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The Learning Channel (TLC) Tattoo School

TLC Looking to Launch Tattoo School Show Despite Controversy

By John
Just when you thought is was safe to turn your TV set on… Apparently The Learning Channel did not get the hint last summer when the tattoo community expressed glaring discontent for the network’s new special, Tattoo School. Instead of canning the project it looks like TLC will now pursue making Tattoo School into a series with a game show format… (more…)


Dan Henk: Ink Master

By Dan Henk
So, let’s talk about the new tattoo show, Ink Master. It was originally pitched to me (as I’m sure it was to several artists) by a lady named Lisa. She said, and this is an almost direct quote, “We have people on this show like Jeff Gouge and Guy Aitchison. That’s who we’re talking to. Do you think you can compete?”  (more…)


Dan Henk: It Really Doesn’t Help to Be an Arrogant Little Fuck

By Dan Henk
This industry has been around a long time. People come in from many different angles, some just want to make a living and there is certainly a place for that. Others are artistic geniuses, and there is a place for that as well. The vast majority fall in the mid-ground. All are welcomed, as long as they approach it with the right attitude… And if you can do a good, clean tattoo…

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Gunnar Gaylord: The Future of Tattooing is ‘Community’

By Gunnar Gaylord
There’s a line that goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” I think at some point whether it’s due to a broken relationship, a lost loved-one or something as small as losing a pair of sunglasses it’s a relevant statement. But I recently realized that sometimes you don’t don’t know what you had ’til you open your eyes and mind and discover it…
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Dan Henk: Why Tattoo School is Such a Bad Idea

By Dan Henk
Looking from the outside in, tattooing doesn’t look that difficult. If it’s not that difficult, you learn the basics and you are good to go, right? Hell, if half the people on TV can do it, an actual school should be able to teach the essentials in two weeks! College courses take a good four years. If you want to go into a more advanced profession, you are in for an even longer ride. I don’t think anyone would trust a doctor that went to a two-week school…

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Alliance of Professional Tattooists, Inc (A.P.T.) Releases Statement on TLC’s, Tattoo School

A.P.T.’s Official Statement: The Alliance of Professional Tattooists, Inc is dismayed by the recent television offering from The Learning Channel titled, “Tattoo School.” This program is one of several aimed at viewers who share an interest in tattooing and other forms of body art. The majority of those viewers are not professional tattooists and should not be encouraged to engage in tattooing without a proper apprenticeship program. The A.P.T., Inc. recommends a minimum of three years study under a Master Tattooist with direct supervision in a professional tattoo studio… (more…)


Jack Rudy Speaks Out Against TLC’s, Tattoo School

[*Editor's Note* Mr. Rudy graciously permitted TAM to re-print his statement on the TAM Blog. The statement appears exactly the way it is found on Jack Rudy's Facebook page.]

Jack Rudy “Good Time Charlies Tattooland”
Official Statement
Re: TLC’s show Tattoo School

I think this new tattoo school show that TLC is about to launch is the biggest bunch of bullshit I have ever heard in my 36 years of tattooing. I guess it’s not bad enough that tens of thousands of unqualified, untutored, “wanna be” tattooers have flooded this industry largely due to the bullshit tattoo shows that have already been on TV for years, because they inadvertently encourage people to get in to tattooing by making it look infinitely easier than it actually is… (more…)


TLC’s Tattoo School Sponsors and Contact Information

By John Niederkorn
The expanded page contains the alleged sponsors/advertisers for the TLC show Tattoo School. After speaking with a network representative this morning, TLC would neither “confirm or deny” the validity of the advertisers listed below. Also included below is a list of e-mails and phone numbers for each executive and director in The Discovery Channel’s Communications Department. TAM urges those contacting employees of The Discovery Channel to be respectful and professional. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle…

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This Is Not a Manifesto, It’s Just My Opinion

By Crash
It’s almost as if tattooers are evolving, finally able to set aside trivialities in order to agree upon the more important issues. All this TLC outrage is kind of encouraging. Not simply because people are pissed, but because pissed people can affect change.

It reminds me of the “alien invasion” metaphor which, in movie scripts, successfully manages to unite all mankind against the invading forces that threaten humanity’s very existence! A sleepy community wakes up and starts fighting back. The parallels are amusing… (more…)


Tattoo Artist Magazine: Official Statement Regarding the New TLC TV Show: Tattoo School

By Crash

The Learning Channel, (TLC) you have stepped over the line! We urge you to reconsider. Please show at least this much respect to the professional community that you have been feeding on for the last five years. Do not promote or give airtime to the lowliest and most unethical practitioners of our treasured craft and profession. The dangers to the general public cannot be overstated…

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