I worked at a shop 3-4 days a week, for about 18 months. There was another apprentice who I would practice on and they would practice on me.
After about 18 months the pressure became too much and I'm a very nervous person and everything was so overwhelming I had to leave.
The boss took 4 machines, all my artwork and made me sign a contract that stated I could never tattoo again at another shop or my own. I said I thought this was harsh about the lifetime ban but he said if I did not sign he would contact supply companies to not supply me, the penalty would be $10,000.
I know people might say why did I sign that and I ask myself that too, but at the time I was going through a very hard time mentally and I was getting physically sick.
It's been 2 years now and I've been doing small practice tattoo on my friends etc but I want to continue my career. I live 2.5 hours away from the shop and was wondering whzt your guys advice is? Many thanks