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Bobby McCormack
_X__Mentor ___Other Professional #1
Holdfast tattoos

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803 E. Nasa Parkway Suite 156
Webster, TX 77598

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___Other Professional #2

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1. For someone working in your field, please describe the fantasies versus realities of the job.
(Fantasy vs. reality)
 Fantasy- He thought that it was going to not be stressful and be really relaxing. He loved drawing and
thought it would be awesome to draw for other people and get paid for it.

Reality- Tattooing is not just drawing it becomes stressful when dealing with a lot of people. Once it
wasn’t a hobby anymore and it’s a career it changed. It’s still enjoyable it is just a lot of pressure to please
the client. It is not as laid back as it seems.

2. What is your current educational level? What continuing education and training are required?
(Educational level and requirements)
 Education Level- My mentor did not finish college. It was expensive and he didn’t feel like wasting the
money. He went to college for a year then dropped out because he didn’t think it was worth it.
 Requirements- In order to become a tattoo artist, you must complete an apprenticeship-. This is a year and
a half with someone that is well versed in the tattooing world and has a lot of experience to pass down to
you. My mentor’s tattoo apprentice was 68 years old and an old school biker tattoo artist. He has been
tattooing life 50 years. You have to know someone. Getting into an apprenticeship is even harder. You
earn your way into it and they teach you everything you know. They tear you down and build you back
up. It was a lot of cleaning in the beginning and then at the end he actually started tattooing.

3. Please describe the typical day to day activities of someone working in your field.
(Day-to-day activities)
 Start off the day at 12:00 drawing tattoos for the next day. Sometimes he has a consultation with clients to
view his drawings and to make sure they like them. He typically finishes at 10:00 or whenever he get
finishes the tattoos. Sometimes he is working on finishing the tattoos till as late as 1:00 in the morning.
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4. How secure are you in your current position? What do you think is the future of your field?
(Job security)
 Pretty secure in his current position.
 He believes that due to tattoos becoming more popular the future of tattooing will continue to grow. Now
that everyone is seeing them as more socially acceptable more people are willing to get them.
5. What is a typical (average or lowest to highest) salary of someone working in your field?

Depends on quality of the work of the tattoo artist. It depends on the amount of time in the tattoo industry.
The average Lowest -$20,000. This is only if your work is awful and you are in a bad location. The
highest average salary can range anywhere to 6 digits. If your work ethic is good, you know a lot of
people, have a good reputation, and are a good artist the amount of money you can make really depends
on you.

6. What potential for growth is there in your field?
(Growth potential)
 There is potential growth for this field because tattoos are becoming more popular. The only thing is there
are already a lot of tattoo shops, you would just have to find a popular one near you to be the most
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7. What made you pursue this career?
 He started off oil painting. He was just an artist, but he had a few friends that were in the tattooing
industry that brought him into trying it. So he finally gave in and he has only been doing it for 3 years.
8. What is the hardest part about your job?
 Doing something every single day and knowing that person is going to have that on their body for the rest
of their life. It’s a lot of pressure to make sure you don’t mess up and the final product is exactly what
they hoped for.
9. What is the best part about your job?
 Having people carry your artwork permanently on their skin and doing what you love.
10. How do you prepare for clients?
 Consultation is made with the client, which is $40 that goes towards your ending tattoo. It is
nonrefundable. Typically he only does appointments and if it is a no show then he works on drawings and
prep work. Sometimes if someone shows up during the time of a no show he will tattoo them.

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