We surveyed 457 tattoo artists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical tattoo artist. Here are the results.
How much intelligence is required as a tattoo artist?
Working as a tattoo artist typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.
Can I learn to become a tattoo artist?
A career as a tattoo artist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.
Is it easy to get a job as a tattoo artist?
It’s typically difficult to find a job as a tattoo artist.
Do tattoo artists work full-time or part-time?
74% of tattoo artists work in full-time roles while 26% work part-time.
Is being a tattoo artist stressful?
Stress is not uncommon amongst tattoo artists, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.
Is being organized important as a tattoo artist?
Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a tattoo artist.
How competitive is the workplace for tattoo artists?
Tattoo artists tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.
Does being a tattoo artist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?
Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for tattoo artists.
Are tattoo artists allowed to express themselves creatively?
Creativity is intrinsic to being a tattoo artist, and a highly valuable part of the career.
Do tattoo artists have control over the direction of their work?
Tattoo artists have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.
Is being a tattoo artist physically demanding?
Being a tattoo artist may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.
Are tattoo artists exposed to a wide variety of work?
Tattoo artists tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.
Does being a tattoo artist require attention to detail?
Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a tattoo artist.
Does being a good tattoo artist require compassion and empathy?
The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a tattoo artist.