Pay for body artists varies greatly and depends on talent and popularity. Body artists usually take a lump sum payment on a piece of work rather than wages, so pay can vary weekly.
If working for someone else, body artists usually pay a percentage of what they earn to the studio. Self-employed body artists can earn a reasonable living, though the cost of establishing a business can be high.
Source : Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2006-2014 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2015.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Body artists may do some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Depending on their specialisation, body artists need to have knowledge of :
Self-employed body artists also need business management skills.
Body artists usually :
There are no specific entry requirements to become a body artist, as they are trained on the job in an informal apprentice situation by experienced body artists or body piercers.
They are usually unpaid while training.
Art courses are useful for body artists. Small business courses are useful to body artists who run their own salon.
NCEA Level 1 art, maths, te reo Māori, graphics, workshop technology and health science are useful.
Body artists need to be :
Body artists should also not be squeamish.
Useful experience for body artists includes :
Body artists need good hand-eye co-ordination and good physical and mental stamina, as they may need to concentrate for long periods.