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DisturbingNoise
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Quote DisturbingNoise Replybullet Topic: Finding a shop.
    Posted: April/28/2012 at 1:50am
I think I'm ready to start looking for an aprenteceship but there are a lot of shops here in Rapid City. So my problem is finding a good one that will take me on. So I would like if anyone could point me in the direction of a shop that would be worth going into. Also if you had any tips for me to get in would be nice. I used to tattoo at home, I heard this could hurt my chance of getting in. Is this true? I have stopped tattooing because I no longer wanted to give tattoos that didn't look professional. So if any one has advice it would be very much appreciated.
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Quote randy flagg Replybullet Posted: April/28/2012 at 6:23am
The fact that you stopped doing homemade tattoos is a plus, but I would not repeat that in a shop you are trying to get into. Shhh.

Find a shop by looking at their portfolios and look at their artwork. Smell the shop, look at the trash cans, are they full and stinky with food wrappers or bloody rubbish?
Do you smell smoke, ciggs or pot?
How do they answer the phone, smittys tattoo shop what the fuck do you want, or hello how can I help you?
How do they treat walk-ins?

I think you picking the proper shop is the way to go. Any money grubbing business owner will take your $$$ for an apprenticeship and turn you loose on the public in 90 days, but getting a job in a shop you respect and want to be a part of is the key. Even if it takes a year or more.

You pick the shop, don't let it pick you.

Show up and say hello. Don't even mention you want to tattoo. Hang out, watch, listen, learn. If you dig on the vibe of the shop, get involved. Hell, bring coffee and just chill with the crew.

Volunteer to pass out flyers or hand bills. Get a few tattoos or piercings and become a friend.  The rest will come if they like you and see you are serious.
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Quote MontanaPiercer Replybullet Posted: April/28/2012 at 10:09am
Originally posted by randy flagg

The fact that you stopped doing homemade tattoos is a plus, but I would not repeat that in a shop you are trying to get into. Shhh.

Find a shop by looking at their portfolios and look at their artwork. Smell the shop, look at the trash cans, are they full and stinky with food wrappers or bloody rubbish?
Do you smell smoke, ciggs or pot?
How do they answer the phone, smittys tattoo shop what the fuck do you want, or hello how can I help you?
How do they treat walk-ins?

I think you picking the proper shop is the way to go. Any money grubbing business owner will take your $$$ for an apprenticeship and turn you loose on the public in 90 days, but getting a job in a shop you respect and want to be a part of is the key. Even if it takes a year or more.

You pick the shop, don't let it pick you.

Show up and say hello. Don't even mention you want to tattoo. Hang out, watch, listen, learn. If you dig on the vibe of the shop, get involved. Hell, bring coffee and just chill with the crew.

Volunteer to pass out flyers or hand bills. Get a few tattoos or piercings and become a friend.  The rest will come if they like you and see you are serious.
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Edited by MontanaPiercer - April/28/2012 at 10:09am
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