An Ink Artist’s Guide To Success

Art has many manifestations. For centuries, different cultures have characterized art in different styles. Every form of art resonates a deeper meaning and tradition. Skin art has been very much an established practice in various cultures since time long past. These impressions have been used to give expression to different ideas and beliefs in the society. People permanently inked their skin to symbolize their religious bent, to signify their social standing, as a native tradition or as talismans. Mainly, people manually made incisions in the skin and filled it with a dark pigment. Most of the ancient skin art were monochromatic. Therefore, it can be said that skin art has always been a time-honored way of ornamentation.

Contemporary skin art has evolved in terms of intricacy and workmanship. Sophisticated inking machines are used to create elaborate and artful designs. The entire body can be transformed into a colorful canvas. There is an aesthetic interplay of colors and illustrations. Such pieces can only be the handiwork of the adept. So, just like any other art form, you have to learn to tattoo. There is no dearth of ink artists these days. However, to make a mark of your own, you have to be well trained and equipped.

The basic requirements to become an ink artist are:

You should be artful and imaginative: creativity is the weapon of every artist.

You should have patience and tactfulness: it takes long hours of sitting to create intricate pieces. Sometimes, the clients have bizarre demands that need to be dealt tactfully.

You should be nimble enough to operate the ink machine: swift movements are required for a quick and minimum pain experience for the client.

A proper tutelage and experience under an expert: you are never good enough till you learn from the best in the trade.

A license for the profession of an ink artist: it’s advisable to be certified and recognized by the state.

After completing the apprenticeship, you have to fulfill certain requirements to become a licensed ink artist. Different states have different rules for granting a license to an ink artist. Often the state demands from an artist a particular number of inking sessions along with passing a licensing exam. It is also important for an ink artist to regularly upgrade his or her skills by attending workshops and seminars. An adept ink artist should have the knowledge about the health hazards associated with this practice. Therefore, you must attend workshops related to the prevention of skin diseases and infections. Remember, a good ink artist not only creates great pieces but also keeps in mind the safety of his clients.

Piera Zayas