Tattooists create permanent artwork on their clients’ bodies.
Salary Range: Variable
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
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.
- an interest in tattooing
- artistic ability
- a portfolio of your artwork and design ideas to showcase your talents
Many tattooists have experience or qualifications in art and design.
Skills and knowledge
- 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’ll need to vaccinated against hepatitis B.
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
You could work in a creative studio.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could open your own tattoo studio.