Body artists decorate or modify the bodies of their customers using techniques such as tattooing and piercing. While some body artists perform a combination of these techniques, it is not uncommon for a body artist to specialise in one area, such as tattooing or piercing.
Duties & Tasks
Body artists may perform the following tasks:consult with customers to discuss the services they require
maintain, clean and sterilise equipment and rooms to meet the skin penetration regulations of the state or territory
design tattoos, make line drawings from photocopies and make stencils for tattoos
make piercings using needles and tattoos using a tattoo machine, ensuring high standards of hygiene and contamination control
advise customers on after-care procedures
promote themselves to increase client numbers.
Body artists work indoors and may be required to work evenings and weekends.
good interpersonal skills and an ability to put the customer at ease
good personal hygiene
responsible attitude to work (to eliminate risk of transmitting blood-borne diseases)
comfortable with needles
artistic ability (for a tattooist).