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Dan Gilsdorf has a license to ink
Story by Christina Holmes. Photos by Vern Uyetake.
Dan Gilsdorf opened his tattoo studio in North Portland 17 years ago at a time when there were only nine other shops in town. Fast-forward nearly two decades and the number of parlors now hovers closer to 150.
Staffing those shops are hundreds of tattoo artists licensed by the state of Oregon. New regulations passed in 2013 by the Oregon Board of Body Art Practitioners requires that tattoo artists complete 10 hours of Continuing Education each year in order to keep current on their licenses.
PCC’s Community Education Program has responded to the new requirements and now offers an array of classes for tattoo artists.
“People realize the value of furthering our knowledge as professional tattoo artists,” said Gilsdorf, who owns Atlas Studio and is a PCC instructor. “And Oregon is one of the most heavily regulated states when it comes to tattoo artists.”
Gilsdorf has taught PCC classes on the art and history of tattooing and the physics and metallurgy of tattoos since 2013. These classes are popular with both artists and community members.
New to PCC this year are law classes taught by an attorney covering intellectual property, focusing on legal principles related to copyright laws and art ownership. Another class addresses business concepts for tattooists. Students will explore important legal principles related to the business of tattooing, with special focus on general business contracts, employment contracts and liability issues.
The law and business classes are aimed at tattoo artists but all community members are welcome. Classes are held at the Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) and the CLIMB Center for Advancement on Southeast Water Street.
Gilsdorf draws in students as he’s well known and admired in the tattoo community. He specializes in bold work in the traditions of classic American and Japanese tattooing. He’s met, worked beside and been tattooed by renowned artists around the globe.
“We have a lot of fun in the classes and they are really interesting whether you are a tattoo artist or not,” Gilsdorf said.
Personalize Your Fitness Training
Community Education has teamed up with PCC’s Fitness Technology Program to develop a way for their students and recent grads to gain experience as personal trainers for Community Ed students.
Both the trainers and trainees win big: trainers get excellent experience needed when looking for jobs at gyms or private facilities. Students receive coaching and training at a fraction of the cost of what they would pay at a gym.
“This new program gives our students a chance to practice the type of work they may do once they graduate,” said Mike Boggs, Fitness Technology instructor. “We prepare our Fit Tech students for immediate work in the community and our fitness partners in the Portland area know that we prep our students very well.”
The one-on-one sessions last one hour and take place using the sports facilities at the Sylvania Campus. The trainees select from packages that offer three, six or nine personalized sessions. The prices range from $135 to $315 depending on the package. All trainers are certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.
To learn more about continuing ed classes for tattoo artists, visit pcc.edu/communityed.