“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso
Helping your child become a tattoo artist is a very unique challenge for any parent. We’re sure when your child was younger, you cheered them on every time they brought home a piece of artwork. Also, we are optimistic that whenever they wanted to paint, color, or sculpt with play-doh, you broke out the supplies and watched your little one create a masterpiece. So, bravo to you!
Research shows that participating in art activities is associated with better academic outcomes. It also gives children practice with self-expression, which is beneficial for emotional health and happiness in general.
Let’s fast forward to the present day. So, your child is now in their young adult-ish stage of life, wrestling with significant life decisions like what career will genuinely make me happy? How do I get the skills for this career? How will I get a job? So exciting and nerve-racking for you as a parent. That once-child of yours never put down those art supplies. Throughout grade school, junior high and high school their passion remained the same. That passion was art.
So now they’ve come to you and have told you they want a future in the arts. They want to be an Artist. They want to be a Tattoo Artist, so how do you help your child to become a Tattoo Artist?
How did you react? Are you excited and supportive? Wonderful! Confused and scared? Sorry to hear that, but we totally understand.
Many parents are just like you. Unfortunately, they aren’t sure how to guide a young person who wants a future in the arts. How will they get a job as an artist? How will they support themselves? What does an artist even do every day?
Yet, the cost of an apprenticeship at Ink Different Tattoo School with a guaranteed job offer is a micro-fraction of that!
Here’s the best news so far…your child can study to become a Professional Tattoo Artist.
There’s no replacement for experience in the tattoo industry, yet it is vital that you consider what kind of experience your child will be getting.
One way or another, they need to work in a real shop with a mentor to hone their skills and their art. They can get the experience of working in an actual shop with clients and other Tattoo Artists, which is irreplaceable. For this reason, a tattoo apprenticeship is key to becoming a successful Tattoo Artist.
This is the little secret that tattoo artists don’t share with the public. Outside of Ink Different’s nationwide program and the tattoo schools in the state of Oregon, most tattoo shops run extremely questionable apprenticeships.
Some tattoo apprenticeships are wild and unstable and only intended to use apprentices for free labor, amusement, cleaning up the shop, and doing administrative work as an alternative to having an actual employee or punching bag. Be careful. If your child is in one of these, make a change right away.
As mentioned above, Oregon is an excellent place to become a tattoo artist. In fact, the state has guidelines that are followed by over a dozen shops that provide tattoo school training. With that kind of state oversight, your child will dramatically reduce the likelihood of drama or trauma associated with their apprenticeship.
If you want a drama-free guarantee and a guaranteed job offer for your child, well, then there is only one place in the country that can make these kinds of guarantees: Ink Different Tattoo School. If you decide to take your tattoo apprenticeship at any of the locations owned and operated by Ink Different Tattoo School, your child will have a guaranteed job offer the day they finish their apprenticeship. This is really the only kind of apprenticeship you are looking to find if you can work out the geography of our locations in Los Angeles, New York, New Haven, Philadelphia, and Tampa.
States require Tattoo Artists to become licensed in order to practice. However, each state in the United States is different. Research your state here. This may include a fee and a written exam depending on the state. In fact, in states like Connecticut, an apprentice needs to be licensed as an apprentice to start their apprenticeship. Yet, a license of some kind is necessary to become a Tattoo Artist in every state. For this reason, at Ink Different Tattoo School we train every apprentice with the skills they need to pass the exams in order to become licensed.
Here’s another thing people will not tell you. Once your child has completed their tattoo apprenticeship at Ink Different, they have achieved getting licensed, they know how to tattoo, and they are working at a great shop (ours), it is now time for them to hustle their rear-ends off to let everyone in the world know they are a tattoo artist.
As you can imagine, one of the best ways to advertise as a Tattoo Artist is through using social media. Finally! All this obsession with their phones can actually turn into something good!
By creating an Instagram account and a TikTok account specifically to post designs and completed pictures of tattoos, your newly ordained Tattoo Artist child will be on their way to total financial independence. YES!
As someone with artistic talents, your child may have already considered a career in tattooing. More than likely, they were unsuccessful in finding an inviting tattoo apprenticeship that would help them grow as an artist on their journey. Unfortunately, this could have killed their hopes and dreams, and we totally understand.
Ink Different IS different. Why? Well, because we act, think, and ink differently. Also, we’ve trained over 200 highly successful, professional tattoo artists to date. This shows we know what we’re doing. We know the structure and support a tattoo apprentice needs, and we do it better than anyone else.
We understand if the past disappointed you, yet this is your pivotal moment. However, you’ve found a program with proven success, structure, and a guaranteed job offer the day they complete their apprenticeship! Now it’s up to you to help your kid become a Professional Tattoo Artist.
The Tattoo Industry is a $1.4 Billion industry in the US alone, and growing!
Our tattoo artists love the flexible hours and earning potential. Well, they are their own boss! So, they can create their own schedule that works for them, their clients, and their life, all while having the potential to earn a six-figure income as a Professional Tattoo Artist. Can anyone say, “WOW!?” It’s time to stop using that old-school term, “starving artist,” because our Tattoo Artists are Thriving!
If you’re feeling inspired and want to jump-start your child’s tattoo apprenticeship in a supportive, safe, and professional environment, start a chat on our website, or set up a call with an Advisor.
Our advisors will help create a schedule that works for them. Also, our knowledgeable trainers will mentor them every step of the way! Best of all, Ink Different’s apprenticeship starts online in a live virtual classroom, where they work one-on-one with their trainer in the early phases of their apprenticeship.
Once your young tattoo apprentice passes the work-from-home virtual classroom training requirements, they’re ready to complete their apprenticeship in one of our physical studios nationwide. Afterward, they can now choose Brooklyn, Los Angeles, New Haven, Philadelphia, or Tampa, with more locations coming soon.
One of the most critical parts of the curriculum is learning how to keep oneself and clients safe. However, with our training, you can be confident your child will have the skills and knowledge about preventing cross-contamination to work in a post-COVID world.
Seating is limited, so start a chat with one of our advisors today! You’re a fantastic parent, and your child is lucky to have you! Good luck, and we look forward to watching your young rockstar grow into the Professional Tattoo Artist they were destined to be!