Tattoo shop working to regulate industry – Alberta Daily Herald Tribune

Posted in Tattoo Training on Aug 31, 2017

A tattoo shop in the city is looking to regulate the tattoo industry by offering courses on safety and proper procedures.

Cree8iv Ink Body Studio Ltd. is offering a 13-week 390 hour beginner tattoo course that will cover subjects such as bloodborne pathogens, infection control, and St. John Ambulance training. All students must be 18 years old or older and have some artistic ability.

The curriculum has received input and been reviewed by Alberta Health Services.

Were making it so that you need to be a journeyman, like a welder. You need so many hours banked before you can be a welder. We want to have it so you have the proper training and all this before youre actually a tattoo artist, said Erick Matheson, manager and piercer at Cree8iv.

The course is taught by Mathesons wife Bobbi-Jo, who has been a tattoo artist for more than seven years.

Matheson said the industry is changing from beginner artists offering their labour for free at tattoo parlours and paying an established artist for mentoring, to established artists sharing their knowledge with beginners.

Some people dont like the fact of what were doing, but like I said the industry is changing and were trying to make it so (that its regulated). Technically, you can go out, buy yourself a machine and a gun and you can call yourself a tattoo artist. You dont need to have so many hours banked, you dont need nothing.

The course costs $18,000 and while it doesnt come with a guarantee of employment, it does come with a certificate, a business licence, and a $950 tattoo starter kit.

We want to offer these people that want to actually learn how to do this and show them the proper way on how the equipment works, the proper way to clean so that they dont hurt themselves or hurt other people. Theres seven layers of your skin and if you go too deep with a needle you can really hurt someone or give them a whole scar tissue tattoo, said Matheson.

Classes begin Sept. 25 and are limited to four students per term. Those who would like to register should do so at Cree8iv Ink, which is located at 10024-100 Avenue.

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