Tips for starting out as a tattoo artist
In order to become a tattoo artist, you will most likely need to start with an apprenticeship, which can take several years. During your apprenticeship, you’ll likely be drawing repeatedly, initially practicing on things like pigskin and fruit (think bananas, grapefruit, and oranges).
However, it is recommended to practice tattooing on friends or family members during training under the guidance of an experienced artist to start tattooing on real human skin. Getting your first tattoo in the days to come is also a rite of passage!
The average salary for a tattoo artist as a beginner
Based on 11 salaries, the average total compensation (including tips, bonuses, and overtime) for entry-level tattoo artists with less than 1 year of experience is $35.00. Early career tattoo artists with 1-4 years experience earn an average total compensation of $50.00 based on 54 salaries. Midway career… read more
Early in a tattoo artist’s career, when they have completed their education and received their license, they start making money as entry-level tattoo artists. Since they are new to the industry, their annual salaries typically range from $15,000 to $23,000.
The cost of tattooing supplies
1. Tattoo gun ($400-$900)
2. Ink – as low as $7