Tattoos have gone mainstream: what was once considered a mark of rebellion abhorred by grandparents has become more like a rite of passage.
So it is a golden opportunity for all tattoo artists to be in this industry. But no matter how close and personal you are with your tattoo artist, there's still a lot about the art we don't know. We saw and worked with some experts in the art.
1. Tattoos are tough even if you sketch or draw well on paper and canvas.
The skin is sometimes a very difficult canvas to work on. There are some important rules that one needs to keep in mind. One might be an expert artist on canvas or on their sketchbooks but when it comes to human skin, there is a lot of things involved like the pain of an individual as the needle pierces his skin.
There have been instances where the skin is compromised because of the ignorance of the artist. So it is really important to know the nature of the skin, like a dermatologist. Maybe, not so deep in the trade but the basic points like how deep should the needle go and what is the quickest way to heal the skin.
2. Finding the right teacher.
Well, like any other art form, finding the right teacher is difficult and time-consuming. It takes a lot of trials and errors to find the right teacher, a person who you can idolize and learn. If you find it, Bingo!
But till you find the right teacher, you should keep on trying because like any other trade, a determination is the key.
3. You will make mistakes all the time.
"Failures are the pillars of success"
We have heard this a hundred times but in reality, failures are annoying. It makes you stop doing what you like the most.
Every artist in the world has been through failures nearly all their life. They didn't stop. Why? Beacuse they loved doing what they did. Sometimes, some pieces of art that you tattoo on someone might not be what you expected. It has still provided you with a lot of learning.
4. Practice whenever you can.
Learning new skills can be hard: it takes time and, above all, practice. Only through a gradual process we acquire the ability to walk, speak, or play the trumpet. This process, called motor skill learning, involves two structures within the brain: an 'actor', which adjusts the behavior of the animal, and a 'critic', which monitors the effect of the adjustments and compares it with the desired outcome. The interaction between these two regions results in a reinforcement of the adjustments made by the actor that the critic thinks will take the behavior closer toward the desired outcome until the practice has indeed made perfect.
So, don't expect to do it in a day. It will take time, accept that and do great Tattoos in your life.