She strongly believes that this 360-degree training module would go a long way in helping someone with a desire to become a fine tattoo artist.
Witch Art Tattoos offers different courses—from simple tattooing to hardcore training—and the course fee varies accordingly from Rs 30,000 to Rs 1,00,000. The time frame varies from one to six months, depending on the type of course the person opts for.
The course module starts with basics in tattooing like an introduction to tattoo art, framing, colour blending, sketching, shading and mixing, etc, and later introduces students to new and advanced subjects. The students first start with basic sketching, followed by practising on fake rubber skin. Once the trainer feels the student is doing well, he/she starts tattooing under his/her guidance. It is followed by personal tattoos, which can range from tribal, shaded, coloured or portraits, among others.
Devil’z Tattooz, which has been running a training centre at Rajouri Garden, Delhi, offers a 90-day advanced professional course with certification, which includes building the students’ fine arts skills with a variety of mediums, as well as practising with the tattoo machine on skin, at a cost of Rs 1.2 lakh. They also offer a 45-day basic tattooing course (with certificate) for people who want to take up tattooing as a hobby at a cost of Rs 65,000.
“If the students start learning professionally from an experienced artist, they will avoid the time consumed in the hit-and-trial method and they will start using the right equipment for getting well-paid jobs,” says Verma. They also provide accommodation facilities for outstation students at an additional cost of Rs 6,000 per month, which includes three meals a day.
KDz Tattoos offers a more organised course module so that it is easy for students to adapt and learn the art of tattooing. They have five different levels of training, which starts with medical training, sterilisation processes and sketching and goes to advanced levels, like piercing training and real tattoos on volunteers. The course fee is up to Rs 69,000, which includes a free tattoo kit and a personal website.
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