The Tattoo Industry

Everything For A Tattoo Artist To Know

Aliases: Ink Artist, Tattoo Designer
Industry/Sector(s): Beauty and Wellness

JOB DESCRIPTION OF A TATTOO ARTIST

The tasks a Tattoo Artist is expected to perform include:
• Pricking skin of patron using needled electric tool that inserts indelible non-toxic pigment into skin to form decorative or ornamental design
• Shaving area to receive tattoo and washing it using germicidal soap
• Tracing design on the skin using charcoal coated stencil
• Adjusting and repairing minor faults in the equipment

WORK ENVIRONMENT

• It is a desk job
• Need not handle a team
• Local travelling is not a part of this job role
• Part-time work and contractual jobs are available
• Work from home option is available

WORKING HOURS FOR A TATTOO ARTIST / TATTOO STUDIO

• Salons usually work for 5/6 days a week for 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from salon to salon
• Being self-employed is an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible
• Shift system may be available

IS THE JOB SUITABLE FOR CANDIDATES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?

Maybe, this may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING FOR A TATTOO ARTIST

• Preferably, 10th with the ability to read, write and communicate effectively on the job
• Certified training for Tattoo Artist (programme aligned to BWS/Q0702 released by Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council)

KEY COMPETENCIES OF A TATTOOO ARTIST 

• Proficient in pressing charcoal-coated stencil, draws design, or traces pattern of design onto skin of patron, to mark outline of design
• Knowledge of dipping needles of tool into colored pigment solution and pressing needles into skin to insert indelible pigment into skin following outline of design
• Well-versed with applying sterile dressing to area
• Adept with sterilizing needles in steam heated cabinet (sterilizer)
• Knowledge of mixing non-toxic colored pigments according to formula
• Proficient in adjusting and repairing needled electric tool, using hand tools, such as screwdrivers and pliers
• Adept with drawing original designs on paper, tracing designs onto acetate sheet, and cutting out design to form pattern or stencil, using stylus and knife

DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES

• Artistic skills
• Creativity
• Customer-centric

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH

Tattoo Expert
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Senior Tattoo Artist
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Tattoo Artist
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Junior Tattoo Artist
The progression is indicative

JOB & WORK OPPORTUNITY

• India: Yes
• Abroad: Yes

EXPECTED EARNINGS

• For new entrants - Rs 16,500 to Rs 25,000 per month
• For candidates with 2 - 4 years of experience or more - Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 per month

This figure are indicative and subject to change.

Overview of Beauty and Wellness Sector in India

The beauty and wellness industry in India is growing at a CAGR of 18.6 percent driven by a burgeoning Indian economy The sector is thriving on the increasing section of affluent and middle class population that has started considering beauty and wellness as a necessity instead of a luxury, as perceived until sometime ago.

In beauty and salon segment, workforce requirement is expected to grow from 34 lakhs in 2013 to 121 lakhs in 2022. Based on market interactions, beauty sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent with 23 percent in organized sector and 15 percent in unorganized sector. In beauty products and counter sales sector, workforce requirement is expected to grow from 7 lakhs in 2013 to 18 lakhs in 2022. Based on market interactions, beauty products and counter sales, sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20 percent with 24 percent in organized and 17 percent in unorganized sector In the rejuvenation segment workforce requirement is expected to grow trom just 29,000 in 2013 to 213,000 in 2022. There is a shift towards the emerging mark over 50 percent of the total beauty sales by 2018 expected from developing countries. The estimated market size of the global industry is $1.4 trillion. All these factors put together is only going to increase the job opportunities for Tattoo Artists across town and cities in India


A Tattoo  is a permanent marking made by inserting ink into the layers of skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons. Tattoos on humans are a type of decorative body modification and are even used for identification .

Tattooing has been practiced worldwide. Tattooing was widespread among Polynesian peoples and among certain tribal groups in the Philippines, Borneo, Mentawai Islands, Africa, North America, South America, Mesoamerica, Europe, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand and Micronesia. Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing, the art continues to be popular in many parts of the world.

The origin of the word tattoo is from the Samoan word tatau, meaning "open wound".  Tattoo enthusiasts may refer to tattoos as "Ink", "Tats", "Art", or "Work", and to tattooists as "Artists".

 

What Is A Tattoo?

Types of Tattoos


Decorative and Spiritual Uses 

 

Tattoos have served as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talismans, protection, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts. The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures. Tattoos may show how a person feels about a relative (commonly mother/father or daughter/son) or about an unrelated person.

Today, people choose to be tattooed for cosmetic, sentimental/memorial, religious, and magical reasons, and to symbolize their belonging to or identification with particular groups, including criminal gangs (see criminal tattoos) but also a particular ethnic group or law-abiding subculture.

 

Identification

 

People have also been forcibly tattooed for various reasons. The well known example is the identification system for inmates. However, tattoos can be linked with identification in more positive ways. For example, in the period of early contact between the Maori and Europeans, Maori chiefs sometimes drew their moko (facial tattoo) on documents in place of a signature. Tattoo pigment is buried deep enough in the skin that even severe burns will often not destroy a tattoo. Because of this, many members of today's military will have their identification tags tattooed onto their chests or ribs 


Cosmetic

 

Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyelining and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids. It is also used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost them as a consequence of old age, disease, such as alopecia, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance, and to disguise scars and white spots in the skin such as in vitiligo. 

Most commonly called permanent cosmetics, other names include dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing, the latter being most appropriate since permanent makeup is, in fact, tattooing.

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