Katherine Mccann will be speaking at this year’s Online conference in June on the topic of Cosmetic tattoo and this not-to-be-missed lecture is perfect for those in the emerging cosmetic tattoo realm. The title of her topic at the conference is Good to great – perfecting your cosmetic tattooing techniques. Below is an abstract from the summer APJ journal on Kat’s thoughts on this dynamic industry.

Cosmetic tattooing is an ever-emerging and exciting industry that is evolving at a rapid rate and with the abundance of new and improved education, training, online courses and workshops on offer. People are not only thirsty for knowledge they are eagerly jumping on board to learn new skills and techniques.

The popularity of cosmetic tattooing is as apparent as is the commercial promotion of a financially rewarding and lucrative career, which over the past 5-10 years has seen an explosion of newcomers and a sharp rise in those entering the profession with varying levels of training, which in itself poses risks. However, these procedures require not just comprehensive training in the first place, but also ongoing practical and technical skills development. What is often underestimated, is the commitment it takes to not only learn and execute a skill but the tenacity needed to build a portfolio and a strong consistent base of clients, in addition to running a business and often simultaneously balancing family commitments.

What is apparent, is the fact that we are beginning to experience a real melting-pot with people performing
these procedures on clients, but with differing levels of base training, commitment, enthusiasm, motivation.

These days it’s pretty rare for new clients (and existing ones) not to have had some kind of cosmetic tattooing work done and unlike nails or lashes, it’s much harder to turn people away saying that you won’t work over anyone else’s work. The time is coming where it now comes down to mapping out a strategy of how you can work with what is in front of you – either for corrective work or a new procedure and how you will get the client to be on the same page.

But what happens when you’ve tattooed brows in one way and then decide to do something else and then again something else? Or potentially you get a particular brow style, but for whatever reason that style just doesn’t suit, the pigment won’t hold, or hair strokes fall out. Even worse, you’ve ended up with a build-up of multi-colours on top of colours or left-over residual from a botched job that you’re now wanting to correct, amend or soften.

The fact is that common scenarios such as the above, will walk through the door time and time again and you as the cosmetic tattoo ‘professional’ will be faced with all kinds of challenges, some easily rectifiable, while others may require more technical knowledge and skill to correct.

Check out Katherine Mccann’s lecture at apanconf.com