Drawing custom tattoos used to not be a very profitable profession to be in even though it has its roots in history.
But thanks to the TV shows like Tattoo Nightmares and Ink Master, tattoos and artists who design and ink people with them are becoming even more popular.
With the unemployment numbers still high, I am sure there are lots of artists out there who are struggling to make ends meet.
If you are one of those artists who can draw tattoo designs and are trying to find a way to make some extra money to pay some bills, you may be in luck
Here is how you can make money as a tattoo artist…
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CreateMyTattoo.com is a unique marketplace for tattoo artists to create and sell high quality, custom tattoos for tattoo enthusiasts.
It’s basically a crowdsourcing site where anyone who wants a new tattoo puts up an idea and crowdsourced it out to the community, and then pick the one they like the best.
And if you think there is not much money to be made here, consider this, there are sketches that go for as high as $400 – $500!
Tattoo is one of those arts that is incredibly personalized. People don’t want the same old stuff. They are always looking for new and cool designs, so the market never dies. I myself have a tattoo on my right arm.
So, the more creative you are, the more potential there is to make money with your art.
How Does It Work?
The site operates by running contests. Basically a customer comes in (or in this case logs in) with a particular artistic tattoo idea. The site starts a contest with the customer’s idea explained in detail.
As a tattoo artist, you can enter the contest by drawing what you think best represents the customer’s idea and submit your design.
If your design is selected as the winner you get paid.
13% Of the total amount goes to the site as their commission, but you get the other 87%.
All contests start with a minimum of $20. Some go as high as $400 or even more, depending on the customer and the design they have in mind.
Normally each contest runs for about 2 weeks.
Let the consumer guide your designs
When designing your own temporary tattoos, there are so many different ways to begin. No matter what subject you decide on, whom you are designing for is key — and will determine a lot of design details. For example, if you are designing a temporary tattoo for kids to enjoy, designs would need to fit a young audience. Pranjal says this is typically a 2-inch-by-2-inch design.
Nani Brunini, an illustrator who has done her fair share of tattoo designs, lets the person she is designing for inspire her concepts. “I love how playful and cheeky temporary tattoos can be for adults,” she says. “And for kids, I like anything that will let their imagination soar.”
As you design your own tattoos, keep your consumer in mind. Be as fun and as free as they are. Design by Nani Brunini.
This flexible fun is exactly what makes temporary tattoos a great project for any designer. Anna Szostek, a Polish illustrator, offers this last, very important piece of advice: “Just do what you do best, and don’t try to imitate anybody’s work. It’s good to think about trends and fashion, but don’t let them stop your imagination.”
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