While we cannot speak for all shops, many shops would rather have you scrape and beg for a chance to learn. Many would have you work long hours for months or years for free (or you PAY THEM) to earn the right to learn. One local shop advocates 18 months of free labor for their shop. That's 8 hours a day for 18 months BEFORE they let you touch a tattoo machine. That adds up to $23,040 in free labor for their shop. At TattSchool, we believe that you can learn to tattoo proficiently in a sterile, fun environment and get both the basics and technical aspects of this industry mastered. People WILL PAY YOU, and you have a trade you can use throughout your career.