Some people treat their body as a temple that must not be tainted, but others see theirs as a canvas to paint on.

Humans have been getting body art since 2,000 B.C., according to Smithsonian Magazine. It’s a practice that’s not only enduring but also growing. The Harris Poll found, in their recent survey of over 2,225 respondents, that around 47% of young adults in the U.S. are inked.

People are always looking for unique ways to express themselves, and tattooing is an artistic and lasting way to do so. Now that body art isn’t a deal-breaker in getting hired, people are more confident about getting inked.

If you have a knack for the arts and looking for a new hobby or business, a career in body art may be for you.

Thriving Industry

Tattoo parlors and tattoo removal clinics may be the next big business, according to the latest industry data from IBISWorld. They brought in over $1.6 billion in revenue in 2016. And with an annual growth rate of 6.1%, the industry is projected to earn as much as $2 billion in 2019.

The Wall Street Journal’s recent report on the body art market stated that this growth is fueled not only by the increasing popularity of tattoos but also by the increasing popularity of custom tattoos. These personalized inks are often more expensive than their pre-designed counterparts.

The article also suggested that tattoo removals contribute significantly to the rise of the body art industry. Though there were only 70,000 tattoo removals in 2018 (a lot lower than the 809,000 wrinkle treatments in the same year), these procedures are often expensive. They cost around $200 to $500 per session, depending on how difficult it is to remove the particular tattoo.

Growing Demand

Apart from the standard typeface and image tattoos on the body, some people want to give their locks more volume by getting scalp micropigmentation (SMP). This process involves strategically tattooing the scalp to make hair appear fuller. This is an attractive procedure for aging American men, as more than 85% of them are anticipated to experience gradual but significant hair thinning once they reach the age of 50.

Getting into Body Art

Body art requires more than just a creative mind and a steady hand. Body artists and aestheticians often have to learn basic dermatological and sanitary procedures as well to get their body art license. In states like Nevada, applicants need to finish at least six months of training to get certified. Luckily, there are many tattoo and scalp micropigmentation training centers in the country. Some of them even offer online courses for you to finish at your own time.

Body art is a growing industry that you should capitalize on. Both traditional tattoos and procedures like micropigmentation are seeing an increase in demand and revenue. Get started on your body art journey by getting extensive training and learning as much as you can about dermatology. Once you get your license, you’ll be on your way to making a permanent and positive mark on your customers and your finances.

Get SMP Training on Your Own Time

It’s often difficult to sneak into training sessions when you have a busy schedule. Here at Alpha Micropigmentation, we provide remote training courses through Skype or FaceTime. We teach you all there is to know about starting your own micropigmentation business, from the micropigmentation procedure itself to engaging and consulting with clients — all on your own time.

Contact us today to get started on your micropigmentation career.