• Licensed Tattooers and Licensed Body Piercers with 3+ years shop experience need only to call 508-SKIN-ART and set up a meeting.  Please have a portfolio that best represents your work and all the documentation and certificates required for licensing.
  • We are always accepting applications for the desk manager position.  We are currently not hiring desk managers.  When hours become available for this position the most promising applicants are contacted based on the information submitted on the application form.  Applications for this position can be found at Mom and Pop Tattoo and Piercing Inc., 288 Plymouth Ave. Fall River, MA 02721.
  • Tips for the next generation of Body Art Apprentices:
    Start this process by understanding what will be required of you.
    It is difficult.  Before you start your registered apprenticeship at Mom and Pop Tattoo and Piercing Inc. you will need to pay for and complete several courses.  Would-be tattooing and piercing apprentices must  acquire certificates in First-Aid, CPR & Prevention of Bloodborn Pathogens Transmission.  In addition, those would-be piercing apprentices must also pass a college level Anatomy and Physiology course with any required corresponding labs at a credited educational institution.  Once you have met those requirements the shop can then request a registered apprenticeship certificate from the Health Board of Fall River Massachusetts.  Having an untrained person around sharp and possibly infectious materials is an insurance nightmare!  Just having an apprentice in the shop drives up the establishment’s liability insurance premium.  Training you will require the use of materials that will need to be purchased.  Some by you as you can afford them and some of those materials will need to be paid for by the shop.  When you get to that point in your apprenticeship when you can actually tattoo or pierce, a licensed practitioner is required by law to be in the room with you throughout the entire procedure.  That is time throughout the work day wherein a capable practitioner is not making money for him or herself and not making money for the shop.  You will be required to pay for all of this in either an initial upfront payment or in a split payment, half when you start your apprenticeship and half before you are cleared by your trainer to take the test to get your license.  Apprenticeships regulated by the Fall River Health Board are a minimum of one year long.  Apprentices are required to work at the shop for a minimum of 30 hours a week.  There is no hourly compensation for apprentices.  Many apprentices work more than one part time job to pay their expenses throughout their education.  Your daily duties will include cleaning floors, emptying trash cans, scrubbing tattooing and/or piercing instruments, picking up lunch, coffee…  When your training is complete and you finally have your license you will still be considered a “rookie” and will start with few shifts, working only with more experienced body artists who will delegate which clients you are ready to work with…  The details vary from shop to shop but this process prepares you for the same fact wherever you happen to do your training, Apprenticeships never really end!  The certificate on the wall may not read “Apprentice” anymore, but the need to rise up and prove yourself should never go away when you work in this industry.  Ten years after your apprenticeship you should be arguing the value of what you learned a decade ago and how it’s shaped the new techniques you’re using today.  To recap: it is difficult.  Do it, and in return you will receive a trade that you can take with you wherever you go for as long as you so choose.
    If you’re not scared off yet,  you will need someone to train you.  Tattooers and Body Piercers don’t often look for apprentices, would-be apprentices generally look for licensed practitioners willing to train them.  You’ll need to sell to yourself as an outstanding candidate for your desired profession.
    A Body Piercing Apprentice should have a portfolio which expresses that you:
    ~ have a working knowledge of dimension.
    ~ can complete tasks rooted in procedural thinking.
    ~ have an eye trained to see visually pleasing “flow” (shape, line, curve…).
    ~ can complete tasks requiring great dexterity.
    ~ have an understanding of various measurements.
    ~ understand color theory.
    ~ can physically work with tools.
    ~ can creatively build plans that you are able to see to their conclusions.
    ~ have some knowledge of metallurgy.
    ~ have some understanding of design.
    Basically, give me a reason to believe that you can become a great Body Piercer.
    A Tattoo Apprentice should have a portfolio which expresses that you:
    ~ can draw.
    ~ can draw line work designs.
    ~ have an eye trained to recognize pleasing aesthetics.
    ~ have a well rounded body of work (more than one art style).
    ~ can work with various mediums.
    ~ understand color theory.
    ~ have knowledge of contemporary tattoo styles.
    ~ have some understanding of design.
    Basically, give me a reason to believe that you can become a great Tattoo Artist.
    Putting your portfolio together:
    If the page needs excessive verbal explanation, ask yourself if you really should put this into your portfolio?  If the art is drawings, originals are better.  If paintings, well-made prints are preferred (spend some money).  If photos, make sure the photo is taken well (learn photoshop).  Too many people try to lie about their artwork; don’t do that or even let people have the chance to think that about you.  Make originals for your portfolio and if the work is a recreation or is based on an existing work of art, please give proper credit to the original artist and list any references in print beside that portfolio picture.  Remember that you are trying to sell yourself.  Your book should be made from better materials, and with even better quality pictures and/or prints than the portfolio of the licensed artist with whom you intent to apprentice.  It should look like it cost you some money, time and energy.  That is the first step in appearing as though you are serious to a licensed artist.  Tattooing and Piercing artists get asked about apprenticeships almost every damn day, STAND OUT!
    Another great tip I can offer:  Don’t ask if “any artist” will take you.  Nobody likes desperation.  Find an artist that you like, respect and feel like your art style might complement.  This should be a person that you want to learn from and work with for a long while.  We are talking about a 3 year relationship, minimum!  If the whole thing works out right you’ll end up with a long term co-worker, future business partner, or at least a friend.  Look around and get a few tattoos or piercings from different Practitioners.  Get even more from that person you think you want teaching you.  Please take your time with such a big decision.  Remember that these are our careers, not a joke or something to be taken lightly.
    Be very suspicious of any Tattoo or Body Piercing Artist who enters such a relationship too easily.  Artists who just want you to pay for your apprenticeship and then get you out on your own as soon as you’re licensed are not very likely to give you the best possible education.  That artist is more concerned with getting a payday then getting a good apprentice.  Such a person knows that you will one day become his or her competition, not co-worker.  Why would he/she teach you everything he/she knows?
    Finally, if you find an artist to train you, that artist may still need the approval of the shop owner and/or other shop employees about having you around all the time.  In most shops the decisions of who to accept as an apprentice is ultimately up to the artist willing to train that would-be apprentice.  However the decision of hiring that apprentice after being trained is always something that needs the  shop owner or shop manager’s approval.  While you’re there getting work from the artist you hope will one day train you, listen closely to the shop around you. You need to fill a void in the shop you wish to one day work. Find a way to be useful!  Build websites, paint walls, re-type documents, make signs, wood carve a coat rack if the shop needs one!  Try to find a skill that the shop can benefit from that you have.  Then offer your services.  Prove yourself to be someone that makes business, or life better.
    If you do all this, you’ll still get rejected a bunch of times.  Sorry, it’s a one to one, master apprentice thing.  It’s beautiful and once you are in the fold, years after your apprenticeship you will probably see it that way too.  It is an art BUSINESS.  Becoming a Tattooer or Piercer is a good income if you’re good at it.  Flooding any business market affects the supply and demand ratio.  As a full time practitioner I am happy that the industry is hard to break into. I am happy that we’re in a position to only accept the very best applicants.  If one day you too are lucky enough to pay all your bills as a talented, safe and successful Piercer or Tattooer you will feel the same way.  The only way to get great at something is to be able to do it all the time.  Training only the few most deserving applicants helps to insure the quality of our industry while simultaneously protecting the financial future of anyone who wants to make this their career.  If you have to fix cars or deliver pizzas to make ends meet with no end in sight, where would you find the time to learn, to grow and to excel?  Great body artists are worth having in the world and not taking every would-be apprentice is part of maintaining a prestigious standard in the tattooing and piercing industry.  Have thick skin. Patient persistence is a respectable quality in anyone.  Virtues like any of which you’ve read will not go unnoticed.
    This isn’t a code, just a little bit of information taken from the limited experiences of a few people who have gone through it.  Take it all in, but realize that it’s up to you to make it your own.  I wish success to anyone who finds these words and has the patience to read them.  In some small way you’ve already taken a step towards proving yourself more determined and deserving than many people who cavalierly ask to become an apprentice as they happen to be walking past the shop and are never seen again.  Good luck.