Monday, November 15, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
There's a few things that will help you get into a good apprenticeship, as opposed to learning the wrong way.
One thing to consider is that this is a way of life, not just some neat thing that makes you feel cool. Tattooing permeates every aspect of your life, you breathe it, drink it, dream it, live by it and die by it. While it's pretty romanticized these days with all the t.v. shows, the reality is that it is a BEYOND FULL TIME JOB. You don't just show up "9-5" you work all day, then go home and draw, or paint, or market. You get up and get things ready for the days tattoos, if there's no appointments you go market. There are no real days off, even when you have a day off, you're still working somehow.
With that in mind the things that will do you the best are these.
1) Draw, paint, sculpt, whatever you enjoy artistically now, focus all of your time and energy into it.
2) If you aren't taking any art courses now, start to. The more you know about art, composition, color theory, technique, design, typography, etc the better. Every type of art you do influences, and improves each other. Whether it's painting, digital, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, photography, sculpture, or even metalsmithing. It all interacts, as well as prepares you for new art forms you may discover in the future.
3) Put together a portfolio, well made. Don't just throw some pics into a binder, put it together in a professional manner.
4) When you go into a shop looking for an apprenticeship, go in like you are applying for a job, this is after all a life long career. Don't wander in after a day of running around, but pick a day that is dedicated to going into shops looking for your way into the industry.
5) Get to be known at a few shops, if you're a familiar face, and they know that you're an artist, you stand a better chance at being offered a chance. But don't just go in and hang out, get tattooed when you can. No one wants to take on an apprentice with no tattoos. If you don't have good tattoos, how can anyone expect to believe you love it? Also don't just pick shops at random to become familiar, go to a few shops and see where you feel the most comfortable and stoked to visit. If this is hopefully going to be a place that you begin tattooing from you'd better get along with the people who will possibly be teaching and working with you.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Old Town Car Show
First Friday Gallery Walks.
Roller Derby bouts & other events.
Flyering person to person in high traffic areas week days and/or weekends.
What you get:
Free admission to events that we ask you to market at.
$10 per hour toward tattoo work which you are able to use once you have earned at least $100.
Discounts on clothing and jewelry.
Must be at least 18 years of age. Everyone interested may contact Sandy either through facebook at http://www.facebook.com/people/Casandra-Shell/622361047, or stop into the studio on Mondays between 11am and 9pm.
Friday, April 23, 2010
1. The purpose of a consultation is to discuss a tattoo design with the goal of coming to an agreement between client and tattoo artist about body placement and what the tattoo will look like. Agreement between both parties on the final design must be reached before an appointment is scheduled to insure the client is clear about what they want and the artist is clear about what they are expected to design. Reference material is helpful. At this point, this can include specific designs, or just general pictures you connect with somehow.
2. A non-refundable cash deposit (minimum of $40) must be paid if an appointment is made or a second consultation scheduled for the client to view the finished design prior to making an appointment. If during the second consultation it is determined the tattoo must be significantly reworked or redesigned, the first deposit goes to compensate the artist for time spent on the first drawing and the process starts over with a new non-refundable cash deposit (in the same amount as before) for either another consultation or appointment.
Appointment Policy: (appointments are available at 11:30am or 5pm)
1. Once both parties have agreed on a final design an appointment may be scheduled upon reciept of a non-refundable cash deposit (minimum of $40). If for some reason the client needs to reschedule the appointment, this must be done at least 48 hours before the day of the appointment to retain the deposit and this can only be done once. Any additional rescheduling of the appointment will require another non-refundable cash deposit (minimum of $40).
2.If the client decides on a major design change on the day of the appointment, requiring the appointment be rescheduled, the deposit will compensate the artist for time spent on the design and a new non-refundable cash deposit must be paid to schedule the new appointment.
3.Any deposit more than 90 days old is forfeit. Appointments in the book more than 90 days apart are exempt.