No drugs or alcohol, keep a clear head.
If you want a mate, keep a good relationship. You can't think level headed if you're fighting with your significant other.
Live your reputation: No bars, No clubs, what people see of you is who you are to them. Be a part of your community.
You must show respect at all times. Be polite to everyone, answer questions no matter how childish they may seem. Help a stranger at least once a day. Respect your self. Dress well, not grungy. Clean clothes, well kept hair. You can still look like a tattoo artist but don't smell as bad as they expect you to. You are trying to be a medical professional.
Take care of you hands! They are your biggest tools. No fighting, No Skate Boarding, No wounds of any kind. A cut on your fingers is an open door for you to get a disease. Taking care of your hands can save your life.
Get sleep and eat well. You need eight hours of sleep every night before you work. You have to be rested. Anyone that has tattooed can tell you that it is physically demanding work. It's hard on your hands, your back and you mind. Be healthy.
Know when to stop. This is a field of great perfection. It takes dedication, and sacrifice. It's not for everyone. If you can't do it then have enough respect for the ones that work there whole life to be able to. Don't just do some of the things. Don't pick and choose. All or none.
Never steal someone else's work. Tattoo artist, not tattoo copyist
Never talk bad about another artist or shop. Better to be presumed a fool then to open your mouth and prove it. If someone's work is bad, then there work will show that, you don't need to help.
Do custom work once. If you design a piece for some one then give it to them and them alone. People that pay for custom work doesn't want to see it on there buddy down the road. That's treating your patrons poorly.
Never over charge. Just because you think someone will pay more does not give you the right to charge that much. Not everyone knows what a tattoo is worth. Don't prey on the uninformed.
Never lie to your patron. If you've been tattooing for a year don't tell them ten. They will respect you more for the truth, and never come back for a lie.
Never cut corners. Remember, the next one in the chair could be your wife, child, mother, or you. Be clean and safe.
Take a Zen moment. Never rush, take your time and do your best. It does not matter how many people are in line, you can only tattoo one at a time. Before every tattoo take a minute before you start to center yourself and calm down. If you smoke cigarettes, then smoke. If you meditate then do that. Just take the time.
Never get personally evolved with a client. If you try to sleep with your clients then you will get that reputation and others will view you as a joke.
Never show attention to someone's body if exposed. Your job as an artist is to make the client comfortable not to flirt or satisfy your sexual wants.
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