and simple design.