Hey so im trying to find my way in life and looking into a tattoo apprenticeship but i have a few questions. 1) is the pay enough to pay rent, bills etc? 2) how many hours a day is it? 3) is it looked down on if you dont have any tattoos yet but still wanna do it? im a perfectionist and an artist so it takes a while for me to choose the tattoo artist and the thing i want tattooed so im bare at the moment.
1) THERE IS NO PAY. No tattoo apprenticeship pays. You work for free. Many apprenticeships YOU pay THEM to teach you. It’s like an internship, one where you mop floors, draw your ass off, fetch everyone coffees, and did I mention draw your ass off several unpaid days a week. It’s a privilege to be there. A tattoo apprenticeship is NOT for the weak and entitled. You’ll apprentice, if you’re lucky, 2 years or less.
2) It depends on the shop you get an apprenticeship with. Some will require you to be there most days of the week if you can. Others maybe a few days a week. The more you are there, the more you’ll learn, the faster you’ll become a member of the shop. You are usually required to be there from when the shop opens to when the shop closes. ALL DAY.
3) First impressions and drawing skills are everything with me. Some sort of interest and passion. Not just a “oh it’s just something I wanted to try.”
Do your research. AND SHOW SOME COURAGE DAMMIT. Don’t ask a question about a topic that depends so much on your resilience against risk, adversity, and criticism through an ANONYMOUS question. Sound off like you got a pair!