Tattoo Class, Here We Come!
Now this is a class you probably won't bother skipping.
This isn't your average art class; a room full of bewildered kids each handed paint brushes and not really knowing what to do with those sticks. Since you're here, this is probably the kind of class you or someone you know would take. Especially if you like tattoos and the whole lot, but aren't quite sure where to actually start. Welcome to tattoo class.
From September 19 through December 12, SUNY Purchase College will be having classes on Tattoo Illustration as part of its Personal Enrichment program. The 9-to-5 crowd won't really have to worry, unless they have work on Saturdays, because the class will meet every Saturday at 10AM to 1PM for ten sessions.
The description on SUNY Purchase College presents the 10-session class as something for you to: “Discover the art of tattoo illustration and design! Understand the process of working with clients and create a portfolio to pursue an apprenticeship or to gain illustration work. If you are interested in becoming a tattoo artist, a current professional who wants to improve design skills, or simply want to improve your drawing skills—this course is for you.”
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The class will be led by Miguel Torres, who tattoos under the moniker Migz Tatz, who first fell in love with tattooing at a fresh age of 15. Migz himself earned his BA in Visual Arts at SUNY, so when he found out that the college will be offering drawing classes this fall, he wasted no time trying to get involved. “I saw an opportunity to present this class, which was an idea I'd had. They loved the idea and decided to move forward with it.”
Migz Tatz started out with tattooing himself, reasoning that he'd “better to make the mistake on my skin than on someone else’s.” He's been tattooing for over a decade, but only considers his work post-2012 as professional. That's around the time after he attended a two-week tattoo fundamental course at the Tattoo Learning Center in Schenectady.
“I unlearned some bad habits and picked up proper technique, as well as how to prevent cross contamination,” he revealed. Practically, he learned the most basic things in tattooing and the best way to execute them, letting go of the unnecessary things he picked up over the years. Migz agreed that, no matter how good you think you are, classes like these that will strengthen your foundation in the skill will be of good use in the long run. However, he also clarified that the course shouldn't substitute an apprenticeship. A good apprenticeship is often necessary for a prolific career in tattooing.
"The fundamental part of it will be a survey of different genres of tattoos. It will span from American traditional to black and grey to dot work," Migz explained, pertaining to the course. “And what we'll be doing is looking at videos and reading articles and looking at work within those genres and then completing projects based off of that particular style.”
We're not the only ones thrilled about the news. The Academy of Responsible Tattooing is also giving their support. “At the Academy, we're thrilled with what Purchase College is doing to make the artistry of tattooing more mainstream,” John Costello, Apprentice Advocate at the Academy of Responsible Tattooing (ART) says. “Long have we recognized the skill and talent it takes to create lifelong body art. We hope the students who complete the course will consider ART as their best option to find a responsible apprenticeship in New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania.”
Yeah, I forgot to add the sucky part. SUNY Purchase College is located in New York.