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Nautilus Tattoo Studio

Los Angeles, CA
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  • Color
  • Geometry
  • Fine Lines
  • Graphic
  • Chicano
  • Realism
  • Micro Realism
  • Traditional

Business Description

Nautilus Tattoo Studio offers its services to the people of Los Angeles and nearby areas. Its artists specialize in different types and styles of tattoos and create designs tailored to clients' preferences. They meet with customers and go over the specifics of their desired tattoos, including the size and location. Geometry, fine lines, Japanese, microrealism, and graphics are some of the styles to choose from. The studio accepts walk-ins as well as appointments made online or via email.

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Mohave Creative

11429 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional
  • New School
  • Piercings
  • Cover-ups / Fix-ups
  • Blackwork
  • Realism
  • Black and Gray Realism
  • Fine Line Tattoos
  • Microblading/Permanent Make-up
  • Trash Polka Tattoos
  • Dot work
  • Stick-n-poke
  • American Traditional
  • Japanese
  • Realism Tattoos
  • Color Realism
  • Japanese Traditional
  • Water color
  • Jewelry
  • single needle
  • Permanent Makeup
  • Line work
  • New School tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Same day appointments
  • Cover Ups
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Body Piercings
  • Walk-ins
  • Neotraditional
  • Asian Tattoo
  • Anime Tattoo
  • Tribal (polynesian)
  • Portraits
  • Geometric Tattoos
  • Fineline Tattoos

Business Description

Mohave Creative Tattoo fosters creativity in skin artistry by crafting custom designs for clients, tattoo artists, and collectors throughout Los Angeles. It handles various tattoo styles, such as realism, portraiture, watercolor, fine art, black work, and neo-traditional. It offers a hygienic studio, advanced tattoo equipment, and quality skin care products such as Saniderm for quick skin healing. Its founder, Jonny Ocean, is respected in the tattoo industry and has worked with several celebrities and high-profile individuals. Mohave Creative Tattoo opened an additional location in California in 2020.

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4.5 / 5 (174)

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Abxtract Tattoo

2957 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
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  • Body Art

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Abxtract Tattoo was created by full-time tattoo artist Tim Mueller in Los Angeles. It strives to provide clients with unique watercolor tattoos and abstract tattoos that might not be available in other shops. The company strives to maintain a clean environment and follows modern safety standards. Its professional employees seek to turn something painful into an enjoyable experience. They help every individual achieve the body art of their dreams and aim to be original in every level of services they conduct.

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American Electric Tattoo Co.

2518 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
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  • Body Art

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American Electric Tattoo, Co., is a tattoo shop that serves clients in Los Angeles. Established in 1999, it enlists the expertise of tattoo artists who specialize in single needlework, abstract geometrics, portraits, cover-ups, and sleeves. It has received recognition from various publications, such as The Huffington Post and Time Out Los Angeles. The shop is led and owned by Craig Jackman, an English-born tattoo artist who was part of the first season of LA Ink.

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5.0 / 5 (370)
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4.5 / 5 (272)
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4.5 / 5 (106)

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Art Collector Tattoo

10200 Venice Blvd. #205,, Culver City, CA 90232
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Abstract Tattoos
  • Portraits
  • Geometric Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • New School tattoos
  • Fine Line Tattoos
  • Cover-ups / Fix-ups
  • Black and Gray Realism
  • Realism
  • Body Art

Business Description

Art Collector Tattoo is a tattoo shop that serves customers in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Its owner and artist, Nik Lucas, has been in the tattoo industry for more than nine years. He specializes in trash polka, abstract, and color, black, and gray realism. He is also experienced in watercolor tattoo designs. One of Nik's previous clients praised him for being able to conceal the old burn scars he got as an infant with a tattoo.

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Black Diamond Tattoo

1809 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291
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  • Body Art

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Established in 2008, Black Diamond Tattoo operates in and around Venice, including Los Angeles. It employs tattoo artists who specialize in a variety of styles, including traditional Japanese and American designs, realistic colorwork, illustrative art, and blackwork designs. In addition, the studio also offers tattoo removal services using the Tatt2Away treatment program, which uses a non-toxic solution. Black Diamond Tattoo also sells its own brand of apparel for men and women, ranging from shirts and hoodies to snapback caps.

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5.0 / 5 (433)
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4.0 / 5 (326)
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4.0 / 5 (168)

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Black Raven Tattoo

1313 Sartori Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
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  • Body Art

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Black Raven Tattoo offers body art services in Los Angeles. It houses a team of tattoo artists—both men and women—as well as visiting guest artists. They create different types of tattoos, such as traditional, minimalist, and watercolor. The studio also offers vegan and ritual body art and body piercings. Owner and tattoo artist Tiffany Garcia has been part of the industry for more than 20 years. Her establishment was chosen as South Bay's Best Tattoo Shop for 2019 and 2021 by The Beach Reporter.

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4.8
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4.9 / 5 (140)
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4.5 / 5 (84)
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4.8 / 5 (77)

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Dark Horse Tattoo

4644 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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  • Body Art

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Dark Horse Tattoo is a tattoo shop in Los Angeles. The shop’s artists work with tattoo styles like traditional American imagery, Japanese and Asian motifs, and Borneo and Polynesian tattooing. They also offer ornamental and geometric styles, dot works, and black and grey works. Dark Horse also provides cosmetic tattooing services, including microblading for eyebrows, areola pigmentation, and scalp micro pigmentation. The shop’s team of experienced tattoo artists has a combined professional experience of over 40 years.

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5.0 / 5 (69)
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4.8 / 5 (41)

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Generation 8 Tattoo

7216 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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  • Body Art
  • Portraits

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Generation8Tattoo is a tattoo studio that serves clients in the Los Angeles area. The tattoo shop is available for both walk-in clients and appointments. Generation8Tattoo is founded by Dave Hatton, who is a professional tattoo artist. Before he started tattooing professionally, he apprenticed for eight years to learn the fundamentals of the art. Currently, its team of tattoo artists specializes in a wide range of tattoo styles, such as traditional Japanese, blackwork, dotwork, linework, and sketch.

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5.0 / 5 (535)
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4.5 / 5 (408)
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4.7 / 5 (221)

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Hailin Tattoo

1136 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Hailin Tattoo has been serving clients in Los Angeles and the neighboring areas since 2013. Founders Hailin Fu and Gloria Zhang worked as tattoo artists in China for more than a decade before moving to the United States. They specialize in freehand and traditional Chinese styles and incorporate Chinese mythology and history in their designs. Both artists have received awards from the National Tattoo Association. They have also published an art book series and sold thousands of copies around the world.

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Holy Golden Art Palace

2212 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Holy Garden Art Palace is a tattoo studio serving Los Angeles. It provides tattooing services by appointment for different styles, sizes, and placements. It is able to work on both colored and black and gray pieces and its website features its tattoo artists' portfolio of completed tattoo artworks. For convenience, clients can email, text, or submit a form online to get a tattoo appointment. The shop also carries a variety of products, like clothing, books, and accessories, as well as artworks from its team.

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4.0 / 5 (40)
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Ink Ink Tattoo

830 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Ink Ink Tattoo is a Venice tattoo studio that was founded in 1995 that is owned and operated by original proprietor Karina Mayorga. The studio is open seven days a week and the studio’s tattoo artists specialize in a wide range of tattooing styles including black and grey, color, lettering, portraits, symbolism, surrealism, conceptual art, biology, architecture, and occult. The studio also provides tattoo cover-up services.

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Old Tradition Tattoo

6548 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Old Tradition Tattoo is a tattoo parlor located in Los Angeles, established in 2015. Its offers custom tattoos via artists who specialize in various styles to accommodate a wide range of client aesthetics and preferences. Founder Chris Suicide! has been tattooing since 2008 and started his apprenticeship in Tinta Rebelde Hollywood. He specializes in the American traditional tattoo style. Chris is also the singer of The Triggers and Chencha Berrinches. Old Tradition Tattoo has also been featured in VoyageLA magazine.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (104)
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4.7 / 5 (71)
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4.8 / 5 (57)

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Purple Panther Tattoos

1228 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Purple Panther Tattoos is a tattoo studio in Los Angeles. Shop owner Graham Chaffee graduated from Art Center College and has been with the company since 1995. The studio is composed of tattoo artists specializing in a wide range of tattoo styles, including traditional black and gray, etching, and kanji and Japanese mythology and imagery. Purple Panther Tattoos has been serving the community since 1991 and has been featured on Discovery Channel and Savage, Tattoo, and Inked magazines.

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4.5
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4.4 / 5 (49)

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Rabble Rouser Tattoo

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Business Description

Rabble Rouser Tattoo is a family-owned and operated Los Angeles tattoo studio that has a staff of tattoo artists with over 60 years of combined professional experience. The studio provides services for walk in customers and by appointment. The studio’s staff are highly experienced with a wide range of tattooing styles. Rabble Rouser Tattoo offers gift cards for customers as well.

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RicRoks Tattoos

6181 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos

Business Description

RicRoks Tattoos is a tattoo studio that offers custom design services to clients in Los Angeles. The studio features some of the best tattoo artists in LA, whose portfolios are displayed on the studio's website. Its tattoo artists handle a variety of styles and specialize in turning each client's idea into a real and long-lasting tattoo. It also offers tattoo aftercare instructions, including information about bandaging, washing, and best practices for the tattoo's longevity.

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5.0 / 5 (204)
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5.0 / 5 (183)

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Spinner Ink Tattoos

4508 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Spinner Ink Tattoos welcomes fans of body art to its Los Angeles studio. It was founded by tattoo aficionado William Spinner, who is also known as “Big-Will” in the community. He has been actively working in the tattoo industry for more than seven years, realizing his childhood dream to become an artist. Big-Will creates custom designs for clients, specializing in black and gray realism as well as anime or cartoon work. Spinner Ink Tattoos recommends clients book appointments while also accepting walk-ins.

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St. Marks Tattoo

4860 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90029
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  • Body Art

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St. Marks Tattoo has been providing body art services to the people of Los Angeles since 2017. Its professionals specialize in creating custom tattoo designs in the traditional Americana style, either colored or black and gray. The studio also maintains a retail space and online shop, where a variety of original merchandise is available. Among the products that clients can purchase are t-shirts, sticker packs, and enamel pins. St. Marks Tattoo also offers gift certificates.

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5.0 / 5 (19)

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Studio City Tattoo

Studio City, CA 91604
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry
  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Studio City Tattoo is a Studio City tattoo studio that was founded in 1992. The studio is also an authorized Bill Wall Leather Jewelry Dealer. The studio also provides body piercing services and has a staff of highly qualified tattoo artists and body piercers. Studio City Tattoo offers numerous types of piercings including basic earlobes, basic cartilage helix, forward helix, body piercings, industrial piercing, and dermals. All of the studio’s artists are licensed with the Los Angeles County Health Department.

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Tinta Rebelde Tattoo

133 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
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  • Body Art
  • Realism Tattoos

Business Description

Tinta Rebelde Tattoo is a collective art gallery and tattoo studio in Los Angeles. It offers tattoo services and full body piercings. Tinta Rebelde Tattoo owner Rafael Sanchez, also known as Rockabilly Ray, has a distinct style of tattooing that is a blend of his appreciation for Rockabilly music, his Mexican heritage, and various influences from the LA street life and the American traditional style. The shop’s piercing options include basic cartilage, ear lobe, eyebrow, industrial, tongue, and nostril piercings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

A tattoo is body art that leaves permanent designs or pictures on the skin. They're applied via needle by depositing ink onto the second layer of skin. While the first tattoos were applied manually with a single needle that was first saturated in ink, today's tattoos are done by a machine. These machines feature multiple needles that pierce the skin simultaneously, speeding up the process and creating tattoos that are more visually appealing.

Tattoos are usually done in licensed tattoo shops. These shops adhere to health and cleaning standards and are typically regulated by state and municipal governments. While tattoos are generally safe, there are associated risks, including skin infections. Any person getting a tattoo is legally required to be at least 18 years of age. It's also inadvisable for anyone who isn't in good health to get a tattoo, as the body requires time and energy to heal and prevent infection.

What should you know before getting your first tattoo?

Before getting tattooed, it's important to think about design and placement. A tattoo is a permanent fixture on the body, and it's important not to rush into things. You should also consider the artist's background and take time to look into their portfolio to ensure their style best suits the tattoo you want.

What are some examples of tattoo styles?

There are many types of tattoo styles, and it's important for a person to familiarize themselves with them before they select a design. Styles include:

  • Americana: Bold lines, vivid colors
  • Japanese: Large images that cover the back, arms, and legs
  • Black and Grey: Colorless grayscale designs
  • Stick-n-Poke: Thick, bold, black lines and small designs
  • Blackwork: Bold black lines and larger geometric shapes

Is tipping expected & how much to tip on your tattoo?

While most tattoo artists don't expect tips, it's often appreciated. If you're happy with the work your tattoo artist has done, consider tipping between 15% and 25%. If the tattoo requires multiple sessions, a flat amount per session is appropriate.

What are some basic tattoo aftercare tips?

It's important to follow all aftercare directions provided by the tattoo artist. Usually, artists will advise clients to ensure that tattoos are kept clean and dry. After showering, the tattoo should be gently patted dry and treated with Vaseline or another tattoo aftercare product.

What are the best practices for healing a tattoo?

After removing the dressing, it's important to keep the tattoo clean, dry, and uncovered. Applying Vaseline or another recommended ointment can help to speed up the healing process. As they heal, tattoos can sometimes itch, but it's vital that you don't scratch or pick at it.

What are the most and least painful places to get a tattoo?

Parts of the body that have the most nerve endings are generally the most painful to have tattooed. That includes the head, ears, and face. Places that don't have a lot of fat, such as the fingers, shoulder blades, and feet, are typically more painful. The least painful parts of the body to get tattooed include the outer arm, buttocks, and thighs.

Is tattoo ink vegan or organic? Are there vegan/organic options available?

There are plenty of tattoo ink brands available on the market, some of which can include pigment that comes from insects, animal bones, animal fat, and gelatin from horse hooves. It should be assumed that most tattoo ink is neither vegan nor organic; however, organic and vegan inks exist. It's best to discuss these preferences with the tattoo artist before booking an appointment to ensure they're available.

How much do tattoo artists make?

According to ZipRecruiter, the average tattoo artist in the U.S. earns $99,956 annually, which equates to about $48 hourly. As with most careers, pay increases with experience. Salaries in this profession range from $12,000/year to $309,000/year.

How does one become a tattoo artist?

While there isn't a clear path for one to become a tattoo artist, the best way to work towards this goal is by taking art and graphic design classes and building a broad portfolio of designs. Once you have a professional portfolio, you can apply for mentorships with reputable, established tattoo artists who are seeking apprentices. Mentors can teach tattooing techniques and help you gain valuable experience.

How do you get a tattoo artist license?

In some states, tattoo artists are required to get licensing from their state health department. Application processes vary, so it's important to check with your local licensing department prior to offering services. Additionally, some states may require you to complete a course in blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases prior to obtaining a state tattoo license.

What safety certifications do tattoo artists need to acquire to become licensed?

Besides having a state tattoo license, most tattoo artists are required to have certification in blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. It's important for tattoo artists to be prepared for emergencies by obtaining CPR and first aid training.

Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?

Every tattoo studio has its own requirements when it comes to training. In most cases, new artists are required to have a well-presented portfolio and spend several months working under the guidance of an experienced mentor. These teachers show how to use the tools of the trade, oversee designs, and instruct interactions with clients.

What tools do tattoo artists need?

Most tattoo shops require artists to have their own supplies. That includes their own tattoo machines and necessary parts, such as needles, tubes, tips, and grips. Tattoo artists also need a large supply of ink and tattoo stencils.

Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?

Just as with any industry, there is a large risk associated with going into business for oneself. Any tattoo artist considering opening their own shop should ensure they have business management and marketing skills to enable their shop to succeed. While becoming a tattoo shop owner can be lucrative, artists who don't have the business skills to succeed may earn a higher salary working in an established shop.

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