Paul-Anthony Surdi

We’ve launched countless careers with our tattoo and piercing apprenticeships, and we have some great stories to share. Whether you’re a professional tattoo artist, currently an apprentice, or someone considering an apprenticeship, there’s always more to learn! Check out our tattoo apprenticeship blog and get inspired by the success stories, our helpful guides, and informative interviews. The Body Art & Soul Tattoo Apprenticeship Blog also offers the latest news in the tattoo and piercing industries so you can stay up to date on all cutting-edge tattoo and piercing technology and trends. Jump-start your career and stay informed by checking our apprenticeship blog regularly!
May 13, 2019
Top 5 Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Tattoo Artists

Top 5 Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Tattoo Artists

Read Our Advice for Aspiring Tattoo Artists We all know that getting a brand new beautiful tattoo is amazing! But did you know that the experience of giving someone a great tattoo can be even better? If you love art and you’re a fan of tattoos, a career as a professional tattoo artist is artistically satisfying and financially empowering. If you want to become a tattoo artist, the internet is overwhelming when you’re looking for advice on how to get started. That’s why we’ve pulled together our top 5 pieces of advice for aspiring tattoo artists. 1. Don’t Tattoo on Your Own The most important piece of advice for aspiring tattoo artists is to not tattoo on your own! Whatever you do, don’t buy a (hazardous) tattoo kit online and just start inking up your friends. Not only will you endanger yourself and your friends (bloodborne pathogens are bad news), […]
April 30, 2019
Art School Dropouts Make Awesome Tattoo Artists

Top 3 Reasons Art School Dropouts Make Awesome Tattoo Artists

Art School Wasn’t for Me So you tried art school and, for whatever reason, it wasn’t for you. Maybe it was the ever-increasing burden of horrific student loan debt? Maybe it was a structure that talked about “innovation” and “corporate disruption” but didn’t actually give you a roadmap to start your career? Whatever the reason was, you’re now in possession of student debt, some ill-defined credits, or a combination of both and feel no closer to the career in the arts you were seeking in the first place. Trust us when we say that we’ve been there. Not only us, but every year a significant portion of our trainees come from art schools feeling jaded and without a clear trajectory to their goals. That makes it all the more exciting to be able to transform these skilled individuals into professional artists who can pay their bills and knock down that […]
April 22, 2019
Tattoo Apprenticeship Fears and How to Overcome Them

Top 5 Tattoo Apprenticeship Fears that Make it Hard to Learn to Tattoo (and How to Overcome Them)

What Is Holding Me Back? So you want to learn to tattoo but you have a few concerns that are keeping you from getting started? While a future as a professional tattoo artist is lucrative and creatively empowering, any change this significant can be scary. We’ve personally gone through these same worries, so we’ll break down the top 5 tattoo apprenticeship fears holding you back from the career of your dreams as a professional tattoo artist (and how you can overcome them!). 1. Tattoo Apprenticeship Fear: The Cost Let’s deal with the 800 pound gorilla in the room right at the top… Can you afford to learn to tattoo? A tattoo apprenticeship is very much something where you get what you pay for. You’re looking for reasonably priced training that will get you to the career you want with the training you need to succeed. A quick online class that […]
April 8, 2019
Tattoo Kit Dangers

5 Hidden Dangers of a Tattoo Kit

There’s nothing better than creating a brand new, gorgeous tattoo on a client! But if you think that you can just buy a tattoo kit online for $50 and start tattooing, then it’s really important that you read the rest of this blog. Tattoo kits sound like a great, inexpensive way to start tattooing, but there are hidden dangers that pose a huge risk to you and your clients! Check out our top 5 hidden dangers of a tattoo kit below and keep yourself and your clients safe! 1. Tattoo Kit Quality The quality of these tattoo kits is absolutely horrifying. Any time you see tattoo kits with multiple machines, dozens of bottles of tattoo ink, and zillions of accessories for less than $200, you know the quality is garbage. These tattoo kits will stick you with tattoo needles that break, inks that could be toxic, and a sterilization nightmare. […]
April 1, 2019
Glow in the Dark Tattoos Heading

Glow in the Dark Tattoos – All you Need to Know (2019 Update)

The Draw of the Glow in the Dark Tattoo We all love tattoos and it’s great that there’s so much variety available with all the tattoo styles and designs out there, but what about glow in the dark tattoos? Glow in the dark tattoos can look amazing under blacklight, but there are a number of surprising risks and uncertainties when it comes to glow in the dark tattoo ink. We’ll start our analysis of these tattoos with a quick look at their history. Phosphorous and Other Ingredients When they were first developed, glow in the dark tattoos achieved their effect in a more straightforward way, but one that was determined to be quite dangerous. Years ago, glow in the dark tattoos used phosphorus based compounds, which is a carcinogen! This achieved an effect that glowed consistently, but one that could lead to a number of skin conditions including cancer! Nowadays […]
March 19, 2019
How much does a tattoo apprenticeship cost?

How Much Does a Tattoo Apprenticeship Cost?

Like many artists, you want to learn to tattoo, but don’t know the best way to do it. Are you asking yourself “how much does a tattoo apprenticeship cost?” We’re here to help! Download our guide for a comparison and cost analysis, so you don’t get fooled by hidden expenses or programs that promise a lot in too little time. Download the Guide to Tattoo Apprenticeship Costs The popularity of tattoos is exploding and there are more opportunities to make a successful career as a tattoo artist than ever, but getting the right training can be tricky. A Google search for “how much does a tattoo apprenticeship cost?” can turn up countless results, with each option offering different expenses, term lengths, and curriculums. And sometimes the tattoo apprenticeship cost is in time instead of money. This can make for a rather overwhelming decision, and make you wonder if there is […]
February 26, 2019

5 Reasons You’ll Love Tattoo Classes that You Might Not Expect

When most people think of a tattoo apprenticeship, the first image that pops into their head is probably some big, biker dude showing you how to hold a tattoo machine in some grungy tattoo shop. While those stereotypical shops still exist, a modern wave of tattoo apprenticeships, comprised of comprehensive tattoo classes, are available that provide cutting-edge dignified instruction so that artists can achieve long-term and successful careers. But your journey through the tattoo classes in your apprenticeship might surprise you and be a lot more fun than you’d expect! Let’s explore our top 5 reasons why you’ll love tattoo classes!   1. Tattoo Classes: It’s All About the Art The tattoo classes in your apprenticeship are all about the art! Learning how to use a tattoo machine is great, but if your tattoo art isn’t up to snuff, it doesn’t matter how precise you are with a tattoo machine. […]
February 26, 2019

Geometric Tattoos: Sacred Geometry for Your Skin

Tattoo trends come and go, but geometric tattoos, often called sacred geometry tattoos, have taken the tattoo world by storm. These challenging and beautiful tattoos require a nearly inhuman level of precision from the artist, but the results speak for themselves. Geometric tattoos often take inspiration from famous designs such as the nautilus shell, Metatron’s Cube, or the Flower of Life. These associations with famous geometrical designs and the meaning behind those designs has led to the term “sacred geometry tattoos.” While these designs have been used for centuries in all sorts of mediums, their increased popularity in tattooing today is likely due to Instagram and its increased influence in the world of tattoos. Geometric tattoos offer a beautiful, timeless look that offers a feeling of connection to the world and the ancient mathematics that define it. Regardless of your religion or philosophy, sacred geometry tattoos offer a universal appeal that […]
December 26, 2018
Tattoo Apprenticeship Guide

Tattoo Apprenticeship Guide

We love tattoos, and if you’re reading a blog about tattoo apprenticeships, then you probably love them too. Whether you’re checking Instagram for awesome artwork or you’re planning your next piece, tattoos are an amazing way to share who you are and what you care about. But when it comes to making tattoos yourself, it can be a bit confusing to even get started. Do you just go from shop to shop asking to start a tattoo apprenticeship or are there tattooing resources online? We know what it’s like to have questions, so have created this tattoo apprenticeship comparison infographic to help you ask the right questions to make your decision about finding the training that’s right for you. For decades tattoo studios have maintained a pretty exclusive culture when it comes to tattoo apprenticeships, often only allowing artists to apprentice if they look the part and they know someone […]