Now that you know how to design and create tattoo images, the next thing to do is to try selling them. There are various options on how to sell your custom design tattoo. The first option, which is quite a big one, is to invest in your own tattoo parlor. Unless you have the financial resources to back you up and the prospect of clientele to ensure financial success, opening your own shop is not for you. In addition, with the ongoing recession, the risk of venturing into business is too high.

But do not be frustrated, there are easier options to enable you to sell your custom tattoo designs. Your second choice is to go online. Creating your own website and offering your services, plus providing a gallery of your work, can be a lucrative undertaking on your part. Although your expenses are less compared to owning your own parlor, your work on the website is quite higher.

As a website owner, you need to find ways for web visitors to find your site, meaning you have to generate lots of traffic and make an effort to rank high in search engines. Secondly, your site should be a one-stop shop for your customers, and provide ease of download along with other site information. Difficulty in downloading may cause visitors to leave your site.

However, if you feel owning a website is too much of a responsibility, your next option is to sign up to online tattoo galleries. These sites are a marketplace for tattoo designers like you, and are constantly searching for tattoo designers to feature. Because the sites are established, you have a guarantee that a client might view your work, order your design or hire you to do their custom tattoo designs. Either way, you earn money.

Another way is to join an online custom tattoo design contest. Most tattoo websites offer a platform where a client can host a contest, set the rules and guidelines based on their preferences of the tattoo design and post their prize. Joining these contests might do a great deal of good for your reputation. Most tattoo enthusiasts check out these contests when searching for a great artist. This may be your opportunity to outshine everyone, plus you get to sell your design.

Your last option is to provide your services to an existing tattoo parlor. You might work on a commission basis at the start, but once you have established your name as a first-rate artist, you may become their artist-in-residence. What is more, you will now be able to sell your designs at a higher price.

Selling your tattoo designs is one thing, but being the best tattoo designer is another. Bear in mind that the client’s satisfaction is always your first priority. Giving your client the most uniquely designed, quality work will not only have them coming back to get inked again, but it will help your reputation, as your client will tell others about you. After all, your client provides the canvas for your artwork.

Author's Bio: 

Kristen Dunn is a tattoo enthusiast and professional tattoo designer who has created thousands of thought provoking, elegant, and funky tattoos for her clients. She has a vast collection of custom designs to her credit. Winner of several awards and accolades, Kristen is now a founding member of the world's largest custom tattoo design community at CreateMyTattoo. View her tattoo collection or read more on her blog here.