Regardless if you have 10 years under your belt or just 10 weeks, you have to be resilient and have the drive to continually improve your skills. To become a great tattoo artist you have to be driven to succeed and above all you have to have passion. The only person you should be competing against is yourself and everyone else needs to become a source of inspiration and not hatred.
The bottom line, we’re here to make art, not tabloids, so spend more time sharpening your skills instead of your tongue. In this day and age, social media helps keep us connected, but in the process don’t get disconnected with your art. Practice, learn from others, stay in your lane, and always remember that we provide an art that’s so valuable, so personal and so permanent, that the industry needs all of us as artists to treat it as such.
Wishing you the best,