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Becoming a Tattoo Artist in NY

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My cousin who recently immigrated from China to NY revealed to me his desire to become a tattoo artist. He is an excellent painter and artist in general, but he has no experience tattooing. However, he is has an intense admiration for tattoos, and I am confident that he is absolutely serious about learning this craft. What is the process through which he can obtain formal training and licensing, etc, in tattooing to someday work as a tattoo artist? Could any tattoo artists here please share their experience and the process through which you obtained your success? I would appreciate any advice/links. 

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