Advice for New Tattoo Artists

Every tattoo artist has to start somewhere; we were all new at tattooing once upon a time. Not a single tattoo artist started out being as good as they are now and, like many art forms, practice really does make perfect.

We’ve all made and learnt from mistakes in the past, no matter how well we are able to tattoo. That’s why asking seasoned tattooing professionals for help and advice is always advised – especially as our art form is intended to be a permanent addition to someone’s body.

So what would our advice be to budding new tattoo artists looking to get into the wonderful world of body art?

Practise Makes Perfect

It’s definitely an over-used saying, but it is really true – the more your practise tattooing, the better you will get. Whether you are great at line work but need to brush up on your shading technique – or even simply improve your drawing skill to be able to draw in your own unique style it will take time to perfect and definitely won’t happen overnight.

It’s also worth mentioning that you shouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself to finish an entire tattoo design in one sitting. It will require multiple conversations with your client to get it right, so don’t expect your first design to be perfect. Again, the more you practice the art of tattooing and all the processes that come along with it, the better you'll get

Don’t Be Scared of Critique

The one thing that many new tattooists are scared of is finding out what more experienced artists think of their work, when in fact it’s the one thing that they should be doing.


Having a seasoned tattooist take a look at your work will allow them to give advice on how you can improve – or more importantly what they like about your skill. As most tattooists have their own style, they’ll be able to help you identify and focus on your style, making your tattoo style even better and more unique.

They’ll also be able to help you avoid slipping into bad habits; don’t worry, every tattooist makes them at some point. Experienced artists will be able to guide you away from them and keep your art and tattoo service from suffering because of bad habits that you may have picked up.

Whether you’re a tattooing pro or an artistic newbie, you’re going to need to invest in some top quality tattooing supplies. Feel free to get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help you find the equipment you need.