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      THIS IS A SITE FOR ARTISTS, NOT CLIENTS (Please read before posting)   04/18/2018

      I'm seeing a lot more questions from people who are looking to get tattoos, asking about ideas, healing instructions, etc. These are questions you should ask YOUR  LOCAL TATTOO ARTIST, not random people on the internet. This site is specifically for tattoo artists and those looking to get into the trade by way of an apprenticeship. Don't be shy! Google local artists and drop by a shop or two, check out their portfolio of work and talk about your ideas with a professional who can help you achieve the best tattoo experience. 

       Thanks for reading!

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  1. My Introduction

    What's up everyone, Here's to hoping I'm not too old to start a career in tattooing. I'm 32 and it's always been an interest of mine to be a tattoo artist. Providing for my family came before my dreams of tattooing and I instead pursued a career that pays well and provides great benefits for my wife and kids but, every day I go to work feeling incomplete, bored and unhappy. I've picked up my pencil recently and started drawing portraits for the first time (my strength has always been cartoony kind of drawings, you can follow my progress on instagram 'ayynori') and it seems like I still got it. I downloaded madhatter's black book from this site and had it printed and binded at staples so I can read it more comfortably. It didn't take long to see the value in the information on this site so I paid for my membership. I'm looking forward to reading and getting any tips I can from this forum. Hopefully, years from now I can give something back. Thank you all in advance.
  2. Hey Everyone

    Hi everyone!! Looking forward to learn from you all!
  3. Hi every one my name is Amanda! I just recently stumbled upon this forum when looking up information about how to pursue an apprenticeship, and I couldn't be happier. From the threads I've read so far everyone here seems really interested in helping each person better themselves, and all of the advice seems solid. So to start off, I'm 21 years old and have always been interested in art! When I was younger I would spend all of my time drawing. My family really encouraged me. When I got older I became discouraged when I compared my skills to other kids my age and I pretty much stopped drawing seriously. I have 7 tattoos, 4 of which I got just this year. I've finally found my artist! I guess you could say I was addicted to getting them for a few months. This really inspired me to pick up the pencil again and try drawing once more. I was able to get right back into it and the things I've drawn in the past few months have really upped my confidence level. Basically, my boyfriend and close friends convinced me to buy some machines from a good friend and I've really been considering looking for an apprenticeship a little further down the road. I'd like to refine my drawing abilities and start working on creating more tattoo friendly compositions for now. I respect the trade of tattooing too much to try tattooing any of my friends before pursuing a formal apprenticeship, but I have dabbled on a few slabs of fake skin. I'm hoping with the help of this forum, and all of you, that I'll be able to learn what I need to know to get my foot in the door and make tattooing my career! Thanks for looking
  4. Hello Everyone

    Hello, First let me start off by saying how happy I am to have stumbled onto this forum. I joined immediately. I plan on purchasing the lifetime membership. I started out with the ol' stick and poke when I was 13yrs old. By the time I was 14 I built a "electric pen" my dad found it and instead of Busting my ass Dad took me and the elect pen to a tat shop. The old school artist Convinced me to stop doing homemade tats and to draw draw draw. Life took over but I never lost passion for art and Tattooing. Now I'm in my 30's and I have a family to support so a official apprentiship is out of the question. I started with bbp info and have now moved onto machine tuning and techniques.again so happy to be here thanks to everyone here that contributes.
  5. Hello Everyone

    Hi, I posted here a few times but I guess I should give a proper introduction. I'm a 25 year old female apprentice from New Jersey. I am a full time graphic designer and web designer by trade. I apprentice tattooing after work and on weekends. I'm mostly into old school traditional flash and portraits.
  6. Hello From Portland

    Hello, My name is Arturo and I am from the Portland Oregon area. I have been reading through the post in the free forum for a few months and finally decided to get a paid membership. I recently finished a paid apprenticeship and realized that I really only knew the basics. Tattooing is one of my bucket list items It was something I was fascinated with in highschool but was discouraged to pursue it as a career. Mom and dad convinced me that only criminals got tattoos and there is no way to make a living doing it. So off to college I went. Im 33 years old now and have been in the semiconductor industry for about ten years. It is a good career and I have an amazing schedule that allows me to pursue other interest in my free time. About a year ago I decided that I wanted to revisit learning to tattoo and got back into Art. For those that are familiar with Oregon laws its a pain in the ass to get licensed. Theres a tattoo school requirement and or several years of tax returns proving you are a professional in order to get a license. After going into just about every shop in a 20 mile radius I finally put enough foot work in to land an apprenticeship. I apprenticed with an old timer that has been in the business for 30 years. While I learned the basics during that year I also realized that I still don't have a freakin clue. There are a lot of variables to the science of tattoo and learning from just one person does not expose you to all of the variables. With that said here I am. I am looking forward to participating in this forum, everyone here seems really positive and it really feels like everyone is here to help each other. Its what convinced me to become a member.