Home Back Issues September 2010 Tattoo industry makes its mark

Tattoo industry makes its mark

| Print |  Email
Articles - September 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
0910_ATS06
Portland tattoo artist Dustin Ranck at work. // PHOTO COURTESY OF ICON TATTOO

Oregon’s tattoo industry has flourished in the past few years despite the bad economy, with the number of licensed practitioners growing 350% in the past decade and the number of schools almost tripling.

“When the economy is bad, people want to do little things for themselves,” says veteran tattoo artist Dustin Ranck of Icon Tattoo in North Portland.

In 2000, there were 173 licensed tattoo practitioners and 101 tattoo facilities in the state. In August, there were 779 practitioners and 323 tattoo facilities. In 2000 there were about 10 schools, last month there were 29, with most of that growth occurring in the past two to three years.

“We’ve seen an explosion,” says Oregon Department of Education spokeswoman Susanne Smith.

“Tattooing has mainstreamed a lot since shows like L.A. Ink came along,” Oregon Health and Licensing Agency (OHLA) spokesman Kraig Bohot says of the reality TV show about a Los Angeles tattoo shop.

Tattoo conventions are also on the rise in the state. Thanks to a 2009 law allowing out-of-state tattoo artists to practice in Oregon, Portland and Eugene were able to host tattoo conventions last year. In October, the tattoo convention Portland Tattoo Expo will host more than 300 artists.

There is debate about whether non-Oregon artists are regulated enough at these conventions, but most welcome the exposure. “It makes tattooing more of a publicly accessible thing,” says Ranck, “It brings out the talent pool in Oregon.”

PETER BELAND
 

Comments   

 
Guest
0 #1 Tattoo removalGuest 2013-08-29 16:59:47
Funny how the bad economy has improved rates of both tattoos and tattoo removal
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Private liberal arts education: superior outcomes, competitive price

Contributed Blogs
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
0826 thumb collegemoneyBY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Why has six years become an acceptable investment in public undergraduate education that over-promises and underperforms?


Read more...

Attack of the Robin Sages

Contributed Blogs
Monday, July 07, 2014
070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.


Read more...

Interview: Dr. Mark Goulston

Contributed Blogs
Thursday, July 10, 2014
JustListenBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.


Read more...

South Waterfront's revenge

News
Thursday, July 24, 2014
MoodyAveBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Remember the naysayers?  Those who called the South Waterfront aerial tram a boondoggle?  Those who rejoiced at the massive sell off of luxury condos at the John Ross and Atwater Place?


Read more...

Green Endeavor cleans up

News
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
080614 ULnew greenendeavorBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.


Read more...

Why I became an Oregon angel investor

Guest Blog
Monday, July 14, 2014
AngelInvestBY TERRY "STARBUCKER" ST. MARIE

I really didn’t know that much about angel investing, but I did know a lot about the entrepreneurial spirit.


Read more...

Podcast: Interview with Steve Balzac

Contributed Blogs
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

082014BalzacBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Tom Cox interviews Steve Balzac, author of "Organizational Psychology for Managers."


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS