Hey Artists! This Is The Life Change That You've Been Looking For.
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Get a guaranteed job offer with us the day you finish your apprenticeship, if you are an artist accepted into our apprenticeship program.
Learn more about our tattoo apprenticeship program, what it takes to be a successful tattoo artist, overview of our signature apprenticeship journey and our guaranteed job offer in an interest interview.
As an apprentice-in-training, you’ll start online in a live virtual classroom, with a hybrid of experiential, self-paced and 1:1 learning. Once you pass your virtual classroom requirements, you’re ready to start your apprenticeship in our studio.
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, we welcome you to tattoo with us at LIPS. You will have all the skills necessary to provide a quality custom tattoo experience with top-notch customer care. *Apprenticeships generally take 2 year to complete.
Little Inkplay Shop dream tattoo apprenticeship program is based on the traditional apprenticeship model with an increased focus on ongoing business and professional development.
We pride ourselves on being different from a traditional apprenticeship - in that we help you merge traditional aspects of the trade with today's business high-end business standards and practices.
We strive to ensure that our clients love their Little INKPLAY Shop tattoo experience by providing high-quality bespoke tattoos with top tier customer care.
As such, we mentor our apprentices so they develop the soft skills required to do just that.
In turn, you will become one of the most well-rounded and diverse artists in the tattoo industry.
Build a foundation to support your apprenticeship while learning how to package, position and market yourself.
Get experiential learning to understand how yo build a community of suppportive fans who want to work with you.
Create a physical and digital portfolio that pops, pays and positions you as a competent artist.
Learn cross contamination, sanitation and knowledge needed for local licensing requirements.
Get equipped with these invaluable skills to be prepared because emergencies can strike at any time.
Explore the rich history and innovative contributions of Black artists to the industry, worldwide.
Color theory, composition, styles, placement, machine control, maintenance and more.
Cultural tattoo practices, symbolism, color application and style mastery for dark skin.
Building strong relationships and turning customer into clients with A+ care service and follow-up.
A tattoo apprenticeship is the absolute and essential first step on your journey to being an intentional tattoo artist.
We know you want to earn a wonderful income creating art on people around the world. BUT! First you must access supportive mentorship that will enable you to learn the nuances of the trade, develop your art style, and master customer relationship skills.
During your apprenticeship, we will teach you the traditional elements of tattoo as an art form - equipment use, tattoo styles and application.
In addition, our program has a heavy emphasis on business so we will also teach you how to grow your professionalism and skills beyond tattoo - focusing on operations, branding, messaging and marketing.
Absolutely! If you want to be in the industry for a long time, not just a good time and don't want to spend a great deal of time trying to unravel the industry's nuances to go from survival to thriving in tattoo ...
the answer is YES.
A Tattoo Apprenticeship at Little INKPLAY Shop is a great way to work alongside a seasoned Black female tattoo artist, who can offer you their time and 20+ years of experience while you learn the ropes.
In addition, a tattoo apprenticeship can teach you many transferrable professional skills, including customer care, the importance of sanitation and cleanliness, and how to grow a warm, welcoming relationship with your client.
Beyond traditional tattooing here are skills that will help you beyond your apprenticeship:
Start here: Little INKPLAY Shop
Finding a tattoo apprenticeship is not easy and having a love and admiration for the trade and some art talent is only a fraction of what you need to become a thriving intentional tattoo artist.
Sometimes it can take years to find an artist willing to give up their time to show you the ropes. If you go knocking on doors, the other things you need to think about, which we know you won’t be happy to hear, yet it’s the truth are, “do I look like the people in this shop?” and “are these my kind of people?”
Highly successful tattoo artists are both extremely busy and concerned about creating more competition for themselves. Almost 100% of the time you will get a lot of, “maybes” and “come back later” and “do you want to get a tattoo from me?”
If you are lucky enough to get a “yes,” it is overwhelmingly likely that you will be handed the mop and the broom, and the squeegee, for months…. months!
But you MUST understand that as the apprentice learning to tattoo and for the apprenticer teaching tattoo, both are a job in itself.
And the reality is, that finding an apprenticeship that is inviting, is as unlikely as getting into the top medical schools.
So we're structured to help make your access easier and your success rate higher.
We are something like medical meets business school - here to help you become our creative colleague!
Little INKPLAY Shop’s Dream Tattoo Apprenticeship Program is the best and easiest way to find an apprenticeship. Our tattoo apprenticeship program will fast-track your training. And give you a solid foundation to operate as an independent artist, successfully.
The sooner you learn how to tattoo from a working tattoo artist, the sooner you can impress the world with your skin art.
Little INKPLAY Shop provides not only a guaranteed job offer but we train you for career advancement - to not only tattoo, but also how to run tattoo studios and management roles within our studio.
The most important thing to do is ask yourself 'Why'. Why do you want to become a tattoo artist? Why is this important? Establishing your WHY will help you stay grounded and focused when the road gets rocky (cuz it will!)
Once you have your WHY, reach out to set up an interest interview with our team to see if you’re a good fit for the program.
One of the most prominent challenges artists faces when building their careers is finding a tattoo shop that gives them a chance to thrive. We understand that experience is essential in learning how to tattoo. And on the flip side, we also know how hard it can be to find the proper training, so we can help you build your skills as an artist to become a future teammate or find the right apprenticeship placement for you.
Even though Imani teaches from years of experience, her motto is 'we all have to start somewhere'.
Our shop culture is a big reason why our apprentices want to join our team. We only take on serious artists who have the potential to be aligned teammates committed to delivering innovative art and amazing client care.
If accepted into the program, we will work with you to ensure you make the most out of your tattoo apprenticeship and welcome you to start your tattoo career at Little INKPLAY Shop.