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TATTOO ARTIST, IN-DEPTH: Interpreting Stick Figures Into Artwork

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Sam, a tattoo artist and painter, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He spends his days surfing, skating, and eating before work so that he can have a different perspective outside of his normal work interactions to bring to his artwork.

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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$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='14070'>yourself</span> <span m='14430'>any</span> <span m='14620'>excuses.</span> <span m='17070'>That's</span> <span m='17290'>what</span> <span m='17390'>I</span> <span m='17460'>love</span> <span m='17670'>about</span> <span m='17970'>it</span> <span m='18080'>though.</span> <span m='19270'>That</span> <span m='19470'>I'm my own</span> <span m='19840'>boss.</span> </p><p><span m='20390'>The</span> <span m='20510'>most</span> <span m='20850'>challenging</span> <span m='21640'>part</span> <span m='22130'>is</span> <span m='23860'>being</span> <span m='24540'>able</span> <span m='24870'>to</span> <span m='25110'>interpret</span> <span m='26570'>other</span> <span m='26820'>people's</span> <span m='27430'>ideas.</span> <span m='28870'>And</span> <span m='29880'>sometimes</span> <span m='30500'>that</span> <span m='30700'>can</span> <span m='30830'>be</span> <span m='31000'>difficult.</span> <span m='33270'>Sometimes</span> <span m='33750'>people</span> <span m='34020'>come</span> <span m='34310'>in</span> <span m='34520'>and</span> <span m='34650'>they</span> <span m='34760'>can</span> <span m='34930'>draw</span> <span m='36530'>what</span> <span m='37020'>they</span> <span m='37130'>want,</span> <span m='37640'>or</span> <span m='37800'>they</span> <span m='37940'>have</span> <span m='38210'>an</span> <span m='38300'>example.</span> <span m='38920'>And</span> <span m='39030'>sometimes</span> <span m='39590'>people</span> <span m='40020'>are</span> <span m='40120'>just</span> <span m='40330'>trying</span> <span m='40580'>to</span> <span m='40620'>explain</span> <span m='41190'>it</span> <span m='41350'>to</span> <span m='41480'>you,</span> <span m='41980'>and</span> <span m='42160'>they</span> <span m='42760'>draw</span> <span m='42920'>these</span> <span m='43110'>little</span> <span m='43340'>stick</span> <span m='43670'>figures.</span> <span m='44410'>But</span> <span m='44760'>even</span> <span m='45040'>a little</span> <span m='45290'>stick</span> <span m='45590'>figure</span> <span m='46360'>helps</span> <span m='46650'>me</span> <span m='46810'>out a</span> <span m='46900'>lot.</span> </p><p><span m='49170'>I'd</span> <span m='49370'>have</span> <span m='49560'>to</span> <span m='49680'>say</span> <span m='49910'>my</span> <span m='50080'>faith</span> <span m='50520'>in</span> <span m='50670'>God.</span> <span m='51200'>Taking</span> <span m='51620'>a</span> <span m='51700'>step</span> <span m='52070'>back</span> <span m='52530'>and</span> <span m='53640'>letting</span> <span m='53910'>him</span> <span m='54240'>guide</span> <span m='54550'>me</span> <span m='54800'>where</span> <span m='55080'>he</span> <span m='55260'>wants</span> <span m='55570'>me</span> <span m='55710'>to</span> <span m='55790'>be</span> <span m='56080'>where</span> <span m='56360'>I</span> <span m='56430'>can</span> <span m='56600'>work</span> <span m='56990'>for</span> <span m='57190'>him.</span> </p><p><span m='58630'>At</span> <span m='58880'>first,</span> <span m='59460'>it</span> <span m='59820'>is,</span> <span m='60370'>but</span> <span m='60630'>then</span> <span m='60850'>you</span> <span m='60980'>build</span> <span m='61380'>up</span> <span m='61520'>your</span> <span m='61640'>clientele.</span> <span m='62440'>And</span> <span m='63570'>the</span> <span m='63700'>more</span> <span m='63970'>your</span> <span m='64050'>artwork</span> <span m='64530'>gets</span> <span m='64730'>out</span> <span m='64940'>there,</span> <span m='65129'>the</span> <span m='65290'>more</span> <span m='65540'>people</span> <span m='65880'>will</span> <span m='66010'>see</span> <span m='66330'>it</span> <span m='66480'>and</span> <span m='67010'>will</span> <span m='67240'>seek</span> <span m='67630'>you</span> <span m='67940'>for</span> <span m='68160'>that</span> <span m='68460'>type</span> <span m='68680'>of</span> <span m='68830'>artwork.</span> <span m='69750'>And</span> <span m='70610'>so</span> <span m='71860'>it</span> <span m='72160'>is</span> <span m='72630'>a</span> <span m='72700'>little</span> <span m='72960'>hard</span> <span m='73200'>to</span> <span m='73250'>get</span> <span m='73450'>clientele,</span> <span m='74170'>but</span> <span m='74430'>then,</span> <span m='74690'>once</span> <span m='74890'>you get your</span> <span m='75210'>name</span> <span m='75490'>out</span> <span m='75680'>there,</span> <span m='76220'>it's</span> <span m='76450'>a</span> <span m='76500'>little</span> <span m='76700'>bit</span> <span m='76860'>easier.</span> <span m='77290'>People</span> <span m='77570'>will</span> <span m='77720'>come</span> <span m='77940'>and</span> <span m='78060'>seek</span> <span m='78340'>you</span> <span m='78640'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='79540'>My</span> <span m='79710'>work-life</span> <span m='80360'>balance</span> <span m='80800'>as</span> <span m='81060'>a</span> <span m='81180'>tattoo</span> <span m='81590'>artist--</span> <span m='83030'>gosh,</span> <span m='83980'>I</span> <span m='84030'>don't</span> <span m='84150'>really</span> <span m='84310'>have</span> <span m='84530'>any</span> <span m='84660'>balance.</span> <span m='87650'>I kind of</span> <span m='87910'>just</span> <span m='88110'>wing</span> <span m='88420'>it.</span> <span m='90090'>I</span> <span m='90240'>surf,</span> <span m='90810'>I</span> <span m='90900'>skate,</span> <span m='91520'>I</span> <span m='91820'>eat,</span> <span m='92120'>I breath</span> <span m='92870'>artwork.</span> <span m='94050'>And</span> <span m='94620'>that's</span> <span m='95610'>part</span> <span m='95840'>of</span> <span m='96140'>the</span> <span m='96240'>best</span> <span m='96550'>thing,</span> <span m='96780'>probably,</span> <span m='97130'>about</span> <span m='97400'>my</span> <span m='97520'>job</span> <span m='97880'>is</span> <span m='98040'>that</span> <span m='98260'>I</span> <span m='98330'>get</span> <span m='98600'>to</span> <span m='98680'>do</span> <span m='98970'>what</span> <span m='99190'>I</span> <span m='99280'>love</span> <span m='100120'>constantly.</span> <span m='101280'>This</span> <span m='101490'>is</span> <span m='101570'>my</span> <span m='101740'>passion.</span> <span m='102520'>This</span> <span m='102720'>is</span> <span m='102890'>what</span> <span m='103080'>I</span> <span m='103190'>live</span> <span m='103520'>for.</span> <span m='104270'>This</span> <span m='104520'>is</span> <span m='104650'>why</span> <span m='104840'>I</span> <span m='105090'>eat.</span> <span m='105530'>This</span> <span m='105720'>is</span> <span m='105820'>why</span> <span m='106090'>I surf.</span> <span m='106480'>This is</span> <span m='106870'>why I</span> <span m='107100'>skate.</span> <span m='108040'>To</span> <span m='108180'>have</span> <span m='108470'>a</span> <span m='108530'>different</span> <span m='108900'>perspective</span> <span m='109830'>out</span> <span m='110070'>there</span> <span m='110210'>than</span> <span m='110620'>just</span> <span m='110890'>the</span> <span m='111460'>normal</span> <span m='112050'>person</span> <span m='112500'>that's</span> <span m='112780'>in</span> <span m='112980'>that</span> <span m='113350'>normal</span> <span m='113850'>group</span> <span m='114250'>9:00</span> <span m='114560'>to</span> <span m='114630'>5:00</span> <span m='115280'>workday.</span> <span m='116760'>I</span> <span m='116920'>can</span> <span m='117070'>wake</span> <span m='117390'>up</span> <span m='117630'>and</span> <span m='118300'>surf,</span> <span m='118690'>skate,</span> <span m='119260'>do</span> <span m='119390'>whatever</span> <span m='119700'>I</span> <span m='119730'>want,</span> <span m='120190'>just as</span> <span m='120440'>long</span> <span m='120600'>as</span> <span m='120720'>I'm</span> <span m='120860'>here</span> <span m='121120'>before</span> <span m='121600'>that</span> <span m='121830'>time.</span> <span m='122690'>And</span> <span m='122860'>then</span> <span m='123000'>I</span> <span m='123080'>can</span> <span m='123280'>still</span> <span m='123690'>express</span> <span m='124300'>myself</span> <span m='124810'>as</span> <span m='125260'>an</span> <span m='125390'>artist</span> <span m='125820'>or</span> <span m='125960'>as</span> <span m='126180'>an</span> <span m='126260'>individual</span> <span m='129039'>in</span> <span m='129220'>my</span> <span m='129410'>own</span> <span m='131410'>domain.</span> </p>","file":{"id":391622,"video_id":"3476435675001","name":"2526-Sam-TattooArtist2 In-depth","duration":134328,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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