Hi guys, this is The Real Jackson. Due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus started from China, the world has been in fear for the past few weeks. With coronavirus cases increasing every minute worldwide, although very few, cases have been confirmed in Korea as well. I’m sure you are already aware of basic safety instructions, but an environment like a tattoo shop where many unspecified people may have visited could be more vulnerable to viruses such as the CoV. Make sure to pay closer attention to your customer’s health, not to mention your own. With hopes that the coronavirus will come to an end soon, let’s get started with today’s video. It’s winter, the slow season for tattoo artists. You feel stressed because other tattoo artists seem to be getting better and even earning more customers while you’re stuck in the same place. Trying events and discounts don’t work either, So you lose interest and even have doubts about whether this is the right job for you. (Slow Season) Hopefully, this video can become the fuel to your lost motivation and passion! Do you like MMORPG games? I myself used to stay up all night playing these games once. (I may or may not have spent money) Today, I’m going to use MMORPG games as my way of explaining being a tattoo artist. You may be wondering what these two things have in common, but in the concept or growing and training, they are quite similar. Understanding the relationship between these two concepts will make it easier for you to determine how and where you are heading to as a tattoo artist. The things that happen to you during a game is very similar to the development of a tattoo artist. Choosing to become a tattoo artist, where and whom you are going to learn from is like choosing what game you are going to play. Choosing a character, such as healer, sorcerer, archer would be like Choosing your main style from styles such as Irezumi, Old School, New school, Realism, Mini Size tattoos. Now, you take your character on to the battlefield for the first time. The enemies seem to fall so easily with your weapons and skills, and you level up at a high speed without much effort. You can buy items for your level at a cheap price, and advanced items for your level are also not very expensive. Once you get used to the skills and reach about the 30th level, you start to feel tired of the game. Your XP isn’t going up as fast as it used to, and the amount of XP you need is getting larger. So you have to hunt more or fight with a much stronger enemy to raise your XP the least bit, But you don’t have enough skills nor items to battle an enemy that strong. You try making a clan instead but no one is willing to play with you because of your level. So you gather players that are at a similar level but your team’s lack of experience isn’t really helping out. This is like creating a group with tattoo artists that have a similar style and learning together. If you have close styles and goals, working in a group will be better than working alone. But if you don’t, it may just cause more stress than working alone. You have to work much harder to achieve just a bit of what you used to before, and gain so little compared to when you first started. You finally reach the highest 50th level, and earn the advanced skills and items, which make you gain interest and enjoy the game again. But just as you get used to your new skills and controls, the game is updated and 50 more levels are added until the highest level. In tattooing, the customers always give you new updates. They’re the ones that ask for something different, challenge you with things that may seem beyond your capacity, and push you to try something you have never done before. They may be the reason that I could constantly level up and grow. I’m grateful that I could even reach this far thanks to my customers. You start to practice on a silicone pad or pigs’ skin with a tattoo machine for the first time. It actually seems easier than what you’ve expected, and the lines are also looking better than you thought. You improve quickly, which might even make you think you are pretty good at what you’re doing. This is about level 30 in the game. After practicing on silicone pads for a couple weeks, you finally decide to try tattooing on real skin. You use your body or ask a friend to help you out. This is the moment before the final level, but things are much harder than before, and you realize that it won’t be as easy as it seemed. (It was easy when I was practicing… ) Skills in tattooing are just like the skills or items you get when you reach every level in a game. Skills are earned according to your level, and advanced items can also be used when you reach required levels. You’re bored of the same skills you always use, your items seem weak compared to all the new characters, and your XP seems to stay the same no matter how hard you try. This is like when someone you thought was behind you suddenly seems way ahead, so you change your tattoo machine, your inks and still feel like you’re falling behind. When you’re playing a game, you get to a point where it starts to seem impossible to get past a certain point. You lose interest and thus end up in a ‘slump’. While others quit at this point, some overcome this slump and move on to the next level. I personally think that this ‘slump’ is not a stop in our improvement like what we commonly think, but a burn out that comes from doing something too hard. The other things I mentioned before is more like an artist’s block. If you could only use the same set of skills for a month, It’s most likely that you will soon be bored with the game. But when you level up, the new skills and items will get you back in the game, and you’ll be able to find yourself enjoying the game again like before. And this would be the end of your block. Your skill in tattoo or art will not look like a straight line on a graph, but rather a stair-like shape. When you learn one skill, you use it until you reach a limit. When you do, you develop and practice the next skill, and repeat. As this process doesn’t happen in a short period of time, It may be frustrating for beginners but going through these steps will allow you to develop your own ways of dealing with certain situations. This is probably the same for many other jobs, but actually being in the tattoo industry is very different from what it seems like from afar. Being a tattoo artist isn’t as loose or free as many people think. We are relatively free timewise, but you can also see that many well-known tattoo artists have extremely busy schedules. If you have just started, or just passed your 30th level and are getting ready to step into the field, try not to rush yourself, but instead perfect the skills you already have. Make sure to really get used to your techniques and then move on to your next level. Keep in mind that trying to do too much more than you can handle may lead to missing details and mistakes! Once you finish a tattoo, you are bound to have regrets no matter how much you have prepared. But it also means that you will have more experience and past knowledge. Like the strategies in games, you’ll have your own strategies in tattooing and one day, find yourself working steadily and stably at your own pace with quality and precision. Keep it up everyone 🙂 I hope this video helped you level up your tattoo game, thank you for watching The Real Jackson!