I love Instagram for blog post inspiration. Without it I probably wouldn't have seen this gem if a post from Things & Ink. This showed in my feed last week and I just had to share!
OK pretty self explanatory on how most tattooists are going to feel about this right?
Well I thought I'd write about why this image is quite rightly captioned as bullshit.
Now I'm no tattooist. I'd never even try. I have little drawing talent. I'm barely a graphic designer, and that's as close as I'll get to being described as a creative. But it seems from this that even I could "train" and become "qualified" as a tattooist. There's a lot of bunny ears going on here because "qualified" as a tattooist from a "course" is generally unheard of.
General rule for most tattooists these days is:
- Draw stuff
- Draw more stuff
- Keep drawing stuff
- Show some tattooists what you're drawing
- Get an apprenticeship
- Draw a bit more
- Learn about the theory of tattooing, the science, the techniques
- Do a bit more drawing
- Sell some art
- Practice on some fake skin
- Finally and I mean finally do a real tattoo on a real paying person
- Keep practising, usually at discounted rates
- Draw, draw, draw
- Work fucking hard and prove yourself
- At some point in the future you will finally realise you are a tattooist, but you never stop learning and improving
As you can see there's not really a fast track route, and you need talent.
I could tattoo. I'd get punched in the face a lot and probably sued because to be frank, I would be a shit tattooist. Like really shit. But I know this hence why I write about tattoos and don't do them.
So can you take a tattoo course seriously? No. It's a short cut for people not willing to out in the time, effort or talent into getting there the proper way. Perhaps there should a test for tattooists to rat out those that are unprofessional and unsafe, but then that is why there are health certificates for studios.
Of course, this is my opinion; so what is yours?
Should there be courses for tattooists?
Or is it just a short cut for those without true talent and drive?