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!
November 26, 2019

Top 7 Tips to Get a Great First Tattoo: Aftercare

You’ve got your first tattoo, and your artist has given you their tattoo aftercare sheet. Now what? 1) Have Fresh Towels and Linen Ready A new tattoo is an open wound and you want to keep it clean and free from the risk of infection as it heals. It is a simple step which people often forget, use fresh towels after showering and change the sheets on the bed.  2) Follow Your Aftercare Instructions Your tattoo artist will have given you some aftercare instructions, don’t throw these away. In general most agree to gently wash your tattoo with non-fragranced soap and use a natural moisturizer to keep it from drying out. Your tattoo artist will have some suggestions for product options ranging from simple moisturizers through to specialist bandages. All artists agree to avoid products like sunscreen as the complex chemicals in them will irritate and delay your healing. 3) […]
November 14, 2019
First Tattoo Advice for During Your Appointment

First Tattoo Advice: During Your Appointment Tips 6-10

You’ve found the right artist for you, had the consultation, and booked the date to get your first tattoo. Excited? Nervous? Here’s the next installment in our first tattoo advice series focusing on what to do during your appointment. Read the rest of the series for the complete list of top tips for making sure getting your first tattoo is a great experience. 6) Wear Comfortable Clothes Getting ready for a tattoo is not the same as getting ready for a hot date. You don’t need to “dress to impress,” but wearing clean and comfortable clothes will make your experience more pleasant. The placement of the tattoo may also affect what you want to wear on the day. Wearing skin tight pants won’t do you any favors if you are getting your thigh tattooed, and wearing hot-pants won’t make you any more comfortable when you get your shoulder tattooed. Bring […]
November 1, 2019
First Tattoo Tips: The Day of Your Appointment

First Tattoo Tips 1-5: The Day of Your Appointment

You’ve found the right artist for you, had the consultation, and booked the date to get your first tattoo. Excited? Nervous? Relax, Body Art & Soul Tattoos has made this guide on how to ensure you have a great first tattoo experience. Read this second installment in our series of top first tattoo tips to make sure you have a great experience!  THE RUN-UP TO YOUR APPOINTMENT 1) Adjust Your Schedule Tattoo aftercare is important. Important enough to start thinking about it even before you’ve been tattooed! Not only will it make the healing process more comfortable, it affects how the tattoo will look when it has healed. It is best not to book your tattoo session the week before you go hiking in the mountains, or just before a holiday at the beach. A fresh tattoo is an open wound and needs to be protected from infection and irritants—so […]
October 11, 2019
Top 5 Tips to Get a Great First Tattoo: Part 1

Top 5 Tips to Get a Great First Tattoo: Before Your Appointment

You’ve been wanting to get inked for years, and finally the time is right to get your first tattoo. You’re excited and just a bit nervous! You’ve heard horror-stories about people regretting their tattoos, you’ve seen some tragically funny examples of regrettable ink, and you are worried about making the same mistake. Good! That means you’re taking getting your tattoo seriously. Luckily for you, Body Art & Soul Tattoos is here to help and we’ve put together some tips about what you should and shouldn’t do before, during, and after your first tattoo to ensure it is an enjoyable experience. What to Do Before the Appointment for Your First Tattoo 1) Do your research. It is important to find the right artist and style for the tattoo that suits you. For a first tattoo it makes sense to pick a design that has a personal connection. You’ll want to be […]
September 27, 2019

Four Tips for Choosing the Right Tattoo Machine for You!

Any good artist understands the importance of using the right tools for the job. No matter how skilled a tattooer you are, having a good tattoo machine will make it easier for you to create amazing tattoos on your client’s skin. Below we have four tips to help you make the best choice: 1) What Material is the Tattoo Machine Made of? The last thing you want is for the machine to break mid-tattoo and risk damaging your customer’s skin (and your reputation in the process). You need a reliable machine and be able to trust that it is going to work properly. For this reason you’ll find that the best tattoo machines are made out of iron, steel, brass, bronze, or aluminium. Their strong metal frames ensure a sturdy, durable machine that you will spend less time setting up, and more time tattooing. Aluminium machines are more light-weight, with […]
September 6, 2019

Top 3 Reasons to Start a Tattoo Apprenticeship this Back-to-School Season

As summer turns to fall and the leaves on the trees change color, we often think about making changes in our own lives. This time of year, people of all ages return to school to learn new skills and embark on a journey to a new life and new career. Starting something new and making a big change like going back into formal education is exciting! It opens up a whole new future. But, for many, the prospect of taking out student loans and spending decades paying it off is intimidating. The uncertainty of leaving art school and not knowing how long it will take you to find a job, let alone a well-paid job that allows you to be creative from the get-go, stops many people from even dreaming of making that change. What if there was a school where you could explore your creative side, get structured training, […]
August 22, 2019
Create an Exceptional Tattoo Flash Portfolio

3 Steps for Creating an Exceptional Tattoo Flash Portfolio

You’ve decided you want to start a tattoo apprenticeship, so you gather all your drawings and paintings ready to create a portfolio to impress. If you are as passionate about your art as we are, deciding which pieces to showcase and which pieces to leave at home is your worst nightmare. You could spend hours sitting staring at them, second guessing which pieces someone else might want to see. We can’t sit with you and make those decisions for you, but we can start you off with 3 steps for creating an exceptional tattoo flash portfolio. 1) Self-critique your work. This is the hardest step, be objective and honest with yourself and determine your strengths. What art skills do you have? Are you great at watercolors, amazing with color pencils, or is your specialty shaded linework drawings? Are your lines shaky and you’re not sure how to really use your […]
June 26, 2019
Cosmetic Tattoos by Maddie Harvey

INKspiration – Maddie Harvey, Tattoo Artist

As everyone who has been tattooed knows, the process of getting a tattoo is a unique experience! No two people have quite the same story. Whether it’s a memorial, a celebration of self expression, a declaration of friendship, or just because, every tattoo has some kind of meaning. Just as the motivation for getting a new tattoo is significant to the wearer, the motivations for becoming a tattoo artist can be just as personal. And the stories of each aspiring tattoo artist are equally as unique. In this blog, we’re introducing you to Maddie Harvey, an artist in our Philly studio, who has a very inspiring story. Maddie found her calling as a tattoo artist with a specialty in cosmetic tattoos when she saw how it helped rebuild her mother’s body-confidence after a preventative mastectomy. “My mom had found out that she was bracket 2 positive, which is a genetic […]
June 25, 2019
4 Steps to Artistic Independence

4 Steps to Artistic Independence

You don’t want to waste your life burning countless hours stuck in your morning commute, mindlessly filling out paperwork, or getting yelled at by bosses. There’s so much more to life than driving people around in a ridesharing car or typing up expense reports. Instead of dreading every work day, you could start a new career and follow your passion to become a professional tattoo artist. But no matter how excited you are about following your dreams and starting your tattoo artist career, any job change that big may seem scary at first. Thankfully, you don’t have to start your new tattoo artist career alone. Unlike art schools, traditional colleges, or trade schools, we’re ready to help you change your career into something you’ll really love. Whether you work from behind a desk, behind a steering wheel, or from home, we’re here to guide you every step of the way […]