Body Artists decorate, adorn or modify the human body by using a range of techniques such as tattooing, piercing, cutting, branding, manipulating, stretching, and scarring the skin.

Specialisations: Body Piercer, Tattooist.

You can work as a Body Artist without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Tasks

  • Explains tattooing procedure to client.
  • Ensures client is certain about wanting a tattoo.
  • Helps the client chose an image, interprets the client's ideas to form a suitable image, copy or design image for the client, resizes image to fit the body part it is going on and makes a stencil of the image.
  • Shaves the area being tattooed and applies disinfectant to the skin.
  • Puts the stencil on the skin to ensure it fits with the body part.
  • Solders the group of needles onto the needle bar.
  • Draws the outline, colouring and shadowing of the tattoo with inked needles.
  • Applies cream and antiseptic covers to the finished tattoo.
  • Tells clients how to properly care for the tattoo.
  • Ensures all sterilisation equipment is kept in good working order.
  • Ensures the studio and equipment meets with sterilisation, waste management and health and safety standards.
  • Trains people.

All Other Personal Service Workers

  • $1,163 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Body Artists

  • 2,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 31 years Average age
  • 42% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Body Artists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,600 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Body Artists work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 31 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 42% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services85.1
Retail Trade5.9
Arts and Recreation Services5.4
Construction2.2
Other Industries1.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBody ArtistsAll Jobs Average
NSW23.831.6
VIC26.325.6
QLD28.720.0
SA7.27.0
WA9.610.8
TAS2.72.0
NT0.41.0
ACT1.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBody ArtistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.4-5.05.0
20-2416.2-9.39.3
25-3442.4-22.922.9
35-4422.0-22.022.0
45-5411.3-21.621.6
55-592.7-9.09.0
60-641.1-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBody ArtistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree8.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV23.2-21.121.1
Year 1228.5-18.118.1
Year 118.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below16.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Body Artist without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Body Artist.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Knowledge

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    56% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    54% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. English Language

    49% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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  1. Freedom to Make Decisions

    98% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  2. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    95% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    94% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    81% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  5. Deal With External Customers

    80% Important

    How important is it to work with customers or the public?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1013.00 - Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators.

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