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…)
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…)
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…
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…)
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…