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What Is a Tattoo Apprentice and How to Become One

Tattoo Apprentice

What Does a Tattoo Apprentice Do?

As a tattoo apprentice, you work in a tattoo studio under the supervision of an experienced tattoo artist to gain experience. Your job responsibilities focus on assisting with studio operations while training to become a professional tattoo artist. Your duties include learning to design tattoos, operate tattooing equipment, and follow health and safety guidelines for the entire process. According to the Alliance of Professional Tattooists (APT), apprenticeships should be at least three years long. In addition to learning the art of tattooing, you need to meet the other training and education requirements that your state or city requires for a tattoo license.

How Can I Get a Job as a Tattoo Apprentice?

The qualifications to become a tattoo apprentice include a high school diploma and artistic ability. As an aspiring tattoo artist, you also need interpersonal skills because you work closely with customers while tattooing and helping them select body art, and you may perform customer service duties. You must be able to listen carefully and take direction while paying close attention to detail. Some tattoo artists who accept apprentices prefer applicants who have a portfolio of drawings or other works that demonstrate their artistic skills. Additionally, you may need to undergo classroom training or take courses from your state’s health department on subjects such as blood-borne pathogens.