Tattoo Artists: Do You Know Where Your Money Is Going?
Ryan Roi, Tattoo Artist And Financial Advisor
Managing money is chalenging for tattoo artists.
I know the struggle very well...
I was tattooing in NYC in my early twenties, and earning a lot more money than most of my friends.
I had very little savings but I wasn't worried about money, I was enjoying the lifestyle tattooing afforded me. I worked hard and spent my money however I wanted. I wasn't into cars or fancy clothes, it was more like ordering takeout every day, $100-$500 impulse purchases, and buying rounds of drinks for friends. Over the course of a few years, I spent tens of thousands of dollars on stupid things I really didn't need.
I knew I might be spending too much so I did the math and realized I lost $40,000-$50,000 over a few years. I had no clue where my money was going.
That's 40-50k I could have used to open a tattoo studio or buy a house.
I could have saved some of it for retirement...
Every time I spent money, I would think to myself-
"I can make this money back in only 1 or 2 tattoos, no big deal"
I worked with tattooers who were ten years older than me, doing the exact same thing, and they had no money saved for their future either. The thought of working my ass off for another ten years with nothing saved scared me. I was good at making money but terrible at saving it. I knew that something needed to change, immediately.
I would hide money around my apartment, but it never stayed hidden for long. I tried sticking to a budget, thinking that was the only real solution. I hated dealing with spreadsheets but I did manage to save up some money here and there. Budgeting, unfortunately, was not a long-term solution because I hated doing it, and eventually, I would fall off track and just say "fuck it" and order sushi.
Every year I was earning more money, but I wasn't saving more money.
If that is something you can relate to, I want to share a harsh truth with you.
If you want to own a tattoo studio, buy a home, or retire comfortably, you need to save 10%-20% of your income, consistently, for many years.
But you won't be able to save this amount of money on an irregular income if you don’t have some kind of system in place.
Preferably an automated system that also saves for taxes, and separates your business expenses, living costs, and personal spending for you. Because let's be honest, no tattooer wants to sit around for an hour and budget out their expenses every week.
If saving money for the future isn't put on automatic, it's just not gonna happen.
It took me about six years to figure out how to do this and adapt what I learned to fit the lifestyle and irregular income of a tattoo artist. It's hard for me to believe, but since then I've saved over $100,000! Me, the guy who couldn't save $1,000 for more than a month, saved over six figures.
I’ve been able to invest this money into assets that earn me passive income like stocks, crypto, real estate, and a very successful tattoo studio. I have worked at and owned my own studio (Dukkha Tattoo) for six years and it has been one of the best investments I have ever made.
I get to work when I want to and not worry about how my bills or taxes will get paid. My system frees me up to spend less time stressing over money and more time making art, and enjoying my life knowing that I am on track to reach all of my financial goals.
Thirty years from now when I'm retired, living in a cabin on a lake, working on some cooky project in my shed, I will be so grateful that I was able to save money consistently for 30+ years.
For me, all of this is only possible because I have a system that automatically manages and saves money for me.
I'm so passionate about helping people avoid the money mistakes I made that I went through the ridiculous process of becoming a licensed financial advisor. It was totally worth it tho because I love helping artists get their $hit together and achieve their biggest life goals.
Building a money system doesn't require you to be good with math and all of the steps are fairly easy but I know it helps to have someone guide you through the process step by step, so I created an online course to help tattooers make a money system of their own.
🏴☠️ "Pirate To Professional" 📈
Living the pirate life might be fine in your early twenties but as you get older it actually hurts you to deal mostly in cash and store your life savings in a shoebox. If you want to buy a house or invest for retirement, you need money in the bank.
As a licensed financial advisor, tattoo artist, and business owner, I have only found one way to consistently save money, pay off debt, simplify taxes and ease money stress that works Immediately and continues to work year after year. Building an automated money system is the answer, and that is why I created this course.
In this six-week course, I am going to guide you through every step of the process, from setting up separate bank accounts to choosing how much to transfer and how to ensure you don’t go dipping back into the honey pot so you can actually keep the money you earn.
🎯 Heres Our Goal Together
I'm not just gonna teach you, I'm gonna make sure you take action.
In 6 weeks, we will have built you a customized money system with 3-4 new bank accounts that are managing and saving money for you, automatically. Putting money aside for taxes and living expenses will certainly make your life easier and less stressful, but how much money can you actually expect to save with this system?
The goal is to build a system that saves you 10-20% more than you are currently saving each year. For a tattooer earning 50k per year, that's an additional $5000-$10,000 saved each year. If you make 80k, that's $8,000-$16,000 per year. As time goes on you'll earn more and save more.
While it might take years to save for your goals, you will immediately feel the relief and peace of mind knowing that the money you earn is being saved and managed properly by your new system.
🎓 Here Is What You'll Learn
1️⃣ How to get your taxes done easy peasy by pairing a business bank account with bookkeeping software. If you ever felt confused or intimidated by doing your taxes, that's probably because you weren't shown how to do them properly. Learn how a tattoo artist/financial advisor does his taxes. My system automatically puts money aside for taxes and does all the organizing and receipt saving as well which will save you time, money, and stress every year come tax season. If you ever get audited, having this system in place will be a real lifesaver.
2️⃣ How to save for future goals while protecting yourself against uncertainty. What would you do if you were injured and couldn't tattoo for a month, or more? Don’t rely on a GoFundMe campaign to cover your expenses. Sleep like a baby knowing you are building up your emergency fund. The key to the success of my system is it makes saving money easier than spending money. Eventually, you will use this same system to save for your house downpayment and retirement fund.
3️⃣ How to bring consistency to irregular income. Your income might be irregular, but your basic monthly living expenses aren't. You need to separate your living expenses from your income before it ever hits your checking account. This leaves you free to order takeout and buy that new pair of rollerblades without stress, knowing that your bills and living expenses are covered. (This part of the system is extra important for couples who share living expenses)
📦 Here Is Exactly What You Will Get
✅ (6) live, weekly training sessions. This is where I'll teach you each step of my system and answer any questions you have. These calls will be held Mondays at 12pm Eastern Time for approximately 45-60 mins each. If you can't make that time, no worries - all calls will be recorded and you will immediately have access to the recordings.
The first training session will be held on Monday, June 27th at 12pm East Coast time.
✅ (3) Live implementation sessions. This will be 45-60 minute blocks of time to take action on building your system. I will be there to answer any questions and help you take actions you might otherwise procrastinate on. Think of it as a personal trainer for your money. I'll tell you what to do next and motivate you to get it done!
These sessions will be scheduled after the first live training. I want to try to find times that everyone can join at least two of the three implementation sessions.
✅ A PDF Workbook with all the important information and instructions. For anyone who really needs to slow down, and have this kind of stuff broken up into small and simple step-by-step actions, the PDF workbook will be your go-to guide. I want to make this process so easy, even your apprentice could do it 😉
✅ A group forum (not Facebook) for us to communicate between calls. You will want to take some actions on your own between each session. I want this course to be a life-changing experience for you so I want to be available to answer any questions you have over this six-week program. It will also be very valuable for you to learn from the questions other participants ask.
✅ Immediate access to the recording of a 30-minute money system workshop I ran last summer. This is a real crash course in building a money system. You will see an overview of how a money system works and I'll give you some actions you can take immediately so you can hit the ground running when "Pirate To Professional" officially begins. I have since improved my system but this recording has a ton of value to get you started in the right direction from the minute you sign up for this course!
💵 Here's The Investment
When I work with 1:1 clients it's $5,700 for three months of coaching.
I'm obviously not going to charge you that.
Since I'm able to deliver this in a group format, you're going to get all of the above for just $997.
(yes, you can write this off on your taxes)
For less than most tattooers make in one week, you can build a system that automatically saves you money, time, and energy for the rest of your life.
The workshop can easily pay for itself within a few months and will continue to pay for itself many times over, year after year. When compared to other types of investments, this return is almost unheard of.
If you follow all the steps and set up your system exactly as instructed and it doesn’t save you at least the cost of the workshop within six months, I will personally work with you 1:1 to get your system set up to save you at least the $997 you paid for the course. I'm taking the risk away from you and putting it on myself because I have no doubt that this system will work for anyone who follows the step-by-step instructions in this course.
✨ Here's What To Do Next
If you want to stop wasting your hard-earned money and start saving for your biggest life goals...
If you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed about money and are looking for the easiest and quickest solution...
And you want to do all of this in a sustainable way that has a long lasting impact on the rest of your life.
Then I would love to have you join the Pirate To Professional workshop for tattoo artists!
⏰ Sign Up Before 12pm Eastern On Sunday, June 26th
That way you will have 24 hours to get prepared before our first live seminar on Monday.
Click the button below and enroll
📍IMPORTANT: I’m capping this course at 20 participants. That way, you’ll get my personal attention as you implement the system. If you click the green button and you see a note saying that the program is sold out, we’ve already hit the 20-person cap. If not, there’s still space. Register now and get in on this.