Learn Tattoo Artist Tips & Advice The 10 Best Online Forums For Tattoo Artists – Message Boards, Facebook Groups & More

The most difficult thing about learning to tattoo is finding personalised answers and feedback. While there is a ton of information available on the internet, sometimes a general “How-to” video just isn’t going to cut it. 

Most new artists turn to their favorite tattoo questions forum and hope someone will answer and give them the answer they need. But there’s no guarantee an answer will ever show up (let alone in the next few hours).

To help, we’ve compiled this list of the best online forums, message boards, groups, and more so you can get answers to your most pressing questions. The online spaces we’ll be discussing tend to have a positive culture and are currently very active, meaning you have a far better chance of getting an answer faster.

The Winner

1

Tattooing 101's Online Forum 

Starting in 2012, Tattooing 101's Help Me Tattoo Forum is the largest and most active online tattooing forum for beginner & aspiring artists. With over 10,000 members, this community sees plenty of activity throughout the day, so you can expect to find artists posting & giving feedback on art, as well as discussing the latest techniques and equipment. 

We prefer this better than Facebook and Reddit as it's easier to track threads, and direct messaging allows our artists to  better connect with one another and make lifelong friends. For us, half the journey is about community!

Different categories and topics are clearly labelled so you can find what you’re looking for quickly. Best of all, it's free to join

Facebook Group Forums

A Tattooing Facebook group is the best place to find an answer when you have a question for a more experienced artist. 

For many tattoo artists, social media is already a part of their job, so having your question pop up in their feed makes it much easier for them to answer your question. You can get lots of answers in just a few hours this way. You can take things a step further by starting a conversation in the comments or connecting with other tattoo artists through Facebook Messenger. 

Be Warned: 

the fastest way to annoy a tattoo artist is to ignore their advice. If they tell you something, make you sure you listen and implement their advice. Otherwise, it won’t be long before you stop hearing back from them.

Facebook Groups also allow you to see other helpful posts. The algorithm does a great job of popping topics that are most relevant to you right to the top of your feed so you can learn faster instead of scrolling your way through forums that are organized by the time things were posted. Or, you can use the search option to easily look up a topic you need help with. 

2

Self-taught Tattoo Artists Unite 

A great resource for artists without formal apprenticeships, the Self-taught Tattoo Artists Unite Facebook Group has over 11,000 members and is incredibly active. It’s a great place to get feedback on tattoo designs, as well as ask questions about equipment.

3

Tattoo Beginners 

A welcoming space for new artists, Tattoo Beginners is a great group for constructive criticism and advice on basics like needle configuration, tattoo styles, and more. While it is a beginners’ group, there are plenty of seasoned professionals who offer advice and tricks of the trade.

4

Tattoo Beginners 

Another good spot for newbies, this Facebook group contains lots of information for beginner artists. There is also a helpful step-by-step guide to proper tattooing sanitation and hygiene in the “Guides” section so you can make sure you’re tattooing safely.

Q&A Forums

The runner-up when it comes to the most helpful forums online, Q&A Forums are great for new artists who want to look through previously asked questions. Odds are, your question or concern has already been answered somewhere, and you can easily look through the best answers to learn more. 

Each of these Q&A forums are subreddits that see a lot of activity and advice-related posts. However, if these forums don’t have the answer you need, Quora can be helpful, too.

5

Reddit (r/tattooing)

The r/tattooing subreddit is an easy place to absorb information quickly and connect with other artists. Most of the posts are questions from beginners, so posting your own here won’t be out of the ordinary. You’ll find lots of information about equipment recommendations and you can quickly become part of discussions relevant to your own tattooing journey.

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Reddit (r/TattooDesigns)

Unsurprisingly, you’ll find thousands of pictures of tattoos in this subreddit, posted both by artists and customers alike, making it a great place for design inspiration. If you’re looking for constructive criticism on tattoos, be sure to mention that you’re the artist, and you’re looking for comments on your work.

Psst! If you started on your own skin too early, this is a good place to get help with cover-up ideas from professional artists.)

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Reddit (r/tattoos)

This subreddit has a good mix of posts from both tattooers and customers, with most posts showing tattoos and explaining who and where the work was done. This is a great place to find professional artists near you, whether you’re looking to network with people in your area or get work done yourself.

Message Board Forums

Message board forums can be helpful, but they’re often outdated, as social media has become more popular. Many of the best answers you’ll find here are several years old, which might mean a more advanced technique has emerged since the message was posted.

While you can throw out whatever question you’d like, finding tattoo forums for beginners where experienced artists actually respond can be hard. Additionally, it can be very difficult to figure out if someone answering on a message board has any type of tattooing experience.

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Tattooing 101 Help Me Tattoo Forum

The only major exception to the “outdated” argument, Tattooing 101's Help Me Tattoo Forum sits head and shoulders above the rest as the largest and most active.

Yes, we're a little biased but we really feel the numbers speak for themselves and being free to join it's worth checking out!

9

Last Sparrow Tattoo Forum

A space for both tattooers and collectors, you’ll find posts on all tattooing topics, as well as places to sell work, promote other artists, and more.

10

Big Tattoo Planet Community Forum

You’ll find inspiration and design ideas here. While updated posts are less consistent than Last Sparrow, the Big Tattoo Planet tattoo artist forum can be helpful when looking for guest spots, conferences, etc.

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AUTHOR
Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years experience working at studios across the globe including Celebrity Ink the world's largest tattoo studio chain. When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry

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