Tattoo Apprenticeships and Piercing Apprenticeships

Tattoo and piercing apprenticeships at Body Art & Soul Tattoos are based on the traditional tattoo apprenticeship and piercing apprenticeship models with an increased focus on ongoing professional development, practice assessments, and real work experience. And yet, we pride ourselves on being different from a traditional apprenticeship. We "ink different" by providing clients with the warmest, most welcoming tattoo studio they've ever experienced—and our apprenticeships are just as warm and inclusive. We strive to ensure that our clients love their experience at Body Art & Soul Tattoos by providing high-quality custom tattoos with world-class customer service. We mentor our apprentices so they learn the skills to do just that. We provide apprenticeships with dignity to artists from all walks of life, and as a result, we have one of the most open and diverse artistic communities in the tattoo industry.

Get Started: Attend a Workshop

Sign up for one of our day-long workshops to learn about what makes us "ink different" with our tattoo apprenticeships and piercing apprenticeships.

  • "'Ink Different' means being yourself and not trying to blend in and also being the best of yourself. When you walk in the door, when you walk in the shop, you leave all negativity behind, people need to be comfortable, you want them to have the best experience ever." –Oksana, Tattoo Artist in Jersey City
    Oksana Weber
    Tattoo Artist
  • "For me 'Ink Different' means I don't have to wear black and be heavily tattooed and have tattoos on my face. I can be whoever I want to be. This is who I am and I do art in this medium and that's the difference." –Paloma, Tattoo Artist in New Haven
  • "Being a tattoo artist, you have the freedom to do whatever you want. It's financial stability once you get to a certain point but I also like the grind, you have to work hard for every dollar you make. I'm going to be doing this for the next 30 years, so that's not going to get old any time soon." –Dolphin, Tattoo Artist in Los Angeles
  • "I think my favorite thing about being a tattoo artist is being able to impact lives in a way I didn't think I'd be able to in a career in art. It didn't have to be about fame, about notoriety, it was about helping people and making someone else happy through your artwork." –Ryan, Tattoo Artist in Bergen County, NJ"
  • "I love what I do. I love that I can make money off of it. Tattooing makes me more creative: I have to draw every day, I have to keep coming up with new ideas, it's kind a playground. The more I do, the more creative I get, the happier I am." –Aly, Tattoo Artist in Los Angeles
  • "Every day is different and every tattoo is different and you are pretty much your own boss. I used to work as a graphic artist and leaving a salary-type job and doing something I really enjoy is 1000x worth the effort. I'm seeing myself doing this for the rest of my life." –Delvirus, Tattoo Artist in Brooklyn
    Eric "Delvirus"
    Tattoo Artist
  • "What I like most about being a tattoo artist is the fact that I get to do what I love for a living. Ink Different means you can be yourself and have your own style." –Oscar, Tattoo Artist in Jersey City
    Oscar Aguilar
    Tattoo Artist
  • "'Ink Different' to me is very personal because my identifying as a trans man means it's really difficult getting into the tattoo industry. With Body Art & Soul I felt extremely welcomed." –Dylan, Tattoo Artist in Brooklyn
    Dylan Thomas
    Tattoo Artist
  • "I couldn’t find myself another tattoo shop. They told me, no we don’t have time or we don’t have space for you or something negative. I found this. I came and I liked it—I saw the positive vibe that was here and I’ve been here since." –Sergio, Tattoo Artist in Los Angeles
    Sergio Meza
    Tattoo Artist

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