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Beginner tattoo artist.. Help!

I'm a beginner tatooist and I failed... I did a few in myself with a 5rl came out awesome.. My husband let me do one on him and I did alot of research to make sure I was doing it right... Set eveything up... Put the needle out an eigth of an inch... Put Vaseline over the transfer.. Started,, did a bit of the outline and stopped... There wasn't a line... And when there was it would just puddle (a bit like water rolling off a ducks feathers) barely any inthe skin... It looks f'ing horrible... Did I put too much Vaseline?? Or was my needle out too far?? Or both?? Idk... I have so many other questions... If someone would like to give me their email to bug them or a number too text that would be great... I really want to get an apprenticeship and have been trying for five years with no luck... Please help me so I can fix my husbands arm.. Thanks.

Meganmax23@yahoo.com


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RE:Beginner tattoo artist.. Help!

Not a good idea. Seek out an apprenticeship from a professional. Without the proper training someone could get seriously hurt, or infected with something that may not go away. No disrespect and always happy to see people interested in tattoo, but I urge you to get into it responsibly.
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dont listen to these fucking clowns i started in my kitchen and rock ten tattoos a day i apprenticed for 6 months and those fuckin dicks had me scrubbing toilets and laughing at me behind my back i told em to suck my dick and went did it on my own that was 6 years ago now i own a private studio and have far surpassed the ego maniacs and so called professionals that told me id never be any good years ago stick with it do your homework tattoo yourself get tattooed get licensed and draw non stop FUCK APPRENTICING youll waste alot of time not tattooing and getting treated like a fucking dog by pricks spare no expense when it comes to machines and be safe and clean i started with zero knowledge now iam crushingsolid work CALL ME A SCRATCHER A TO MY FACE AND SWALLOW TEETH IAM A PROFESSIONAL SELF TAUGHT LICENSED TATTOOIST AND I MAKE A GREAT LIVING DOING IT ITS POSSIBLE DONT LET THESE RETARDS TELL ITS NOT DO IT
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dont listen to these fucking clowns i started in my kitchen and rock ten tattoos a day i apprenticed for 6 months and those fuckin dicks had me scrubbing toilets and laughing at me behind my back i told em to suck my dick and went did it on my own that was 6 years ago now i own a private studio and have far surpassed the ego maniacs and so called professionals that told me id never be any good years ago stick with it do your homework tattoo yourself get tattooed get licensed and draw non stop FUCK APPRENTICING youll waste alot of time not tattooing and getting treated like a fucking dog by pricks spare no expense when it comes to machines and be safe and clean i started with zero knowledge now iam crushingsolid work CALL ME A SCRATCHER A TO MY FACE AND SWALLOW TEETH IAM A PROFESSIONAL SELF TAUGHT LICENSED TATTOOIST AND I MAKE A GREAT LIVING DOING IT ITS POSSIBLE DONT LET THESE RETARDS TELL ITS NOT DO IT
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Just because you did it that way doesn't mean that its the best way to do it. There's plenty of professional self-taught artists that do amazing work, but I guarantee a large percentage of them would tell you that they would have rather had a proper apprenticeship. To tell us we're retarded for suggesting the safest, most professional way to learn to tattoo is just stupid and shows how much you really know.
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wow...
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Been An apprentice at tattooing for a few month now. I've been reading up and really studying the text & the videos of the setup of the machine down the the techniques used. i feel confident in my artistic abilities & i've went ahead and ordered the full kit with the practice skin and all. Just wondering what kind of practice tips do you have for me & how long should i keep practicing before I actually try someone?
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wait...what?!?!?! you have an apprenticeship and you are thinking about a kit? slow down bro. give it a bit and you will have a decent foundation for skills that will last you a lifetime.

or worse, your mentor will find out and kick you in the ass.
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I started my apprenticeship over a year ago. it was a great learning experience in all aspects of tattooing. from sterilization techniques, to the tattooing process, machine building, dealing with customers, and everything else. I have also met quite a few scratchers in my community. after looking at their work and hearing their attitude towards tattooing and their "art," I am thankful to have had the opportunity to apprentice and learn properly. there are so many things I would not have been able to troubleshoot on my own. I am thankful for every time I had been in a bind, and had someone to ask "what am I doing wrong?" or "how should I approach this?" in short, I would like to thank my mentors and encourage anyone interested in tattooing to commit to a proper apprenticeship, no matter how much shit they put you through. you will get there and you will gain respect of other artists, but not if you're scratching your buddies in the kitchen.
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THERE IS A STUDIO THAT JUST OPENED A YEAR AGO THAT IS TRYING TO CLEAN THINGS US AND TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO TATTOO STUDIOS. THEY ARE ALWAYS MAKING TATTOO SAFETY AWARENESS A TOP PRIORITY. THE FIRST TIME I WENT THERE THEY GAVE ME A TRI-FOLD THAT HAD A TON OF INFORMATION ON IT ABOUT HEALTH CONCERNS AND DANGERS. HERE I WAS ABOUT TO GET TATTOOED AND THEY WERE SCARING ME... BUT THEY HAVE A NICE VIBE IN THE STUDIO AND THEY TOOK THE TIME TO EXPLAIN IT WAS NOT TO SCARE ME BUT TO MAKE ME AWARE SO THAT I MAY PROTECT MYSELF REGARDLESS WHERE I DECIDED TO GET MY TATTOO.
THEY WHERE REALLY NICE CHECK THEM OUT WWW.HYPERINKSTUDIOS.COM .
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I have recently undergone an apprenticeship, without the knowledge of Tattooing, or the background of the shop. Well lets just say they used to be affiliated with a shop that has a bad reputation. They were happy to "take my money". Being as it was the only option, I jumped at what I thought was an opportunity. I don't mind doing the shop "bitch" work, however; enduring someone's attitude daily is becoming very frustrating. My so-called Mentor was supervising a Tattoo i was doing on an old punk friend of mine.He was satisfied, as he knows I am learning. The lines were a bit shaky and he did not hesitate to tell me. That's fine. My friend texted me shortly afterward, and replied" Your Boss sucks". This individual is always in a bad mood and yells at me for not knowing something though He has not shown me yet. I quit a job to do this and paid these people really well. I think they do not care. They got my loot and that was their goal. The other artists that are there, also have bad attitudes and when I ask a question seem annoyed or reluctant to give me feedback. I asked one guy how to pull lines...His response was" do an apprenticeship" Ha!! I am supposedly. Sometimes the shop has such a negative aura about it , that I do not even feel like going in. I truly wished I would have done more research before going to this shop. I advise anyone who is seeking out an apprenticeship to make sure you like the people, the shop, and that this is really what you want to do. I will continue tattooing though I am 40, by learning through DVDs, media, forums, newsletters, and picking the artists brains that i respect. I appreciate some of the comments here and wish everyone here good luck!! Just for the record, I have a formal background in art, and have drawn most of my life..As I heard previously mentioned make sure you respect whom you choose to apprentice under. I am a better artist than my supposed mentor and every other artist in the shop mentioned above. I am not saying this egotistically, however as much as so someone can learn.
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I have recently undergone an apprenticeship, without the knowledge of Tattooing, or the background of the shop. Well lets just say they used to be affiliated with a shop that has a bad reputation. They were happy to "take my money". Being as it was the only option, I jumped at what I thought was an opportunity. I don't mind doing the shop "bitch" work, however; enduring someone's attitude daily is becoming very frustrating. My so-called Mentor was supervising a Tattoo i was doing on an old punk friend of mine.He was satisfied, as he knows I am learning. The lines were a bit shaky and he did not hesitate to tell me. That's fine. My friend texted me shortly afterward, and replied" Your Boss sucks". This individual is always in a bad mood and yells at me for not knowing something though He has not shown me yet. I quit a job to do this and paid these people really well. I think they do not care. They got my loot and that was their goal. The other artists that are there, also have bad attitudes and when I ask a question seem annoyed or reluctant to give me feedback. I asked one guy how to pull lines...His response was" do an apprenticeship" Ha!! I am supposedly. Sometimes the shop has such a negative aura about it , that I do not even feel like going in. I truly wished I would have done more research before going to this shop. I advise anyone who is seeking out an apprenticeship to make sure you like the people, the shop, and that this is really what you want to do. I will continue tattooing though I am 40, by learning through DVDs, media, forums, newsletters, and picking the artists brains that i respect. I appreciate some of the comments here and wish everyone here good luck!! Just for the record, I have a formal background in art, and have drawn most of my life..As I heard previously mentioned make sure you respect whom you choose to apprentice under. I am a better artist than my supposed mentor and every other artist in the shop mentioned above. I am not saying this egotistically, however as much as so someone can learn.
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Lol, In Reference to what Dark Shader said, Apprenticeships are not a waste of time. The only reason you get treated like shit from anyone is because you've brought it upon yourself. Im at the end of a 2 year apprenticeship, and never once felt like a tool or that they were treating me like shit. I had a job to do, so i did it. End of story. Unless you want to dole out 5000 dollars and not expect to do any hard work, Not exactly a bad trade off. And honestly? I talked with my boss about extending my apprenticeship. I don't care what you say or who you are, 6 months is not enough time to know enough about everything that goes into the job. It's mathematic, it's organic, it's patience, and it's time. And within all of this, you better believe cleaning tubes is probably one of the most beneficial forearm strength training exercises you can possibly fucking do.
Peace and love
red
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@ darth shader.. if ur killing 10 pieces a day id like to see some pics of the quality if u have time.
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I am a self taught tattoo artist. I wish I could be an apprentice. I even know the guy who I would want to be my mentor, I just gotta work on other things before I can do that. I honestly study more on the subject than I do hands on, but that is because the few times I do actually put the needle to the skin I want to know exactly what I am doing and be as clean as possible.
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You flooded the needle with ink.. When your starting a tattoo tap on the foot peddle about 8 times not too long of a tap or maybe 5 for you only get the needle with ink on it and a little bit in the space and try... im curious to how yours came out awesome and his came out like that ..

&& I'm a person that barely knew how to draw and had no knowledge of what to do as a tattoo artist and got the hang of it in less than a month and started making more money then a average tattoo artist ... All it takes is patience and perseverance .. until this day i still cant believe people book me to do their tattoos and that i make so much money just from a curiosity of mine that turned into a second career for me..

So, dont give up get more help from a professional and go for it again. FEMALE ARTISTS are awesome! Look at my story : )
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Hi there. I am also a beginner tattooist and would like some advice and help to begin my journey to becoming a professional and I also have my own Tattooing Kit. Could you please tell me how long it would take to actually become a pro? One of my uncles was a tattooist and sometimes I do wish I'd taken it up when I was younger. Can you help?
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@Darth Vader: I gotta say, man, if you're doing ten tattoos a day while running your own private studio it sounds like you're doing too much goddamn work. I honestly think you sound like you're full of shit and if what you say IS true, you're doing shit tattoos. I have yet to meet the artist rocking out that many tattoos a day that are doing anything of any kind of quality, or better yet, are actually doing ten tattoos a day. That's horse shit. I worked in a fairly busy street shop for my first year and ten tattoos a day was unheard of, and I wasn't going hungry.

I don't want to say that artists of any decent caliber are doing large pieces all the time because there are some dope artists who rock out small pieces of flash all day everyday, but I think your advice sounds like the advice of a scratcher who couldn't cut it and is out there hurting people. I could be wrong... and PLEASE prove me wrong because I'd love to know you're not out there doing bullshit tattoos on people and playing professional but that was some of the least professional advice I've ever heard.

That being said: Any self taught artist worth his salt that I've met has unanimously agreed an apprenticeship is the way to go. Obviously you can find bad ones, and I know a few people who'd had really bad experiences that SHOULD have led to more in the right hands, but overall apprenticeships are the smartest, cleanest, FASTEST way to become a tattoo artist of decent quality as long as you have the drive to do it.
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i m beggner in tattooing .these days i m practicing in fake skin.and i have already made 10 tattoos. these r only tribles . i m facing problem in lining . what should i do to be perfect in lining ?
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easy get an apprenticeship and you learn all you need
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Gorge,

I wanna know where you went to get an apprenticeship. Because I've been looking all over the county and haven't found an open seat.

Yet.
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