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Is there anything I should avoid when entering the tattoo industry?

Hi everyone, I will shortly be a tattoo apprentice and I was just wondering if theres anything I should in tattoo shops or in the tattoo industry as a upcoming tattoo artist? tattoo tattoos tattooing ink tattoo-apprenticeship artist art apprenticeship

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Congratulations on being accepted for a tattoo apprenticeship. The art and skill of a tattoo artist is an honor and should not be taken lightly. The reason it is an honor is someone is trusting you to place a piece of art on their body that may be present for the rest of their life. They will think and see your work every day. And others will too.
One of the areas to avoid is from a healthcare aspect. Remember not to cut corners on infection control, sterility of instruments, and use of ink. The importance of these three aspects is to protect you and your client. As you work with bodily fluids (blood) you want to ensure you are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, washing hands, know how to use sterilization equipment and ensure it is working properly, and avoid cross contamination of ink. I find it interesting that one may not realize the depth of knowledge that tattoo artist have regarding more than the art. Recently, I was reading an article from a women’s health article on what should be considered when a patient is deciding to get a tattoo. I found the information very helpful as a healthcare professional for educating myself and others.

All the best during your studies and practice in becoming a tattoo artist.
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