Tattoo Artistry

About Tattoo Artistry

This unique hands-on program allows you to express your creativity and provides you with the knowledge and skills to serve as a licensed or certified tattoo artist. You will gain real-world experience as you train to become a tattoo artist in the Austin’s Student Tattoo Clinic which adheres to hospital-grade sanitation requirements.

Learn to build relationships with clients, how to prepare your portfolio of work and how to start your own tattoo business. As a graduate of the Tattoo Artistry program, you will leave with a portfolio that has a variety of work to start your career.


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  • Tattoo Fundamentals:

    Tattoo Fundamental is a course designed to specifically for entry level tattoo artists to begin their training in the field of tattoo artistry.  This course is considered our “All-In-One” course. It was designed for those individuals who cannot take the time that would be required for a traditional apprenticeship. This is active, fast-paced “hands-on” training. All aspects of tattooing are covered in this class, such as: safety, sterilization and BBP training, successful tattoo technique, color explanations, all about needles, tubes and inks, marketing, pricing, shop set-up and beyond. This course is custom tailored to meet the needs of the individual so all skill levels are welcome beginner through intermediate. Cost: $3900 which includes tattoo kit.

    Tattoo Cover Up:

    The Tattoo Cover-Up Course provides an education that is learner-centered, theoretically grounded, and practically rigorous.  Students demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and positive interpersonal communication while meeting the expectations and demands of the Tattoo Artistry field including, but not limited to major principles of exploration pertaining to tattoo cover-ups, restoration concepts, re-do concepts and marketing their skills. Tattoo Cover-Up Course is designed to provide experienced tattoo artists with a high level of competence, advice and guidance in tattooing, specifically in the area of tattoo cover-ups.  Along with the popularity of tattooing comes many pieces that the customer may need changed, covered-up or restored. This course will show students the basic principles necessary for the successful completion of cover-ups and restorative work. This is a “hands-on” course working on several levels of corrective work. Cost: $2900.

  • Payment Plans

    Affordable payment plans options are available.

    Funding Options

    Austin’s School of Spa Technology’s Tattoo Artistry program is approved for VA Benefits such as Post 9-11 GI Bill.

    Austin’s School of Spa Technology is an eligible training provider under The Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation program through New York State. They offer a full range of employment services that may be needed by someone with disabilities.

    We are a proud supporter of the Military Spouse Initiative, a program developed to provide funding to military spouses and war-wounded caregivers. The cost of your education may be funded by the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Program.

  • Located in Beautiful Upstate NY

    If you don’t live near Albany, NY, multiple lodging accomodations can be arranged for your stay here while attending your program.

    New York’s Capital

    Austin’s School of Spa Technology is located near the heart of New York state’s capital, Albany, NY.

    The Austin’s campus is only 6 miles from the Albany International Airport and the Amtrak Train Station. It is also 5 miles from the nearest Greyhound Bus Station.

    You’ll never be bored after class or on the weekends. Enjoy the state capital and visit the Empire State Plaza, State Museum, Albany Museum of History and Art, Palace Theater & more.

    Austin’s School of Spa Technology is only 2.5 miles from the nearest shopping center; Colonie Center. There is much to do at Colonie Center from the movie theater, restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, Moes and Five Guys and the fabulous shopping.

    Crossgates Mall is another shopping center that is only 4 miles away from the Austin’s Campus. This mall includes a movie theater, Dave & Busters, World of Beer and will soon be opening Latitude 360 – featuring a bowling alley, restaurant, bar and stage.

    In addition to the shopping centers, Austin’s is also located near Saratoga, NY featuring The Saratoga Racetrack, Racino, Performing Arts Center (SPAC) featuring summer concerts and park recreation.

    Close to Big Cities

    A short car or train ride will take you to many amazing destinations. Albany, NY is 2 hours North of New York City, 3 hours West of Boston and 4 hours South of Montreal.

  • Tattoo Fundamentals:


    Upcoming 2016 Classes:

    1. May 2-13
    2. June 6-17
    3. July 11-22
    4. August 15-26

    Tattoo Cover Up:

    Call for Class Dates!

Course topics:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certification
  • Sterilizing & Handling Equipment
  • Artistic Technique
  • Tattoo Machine & Equipment Operation
  • Outlining, Color & Shading Technique
  • Stencil Theory & Practice
  • Tattoo Theory, Traditions & Culture
  • Tattoo Practice
  • Business & Legal Aspects
  • Portfolio Development

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