I get asked this question a lot. Up until a little over a year ago, I was the one doing the asking. The truth is, if you ask ten different artists how they came into tattooing, you’ll get ten different answers. If I was to give you my entire story, it would fill a novel, simply because I consider the start of my career as a tattooer to be the first time I picked up a pencil and drew. I won’t bore you with the details, but it does serve to illustrate (pun intended) my first point: you need to be passionate about art. Draw every single day. Push yourself to be the best artist you can be on paper. Painting also helps, as does any other artistic outlet you can find. Look at other artist’s work and learn from what they do.