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THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK 11am: Meet a client 11.15am: Dis­cuss the de­tails and de­sign of the tat­too with client 12.30pm: Ap­ply chem­i­cals and ster­ilis­ers on the body 1pm: Lunch 1.15pm: Start tat­too­ing 4pm: Give fin­ish­ing touches to the tat­too 5pm: Meet new clients 6pm: Go home

THE PAY­OFF As this is a pri­vate prac­tice, in­come level is not fixed and de­pends on your pop­u­lar­ity and ex­per­tise. Be­gin­ners make R500 to R700 an hour while pop­u­lar one’s charge be­tween R6000 to R10000 an hour Tat­toos are fas­ci­nat­ing and at­ten­tion seek­ing. The awe fac­tor with tat­toos makes tat­too­ing an in­ter­est­ing ca­reer op­tion with many young­sters. Also, with celebri­ties from Mi­ley Cyrus to sportstars like David Beck­ham sport­ing them, tat­toos have be­come a big thing in the fash­ion world. A tat­too artist makes dec­o­ra­tive pat­terns, which can be in­spired by na­ture, re­li­gion or ab­stract pat­terns, (tat­toos) with nee­dles and (chem­i­cal) ink on cus­tomers’ bod­ies, at a shop, stu­dio or a tat­too par­lour. This art is nor­mally learnt dur­ing ap­pren­tice­ship of two-three years with a se­nior artist SKILLS / TRAITS You need to be artis­tic, with a steady hand Be very metic­u­lous and de­tailed in your work Have loads of pa­tience as it takes long hours to make a ba­sic tat­too. Some might take a cou­ple of sit­tings Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills re­quired to deal with clients Ea­ger­ness to learn and con­tin­u­ously keep pace with chang­ing trends

GET­TING THERE The best way to learn tat­too art is to work as an ap­pren­tice in a known tat­too stu­dio for two to three years. A lot of tat­too salons now of­fer cour­ses in that train you in tat­too art. You are sup­posed to learn by ob­serv­ing se­nior artists in the stu­dio, and are then made to work on dum­mies be­fore start­ing work on clients. Books and the In­ter­net can act as sup­ple­men­tary sources but do not bank solely upon them. Open your stu­dio only when you have per­fected the art of tat­too­ing. Be­sides rent, you will have to in­vest a small amount (about R20,000 to R25,000) in buy­ing a tat­too kit and an­other R15,000 in buy­ing a good ma­chine IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS You can con­tact the ex­ist­ing tat­too stu­dios for de­tails Michael Cowasji, Delhi (www.tat­toos­bymike.com) KDZ Tat­toos, Delhi (www.kdz­tat­toos.com) Devilz Tat­toos, Delhi (www.tat­toos­newdelhi.com) Ron Tat­toos, Delhi (www.rontat­toos­delhi.com) PROS AND CONS It has a lot of artis­tic value. Those who love art, en­joy the work a great deal You earn well if you are good at your work. For ev­ery square inch of tat­too, clients pay in thou­sands It takes time to es­tab­lish your busi­ness. There are no jobs in this line and the only way you can earn good money is by open­ing your own stu­dio or by part­ner­ing with a stu­dio owner Some find it tough to han­dle a vi­brat­ing ma­chine for long hours at a stretch There are a cou­ple of health haz­ards at­tached. Your eye­sight might be­come weak It is not con­sid­ered a very re­spectable pro­fes­sion to be in Ev­ery sin­gle line and stroke counts and one mi­nor de­vi­a­tion can ruin the en­tire tat­too

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Inked: If you have a steady hand and are creative, tat­too­ing can be the right ca­reer for you

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