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Breaking Into The Tattoo Art Industry

May 26, 2008
Getting a tattoo these days is no extraordinary thing to do, yet it is still a questionable art form for many people. Some see this as a seedy way of branding yourself or identifying a certain gang or group; others see this as a perfect way to express themselves and create a certain image. Those that are unaware of the historical understanding of the tattoo body art will not know the true value of permanent body markings dating back centuries.

This was used as a religious action placing symbols over the body and was practised worldwide. Its roots are believed to have originated from the Polynesian tribal groups. This has also been evident in the Maori group of New Zealand and in Ancient China. With its historical value in mind it is no wonder the industry is so difficult to break into with more people spending years of training using a basic tattoo starter kit and taking part in unpaid apprenticeships.

Modern tattoo certainly do not practise the art of tattooing in its original form, however, it does still maintain its reputation for being a permanent symbol of the self. Tattoo designs have progressed from being symbols and inscriptions to impressive life-like art and animated drawings. In order to become a good tattoo artist one would need to practise as much as they can with not only a tattoo starter kit, but also using pencil on paper as a good way of honing their artistic skill.

The very basics to beginning a successful career in tattoo art are quite simply with the pencil and paper. Drawing images and taking up a fine arts course will mean that work on your observation skills, which is important in both art and tattoo art. Most experienced tattooists will take on an apprentice and always have on hand a tattoo starter kit. For beginners it is always a good idea to have completed a fine arts course and built up a portfolio of artwork, with designs of your own.

However, as an apprentice you should invest in your own tattoo starter kit, looking for ones that have all of the extras, such as stencil kits, style guides and instructional pamphlets. Some will have a basic design sheet that is useful for people looking to practise their tattooing skills and also practise existing popular designs. You should remember that these starter kits do become out of date very quickly; therefore, it is a good idea to get an up-to-date version.

For those unsure on where to get a starter kit will be able to find one online or contact their local tattooists for information on where to get one. Bear in mind that to become a good tattooist you will need patience and a lot of time to spare. In short, you will live, eat and breathe tattoo art for the next five years of your life. Those that show dedication, enthusiasm, good skills and talent are more likely to gain an apprenticeship with a quality tattooist.
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Anna Stenning has helped people with purchasing a new tattoo starter kit for a step into becoming a professional tattoo artist.
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