Tattooist

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Body artist

Tattooists create permanent artwork on their clients’ bodies.

Salary Range: Variable

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You could start as an assistant by finding a tattooist who is willing to take you on and train you.

It may be possible to work as a customer service assistant in a larger studio, answering enquiries and booking appointments. From there, you could become a trainee as opportunities come up.

You’ll need:

  • an interest in tattooing
  • artistic ability
  • a portfolio of your artwork and design ideas to showcase your talents

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Many tattooists have experience or qualifications in art and design.

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • concentration skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You must register both yourself and your premises with your local council for a tattoo, piercing and electrolysis licence.

You’ll need to vaccinated against hepatitis B.

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Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • advising clients on suitable tattoos
  • making sure the chosen design is exactly what the client wants
  • checking that clients understand that the tattoo is permanent
  • copying the chosen design onto the customer’s skin, either by drawing freehand or using a transfer
  • following the design lines with an electrically-operated needle, which injects ink under the skin
  • making sure all equipment is sterilised and clean, and following strict hygiene and health and safety procedures

Working environment

You could work in a creative studio.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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You could open your own tattoo studio.