Postsecondary tattoo program benefits students through broad education, positive environment

A recent article from CBC discusses the Alberta College of Body Art, a tattoo program that focuses on postsecondary training rather than apprenticeship. Cree tattoo artist and founder Bobbi Jo Matheson says that the program, which takes six months to complete, provides students with a broad education in topics such as the history of tattooing, equipment techniques, marketing, and legal issues. The school goes against the typical apprenticeship route in order to give students a better learning experience, as some students have challenges with finding good mentors. Matheson says that though some artists in the industry have criticized the program, she believes that postsecondary programs like the one she offers will become the norm.