Hiring Tattoo Artists | Apprenticeship Opportunity (updated 6/1/21)

We have an open booth and need a new artist. We are open to considering an apprentice as well. Please see expectations for both positions before contacting us.

Please contact Dawn at dawnpapple@gmail.com.

Tattoo Artist Position

We are looking for someone who is honest, usually friendly, mostly happy, generally flexible, and an exceptional artist. The Shop is clean, comfortable and relaxing. We are a family-friendly facility. We do not discriminate (nor do we tolerate discrimination from our staff) based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin, so any new artist can’t either.

Booth rent: 60/40-artist’s favor. Artists are independent contractors. E-mail or message The Shop on Facebook for more details. Also open to $1200 booth rent instead of 60/40, paid upfront each month.

Expectations:

  • Artist will come to work on time, unless prearranged, at least four days of the week. Hours are negotiable.
  • Artist will be clean and hygienic every day.
  • Artist will follow all health code regulations at all times.
  • Artist will create new designs on a regular basis.
  • Artist will accept walk-ins when available and will have to tattoo some non-custom, Pinterest style flash sometimes.
  • Artist will purchase their own machine, ink, disposable tubes/carts and toolbox for their booth.
  • Artist will keep booth clean, in accordance with health codes and shop policy.
  • Artist will pitch in with keeping the common areas clean.
  • Artist will fill out a W-9 and all other legally required forms.
  • Artist will fill out accurate paperwork for all clients.

The Shop will provide:

  • Booth space.
  • Scheduling assistance if desired.
  • Yearly on site training.
  • Yearly Red Cross certification.
  • All supplies like gloves, ink caps, green soap, Saniderm, etc.
  • Certified medical waste management.
  • Facility in compliance with all health codes.
  • Cable internet and phone.
  • Tattoo chair and stool.
  • Cintas services for paper towel, soaps, etc.
  • Annual reviews.
  • Required paperwork and storage of paperwork.
  • 1099 tax forms or booth rental receipts.
  • At-will booth rental contract with no non-compete clause. (All artists are free to work in other shops dually or as guest artists or at conventions as they wish. Artists are not employees.)

Pre-requisites:

  • A drawing portfolio will be required.
  • Artist must be at least 18 years old.
  • Artist must be willing and able to perform job tasks and fulfill job expectations.

Apprenticeship Opportunity

Any apprentice that we will consider will need to have at least three full days available to come in from 10am until 8pm. You do not have to pay for this apprenticeship program, but it is also not a paid position. This is an opportunity to learn a lucrative trade in a safe environment with the end goal of offering you a full time position. We need any apprentice to be ready to work hard. You’ll be learning a ton, but you’ll also be putting in your time cleaning, answering phones, running errands and generally showing us that you have dedication. You’ll need to have or develop thick skin, because you’ll make a ton of mistakes and will be directly and immediately corrected for them, probably even in front of clients. Health-code teaching can not wait for it to be comfortable for you. Training is on the job in the middle of the action.

Apprenticeships last 1-2 years. Most apprentices can begin earning income as a working apprentice within 4 months.

The Shop is a family-friendly facility. We do not discriminate (nor do we tolerate discrimination from our staff) based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin, so people working or learning in our shop can’t either.

Working Apprentice Payment: 50/50 split on income generated by apprenticeship tattoos for at least one year. All artists are independent contractors. E-mail or message The Shop on Facebook for more details.

Expectations:

  • Apprentice will come to work on time, unless prearranged, at least three days of the week. Hours are negotiable.
  • Apprentice will maintain appropriate social media use.
  • Apprentice will be clean and hygienic every day.
  • Apprentice will follow all health code regulations at all times.
  • Apprentice will create new designs on a regular basis.
  • Apprentice will purchase their own machine, ink, disposable tubes/carts and toolbox for their booth when the time comes to start the tattooing phase of the apprenticeship.
  • Apprentice will keep all artist booths clean, in accordance with health codes and shop policy.
  • Apprentice will be responsible for keeping the common areas clean.
  • Apprentice will fill out a W-9 and all other legally required forms.
  • Apprentice will fill out accurate paperwork for all clients.

The Shop will provide:

  • Booth space for practicing in immediately, which will reserve your spot after the completion of your apprenticeship.
  • Reasonable flexibility to accommodate existing family or work schedules.
  • Complete apprenticeship syllabus.
  • Apprenticeship exam.
  • Regular communication.
  • Supervision.
  • On site training.
  • Yearly Red Cross certification.
  • All supplies like gloves, ink caps, green soap, Saniderm, etc.
  • Certified medical waste management.
  • Facility in compliance with all health codes.
  • Cable internet and phone.
  • Tattoo chair and stool.
  • Cintas services for paper towel, soaps, etc.
  • Annual reviews.
  • Required paperwork and storage of paperwork.
  • 1099 tax forms when needed or booth rental receipts.

Pre-requisites:

  • A drawing portfolio will be required.
  • Artist must be at least 18 years old.
  • Apprentice must be willing and able to perform job tasks and fulfill job expectations.

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