The options of learning how to tattoo have expanded in the last 10 years or so. At one time learning to tattoo was difficult to say the least. You had to beg and whine to have an owner of a tattoo shop to agree to take you on. This might have included a lot of time involved in just “hanging out” at the shop and making connections, proving you are serious about investing time and you will tackle it as a serious assignment.
Fortunately, the options have opened up with the popularity of the tattoo industry. You now have alternative options although some shops still apprentice people the old fashion way. This will usually take months or possibly exceed a year of cleaning the shop, stocking, and pretty much helping the artists with whatever menial help they need.
If you are fortunate to be able to afford to, the other option would be a tattoo school. These vary in their approaches but with the convenience of the internet, you can usually start your research over the internet. Some have courses as short as 2 weeks, while others require a longer commitment of time. or course, prices will vary also, size of classes, and for most people, location is a big factor.
Do your research, as it is a big commitment and an expensive investment in your future. think about the research and time put into choosing a college. The investment in time might be shorter but the money will be substantial. if possible, talk to previous pupils. if the school is reputable, you should be able to have access to the opinions of students that have attended the school. You could also see how many have actually attained jobs in reputable shops.