Frequently Asked Questions

We’re thrilled that you’re thinking about becoming a certified tattoo artist! Tattoos are becoming more and more common every day, so it’s important that tattoo artists know how to apply their artwork properly, without permanently damaging anyone’s skin or spreading infectious diseases.

We’ve created the space to make that possible. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and empower artists who embody excellence in the Tattoo Industry worldwide, and with that, revolutionize the possibilities and opportunities for artists to achieve to total freedom, fulfillment, and financial abundance, worldwide.

Here are some FAQ’s about us:

1. How do I become a certified tattoo artist?

For decades, the only way to become a tattoo artist was to find an experienced tattoo artist to mentor you. We’ve found that this traditional method often takes years and guarantees very little in terms of quality training or even completion.  A.R.T.’s Tattoo Artist Certification Program is a patent-pending training program that models a traditional tattoo apprenticeship, with an increased focus on ongoing professional development, practice assessments, and real work experience before an aspiring artist can become A.R.T. certified.

2. Where is the Academy of Responsible Tattooing located?

A.R.T. currently has locations in the following cities:

  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • …new locations coming soon!

Please visit for the exact addresses of our studios.

3. How do I get started?

The first step towards becoming a certified tattoo artist at A.R.T. is to attend an introductory Tattoo Workshop. More info here.

At this all-day workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of tattooing and receive professional career guidance from our team of certified tattoo artists. All workshop participants have the opportunity to practice tattooing on fake skin.

Once the workshop is over, you’ll have the opportunity to apply to the Tattoo Artist Certification Program and choose the training hours that work best for you.

More information on upcoming Tattoo Workshops here.

4. What will I learn?

Student apprentices learn the art of tattooing in four phases:

  • Phase 1: Flash Portfolio
  • Phase 2: Practice Pads
  • Phase 3: Supervised Tattoos
  • Phase 4: 90-day Paid Tattoo Artist Internship

The program is designed to continually build upon your existing art skills until you are fully ready to begin tattooing real clients. Then, during Phase 3 you’ll be required to perform a certain number of tattoos on clients of your own solicitation under professional supervision within a safe environment. Upon completion of the Supervised Tattoos phase, you’ll be granted a 90-day Paid Internship, during which you’ll have access to our facilities and equipment in order to demonstrate being worthy of A.R.T. Certification.

Anyone who successfully completes all four phases of the Tattoo Artist Certification Program is 100% guaranteed job placement at one of our reputable Body Art & Soul Tattoo studios.

5. What kind of art background do I need to be accepted?

You do not need any formal art education to qualify for the Tattoo Artist Certification Program. All levels of artistic expertise are welcome. However, the program is self-paced, and you will likely have an easier time completing the program if you have a higher level of artistic skill.

We believe that anyone with the right passion, drive, and perseverance can become a successful tattoo artist. Call (844) 882-8866 to speak with an Enrollment Coordinator who can help you determine whether the Tattoo Artist Certification Program is right for you.

6. I already go to school full time. Can I still attend the Academy?

Absolutely! Most of our students have obligations outside of class. As a result, we’ve created flexible schedules that allow you to attend class when it’s most convenient for you.

Full-time students attend class 16 hours/week, while part-time students attend class 8 hours/week. We have classes in the morning, afternoon, and night every day. No classes are available on Sundays. Class schedules vary by location, call (844) 882-8866 for more information.

7. I work a full-time job. Can I still attend the Academy?

Absolutely! See number 6.

8. How long does the program last?

Estimated completion time is 12 months for full-time students, 24 months for part-time students. The Tattoo Artist Certification Program is self-paced, so actual completion time varies based on your progress.

9. How much does it cost?

The total cost of the Tattoo Workshop, which is required for enrollment in the Tattoo Career Program, is $350. Most people pay it in full. If you need to, you can put down a $100 deposit to reserve your seat and pay the remaining balance when you come in for the workshop.
The tuition price of the Tattoo Career Program is different for each student. Your schedule and tuition will be tailored specifically for you so that nothing will get in the way if you’re truly serious about becoming a certified tattoo artist.

10. How do I get my tattoo license?

Tattoo licensing requirements and procedures vary by county. Our Tattoo Artist Certification Program prepares you for state licensing exams through extensive bloodborn pathogen and cross contamination training, hands-on training with tattoo machines, and recorded shop hours that typically fulfill the minimum hours required in order to obtain a license.


We hope these FAQ’s were helpful! We understand that major career decisions can be pretty nervewracking (we’ve been there).

If you have any questions or simply are unsure if you have what it takes to tattoo, please feel free to call (844) 882-8866 and one of our Enrollment Coordinators will help you along your journey to becoming A.R.T. Certified.


Kind regards,

Academy of Responsible Tattooing


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