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First, an apprenticeship is pretty much the only way to learn how to tattoo. I know most people think they will teach themselves how to tattoo or read some book or see some video and they will be able to tattoo, thats not the case. Those videos and books are only out there to make someone else money and they couldn't care less if you actually learned anything from them. Without proper training you could end up hurting someone badly, even yourself. Tattooing is almost a type of surgery and I am sure you wouldn't want one of your friends who had no training to perform surgery on you. While apprenticing you will learn how to tattoo and about blood born dieseases and how to protect your clients and yourself. Many states now have laws that say you need to apprentice for so many hours under a tattoo artist and require you to attend seminars about diesease control. That is why the only way to learn to tattoo would be to apprentice under a reputable tattoo studio.

This is just a general guideline of how to get an apprenticeship and it will not work in every situation, all shops have their own way of doing things. Getting an apprenticship is not an easy thing to do. Tattoo artists have alot of better things to do than to teach someone to tattoo that may not even stick with the profession. You will be told no alot before you get taken seriously and are given a chance. You need to show them you have artistic talent and that you seriously want to be a tattoo artist. Try to visit a tattoo studio when they aren't busy so you will get to talk to a tattoo artist or even the owner. Take some artwork of yours with you, maybe even make some flash sheets to show your serious. If all else fails try to visit a few shops and check back with them from time to time, be persistant but don't be a pain in the butt.

Being a tattoo artist is a serious profession and is not just a trendy thing to do!