What It’s Really Like to Be a Tattoo Artist

Pitched and written for FLARE‘s 9-5 series.

How does it feel when you look at that tattoo? It feels like healing. It’s like a reminder we’re capable of renewing ourselves over and over again.

How do tattoo artists typically get trained? There’s no standardized schools or techniques or anything. It’s all very much just artists’ perspectives, opinions and experiences. The traditional route is the apprenticeship, which many artists do, but it’s not the only way. There are also people who will train you for pay.

What route did you take? I did it on my own. Throughout my life, various friends and boyfriends have gotten involved with the tattoo industry. One of my ex-boyfriends had me tattooing pigskin and oranges a few years before I ever got started on humans.

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