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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 sizes and configurations. We will go over what each type is best suited for and the movements required for each specific needle arrangement. We also talk about the variation between brands of needles and quality, including covering a variety of types of cartridge 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 liners. We will discuss coil machines in detail, including building one, to best understand the machine. Gap, stroke, spring thickness and length, coil wraps and frames types will all be covered. We also will go over rotary machines including pens and wireless machines.

*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: 20 hours

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

*Oregon Laws and Rules: 20 hours

Twenty hours will be spent covering Oregon laws and rules.

*Discretionary: 10 hours

Ten hours will be used to cover miscellaneous tips and tricks that we find helpful for a successful tattoo career.

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.

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