Answer: A tattoo apprenticeship isn’t like college where you have to complete a
certain amount of courses or receive a certain amount of credits in order
to get a degree. Actually, there are no degrees and no certifications when
it comes to tattoo education. She can stop at any time or continue her
education at her leisure – but the more she knows and the better she is at
tattooing, the better her chances of finding a job at a good shop.
So, no, it won’t hurt her to stop 2 weeks early – I doubt there’s anything
major she would have learned in those 2 weeks that’s really going to hurt
her. But, at the same time, I doubt she knows enough to go it alone after
only a year and she should seek out further training with other artists at
other shops unless she has a knack for it and is already completing
quality tattoos without supervision.
I don’t know if she paid for her previous apprenticeship or how much, but
any paid apprenticeship should also come with a contract to prevent
something like this from happening in the future. It would be a bad
situation if she paid thousands of dollars for, say, 3 years worth of
training and “drama” cut her off half way through. That’s why I always
encourage anyone entering this kind of agreement to have a contract
stating all responsibilities on both sides.
I hope this helps both you and your friend. Apprenticeships can be tricky because there are no set
rules so everyone does them whatever way they want.