What You Need to do to Start Tattooing

Cosmetic tattooing and body tattooing are some of the higher-risk services in beauty and body art. You are literally performing skin penetrating procedures. Because of this, you need to make sure you know how to keep yourself and clients safe from the risk of infection transmission. 

Wanting to tattoo?

Here are some things you should know:

1. Council and Government Regulations 

Do your research on what you require to be a tattooist in your area.

In QLD you must have a statement that you have completed the unit HLTINF005 Infection Prevention for Skin Penetration. This unit is an essential requirement for becoming a working tattooist. You will also likely need certified training to apply for the appropriate insurances and give your customers a proven level of trust in your skills, particularly for cosmetic tattooing.

The more you can train in your skill under a mentor, the better. Body art and permanent tattooing is a high stakes service for others. Strong practical skills training and experience will make you top of your game and top of your field.

2. Purchase the Right Equipment and Supplies

A tattoo studio is complete when stocked with the appropriate equipment- and not only this but a healthy supply. Every tattoo artist needs the right tools these will include;

  • Needles
  • Ink
  • A tattoo gun(s)
  • Tattoo chairs/Client Treatment Beds
  • Sterilization and hygiene equipment and product
  • Stencil products
  • Grips for better accuracy while outlining
  • Tips and tubes to assist with inserting needles in their machines
  • Steady power supply


If you’re just starting, you might want to experiment with multiple varieties of inks, tubes, tips, so you can have an idea of what works best.

Keep your space neat and tidy too, it ensures customers of the quality and safety of your studio/clinic. 

3. Comply with the Infection Prevention Protocol

Tattooing is broad, but whatever form it takes, health and safety measures must always be sharp. Remember, unhappy clients will always spread the word, while satisfied ones are likely to send in more referrals. 

When you’re a rookie, chances of skipping an important hygiene step is high. Not only do you need to sterilise your work equipment, but also work surfaces. Personal Hygiene is also essential.  Tattooing and Infection Control go together!


4. Get the Right Location

Location matters especially if you are starting out and have a shallow customer base.

Select an area that has a great deal of foot traffic, preferably somewhere close to the road, or in a suburb that has a large demographic of your target audience.. The right location can be a strength and help you in your marketing. 

5. Be Prepared for the ups and downs

Tattooing is essentially a luxury service that is driven by fashion trends. Sometimes business will be booming, other times not, particularly so when the economy gets tough. Your income will primarily depend on the number of clients you get to serve per month. But if art is your passion, you will always find the stamina to keep going. Pushing the boundaries, and producing great quality work that continues to build your reputation in the industry!


Thinking of starting your tattoos business with a professional touch? Look no further! Our team at Demi International is dedicated to equipping you with the right infection control unit HLITINF005 Infection Prevention for Skin Penetration to start your tattoo business. Let us help you get a step ahead

Demi International

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