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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!!!
  8. 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.