A few questions. | General Discussion | Forum
January 7, 2011
First off I would like to say thank you for looking at this and double thank you for answering my question(s).
1) Does anyone know the minimal age for apprienticeship? I belive it is 16. I also know you have to be at least 18 to get the actual license. Plus how likely do you think I would be able to aquire a apprienticeship at such a young age? I' already CPR and first aid certified by the American heart Association.
2) White tattoos; Seeing as I am of half african Decent I have a medium brown skin So I was wondering if there were white tattoos seeing as I have never encountered one. Does anyone have any expierence with them.
February 3, 2008
First of all, what state are you in? City? There may be local laws that you must abide by that other places do not have. I just did a very quick search on Federal Youth Employment and it seems that you can work as a piercer or tattoo artists at age 16. Whether someone will hire you may be a different story.
As for the license, I'm not sure what you're talking about. Have you heard that your city or county requires artists to be licensed in some way?
Church of Body Modification, President
Question #1 – AS far as Tattooing at a young age, I believe your only hurdle will be getting hired or people willing to give you a chance to tattoo them. I am a tattoo artist in California and there is no license to tattoo. You do have to be certified in Infectious Disease Control and have a business license if you are the shop owner. Check your local laws to get a better understanding of what is required in your area. Tattooing is an art form, not a business. Making a living from it is a privilege.
Question #2 – Tattoo ink color is comprised of two factors. The actual color of the pigment and the clients skin color. In essence, when the pigment is under the skin, you see the skin color and the pigment color. The darker the skin color, the more dull the visible pigment will be. White tattoos, ie. a tattoo comprised of white color only, will be barely visible on someone with white skin but almost invisible on clients with darker skin. I have done white tribal work on light skin before and found it to be an almost translucent effect. As a rule of thumb though, the darker the skin, the darker the ink needs to be to show through. Dark black skin, for example, will show almost no color of any kind, but dark black ink is the only thing that will be visible at all. I recommend using white as a highlight ink on tattoos only.
I hope I have helped and answered your questions.
February 8, 2011
from what i understand, and I'm no athourity on the matter, it does differ from state to state. i have never seen or heard of any type of licensing to be a piercer/tattoo artist. a body mod apprentice is not like becoming an electrician or plumber. apprenticeships are not required, just highly suggested by the moding community. because apprenticeships are not regulated in many states and in many cases are on a volunteer basis (meaning not being paid to apprentice) minimum age work restriction don't generally apply. some things that would be considered by the piecer/tattoo artist being apprenticed is safety to a minor on the premisses. exposing a minor to sexual anatomy. many piercers/tattoo artists hold a no compete clause for a length of time and a minimum distance where you can not work as a piercer in competition with the shop you were trained. because a minor can not be held to a binding legal contract, they can not be held to this clause. it is possible that a minor can receive an education as an apprentice but because of many unwanted responsibilities that would be required, many piercers/tattoo artists would choose to not formally train an apprentice not of age.
being first aid and cpr certified is a plus and maintaining that certification is important, i would strongly suggest you get certified in bloodborne pathogens.
as for white tattoo ink on dark skin. the idea of an all white tribal tattoo on dark skin does sound pretty cool. i have see many artist use white to highlight different colors on dark skin and it does really make them pop but i have never seen a tattoo on dark skin made up primarily of white.
March 2, 2011
I'm not a tattoo artist, but I know a lot. I've worked in several shops in my time, so here's the best answer I can give you, uninformed, from what I've been told:
White ink tattoos tends to stand up better on paler skin, for reasons I am not knowledgable of, it's simply what I've been told.
The actual color of the pigment and the clients skin color. Tattoo ink color is comprised of two factors. The darker the skin color, the more dull the visible pigment will be. White tattoos, ie. a tattoo comprised of white color only, will be barely visible on someone with white skin but almost invisible on clients with darker skin. Dark black skin, for example, will show almost no color of any kind, but dark black ink is the only thing that will be visible at all. I recommend using white as a highlight ink on tattoos only.
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