Drawing custom tattoos used to not be a very profitable profession, even though it has its roots in history.
But thanks to TV shows like Tattoo Nightmares and Ink Master, tattoos and the artists who design and ink them are becoming even more popular.
With unemployment numbers still high, I’m sure there are many artists out there who are struggling to make ends meet.
If you’re one of those artists who can draw tattoo designs and are trying to find a way to make some extra money to pay some bills, you may be in luck.
Here’s how you can make money as a tattoo artist…
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What will I learn?
A Tattoo Drawing Online Marketplace?
CreateMyTattoo.com is a unique marketplace for tattoo artists to create and sell high-quality custom tattoos for tattoo enthusiasts.
It’s basically a crowdsourcing site where anyone who wants a new tattoo puts up an idea and crowdsources it out to the community, and then picks the one they like the best.
And if you think there isn’t much money to be made here, consider this: there are sketches that go for as high as $400 – $500!
Tattooing is one of those arts that is incredibly personalized. People don’t want the same old stuff. They are always looking for new and cool designs, so the market never dies. I myself have a tattoo on my right arm.
So, the more creative you are, the more potential there is to make money with your art.
How Does it Work?
The site operates by running contests. Basically, a customer comes in (or in this case, logs in) with a particular artistic tattoo idea. The site starts a contest with the customer’s idea explained in detail.
As a tattoo artist, you can enter the contest by drawing what you think best represents the customer’s idea and submit your design.
If your design is selected as the winner, you get paid.
13% of the total amount goes to the site as their commission, but you get the other 87%.
All contests start with a minimum of $20. Some go as high as $400 or even more, depending on the customer and the design they have in mind.
Normally, each contest runs for about 2 weeks.
The CreateMyTattoo Marketplace
Not only can you make money with tattoo contests, but you can also sell your designs on their marketplace.
All you need to do is create an artist account, submit your design(s), and specify your price, which has to start with a minimum of $5.95. Then, whenever anyone interested in getting inked likes and buys your design, CreateMyTattoo pays you 75% net of the sale price through PayPal.
It’s as simple as that!
The beauty of it is that you can sell your ink art stencils as many times as you like. So, even if you only have a few good-quality designs, there is potential for making decent money as an artist.
Imagine the possibilities if you can draw hundreds of unique and interesting tattoo designs.
If you are really talented and not camera shy, you may even be able to hit it big time.
Right now, the famous Tattoo Nightmares TV show is looking for more artists to be a part of this popular reality TV show. If you are interested, you can
apply here. Update: While this show is no longer on, there are still other tattoo-related shows. Find the ones you like, go to their website, and see if they are looking for tattoo designers to join the show.
And if you can draw well, you don’t have to stop there. A great number of artists are making money by drawing cartoons and pictures on micro freelancing sites like Fiverr. Not to mention, you can even sell your tattoo drawings on such platforms as well.
I’d love to sign up. Tell me how. I’ve got a tattoo on my right arm of a design I’ve drawn. Please send me more info.
Elizabeth, you can simply signup with the site mentioned in the post (CreateMyTattoo.com) and send in your designs. Good luck.
I love to draw tattoos and I love to draw pictures
Well, if you are good at it, you could make some money with your talent.
I do normal pencil drawings and coloured ones too and also tattoos.please seeking on how to earn something with my works but don’t know how. Let me know where and how to…start…,maybe more about the good site(online artsales) to do this.
Did you try the site mentioned in the post?
You can also try starting out with freelancing sites and/or online forums where people interested in drawing and/or tattoos hang out and try finding clients that way.
How can I make sure that no one is going to be able to get my drawing ? I like drawing and have never sold my art, but I thing that i would like to try as long as i feel that I no body will get my art as log as they pay.
Sounds like you need to get your art in front of more people.
how can I get paid for drawing?
The easiest (and free) way would be to sell your work on Fiverr and other freelancing sites especially the ones geared towards graphic deigns and visual art in general.
how can I get paid for drawing?