Albany, NY, May 05, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Tired of wondering if the corporate ladder is going to collapse while you’re still climbing it? Is the dread of facing another work week getting bigger and bigger?
Well, you’re not alone.
Join the growing flock of people that are yearning for, and seeking out alternatives in lifestyle and employment.
Meet Olesh Kaye , a sixty-two year old man from Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a successful architect that has a large established practice in Israel. Olesh is currently a student at Tattoos By Lisa Tattoo School in upstate New York. When asked why he wants to be a tattoo artist he shrugs and says “32 years in architecture…it’s enough!”
More and more middle-agers are seeking more fulfilling ways to spend their “second half”. Lisa Fasulo, owner of Tattoos By Lisa Tattoo School sees it all the time. One third of her enrollments at tattoo school are people over 35 years old seeking a more fun, less stressful way to make a living.
Fasulo has taught people tattooing from various prior professions: restaurant owner from Philadelphia, oil rigger from Scotland, civil rights attorney from Boston, aluminum technician from Iceland, bill collector from Canada, and the list goes on.
Fasulo says “I think people are looking for something that makes them want to get out of bed in the morning. Retirement planning isn’t always at the top of everyone’s list anymore”. However, it is worth noting that top tattoo artists can earn into the six figures.
Tattoos By Lisa Tattoo School is a licensed trade school in New York, officially formed in 2003 after the more traditional apprenticeships were no longer available. Lisa teaches people how to tattoo in a two-week intensive course. Students often come from around the world because there are only a handful of schools across the globe.
Most of the students at TBL are seeking a new lifestyle as well as learning a new skill.
The tattooing culture, in particular, appeals to those once labeled “bohemian” or “alternative”. The tattoo lifestyle represents artistic freedom coupled with a dash of rebellion. An obvious appeal to those whose adolescence is far behind them.
As Olesh Kaye says, while placing a butterfly stencil on a gal’s back, “I just want to enjoy my life, not suffer at a job I no longer like. It just isn’t worth it”. One thing is for certain, life as a tattooist sure beats an AARP luncheon.