So I decided that it would be ok to skip a size when stretching my ears. I’ve had the 12g plugs in for a while and my ears were completely healed. So I went and put in an 8g. Never again. My lobes are sore as fuck. But at least I’m not stupid enough to force it in and get a blow-out. So I guess I’ll just put the 12g back in and go buy a 10g sometime soon.
Apprenticeships can always be had if you consistently go to the same shop, make friends with the artists, fit in, build a relationship and respectfully approach the issue. Tattooing outside of the guidance of a good artist (even if you're just tattooing fruit) can only hurt your chances. Nobody likes scratchers, and you're only learning bad habits that the teacher will have to break you of.
I was just going to say for the person asking about apprenticeships, it takes time! I received mine through working as a shop manager. I worked there for 2 years cleaning, working hard, and putting in long hours for, sometimes, not that good of money. If you put all your dedication and drive and passion into something, you will definitely be rewarded and respected in this industry.
Apprenticeships around here are EXTREMELY hard to get, and when you do get one you have to pay for them - which is cool except I don't have a job and can't afford it. I was wondering if you think it'd be all right if I went ahead and bought my own liner gun/shader gun and a set of needles... BUT only practiced on fruit? I can't afford an autoclave right now, so would I need to get new needles each time? I would never do tattoos on a person until I was qualified (a LEGIT apprentice).
No. No no no no.
Apprenticeships are there for a reason because you need TRAINING from someone who has the knowledge and experience to teach you how to tattoo safely. Trying to learn by tattooing fruit will not prepare you for the skin, its not a trade where you can just “learn” over time, you need guidance. Apprenticeships are hard to get for a reason, only the most dedicated artists will stick it out to the end and come out a trained and accomplished tattoo artist.
If you want to tattoo when you are an apprentice, until you do that, spend your time drawing and making a portfolio, you will never ever get an apprenticeship by showing a studio you have practiced on fruit, but you WILL if you present to them some well done, high quality drawings.