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Tattoo Artists

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor does not provide an employment outlook for tattoo artists, but it does predict that job opportunities for fine artists (a category that includes painters, sculptors, and illustrators) will increase faster than the average for all careers. Tattoos remain a popular way for people to express and beautify themselves. In many ways, tattoos have become mainstream due to the spotlight on body art in movies and television shows (including ones about tattoo artists), on social media, and in general pop culture. As a result, there should be continuing demand for tattoo artists—although there will be strong competition (especially in large cities) for clients. Tattoo artists who have excellent artistic talent, a creative and distinct approach to design, top-notch communication and interpersonal skills, and strong business, sales, and marketing acumen will have the best job prospects.

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