A budding tattoo artist will first need to pick up the right tattoo supplies to begin practice. This will not only include the machine, but many other items that you will need. Ink, practice skin, needles, and even medical supplies will be needed.
But this will not work if you are just beginning to learn this job. In fact online you will be able to find a setup that will include everything you need to start learning. These kits will include, machine, power supply, ink, practice skin and needles.
You can find some really good prices on these kits, depending on how many machines you want in the kit. But remember that sometimes when you buy something cheap it will not last as long either. So going with a medium priced kit may be the best bet.
If you decide to go with those steel tips you are going to have to find a way to get them very clean. An autoclave will be your best option. Though they will run you quite a bit of money, if you plan on sticking with this it will be worth the cost.
Buy everything you need and make sure that you place plenty of time aside to practice. You should also be practicing drawing and coming up with a portfolio. It will help you earn your way into a possibly apprenticeship with a tattoo shop.
Find a good shop to help you along, and they will line you up with less expensive places to buy your supplies from in the future. That way you may be able to take advantage of being part of the shop and getting deals at local shops. Plus many online places will require you to have that same information in order to sell to you.
However, at first you can purchase inexpensive equipment at many locations, like eBay, or even Amazon. They will require no proof that you work in a store. Compare these prices and what you will receive with the kit before you agree to the purchase.
You will find that unless you are an apprentice that most artists will not talk to you about the trade. It is something that they seem to guard closely. Perhaps they feel that you plan on stealing business from them, or something else. But they can also help you once you get into a shop, find deals on supplies.
Just keep in mind that you will need to continue to practice at home too. Because you will not be able to tattoo people until you have learned a lot about the art of tattooing. Do not give up if you have purchased a kit, because that will be money that you have wasted.