Higher Education School
in Artistic Tattoo

directed by
Alex De Pase
tatuaggi@accademiatiepolo.it

The “Tattoo Master” course at the Tiepolo Academy of Fine Arts, under the direction of tattoo master Alex De Pase, was developed as a result of the need to combine a growing demand in skillfully created tattoos with the need to train appropriate professional figures who are prepared to meet the ever-increasing demand.

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The tattoo world has been undergoing major changes over the last 8-10 years, and is still now undergoing substantial changes which are altering the mass cultural perception of this practice. 10 years ago, tattooing was still considered to be a practice related to places of ill repute and reserved only for a few people; it was often discriminated against and viewed negatively by the cultural élite of the countries of both the old and the new worlds. However, tattooing has now become a matter of custom, fashion, and a luxury item to aspire to. Amongst connoisseurs, there are collectors who go looking for specific tattoo artists, and who are willing to wait for a long time and to travel across the world just to get one of their works of art on their skin.

In 2016, tattooing was included in the ISTAT basket and Italy was one of the European countries where it was most popular and widely practised.

So many people, especially the young, aspire to be tattooed; to remember a particular name or a phrase; to preserve over time the portrait of a loved one; to mark on their skin a particular moment in their lives; or just to emulate the original Polynesian and aboriginal cultures that started this practice centuries ago.

And like in any market where a demand is present, the supply has begun to increase in such a predominant way that, in the last 5 years, the number of tattoo studios has almost quadrupled. But often the tattoo artists who work in the studios do not have solid artistic bases from which to start. They are just improvisers. They may have talent and may really want to exploit it, but they cannot put it into practice because they aim only to generate business and profit, leaving out or even omitting the incessant passion necessary to turn their art into something exclusive.
The “Tattoo Master” course is here: it is the only training model in Europe and probably the world which is capable of creating and developing professional tattoo artists. In particular, people who through appropriate preparation in various subjects, from drawing to painting, from marketing to business management, from the history of tattooing to practical laboratory techniques and tools, from foreign languages to hygiene and the foundations of dermatology, will finally acquire such a thorough knowledge of this art that they will be able to properly put it into practice.

All of these subjects and others are taught in a coordinated and functional way, where theory is more and more supported by practice as students progress through the 3 years of the course, a total of about 2,400 school hours.

Students attending the “Artistic Tattoo Course” run by the Tiepolo Academy will become tattoo artists, highly qualified and skilled figures who will be able to find excellent positions in the current tattooing market.

Thanks to the training and hard work over the 3 years of the course, the future tattoo artists will be able to identify themselves as true artists with their own style and will thus enter into the world of tattooing with a unique impact of style and quality. Their unique preparation will make them stand out from the mass of tattoo artists who are currently available, and will allow them entry into the small circle of highly skilled tattoo artists who are praised and sought after by the aforementioned collectors.
Tattoo collecting is destined to increase more and more. Attending the Tiepolo Academy will therefore enable future tattoo professionals to present themselves as true tattoo artists who, once they have found the necessary mix between technique and passion, talent and acquired knowledge, will not be able to help but become the new stars in the sky of the modern tattoo world.

Teaching and tools

Students attending the Master will be followed by high-level teachers and artists, and by Alex De Pase himself. Classes will be held in laboratories and comfortable organized classrooms with the latest generation of tools (all complying with health and hygiene standards). There will also be seminars held by the biggest names in the world of artistic tattooing.

Apprenticeship

Students will have the opportunity to attend the most prestigious studios of tattoo artists.

Admission requirements

There is no entry test necessary for students who have attended an Artistic High School. There will however be an entry test for those students who have attended other schools in order to assess their motivation and true artistic skills in painting and drawing.

Professional outlets

– immediate entry into the world of work
– freelance work at the highest levels
– the opening of one’s own studio
– the possibility of inclusion in prestigious studios all over the world
– the possibility of holding international seminars.

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Alex De Pase

With a 20 year career behind him, Alex De Pase is considered to be one of the greatest exponents of realistic tattooing in the world.
Thinking about and creating a tattoo requires long preparation and artistic dedication. This is a process which begins with passion and is guided by a mix of skills and empathy. Through this Master, we aim to train artists who, thanks to their own aesthetic awareness, will be able to create high quality artistic works by inscribing onto the skin unique and original images which will stand the test of time.

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Participation in the Master by world renown artists

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Joe Capobianco
joecapobianco.com

Ralf Nonnweiler
noarts-tattoo.de

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Jeff Gogue
gogueart.com

International Academic Master
in Artistic Tattoo

Study Plan:

TORO

First Year
Hr
Theoretical subjects / 250h

History of Art

40

English

45

Applied Computer Science

50

Psychology and Communication

15

Stylistic Diversification in the Tattooing

20

Applied Hygiene

20

Dermatology

10

Tattooing Techniques and Tools

20

History and Evolution of the Tattooing

10

Business management

20
Practical subjects / 400h

Artistic Anatomy – Drawing

120

Painting

80

Photography

20

Live Drawing

30

Tattooing on synthetic skin

50

Laboratory on synthetic skin

100
Apprenticeship / 100h

Apprenticeship at prestigious studios

100
Second Year
Hr
Theoretical subjects / 150h

History of Art

30

English

45

Marketing, Web marketing

20

Applied Computer Science

30

Applied Hygiene

15

Dermatology

10
Discipline pratiche / 450h

Artistic Anatomy – Drawing

160

Painting

100

Photography

20

Live Drawing

20

Tattooing on synthetic skin

50

Laboratory on synthetic skin

100
Apprenticeship / 150h

Apprenticeship at prestigious studios

100

Apprenticeship Tattooing on skin 50*

50
Third Year
Hr
Theoretical subjects / 150h

English

45

Marketing, Web marketing

25

Applied Computer Science

30
Practical subjects / 400h

Artistic Anatomy – Drawing

160

Painting

100

Photography

20

Live Drawing

20

Tattooing on synthetic skin

50
Apprenticeship / 200h

Apprenticeship at prestigious studios

100

Apprenticeship Tattooing on skin 100*

100

*The 2nd and 3rd years of the apprenticeship will coincide with some hours of Tattooing on skin.

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