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If you’re searching for a “tattoo school near me”, then you’ve come to the right place!
In today’s post, we’re breaking down how to become a tattoo artist in seven different states so that you can find a tattoo apprenticeship and tattoo school near you. Each state has different requirements and different schools available, so read carefully!
A tattoo apprenticeship program is similar to a trade school. At places like Body Art & Soul’s Tattoo School, it is a formal education process. During a tattoo apprenticeship, you will gain skills and knowledge on everything you need to become a successful tattoo artist. You will learn from a certified tattoo artist who will mentor you with hands-on learning.
A tattoo apprenticeship is absolutely necessary to becoming a successful tattoo artist. Not only is it legally required in some states to become licensed, but it’s also an unparalleled experience shadowing a professional tattoo artist. You can’t replace learning from a veteran artist with an online tattoo course. You need real mentorship.
We’ll go over how to find a tattoo apprenticeship near me later on, but first, here are a few things to know about how to become a tattoo artist and apprentice.
If you’re thinking about becoming a tattoo apprentice, there are a few things you should know about the career first. Becoming a tattoo artist does take hard work, but it can be very worth it. Here are a few things to keep in mind before becoming a tattoo apprentice and eventually, a tattoo artist.
Tattoo Apprenticeships Are Unpaid. If fact, not only are they unpaid, they are no longer free. Old school traditional apprenticeships require you to trade your labor for your learning. Unfortunately, these old school models are unregulated and led to decades of honor stories that no one is interested in enduring anymore. No more harassment, and no anxiety. Today, you can find a tattoo school or apprenticeship near you that will give you the training and clarity you need.
Apprenticeships Come With A Cost – Way Less Than Comparisons. You will pay for your tattoo apprenticeship. You will also likely need to purchase tools and equipment (machines, needles, skins pens, etc.). On the high end, the costs of a tattoo apprenticeship can be about $20,000, but on average they can cost around $10,000. When you compare these costs to the average cost of other trade schools at around $33,000 and the average cost of a four-year college being over $100,000, your opportunity to earn six figures as a tattoo artist is s steal!
It can take years. Some states have a minimum length requirement for your tattoo apprenticeship before you can become a tattoo artist. Your tattoo apprenticeship can range from one to three years or more. At Body Art & Soul’s Tattoo School, it can be done in a year.
You should love art. It sounds straightforward, but it is often overlooked – tattoo artists need to enjoy art and have some artist talents. Your tattoo artist mentor doesn’t want to teach you to draw; they want to teach you to tattoo. So, make sure to come to your tattoo apprenticeship with some artistic background. Many successful tattoo apprentices have an art background and work in other art mediums besides tattoos.
It takes hard work and practice. Even if you have great artistic skills, you will still need to put in the hours to build develop your skills and personal style. Natural talent is not enough – you do need to continue to develop your skills to stand out from the competition. You should practice your drawing skills every day during your tattoo apprenticeship.
You need business skills too. A successful tattoo artist not only has great artistic skills but also works to expand their business skills. You will need to learn skills such as budgeting and marketing. Working with a professional tattoo artist can help you learn those hard skills.
You must be patient with people, and sometimes will be their therapist. People come in for tattoos to commemorate major life events: deaths, birthdays, births, marriage, etc. Sometimes it can be an emotional process, and you may need to be patient and listen as they will share their story during your session. So, don’t enter a tattoo apprenticeship unless you have good people skills and are willing to listen.
Here are a few general requirements for joining a tattoo school or tattoo apprenticeship near you:
Every state has its own requirements for becoming a licensed tattoo artist. Some states have a licensing fee, and your application method may vary. Read more about the state requirements at Body Art & Soul Tattoos’s 2022 Definitive Guide to Tattoo Laws for how to become a tattoo artist in every state, and for California, Connecticut, Oregon, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania below. Hopefully, this list will help you answer the question, “how to find a tattoo school or tattoo apprenticeship near me?”
In California, tattoo licensing is managed by the individual counties’ health departments. However, the state does require an LEA-Approved Bloodborne Pathogen Course Certificate.
And a Hepatitis B vaccination. You can expect about a one-year tattoo apprenticeship which starts in a virtual classroom and then moves to in-person training. Check out Los Angeles Tattoo School which offers guaranteed job offers and has trained over 200 professional tattoo artists. Learn more about how to become a tattoo artist in California.
Currently, Connecticut administers licensing at the local level, and even licenses apprentices in cities like New Haven, CT, to the shop in New Haven. This could change in the future, however, you should always find a tattoo apprenticeship at the final shop where you plan to start your career in Connecticut, so check out Body Art & Soul’s Tattoo Studio at New Haven Tattoo School.
Oregon is the only state that requires aspiring tattoo artists to attend and complete training at a licensed tattoo school. thus, Oregon has over two dozen tattoo schools! Some of the most popular options are Captain Jack’s tattoo school, Point of View tattoo school, and Angel Ink tattoo school. Check out more licensed tattoo schools in Oregon here.
Florida Department of Health issues tattoo artist licenses. Florida requires a government-issued ID like a passport or driver’s license as well as a score above 70% on a Bloodborne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases course.
We recommend the Tampa, Florida Tattoo School, located in Ybor City, which is a very diverse and exciting part of town. The tattoo school is just around the corner from many bars, restaurants, and clubs on 7th avenue and is a short walk from the light rail. Learn more about how to become a tattoo artist in Florida.
Louisiana requires a license for each tattoo shop, but not for each tattoo artist. So, you should attend a tattoo school that teaches you how to run your own tattoo shop. World’s Only Tattoo School is an option for a local tattoo school in Louisiana.
New York requires a three-hour course on body infection and infectious diseases. There is also a licensing fee of $100 plus a $26 fee for the course.
Body Art & Soul Tattoos in Brooklyn is a perfect place to apprentice as a tattoo artist in New York. The shop in New York is filled with amazing art, including an awesome mural! They help you from end to end and guarantee a job offer once your tattoo apprenticeship is complete.
Pennsylvania does require a body artist certification, which not only covers tattoos but also body piercing, permanent makeup, and micro-blading. If you’re local to Philly, check out our Philadelphia tattoo apprenticeship program. A short way from downtown, Body Art & Soul Tattoos is a welcoming shop with talented artists excited to meet and mentor you. Learn more about how to become a tattoo artist in Philadelphia.
Missing your state from above? Let us know and we’ll plan to do your state next!
Of course, we are a little biased, as we have trained hundreds of highly successful tattoo artists. One thing that makes Body Art & Soul Tattoos’ Tattoo School and Tattoo Apprenticeship Program so unique, is that not only will you apprentice with one of our professional, experienced artists, you will receive a guaranteed job offer when you complete your apprenticeship! That’s right, we trained you, so we know you are ready to make a living from your art.
Wherever you are, we are on a mission to provide you with a tattoo school and tattoo apprenticeship near you so you can learn how to become a tattoo artist.
Go to TattooSchool.com to learn more and check out our locations.