So you want to be a tattoo artist? So did I 20 years ago. I was one of the lucky ones to get the first apprenticeship I ever asked for. Or should I say, that my mother asked for, on my behalf. I was super shy, so she had to speak on my behalf. I quickly learned to toughen up, but I guess that will have to be another story, in another book. When I started, I had a mentor who was also a biker. In those days that was very normal. Being a tattoo artist without also being a biker was extremely rare. I was also female in a very male-dominated world.
Getting into tattooing today is very different from when I started, so my advice to you in this guide is based on both my old school experience as an apprentice and my modern experience as a shop owner.