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TATTOO ARTIST: Artwork On Skin

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Sam is a tattoo artist and painter. He enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and being able to bond with them within a short period of time. Having worked in art in other mediums in the past, he immediately took to tattoo work when his brother introduced him to it. Tattoo culture has changed significantly over the years. In the beginning, he mainly did artwork for motorcycle enthusiasts, but now he gets to work on all different kinds of people with tattoos becoming more mainstream in entertainment.

Job Title: Tattoo Artist

Job Summary: Artists and Related Workers, All Other

Job Description

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than a functional one.

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Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
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-2 to 3 percent
Typical schedule
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Flexible, Irregular, Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
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Outdoor, Indoor, Office, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Hand-eye coordination, Artistic, Creativity, Likes working with hands, Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills

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<span m='16810'>all</span> <span m='17030'>parts</span> <span m='17330'>of</span> <span m='17400'>the</span> <span m='17500'>world.</span> <span m='18530'>And</span> <span m='19230'>I</span> <span m='19430'>get</span> <span m='19680'>to</span> <span m='19800'>have</span> <span m='20050'>a</span> <span m='20110'>bonding</span> <span m='20630'>experience</span> <span m='21240'>with</span> <span m='21460'>them</span> <span m='21860'>within</span> <span m='22520'>a</span> <span m='22570'>short</span> <span m='23050'>period</span> <span m='23360'>of</span> <span m='23500'>time.</span> <span m='24400'>And</span> <span m='25910'>just</span> <span m='26180'>sit</span> <span m='26410'>around</span> <span m='26810'>and</span> <span m='26816'>do</span> <span m='26823'>a</span> <span m='26830'>lot</span> <span m='27090'>art</span> <span m='27400'>work,</span> <span m='27740'>and</span> <span m='28510'>make</span> <span m='28770'>some</span> <span m='28940'>jokes</span> <span m='29280'>here</span> <span m='29433'>and</span> <span m='29586'>there.</span> <span m='29740'>That's</span> <span m='29950'>about</span> <span m='30090'>a</span> <span m='30230'>typical</span> <span m='30600'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='30910'>Gosh,</span> <span m='31490'>I</span> <span m='31560'>became</span> <span m='31830'>a</span> <span m='31900'>tattoo</span> <span m='32369'>artist,</span> <span m='33699'>I</span> <span m='34170'>was</span> <span m='34300'>always</span> <span m='34580'>in</span> <span m='34710'>the</span> <span m='34790'>skateboard</span> <span m='35380'>industry</span> <span m='36200'>and</span> <span m='36980'>music,</span> <span m='37770'>and</span> <span m='38100'>the</span> <span m='38960'>fashion</span> <span m='39550'>industry.</span> <span m='40660'>And</span> <span m='42590'>my</span> <span m='42810'>brother</span> <span m='43150'>became</span> <span m='43550'>a</span> <span m='43600'>tattoo</span> <span m='44050'>artist,</span> <span m='44390'>and</span> <span m='44490'>he</span> <span m='44730'>introduced</span> <span m='45300'>me</span> <span m='45450'>to</span> <span m='45700'>it.</span> <span m='46290'>And</span> <span m='46870'>I</span> <span m='46950'>tried</span> <span m='47290'>it</span> <span m='47400'>out,</span> <span m='48010'>and</span> <span m='48460'>I</span> <span m='48670'>instantly</span> <span m='49220'>fell</span> <span m='49690'>in</span> <span m='49750'>love</span> <span m='50470'>with</span> <span m='51030'>doing</span> <span m='51610'>artwork</span> <span m='52210'>in</span> <span m='52450'>the</span> <span m='52550'>skin.</span> <span m='53210'>It's</span> <span m='53520'>a</span> <span m='53580'>different</span> <span m='53950'>medium.</span> <span m='54590'>It's</span> <span m='57480'>something</span> <span m='57820'>that</span> <span m='58040'>I</span> <span m='58130'>can</span> <span m='58480'>use</span> <span m='58910'>to</span> <span m='59000'>really</span> <span m='59320'>express</span> <span m='60010'>the</span> <span m='60120'>type</span> <span m='60610'>artwork</span> <span m='61100'>that</span> <span m='61410'>I</span> <span m='61500'>love</span> <span m='61840'>to</span> <span m='61940'>do,</span> <span m='62270'>which</span> <span m='62530'>is</span> <span m='62610'>a</span> <span m='62970'>lot</span> <span m='63220'>of</span> <span m='63320'>traditional</span> <span m='64069'>and</span> <span m='64290'>new</span> <span m='64700'>school,</span> <span m='65110'>and</span> <span m='65850'>just</span> <span m='66410'>random</span> <span m='66940'>American</span> <span m='67390'>traditional</span> <span m='67870'>artwork.</span> <span m='68070'>You</span> <span m='68530'>know,</span> <span m='68830'>low</span> <span m='69050'>brow</span> <span m='69510'>type</span> <span m='69760'>of</span> <span m='69980'>artwork.</span> </p><p><span m='71400'>What</span> <span m='71570'>I</span> <span m='71590'>know</span> <span m='71790'>about</span> <span m='72140'>this?</span> <span m='72450'>Well,</span> <span m='73500'>I</span> <span m='73590'>guess</span> <span m='77240'>it's</span> <span m='77510'>gotten</span> <span m='77800'>a</span> <span m='78210'>lot</span> <span m='78530'>more</span> <span m='78740'>diverse</span> <span m='79830'>with</span> <span m='80090'>the</span> <span m='80170'>people</span> <span m='80510'>that</span> <span m='80660'>are</span> <span m='80770'>coming</span> <span m='81110'>in.</span> <span m='82790'>When</span> <span m='82960'>I</span> <span m='83030'>started</span> <span m='83590'>we</span> <span m='83920'>would</span> <span m='84290'>tattoo</span> <span m='84720'>lot</span> <span m='84900'>of</span> <span m='85020'>gang</span> <span m='85330'>bangers</span> <span m='85960'>and</span> <span m='86300'>a</span> <span m='86380'>lot</span> <span m='86790'>of</span> <span m='87790'>motorcycle</span> <span m='89070'>enthusiast</span> <span m='90200'>and</span> <span m='91390'>just</span> <span m='91670'>kind</span> <span m='92020'>of</span> <span m='92300'>a</span> <span m='92500'>lower</span> <span m='93510'>culture.</span> <span m='94600'>But</span> <span m='94860'>then</span> <span m='95510'>once</span> <span m='96050'>it</span> <span m='96510'>became</span> <span m='97100'>more</span> <span m='98310'>open</span> <span m='98730'>to</span> <span m='99020'>the</span> <span m='99150'>public</span> <span m='99710'>and</span> <span m='99850'>everything</span> <span m='100380'>through</span> <span m='101230'>entertainment</span> <span m='102270'>and</span> <span m='102350'>everything,</span> <span m='102990'>we</span> <span m='103260'>see</span> <span m='103540'>a</span> <span m='103600'>lot</span> <span m='103890'>more</span> <span m='104080'>people</span> <span m='104790'>that</span> <span m='104970'>are</span> <span m='105070'>coming</span> <span m='105370'>in</span> <span m='105520'>that</span> <span m='105650'>are</span> <span m='105740'>famous,</span> <span m='106670'>movie</span> <span m='107050'>stars,</span> <span m='108030'>and</span> <span m='108350'>stuff.</span> <span m='108610'>So</span> <span m='109310'>I</span> <span m='109430'>think</span> <span m='109850'>that</span> <span m='110100'>was</span> <span m='110400'>one</span> <span m='110700'>thing</span> <span m='110920'>that</span> <span m='111070'>I</span> <span m='111160'>didn't</span> <span m='111570'>expect</span> <span m='112210'>you</span> <span m='112710'>know,</span> <span m='113730'>but</span> <span m='114750'>it's</span> <span m='115010'>kind</span> <span m='115180'>of</span> <span m='115280'>cool.</span> </p><p><span m='116690'>To</span> <span m='116960'>become</span> <span m='117370'>a</span> <span m='117440'>tattoo</span> <span m='118010'>artist</span> <span m='118750'>you</span> <span m='118880'>have</span> <span m='119020'>to</span> <span m='119100'>have</span> <span m='119380'>patience.</span> <span m='120450'>And</span> <span m='120580'>you</span> <span m='120680'>have</span> <span m='120800'>to</span> <span m='120910'>remember</span> <span m='122040'>earned</span> <span m='122380'>fast,</span> <span m='124030'>it</span> <span m='124200'>goes</span> <span m='124520'>fast.</span> <span m='127420'>Patience</span> <span m='128020'>and</span> <span m='129150'>just</span> <span m='129669'>love</span> <span m='130100'>the</span> <span m='130199'>culture</span> <span m='130729'>of</span> <span m='130850'>it,</span> <span m='131350'>because</span> <span m='131920'>it's</span> <span m='132200'>a</span> <span m='132280'>growing</span> <span m='132780'>culture.</span> <span m='133300'>It's</span> <span m='133570'>a</span> <span m='133660'>thriving</span> <span m='134170'>culture</span> <span m='134630'>that's</span> <span m='134990'>becoming</span> <span m='136420'>very</span> <span m='137120'>open</span> <span m='137590'>to</span> <span m='137740'>the</span> <span m='137850'>public.</span> <span m='138390'>And</span> <span m='138600'>the</span> <span m='138810'>more</span> <span m='139380'>people</span> <span m='139820'>get</span> <span m='140000'>to</span> <span m='140090'>know</span> <span m='140340'>about</span> <span m='140680'>it,</span> <span m='144140'>the</span> <span m='144160'>more</span> <span m='146140'>artwork</span> <span m='146500'>you</span> <span m='146590'>can</span> <span m='146740'>express</span> <span m='147290'>through</span> <span m='147640'>that,</span> <span m='148180'>through</span> <span m='149380'>other</span> <span m='149610'>people's</span> <span m='150000'>ideas</span> <span m='150670'>that</span> <span m='150810'>are</span> <span m='150910'>coming</span> <span m='151220'>and</span> <span m='151540'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='151830'>So</span> <span m='152020'>be</span> <span m='152280'>open.</span> <span m='153220'>Be</span> <span m='153400'>open</span> <span m='153700'>to</span> <span m='154350'>whatever</span> <span m='154890'>comes</span> <span m='155180'>in</span> <span m='155300'>your</span> <span m='155450'>door</span> <span m='155880'>and</span> <span m='156070'>try</span> <span m='156360'>to</span> <span m='156720'>give</span> <span m='156910'>it</span> <span m='157000'>your</span> <span m='157250'>best</span> <span m='159250'>description</span> <span m='160020'>through</span> <span m='160300'>your</span> <span m='160630'>style</span> <span m='161110'>of</span> <span m='161230'>artwork.</span> </p>","file":{"id":391626,"video_id":"3476435683001","name":"2525-Sam-TattooArtist","duration":162517,"thumbnail_url":null}});