How to Build an Online Portfolio for Your Tattoo Work
Before building a portfolio, it's good to know some of the key differences between an apprentice's and a working artist's portfolio.
When you don't have much experience as a tattoo artist, the best way to work your way up is with an apprenticeship. To score one with a reputable shop, you need a tattoo portfolio that shows off your potential to become a great tattoo artist. This means providing at least 50 to 100 of your best illustrations—in a range of tattoo styles, from old school traditional to watercolor.
For working tattoo artists, on the other hand, portfolios are carefully curated collections of your most impressive tattoo work, exemplifying your signature style as much as your talent. To build an impressive portfolio, you need to invest in decent photography equipment to capture the fine details of your best tattoo work, offer custom work to show off both your skill and ability to conceptualize new art, and gather email testimonials from happy clients.