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What You Need to Open a Tattoo Shop

Tattoo shop

November 29 2022 - Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans have at least one tattoo?

With so many people expressing their individuality through permanent ink, a tattoo shop can be a viable business. But many first-time businesses think that a tattoo shop only targets people with tattoos.

In reality, people who have a tattoo license would spend a chunk of that budget on piercings later on. For a toolbox, you need more than just a tattoo license and a pack of permanent markers.

Read on to know what you need to open a tattoo shop.

Get a Tattoo Apprenticeship

If you want to get a tattoo apprenticeship, you will need to find a shop that is willing to take you on. Most shops require that you have a portfolio of your work. You will also need to show more info about yourself that you're reliable and trustworthy.

Once you find a shop, you will need to fill out an application and usually go through an interview process.

Getting a License

You will need a professional tattoo shop license in order to open a tattoo shop. To get a license, you will need to complete an application and submit it to your local licensing authority.

Once your application is approved, you will be required to pay a fee and pass a background check. After you have received your license, you will need to purchase insurance and make sure your shop meets all local health and safety regulations.


If you're looking to open a tattoo shop, one of the most important things to consider is your location. You'll want to choose a spot that's easy to find and has a good amount of foot traffic.

Other factors to consider include the demographics of the area, the competition, and the cost of rent.


Opening a tattoo shop requires a few supplies in order to get started. This includes sterilization equipment for both the shop and the artist, as well as needles, ink, and other supplies.

Once all these things are taken care of, the shop can open for a new business!


In order to open a tattoo shop, you need to have insurance. This will protect you and your business if something goes wrong. There are a few particular types of insurance that you should consider, and you may need to get further than one type.

Liability insurance, which will cover you if someone is injured while getting a tattoo at your shop. Property insurance, which will cover your equipment and supplies in the event of a fire or theft.

Consider getting business interruption insurance, which will cover you if your shop has to close for any reason.

Business Plan

This will include your start-up costs, as well as your projected income and expenses. You will also need to have a tattoo artist on staff. And also, you will need to find a suitable location for your tattoo shop.

A Tattoo Shop is the New Addiction

Opening a tattoo shop requires more than just an artist with a steady hand. You need a business plan, a location, licenses, insurance, and more. But if you have a passion for tattoos and body art, opening your own shop can be a rewarding experience.

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