How To Become An Apprentice To Be A Professional Tattoo Artist At Ocean Blue Tattoo
We receive a lot of inquiries from people who want to become a tattoo artist. Our studio is always open to talk to apprentice candidates, and at the very least, we offer them guidance about the process. First and foremost, in order to become a professional tattoo artist you will need to be under the supervision of an experienced tattoo artist, and as we all know, finding a sponsorship is not easy. A tattoo apprenticeship does not consist of merely sweeping the floors and running the autoclave. You will need
to understand the art of tattooing. That requires learning things such as history, operation of the tattoo equipment, knowledge of ink, and safety protocols for the entire process. Most importantly, you will need to sharpen your drawing skills as they are instrumental in designing your tattoos.
The ideal candidates will have the following qualities:
1. A person with artistic skill. A person with a high level of artistic skill can translate their imagination to the canvas. Our shop is a custom studio, so you must be comfortable drawing freely. We will evaluate your abilities in order to determine your potential as a candidate,
2, A person with an art centered education. A candidate who has already invested their time and money into becoming a serious artist will have a more dedicated mindset. These people will enjoy the daily work of creating art.
3, A person who has an understanding of the critical work of tattooing, which deals with open skin and maintaining the safety of the client and the artist.
4. A person who has not done at-home tattooing. It is very difficult to fix a persons habits that they have become accustomed to. In a professional studio you must follow stringent health and safety guidelines for the entire tattooing process, from beginning to end. Once a person is in a habit of using certain techniques and methods to do tattooing, it is really hard to correct those behaviors. A prime example of this is the tendency of at-home artists to touch the ink bottle and skin at the same time. In a professional tattoo studio this is not allowed, but that habit is not easy to correct.
5. A person must not use drugs or engage in any form of substance abuse. We are dealing with a workplace that requires an intense focus on the detailed work as well as the safety of the client. It is important to have a clear mind at all times. We do random drug testing for that reason.
If you think you qualify and would like to meet us in person, you can contact us for an appointment through the email form on our website. You should attach some examples of your artwork so we can see what level of skill we can expect to see from you, and we will look over your submission and schedule a meeting. Again, there are a lot of inquiries to become a tattoo artist, but even if we don't accept your application now, we will contact you when the next opportunity opens. Absent that, we can give you advice or direction to assist you in becoming a tattoo artist.
Article written by Daniel Natural
Getting a new tattoo?
Choosing a tattoo is a critical and exciting process. There are many things to consider before deciding on your final tattoo design. Size, color, style, and placement are all factors to consider. You also have to find the right artist who can execute a good tattoo in the style that you've chosen. Take your time and check out artist’s portfolios. Each artist has a specialty, it’s very important to make sure to choose one whose style fits your tattoo.
Choosing a tattoo style
Which tattoo style appeals to you? Everyone has their own taste and opinion. Find a couple of tattoo examples or designs that catch your eye. Giving your artist examples of what you like will help them bring your design to life in a unique way that can be influenced by your reference pictures. If you have a design picked out, the artist you choose can also apply their own unique touch to add an extra flourish to the tattoo.
Choosing a unique design
Your goal should be to create a piece as unique as you are. As you work on creating an original piece, do not expect to find exact examples of the design. Instead, concentrate on trying to find samples that convey the overall style or contain certain elements you wish to incorporate. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for online, don’t worry. There are custom shops who will draw up your idea from scratch.
Choosing an artist
Once you have a good idea, it’s time to find a skilled tattoo artist who can complete your vision. Don’t cut corners here. The artist you choose may tweak the design to apply better as a tattoo, their expert opinions can help your tattoo exponentially. Some artists offer free consultations by appointment, so don't be afraid to ask for help designing your tattoo after you’ve found your artist.
Each studio and artist have their own specialty, as there are many different styles of tattooing.
Daniel Natural’s Watercolor Tattoos
Daniel Natural at Ocean Blue Tattoo is world class watercolor style tattoo artist. He has mastered a technique of watercolor that creates a vibrant work of art whose color will remain vivid for decades.
Before becoming a tattoo artist, Daniel received education in art from a high school that specialized in students with a natural artistic ability. He then attended several art schools where he majored in graphic design and fine art (BFA). He is very passionate about watercolor painting as watercolor has an artistic finish to every delicate stroke that causes them to become a unique touch to that particular design. As an artist, he experimented with various watercolor techniques until he mastered the medium. He now transfers that art from paper to skin.
Daniel has developed an advanced application technique that creates a watercolor tattoo that will last decades. He does all watercolor applications freehand. A customer can request the colors that they would like him to use before the tattoo process begins and as the tattoo process is evolving, they can choose to incorporate additional colors if they wish. Watercolor designs build slowly so you can see each color slowly progress in the formation of the tattoo. Watercolor tattoos are truly a work of art that will be unique to the person displaying them.