With summer heating up, it’s time to start thinking of going back to school, and for Macarena Rodriguez, “back to school” meant learning to tattoo and creating beautiful works of art. Macarena already had a master’s degree in fashion design and a career as a designer for a boutique branding agency, so when she moved to the US from Argentina, an agency job seemed like the obvious choice. She had dreams of creating breathtaking tattoos, but she discovered that tattoo apprenticeships were difficult to obtain and buried in a negative, exclusive culture.
Everything changed for her when she discovered Body Art & Soul’s tattoo apprenticeship program. Unlike more traditional apprenticeships, Body Art & Soul offered a warm, welcoming environment that was open and inclusive. For someone coming to America, Body Art & Soul was a family, a home that would champion Macarena’s unique perspectives and artistic vision.
While tattooing was Macarena’s dream, it meant a career change from what she went to college for and the industry she worked in, and without Body Art & Soul’s approach to tattoo apprenticeships, it would have been much more of a struggle. Thankfully, Macarena took the apprenticeship at Body Art & Soul Tattoos, and made this shift. Now she is doing what she loves for a living, bringing in a solid income, and living a life where she can Ink Different®.
“I get inspired by the environment, by my people. I keep learning and they keep training me.”
The tattoo industry hasn’t traditionally welcomed diversity and new perspectives, but that’s where Body Art & Soul is shaking things up. By celebrating what makes each person unique and nurturing the talents of artists like Macarena, Body Art & Soul is opening the door for anyone with the desire to learn, grow, and follow their heart as a tattoo artist.
It’s never too late to embrace your artistic passions, whether you’re a fashion designer, a tow truck driver, or a nuclear physicist.
“This is a great opportunity to learn and you end up doing breathtaking pieces.”
If going back to school means finally following your dreams and learning to tattoo, check out Body Art & Soul Tattoo’s Tattoo Apprenticeship Program and talk to an enrollment advocate today!