The end of the fourth week (official 3rd week) has come – and here I am, sitting and trying to recap everything (again). It was a great time, had a lot of fun, learned so many things and enjoyed every single day. The traineeship now has come to its official end and whether it will be prolonged or not is not totally clear yet, but it looks like it will be prolonged for a week or two, at least that was the thought/plan. Sooner (on Monday) or later (in two weeks at the latest) the day will come, though, on which a huge decision will be made – will I become a self-employed tattoo artist who will be allowed/able to work inside the studio I’ve been a trainee at or not?
Truth be told, I’m hopeful, but well, you can never know, so I’m a “bit” nervous (even though I should not think about what could happen or whatever, because I’m a bit sick/ill at the moment [damn you, stomach!] and should rest and relax in order to be fighting fit again on Monday).
I was told to write down why I want to become a tattoo artist and what I’m willing to do for it – and what my strengths and weaknesses are – which I already did, at least at a glance/in a nutshell and I’ll write it down again properly tomorrow.
Well, guys, what else could I say… except for; wish me luck and all the best and keep your fingers crossed, because I feel like I was born to do this/that this is my biggest dream which is about to become true – hopefully.
Well, the first 3 weeks are over. Officially the first 2 weeks, for I started on September 3rd in my free time, but the traineeship officially started on September 10th. There’s just too much stuff to recap
My first tattoo is nearly healed completely and it definitely needs some touch up work, but that will follow some day in the near future; adding some white highlights and red blood splats, also refining the outlines and shadows a bit:
I’ve drawn some tattoo drafts/flashes for customers already, such as the following two:
Before I started my traineeship it was something unusual, something very special and kinda rare thing, when I drew a tattoo draft for someone which would get inked later on. Now it has started to become a bit more usual, but I’m still thrilled and happy every time, when I draw something and my Mentor inks it right away, hehe.
I still need to get better at everything, though.
Unfortunately the traineeship will last only for one more week, but maybe it’ll be extended for one or two weeks, and after this… we’ll see, hehe. Don’t want to disclose anything too early
Oh well. I don’t know where to start, lol. I learned so damn much during the past & first week, I don’t even…
Today. I tattooed the first whole tattoo ever. On my own leg, the left one, above my ankle on the inside of the leg. If you know what I mean. I inked at home, though my mentor said that I’d rather ink my first motive inside his studio, so he could watch the stuff I do and tell me if I made a mistake, so I wouldn’t get into the habit of making those possible mistakes (again), but, tbh, I preferred to ink my first tattoo ever at home, without someone watching me “work”, because this used to make me nervous as shit (back in school and stuff), and when I’m getting this kind of nervous, I probably make mistakes/screw up lines e.g. a fortiori. I just wanted to ink the first one alone, the touch up could be done later inside the studio, like new tattoos I wanna add on my left leg (where I still can reach my skin with my right hand properly) someday later.
The tattoo itself… could’ve come out better, lol. But imho it could become a whole lot worse than the way it did. I mean, it was the first one (I practiced on pig skin several times before, but it is not the same at all imho). And we all know that no one is born a master, right? Even if I can draw stuff more or less good, it doesn’t mean I’m used to a vibrating, heavy (in comparison) tattoo machine right away, right… I have to learn a lot more, have to get used to my machine, to everything, and practice, practice, practice. The first step was made today – and that’s worth a lot
I got only a crappy camera, so the pic is blurry as crap and the actual tattoo looks better than on the picture, imo, lol
This is my dream job, and I want it more than ever before.