OPENINGS ARE LIMITED AND FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
To apply: Email InkTheoryTS@gmail.com to schedule a portfolio review.
(Must be 18+ and have your high school diploma or GED)
Portfolios should consist of (minimum) 10-15 of your strongest works.
Any medium, sketchbooks etc. We are looking for art skill, art experience, and knowledge. No previous tattooing experience necessary.
*Please note that application and reviews do not guarantee admittance to our program. After your portfolio review you will receive an email with the status of your application and the reason for our decision.
At Ink Theory Tattoo School, our mission is to provide our students with the tools and skills they need to be successful tattoo artists. We have a strong diverse team of instructors who are talented and passionate about what they do, and who are ready to help our students become the best. Our goal is bigger than just getting our students licensed through the State of Oregon. We are here to pave the way to creating stronger artists who can handle the business, marketing, and social skills required to be a great tattoo artist. On top of our strong curriculum, we utilize the highest quality and most innovative equipment that caters to each student's style and needs. See below for more information!
Bexey has a background in traditional art and an Art Education degree from Eastern Illinois University with 7 years of teaching experience. She is fluent in several different styles of tattooing and loves creating custom tattoos for her clients. She is excited to help her students succeed by implementing different teaching styles that cater to all forms of learning.
Molly has been tattooing for 9+ years and specializes in Neo-Traditional and Illustrative tattooing as well as cover ups!
Her knowledge of the industry will help our students learn how to work in a shop setting as well as how to design tattoos to fit different parts of the body.
Mike has 9+ years of tattooing experience and specializes in American Traditional, Black and Gray, and Lettering. Mike is extremely knowledgeable about tattoo history and traditional coil machines which will show our students that it is important to know the history of their craft!
Admission and Application for Enrollment
To qualify for admission you must:
- Have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
- Be at least 18 years of age with a valid, state issued, photo ID
- Hold an interview with instructors that includes a portfolio assessment (At least 10-15 pieces of artwork)
- Submit an Enrollment Form (Filled out at portfolio review)
- Submit a deposit of $1,000.00 upon acceptance. The deposit goes towards your total costs and is non-refundable.
Class Size and Schedule
- Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 8 students
- Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 10am-3:30pm and extend to some Fridays during practicals.
(Prices may vary depending on the cost of supplies and PPE)
We do not offer financial aid at this time.
(This does not cover the cost of the State Exam or Licensing Costs.)
This program is designed to be completed in 5 months. However, we may keep students longer if we feel they need more training and practice during practicals.
210 Hours of Theory
150 Hours of Practical Labs
Upon completion of training, students will then have to pass the state exam for tattooing in order to obtain their license.
Classes are held at 230 Liberty St NE. We partner with Alchemy Tattoo Collective (right next door) in giving students access to their 12 talented artists to watch and learn techniques, tips, and tricks. These artists are experienced and knowledgeable and have been in the field for years.
We utilize state of the art resources and online testing to streamline our teaching processes and maximize learning.
A student looking to transfer into our program from another licensed tattoo school must follow the same interview and admissions guidelines as a new student. They must also provide official transcripts from the school they are transferring from. A transfer student who is accepted into our program will be credited the appropriate hours
according to the transcripts provided. Please be advised that additional theory coursework may be necessary.
Oregon Health Licensing Office
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, OR 97301
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
3225 25th Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
We offer continuing education hours for licensed tattoo artists as well as Permanent Cosmetic Training for licensed tattoo artists looking to add to their repertoire. You are required to have 10 hours of documented continuing education per year. Please inquire with Ink Theory Tattoo School Staff as the prices for these options may differ.
These certifications are required to keep your license up to date, however, Oregon does not consider these classes to be continuing education. We offer a full class twice a year so you can get up to date on your certifications! Please inquire with Ink Theory Tattoo School Staff.
Alchemy Tattoo Collective Lobby