After reviewing all of the information on our site, you can email the School Director through the contact page to request the Admissions, Interview and Artwork Portfolio Evaluation forms.
As briefly covered in the “About Us” section above, licensed artists are artists that have gone through schooling, have graduated, and have successfully passed state examinations to become licensed to tattoo in the state of Oregon, one of the most stringent in the country. Licensed artists are professional independent contractors with significant tattooing experience. All of the licensed artists at Forbidden participate in the school as either licensed Instructors or assistants to the instructors.
Student artists are aspiring tattoo students that are in the process of completing their requirements to become licensed by the State of Oregon. Some students have previous tattoo experience while others do their very first tattoos here at the shop. Our students are very talented, so don’t be afraid to check out their work and book appointments with them!
Graduate artists have graduated from their schooling program and are building their portfolios and preparing for job placement. They are licensed, independent contractors but are offering discounted tattoo work and still using the educational resources provided by the school.
Licensed artists have at least 6 months of experience as a licensed tattoo artist and are either participating in the Instructor in Training Program, working on a long term specific career goal or are employed by the school.
Students artists can do most of the same work that a licensed artist can do, although it often takes more time with a student. We do not allow students to tattoo necks as they are a particularly difficult area for a student to work on. Students are also generally not allowed to start very large tattoos such as sleeves and back pieces, as they are challenging for beginning artists to design and complete successfully and are unlikely to be completed before the student graduates.
Students are limited to tattooing 2”x2”, 4”x4”, and 6”x6” designs while they are in school.
Students charge a flat rate of $20 for 2”x2” designs, $40 for 4”x4” designs and $60 for 6”x6” designs. These designs include line work, color or shading as well as a free touchup within the first 3 months. We usually have students available for walk ins Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12noon-6pm but we often are full and cannot guarantee that a student will be available. You can also stop in the school to set an appointment with a student for a later date. Student portfolios are available to be viewed at the school.
Our students also offer custom pre-drawn design options for a flat rate of $20. These designs can be viewed at the school in the “Ink Therapy” section.
Very often the answer is yes to both questions. Restoring a tattoo to at or better than its original condition via recoloring and relining is usually fairly straightforward and is generally a very successful procedure. The amount of improvement that can be seen in even a short session restoring an old tattoo can be huge.
Cover ups are commonly requested and many of our licensed artists have a lot of experience with successful cover ups. In fact, some of our very happiest clients are cover up clients! It can be such a great thing to replace a tattoo you no longer enjoy with something new and beautiful.
How successful a cover up will be depends on several factors, including what the tattoo to be covered up looks like, how old it is, and what you would like to have it covered with. You may need to be more flexible on design options in order to ensure a successful cover up. Your consulting artist will listen to your ideas and give you recommendations based on what will likely be most successful in your particular case.
Oftentimes yes, although not always.
New scars: Fresh scars or scars that are still pink are not done healing and cannot be tattooed over. It may take a year or longer for certain scars to heal to the point of being tattooable.
Old scars: Old, faded, flattened scars are easy to tattoo over and present few challenges. Scars that are old but are very thick or cover a lot of area can be tattooed over but may require modification of the design in order to disguise them better. Tattooing cannot change the shape or texture of the skin, so even when ink is successfully placed in a scar it may still be possible to see the raised part of the scar in certain light. Scars may not hold ink as well as regular skin and may require more than one session.
Tattoo prices are based on how long a tattoo takes to complete multiplied by the artist’s hourly rate; generally there is no charge for a reasonable amount of small break sessions and set up for a tattoo. The minimum charge for licensed artists is usually $60 - $75 and for students it is $20. On smaller pieces an artist may be able to give you a final price for the piece before you begin. Large, multiple session pieces are usually charged at an hourly rate, although your artist should be able to give you a time range estimate. If you have a budget you need to stay within for your tattoo it is a good idea to make your artist aware of this so they can design the tattoo to fit your needs.
Students and Graduate artists base their prices off of the size of the tattoo. We use a size chart to measure the design and price it accordingly.
We want your tattoo experience to be as enjoyable as possible, and there are lots of things you can do to help make the process easier on yourself. Here is a short list: