How to become a tattoo artist #ASKEMPIRE

How to become a tattoo artist #ASKEMPIRE


What’s up everybody! This is Steve Sta. Cruz from Empire Ink Lifestyle. What we’re doing with this short clip is basically,
we are bringing you into our lifestyle. I mean, that’s really what we’re doing. We’re gonna answer some questions. There are things that you guys really wanna
know. And, based on my experience, I’m gonna answer
to the best of my knowledge. One of the questions that everybody keeps
asking is like: Hey Steve! How do I become a tattoo artist? So, this is uh.. you know, there’s no right
or wrong way. But, there’s an ethical way and I respect
fore way. What happens is, in our industry, this is
an artistic industry. You kinda learn, how to tattoo by being passed
down the knowledge from a master to an apprentice. You come in to the tattoo industry as an apprentice. We believe that every shop has its own ways
of teaching. So, whenever you’re going on apprentice for
a specific shop, it does… it may not necessarily mean that you’re gonna learn what other people
are gonna teach you. But, you’ll learn generally what that shop
has to show you. That’s why it’s very important for you to
know the caliber of the shop that you’re being apprentice under, the type of artist that’s
there and also how they move, how they sell because in this industry it’s about how you
carry yourself, it’s about how you sell yourself to your clients. You know.. And, there’s no way you can sell yourself
unless, you believe in your self first. You have to really know how to be an artist. Artist has to be in your blood. It has to be your passion. You can’t just come in here and think that
you’re gonna do a part-time job for tattooing and that’s gonna be it. That’s not what’s gonna happen here. This is obviously not how Empire runs thing. If you don’t have artistic blood pumping through
your veins you do not belong here. You do not need to be tattooing. Tattooing is something that is a very serious
thing because you’re putting a piece of art into somebody’s skin for life. You know.. the tattoo is like I said before,
the skin bleeds, it breathes, it thinks, it fights back, it resists, it’s in pain, it
endures and also it attracts.. that you know..that.. that pain and pleasure from the tattoo. So, you have to really understand that there’s
uh.. big flow of different emotions and just different levels of artistry happening here. Now, how do you become a tattoo artist when
you step into a place with the reputation? And, sometimes you may not get very far in
the first time. You have to continue asking until you get
somebody that is willing to take you under their mantle. Here at Empire, we believe that everybody
who works in, that works here is so in love with what they do that we don’t have to tell
anybody.. Focus more on your tattooing.. Everybody is by default trying to become the
best artist that they can be. And, we all learn from each other.

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