Every tattoo artist has been in your position, asking the same questions
Even the most experienced artists were not born with their knowledge, they had to acquire it through hard work, passion, perseverance and dedication. Every tattoo artist at some time has been in your position, asking the same questions. There are many facets, tools and systems of a running tattoo business that have to be learned in addition to the noble task of tattooing itself. There is so much information about tattooing, and some of it that is even conflicting, which requires you to learn what there is to know from an artist who you know carries out work both safely and artistically.
“Tattooing should be more than just a passion, it is a vocation. If you have chosen to become a tattoo artist who is able to create tattoos both safely and artistically, then the idea of spending an extended period of time honing your skills should be welcomed as a way to really understand what you are choosing to do with your life—as well as ensure that you never harm or disfigure anyone.” Kyla C. Gutsche
The purpose of an apprenticeship is therefore to have one-on-one instruction that is invalable and will help clarify the decisions, process and care needed when creating tattoos safely and artistically. The end goal is not only knowing what makes a hygienic studio but also how to create tattoos that are true works of art.
“On behalf of the team I work with at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, I came to be trained by Kyla and her team at Cosmetic Transformations in Peterborough’s Medical Arts Clinic.
“I am excited to now be able to offer a higher level of artistry, and improved technical quality of tattoo work for our breast patients!
“Kyla and her team are amazing, and showed me step-by-step how to create safer and more realistic areola-nipple-complex simulations—they also took me through every aspect of caring for the patient so that I can offer improved quality of care at Sunnybrook.
“Kyla’s skill, artistry and attention to detail is only surpassed by her ability to connect and empathize with her clients.”
Liz Matheson, CCPA, BHSc. And PA
Physician Assistant for the Divisions of Medical Oncology and Plastic Surgery, servicing four surgeons including Dr Joan Lipa and Dr Laura Snell
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center
“Kyla was an incredible instructor. She was able to present the theory, science and skills of tattooing in a comprehensive and engaging way. She showed us the many ways tattoos can be used—to create a nipple-areola-complex, camouflage scars or burns—which can truly be life-changing for the client. “
Stephanie Hoffbauer CCPA, BHSc
Physician Assistant/ Surgical Coordinator
Toronto Plastic Surgery (Dr. Mitch Brown)
“Kyla’s passion for artistry is infectious. The knowledge she has shared with us will undeniably influence the breast reconstructive practice at Toronto Plastic Surgery. We look forward to offering this unique service to help women restore their confidence and close the loop on their breast cancer journey.”
Jessica Schacter CCPA, BHSc
Physician Assistant/ Surgical Coordinator
Toronto Plastic Surgery (Dr. Ron Somogyi)
Apprenticeship Enquiry Form
Cosmetic Transformations is operated by Kyla Gutsche, a former art professor whose Titian WashTM technique has revolutionized the tattoo industry. Kyla’s technique can convincingly simulate the translucency of natural skin, camouflage burns, erase scars, recreate realistic areolas for breast cancer survivors, and enhance features more naturally than conventional permanent makeup. Kyla is therefore a sought after mentor and instructor and, due to the proprietorial nature of her technique, she is extremely selective about who she trains.
Please provide the following information for Kyla to assess whether she would be interested in taking you on in an apprenticeship role. You can download this form and answer the questions in the spaces provided, or answer in letter format if that is easier for you to do.
It is recommended to include 5 to 10 examples of your micropigmentation work, or of your artistry if you are not yet a tattooist or a micropigmentation technician.