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Our Program

Program Overview

Our program is designed to prepare students for an entry level position

 in the tattoo industry.

The State of Oregon requires 360 hours of instruction to prepare for state licensure. Enrollment priority is given to those with art training or

 art experience and a GREAT attitude.

Instruction is divided into two sections totaling 360 hours.

Phase 1 Preparation to Tattoo: (210 hours)

 Curriculum, lecture, homework, & hands-on learning.


Phase 2 Practical Application: (150 hours)

 Performing tattoos on clients, with supervision.


Our course is tailored to the individual student, 

and is intended to be 9 months in length minimum.

 Maximum allowed time for completion of the program is 1 year (52 weeks).

*if completion goes past the 1yr, additional tuition will be required. 


 Our instructional program is designed to be thorough, professional, patient, and intensive. The attending student is expected to be dedicated, committed, and involved. Students are also expected to be open to correction, self-responsible, and hard working while in the program.

 The ability to accept critique and stay focused are very important.

***Only accepting 2 students at a time.***

This is a working apprenticeship teaching method.

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The following topics are included in the lesson plan:

•Tattoo Machines & Equipment

•Client Services

•Business Operations

•Basic Color Theory & Pigments

•Design, Art, & Placement


•Safety, Sanitation, & Sterilization


•Oregon Laws & Rules

•Equipment & Supplies



How to Apply to Our Tattoo School

If you are serious about applying to Back40Tattoo Academy llc, please fill out our TATTOO SCHOOL CONTACT FORM, on the Apply tab.

 Please be certain you have read the ENTIRE tattoo school web page,

 including admissions, instructors, and testimonials.

 This will answer the majority of questions.

 On the contact form you will give us a brief introduction as to who you are, your art training/experience, and an explanation of how you will finance your schooling. If there is space available we will send you a catalog and application. 

Thanks for your interest!

**Back40Tattoo Academy prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, applicant for employment, and student applicants on the base of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individuals income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by Back40Tattoo Academy. 




Enrollment fee is due at the time of enrollment. Tuition and other fees are due on or before the first day of class, unless payment arrangements by the director have been approved in advance.

Please keep in mind, tattoo schools cannot accept federally funded financial aid and we are not aware of any scholarships at this time.

Tuition & Fees

Enrollment Fee: $150

Tuition: $16,750

Supplies: $1,100

Take-Home Equipment: Est:$2,000

TOTAL $20,000


Art Supplies Provided:


Paint brushes

Multi Media Paper 


3pk Micron Pens

Colored pencils

Shading pencils

Blendable Marker pk


Composition Notebook

USB Flash Drive

Working Binder

Portfolio Binder

Flash Binder



Everything you could ever possible need is provided during practical hours. Along with samples of examples of varying products and machine. 


•Dragonhawk Mast Archer Max Wireless Tattoo Pen

•Basic set of inks

•Basic set of disposable needle cartridges

•Squeeze bottles & Spray

•Other disposable supplies, such as gloves, barriers, razors, paper towels, disinfectants, etc. will be provided for completion of the procedures.


**Quantity and Brands may vary



***Items do not leave the studio until student has passed the state exam.

Back40tattoo Academy is licensed by the following governing authorities: Oregon Health Licensing Office 700 Summer St NE Ste. 310 Salem, OR 97301 503-378-8667 Higher Education Coordinating Commission 225 Capital Street NE Salem, OR 97310 503-378-3600


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