Pamplin Media Group – Making a Mark in Prineville with Oregon School of Ink


Aspiring tattoo artists now have a private tattoo school in Prineville, where they can complete the program in six months

If you’re an artist who aspires to create tattoos but doesn’t have the training to do so, Prineville now offers an Oregon Accredited Tattoo School.

The Oregon School of Ink, located at 320 N. Main St., Prineville, has officially opened its doors to students.

Tim Thomas is the owner and instructor and also owns and operates Knucklehead Tattoo and Arts at 427B N. Main St. Thomas began his first cohort of students on September 7, 2022. He previously had a tattoo school, Oregon Tattoo Academy , which it operated in Bend and Redmond from 2006 to 2010. The private vocational school, which was accredited by the Department of Education, with the licensing arm of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, had the same license as Thomas’ new Oregon ink school.

Thomas reported that he started his new school because he had an enjoyable experience and great success with his previous students teaching the art of tattooing. Thomas also served as a co-pastor at Main Street Church, which meets at Auntie’s Coffeehouse and Bakery at 425 N. Main St.

“Coming from the church world – teaching and discipleship – I’ve done a lot with youth ministry and the church, so that was a no-brainer for me, because I really love teaching anyway. Instead of teaching the Bible, I teach tattooing,” Thomas commented on his passion for art and teaching.

He added that he loves bringing in people who want to learn how to use their artistry to tattoo and build a career.

“You take them through the program, and they get licensed to do tattoos, and they go off and have their new little career. They go their own way, and they do something that they love, and just to see that transformation of people is really fun and really rewarding.” Thomas thinks.

Thomas took 35 to 40 students through his program at his previous school and had a lot of interaction with people. The new studio is located upstairs in the Sage Door building, allowing its students the space to focus on every aspect of their training. Students spend approximately six months in the program, with 210 hours in class and a requirement to complete 50 tattoos under supervision. During class they study safety and hygiene, anatomy of the skin, tattoo machines and needles, pigments and inks, business operations and customer relations, and of course, designs. of tattoo.

If successful, they receive a certification of completion from the Oregon School of Ink and a transcript to take the state level test, which, if successful, would qualify them to tattoo in Oregon.

Currently, Thomas has three students currently working on skin anatomy and tattoo designs. Jonathan Crowe, who is on a faster track, recently completed a full sleeve design, one of the requirements as part of their designs. Crowe is excited to apply his passion for art in a meaningful way, which can also generate income.

Thomas’ current cohort of students currently meet in the evenings, as this is the time that best suits their group. On Friday evening, the group worked on light tables to trace and practice their tattoo designs. From there they headed to the classroom, where they worked on pseudo-skins to get used to applying ink to the skin.

“Basically every facet of what you need to know to be proficient at tattooing and everything around it at the store,” Thomas concluded of his studio study line.

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Oregon Ink School

Private vocational school accredited by the Ministry of Education

Instructor: Tim Thomas

Address: 427B North Main

Phone: 503-991-9496

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