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  1. Flux Capacitor? Deception? Cojones?

    Also, to everyone who said OCD is a benefit: That's one of the stupidest things I hear about getting work in tattooing and tattoo shops.

    Since when did being obsessively compelled to do something, (without logical reason) benefit any profession, employment or craft?

    OCD doesn't mean being dedicated or diligent. It doesn't mean that you care about getting something right or keeping things clean.

    It stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

    "Can I have a job in your tattoo shop? I have a mental disorder that makes me ignore reason and prevents me making sensible decisions based on facts. I won't seek help for this because popular misconception paints me as a hygiene savant or Rain Man with disinfectant."

    "No, I'll give it to this rational, dedicated, hard working, person who I tattooed a body suit on."

    I think this is one of my favourite posts I have read on LST so far.

    OCD does seem to get banded around a lot when talking about people who are keen on hygene and cleanliness without considering the irrational side of the disorder.

    I don't think I would want to search out a Tattooer who was going to make irrational/illogical decisions at any given time...

  2. I started an apprenticeship 3 or 4 months ago. I am in the shop 3 days and work 3 days plus a few hours on the days I am in the shop.

    I have been offered the desk job at the shop for a small wage to allow me to be in the shop more and hopefully learn faster. I feel very lucky to have been offered this and am working my notice now to allow me to take up the position full time.

    Things seem to be slightly different in the UK, it is rare that you would pay for a good apprenticeship, there is a shop fairly local that have 3 apprentices that have all paid £2,000.00 and are just sat around the shop as the shop just isn’t busy, as someone mentioned earlier it seems that the shops that charge over here are the ones that need the cash whereas if a shop thinks you have the potential to bring in clients they are more likely to actually try to pass on some knowledge.

    Back to the original question;

    I agree that there are too many tattooers, but certainly in the UK the majority aren’t great.

    I think in an ideal world good tattooers who are willing to teach things the right way and of course who actually want to apprentice someone do so as that is the only way that the right way will continue, I know that’s just common sense.

    I also think that people who are in it for the wrong reasons ought to stop taking advantage of people to make some quick ££.

    And finally I think people should stop looking to be offered an apprenticeship over the internet (obviously not aimed at anyone here). Some of the other forums I use every other post is just a request for someone to get in touch and offer to teach them.

  3. The guy was on a documentary over here in the UK that basically tried to set tattooing back by 20 years. There is probably a thread about it somewhere but you might be able to search 'My Tattoo Addiction' and find it. Was a channel 4 show..... horrible stuff, a lot of artists over here weren't too impressed when it came out!!

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