John Durante's Microdermal Seminar - Thursday, May 6, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

The microdermal seminar will cover the following information.  


1. What is a microdermal?

A. Designs of microdermals.
B. Materials they are made of.
C. Sizes
D. Companies we suggest buying from. 
E. Basic Legalities
F. Proper terminology
G. Educating clients


2. How do microdermals work?

A. Theory on how and why they are used.
B. Proper Placement/Areas to Avoid


3. How are microdermals inserted?

A. Needle Method
B. Punch Method
C. Tools to aid insertion
D. Video demonstrations of insertions with both methods


4. How do you take care of microdermals?

A. Suggested aftercare
B. Tips & Tricks on troubleshooting


5. How are microdermals removed?

A. Various removal methods
B. Video demonstrations


Course Length: 1-2 hours


Cost: $125 pre-paid, $150 at the show


For registration and information please contact


Ruben Sanchez's Photo Seminar - Friday, May 7, 2010 @ 10:30 am

Learn how to take better photographs of the tattoos that you work so hard to do.

The Photographer
My name is Ruben Sanchez.  I have an A.S. degree in professional photography and I have worked in the field of commercial photography for four years.  More recently, I have been photographing tattoo conventions for Tattoo Magazine for the past 4 years.  I have a true passion for photography and I feel that I can convey what seems difficult to understand, in relatively simple terms. You can see some of my work at: 

Why should you take this seminar?
I guess the better question would be, “Why should I use this tattoo artist when I can’t see his/her work in this photograph?”  I have heard many artists tell their potential customers, “The photograph doesn’t do the tattoo justice.”  In the end, the customer is left with the same confusing dilemma of whether to use this artist or not.  Now you have the opportunity to do something about it.  By learning how to photograph better, you can increase your sales by instilling confidence to your customers.  They will be able to see and appreciate your fine work.  This is a small investment for something that will last you a lifetime.

What is covered in the seminar?
In this seminar you will gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of photography.  You will finally understand how shutter speed, aperture and “film” speed work together.  We will learn how to use that information to your advantage.  We will also discuss how to light your subject so as to greatly reduce or eliminate “hot spots” or glare.

Bring photographs that show the issues you are having.  You need to bring your digital camera along with your owner’s manual.  Cell phones are not considered cameras!  I don’t answer my camera during a photo shoot!  You shouldn’t take pictures with your cell phone!

Course Length: 2 hours

Cost: $100.00 per person if you pre-register with me by Friday, April 30th.  You can use PayPal for pre-registration.  It will be $125.00 (cash only) if you register at the show.  

For registration please contact Ruben Sanchez at


Jime Litwalk's Simplicity for Longevity Seminar - Friday, May 7, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

Jime will put the main emphasis of his seminar on drawing/sketching. As the title indicates, he wants to put the focus on the simple construction of his designs: clearly visible structures without unnecessary or confusing elements. The seminar's aim is to show a way for every individual artist to improve their style through clarity an simplicity.

Jime will explain the path from idea, to sketch, and right to the finished design. Emphasis on the buildup of the lines, shades, and colors creating the realization of the design within the tattoo.
It’s recommended to bring drawing equipment with you.

Course Length: 2-3 hours

Cost: $150 (includes booklet)

For registration please contact Jime Litwalk at



BJ Betts's Lettering Seminar - Friday, May 7, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

Artists are asked to bring their own pencil and pad.

Course Length: 2 hours

Cost: $100 (includes a copy of Bj Bett's book "Lettering 3")

For registration please contact BJ Betts at




Machine Building Seminar by Danny Knight, Jerry Reigger, Josh Ford, & Todd Hlavaty - Saturday, May 8, 2010 @ 10:30 am

Seminar focuses on spring and tuning theory for tattoo machine building.

Course Length: 2 hours

Cost: $400 (includes a custom built machine)

For registration please contact Danny Knight at or Josh Ford at



Russ Abbott presents "The Tattooist's Palette" Seminar - Saturday, May 8, 2010 @ 2:00 pm


Color Theory & Practical Application 

In this inspiring course, Russ Abbott will take you past the color wheel to a deeper understanding of a tattooist’s palette. Using examples from his own work, Russ will explain a variety of color secrets that will help make your work more interesting and effective. 

    * Color Theory
    * Secrets of Color Mixing
    * Color Blending
    * Developing Color Schemes
    * Color Selection
    * Application
    * Special Effects
    * Tattooing for Longevity
    * Finding Inspiration



Participants are encouraged to bring in examples of your own work so that we can discuss ways to improve your personal palette.  

Course Length: 2 hours

Cost: $140 (includes booklet)


To guarantee your spot, please pre-register by visiting



Mark Longnecker's "Background Formulas" Seminar - Sunday, May 9, 2010 @ 12:00 pm


Many tattoo artists seem to plateau after they learn how to do a good, clean tattoo.  Learning background techniques can help an artist take their tattooing to the next level.  Once you master backgrounds you can get your appointment book full of sleeves, backpieces and large panel tattoos.  In Mark Longenecker's Background Formulas Seminar he will teach you all the basic background formulas for waves and water, smoke, wind swirls, isobars, flames, outer space, tribal, flowers, plants and foliage.  These formulas will help you tie tattoos together and understand how to go around all the body parts.  The formulas will also show artists how to leave tattoos ready to add to, such as turning a half sleeve into a full sleeve, or continuing a chest plate into a rib panel.


Course Length: 2 hours

Cost: $100 (includes a book that Mark has written explaining all the formulas he has learned in his 16 years of tattooing)


For registration please contact Mark Longnecker at


More Seminars Coming Soon!




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