Dragon Ink Tattoos & Piercings Inc., provides official TATTOO and PIERCING APPRENTICESHIPS.  

Dragon Ink Tattoos & Piercings provides the Apprenticeships following Ontario's Apprenticeship Employment standards and laws.


To be successful and professional in the Tattoo and Piercing industry, you need to be trainedLearning how to Tattoo or Pierce isn't as simple as learning from books or off the internet.  While these avenues are helpful to assist learning, in order to be professional and proficient, AND in most every case, insurable - you have to complete an apprenticeship or legitimate schooling instruction. 

While not every Tattoo Artist or Studio wants to instruct or apprentice potential artists, we work very hard to provide this commodity to an industry that is now teeming with inexperienced people, who are claiming they can Tattoo or Pierce people - usually untrained and out of their homes.  This is not only dangerous and disastrous in many cases, it causes the spread of serious and also fatal diseases and injuries to innocent people, including the unsuspecting untrained artist.  The Ontario Health Boards can not regulate inexperienced people and insurance companies can't insure them.  Along with that, unsuspecting clients are mislead into believing that they will be worked on by someone with experience.

There is no reason to subject yourself or others to injuries, serious legal trouble let alone the moral implications!  Learn the right way.  Don't risk injury to yourself or others.  Dragon Ink provides this, when space is available.  Sometimes spaces are not immediately open and so you may find yourself waiting.  If you can't wait for us, find a professional studio that is willing to apprentice you.  You may be tempted to think that doing it on your own is quick and cheap; but it's not only that - it's wrong.  Think about getting a Tattoo that way.  (Quick & cheap - usually ends up equalling instead, a near permanant disaster).


  • Because there are a lot of individuals wanting apprenticeships, like any other specialized training or trade school, (colleges or universties) there are costs involved.  These costs go directly to the education, training, time and most supplies.  Just like specialized schools, colleges and universities, we take and review applications for the position.
  • Note also the fact that due to the increasing number of people interested in learning Tattooing and Piercings, we are selective in terms of who and when we apprentice. 
  • Like any other legitimate company with positions to offer, we interview candidates and request a Resume, Portfolio and references if available
  • We do/will post openings for apprenticeships on our Facebook page and also under the News, Events and Updates page here on this site.  If you don't see a posting for an apprenticeship, you are certainly welcome to inquire at any time.
  • We are very present day with our Apprenticeships, meaning a proper Legal Apprenticeship Contract, paperwork and a professional work environment however we do maintain the element of the original origins of a Tattoo Apprenticeship.  We are progressive but authentic.  We will not simply be archaic and "old school" with our instruction, you can be assured that with an professional artist as an instructor who has over 20 years Tattoo experience, you wont lose the flavour and originality of the learning and training experience.
  • Our apprenticeships are designed for at least and a minimum of one year, but modifiable (and customizable) within reason to accommodate the individual (if longer is needed).  APPRENTICESHIPS ARE NOT A RACE, and neither is TATTOOING.
  • Our apprentices learn from the beginning - ALL the areas of the business (not just how to Tattoo or Pierce).  Examples are:  The studio fundamentals - how it runs, concepts and professionalism, daily studio upkeep and maintaining, information, practices and guidelines for blood borne pathegeons & infectious diseases, sterilization and sanitizing, the use of both regular AND disposable tools and equipment AND obviously much more. 
  • An official certificate is issued upon completion stating the completion in meeting the requirements of the position and completing the Apprenticeship.

We require a portfolio to review, a resume and more than that a huge willingness and desire to want to do an apprenticeship.  We choose apprentice candidates based on their ability and desire, a keenness for self motivation and proficiency with artistic skills.  We do not chase people for an apprenticeship, we offer them to people who are very interested in training for this kind of career.  Apprenticeships are not easy, and definitely not for everyone.  

Apprenticeships take time, they are not meant for anyone who wants/needs instant gratification.  It’s hard work and ultimately, it’s an investment in education and your eventual career as a Tattooing or Piercing Artist.  

Similar to a college or a university, we take applicants for the course, and we charge for the teaching time and apprenticeship.  We screen in the same way, and choose people who we feel want to learn and want the chance to work with an Elite level professional artist proficient in the techniques, skills and strategies of Tattooing.  We want to see people who are self motivated and do not need to be reminded that they are there to learn the career by getting everything possible out of their apprenticeship.  We don’t simply accept everyone and anyone, who wants and pays for an apprenticeship.  A true Apprenticeship generally, should not be easy to come by or be short in nature.  It should be provided by a place that involves actually Tattooing as a business, daily and ongoing and is a place you or anyone would you not question getting a service from.  Opositely, candidates looking to learn should be very concerned if the place providing the Apprenticeship is charging a lot and the "education" time is short.  If a studio seems to only worry about taking your money, makes a lot of promises that can't be verified or confirmed, doesn’t have a selection process, or a mutal concern regarding what's best for both their business and your interests, then you should be very weary about the type of Apprenticeship you will be getting.    


Our Requirements:

  • The position is available.
    Please keep in mind, Tattooing/Piercing - in general, is not for everyone and subsequently, the Apprenticeships aren't either.
  • You need to be 18 years of age or older,
  • Free of any criminal charges or convictions,
  • Professional, proficient, motivated, team player, dedicated and creative (and though being an educated artist is not a requirement, it's definitely advantageous to have some artistic skills).
  • Able to meet the financial obligation.
  • A portfolio with various styles of art
  • NOT already attempting to Tattoo from being self taught.  This is a definite NO NO.


Things to think about when considering a place to do and get an Apprenticeship:
  • Do they create a contract for both the Apprentice and as well the Artist/Studio providing the apprenticeship?
  • Do they have measures in place should the artist or the teaching artist leave the business?  Will the apprenticeship continue if the teacher leaves?
  • Is the Apprenticeship very short (which it should not be) or a generic standard length of time (which it should not be) or is it customizable to the person learning?
  • Do they provide actual services that they are teaching at that business?  If not, why not?  (School setting versus Tattoo studio setting - know the pros and cons.)
  • Do they provide receipts for which you can claim on your Income Tax as a legitimate place of learning?
  • Have they been in business for a valuable length of period of time?  Do they have good reviews as a business establishment?
  • Who are the players involved?  Are the owners involved in the hiring process or Apprenticeship process and the Artist(s) who will be teaching?  Or is it just an Artist providing you “An Apprenticeship” that the actual company ins’t aware of?
  • Does the business run professionally?  Do they follow proper business laws, Apprenticeship laws and Operating Guidelines?  Follow Heathboard Standards, Best Practices Guidelines and Safety Standards?  Have a good reputation?  These are all major tell tale warning signs for how your apprenticeship may go - if they do not.  
  • Are the costs for the Apprenticeship attainable for yourself and do those costs make sense?  Apprenticeship costs can range anywhere from $0 (usually rare or in trade for work services) to $10,000+.  Something in between is considered average, and potential candidates should be weary and research more into the business if they are at either end of the spectrum or seem very unrealistic.
  • How many Apprenticeships has the business AND/OR the artist teaching, completed successfully?  Be weary if they cannot show you valid completed apprenticeships.
All of these points and more are important factors when looking for a place to do an Apprenticeship.  The consideration for any Apprenticeship should apply both ways; for the person looking for a place and for the place looking for an apprenticeship candidate.  While the student looking should be thinking of these things, they also need to be very humble and respectful when attempting to find the answers to these common concerns and reaching out for an apprenticeship.  But always remember - you are responsible for where you chose to “sign up” and you should do your homework before making the decision to apply and learn from them.  

One thing that must be said overall, TATTOO & PIERCING Apprenticeships are not for everyone.  Many individuals would love to do it, because it "seems" amazing.  But the truth of the matter is, many people who start out, without taking the time to learn about the industry, or how apprenticeships work, do not end up completing the Apprenticeship.  Despite how amazing it actually is.  It takes TIME, DEDICATION and most of all, PERSONAL SELF MOTIVATION.  The Tattoo and Art industry requires humbleness and many newcomers are prone to loosing sight of that.  Apprenticeships require the individual to not only have a desire but to be motivated to achieve that desire.  Without those necessary expectations and traits, being selected for and then finishing an apprenticehip would be difficult.


We suggest that you research Tattoo Apprenticeships if you are unsure of what they may entail or simply ask us.  We are happy to help explain the details.  There are some great references about Apprenticeships on the internet - we have provided you with some of the more legitimate ones here.  Don't be fooled by what you see on Television.  It can not be said enough:  Real apprenticeships and instruction take time and hard work as well as a huge willingness to learn and most importantly to be humble. 
Most importantly:  DO NOT attempt to self teach.  We are not looking for people who are or have been watching YouTube (or any type of videos/books) or have bought equipment or are already "trying it out".  When you agree to be apprenticed, you agree to start and learn from scratch.  We aren't looking to retrain or fix/eliminate already acquired incorrect and bad habits.


For more information, please feel free to contact us by email, calling or visiting us in studio.  

* But please take the time to read this helpful information including the links provided, before simply just asking questions.  Most of the answers to some of the more common general questions can be found above.


The Dragon Ink Team.