Course Outline

Course Outline

210 hours of Theory

All hours of theory must be completed prior to practical hours. 

 *Needles and needle bars: 20 hours

Twenty hours discussing the different needle configurations and what each type is used for and why. Also discuss the types of needles and quality and building of needle heads and soldering onto bars as well as the proper flux, solder, jigs, and inspection of needles.

*Tattoo Machines and equivalent equipment: 20 hours

Twenty hours will be spent on the subject of tattoo machines and equivalent equipment including care and upkeep. This will also include learning the name and function of each part of the tattoo machine and what makes shaders different from outliners. Gap, stroke, spring thickness and length, coils and frames will all be covered.

*Equipment: 20 hours

Twenty hours will be spent discussing all equipment necessary to perform tattoos that was not covered in “Tattoo machines and equivalent equipment”. Tubes, clip cord, foot switch, power unit, as well as care and upkeep of equipment.

*Safety, Infection control and Sterilization: 40 hours

Forty hours will be used discussing safety, infection control, and sterilization. Universal precautions, cross contamination prevention, blood borne pathogens and more will be covered.

*Basic color theory and pigments: 10 hours

Ten hours of basic color theory and pigments, time tested proven safe pigments, unsafe pigments, and more will be covered in this section.

*Design, art and placement: 10 hours

Ten hours covering design, art, and placement. Learn techniques and theories on ideal design and placement that have been used by the instructor to win awards and get worldwide publication exposure in various tattoo magazines.*Skin: 20 hours

Twenty hours will be spent regarding skin. Included will be depth, skin types, and skin diseases.

*Client services: 20 hours

Twenty hours discussing the importance and details of client services. Taking proper care of your clients will help them take care of you.

*Business operations, including exposure control plan and federal regulations: 40 hours

 Forty hours covering business operations, exposure control plan and federal regulations.

*Oregon Laws and Rules: 10 hours

 Ten hours will be spent covering Oregon laws and rules.


150 hours of Practical

*Practical Tattooing: 150 hours

A minimum of 50 procedures will be completed under direct supervision of an approved instructor with an Oregon tattoo license.