If you are considering a career as a tattoo artist and opening your own shop, not only will you need to apply your skills and artistic abilities, but you certainly will need to properly consider and evaluate legal and business implications.
The very first thing you should consider is who you are going to hire as your attorney.
Licenses and Permits to Open Shop: In most states, you first will need to investigate what legal requirements need to be satisfied to become a duly licensed tattoo artist, or whether you are required to obtain local and State approvals or permits to open a tattoo and body piercing shop.
For example, in New Jersey, you will need to satisfy and comply with the rather comprehensive requirements of the Body Art Procedures Act.
Protecting Your Art: Finally, as an artist, you may want to seek protection of your art work by investigating trade-marking and copy-righting laws. Your particular style of tattooing or specific pieces of work may be worth protecting from other artists use without authorization.
In summary, it is an exciting journey to becoming a tattoo artist and owning your own shop.You will certainly want to evaluate your obligations under laws to employees, such as providing medical insurance and other employee benefits, and compliance with payroll deductions and taxes.You may also want to consider establishing shop employment policies and procedures for hiring and terminating employees, for the compliance with any local or State health safety and hygiene requirements to maintain your license or permit, and for the protection of your confidential client records and business information.New Jersey’s Act requires any person intending to engage in the act of tattooing, body piercing or other body art to have completed an apprenticeship under the direct supervision of a practitioner in order to learn body art procedures.A tattoo apprentice must complete at least 2,000 hours of training, and a body piercing apprentice must complete at least 1,000 hours of training.Furthermore, how you establish your business will be an important consideration.For example, you may want to form a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation (Inc.) to protect your personal assets from claims.As a tattoo or body piercing artist and during your career, you and your business may potentially face lawsuits resulting from such things as professional liability, employment issues, or premises liability.In this regard, you will want to acquire proper professional malpractice liability insurance, as well as comprehensive general liability insurance and all risk property damage insurance.The business tools you need to make your tattoo shop a success might be new, but your dreams are still the same. The focus was on building a stellar reputation, getting clients in the door and scoring a roster of talented artists – I doubt much has changed.What you didn’t factor in for was all the hours you’d spend trying to figure out: I’m here to give you the business tools that will help bring clients to your tattoo shop, bump up productivity and manage your work/life balance.