Mission Statement

The Art of Tattooing Program teaches safe practices, the science of tattooing, technical ability, customer service and business operations as the foundation to becoming a tattoo artist. Forbidden School of Body Art takes a progressive approach with students by exploring technological impact and various artistic themes, developing a diverse portfolio and creating a healthy perspective for the future of the industry as well as themselves. The goal of the program is to equip students with the cutting edge tools and marketable skills to excel in tomorrow’s competitive market.

The Art of Tattooing prepares the student for a career in the tattoo industry. After obtaining certification from the program, a student may become a licensed tattoo artist. Other potential career paths include, but are not limited to, a tattoo shop manager, a tattoo shop owner and tattoo retail and distribution.


We are thrilled to announce five new Portland tattoo shops owned and staffed by Forbidden School of Body Art Graduates!



Back 40 Tattoo, owned and operated by graduate Nicole Ferreira, and also staffed by graduate Paige Vang, is located in Molalla at 116 S Molalla Ave, Molalla, Oregon 97038.  Check out their work at and contact them at Nicole: (503) 759-6224.

Stand Fast Tattoo, owned by graduate Christiaan Pullings, is located at 1258 12th Ave in Longview, Washington. Check out his work at

Opal Ink, staffed by graduates Emily Kaul, Sydney Webster and Lindsay Carter, is located in the Pearl District at 1720 NW Lovejoy St. Suite #108, Portland 97209. See their work at and contact them at Emily: (971)340-6286 or Lindsay: (541)223-1753.

Silver Quill, staffed by graduates Laura Jade, Kat Murphy, Katrina Wampler, Josh O’Renick and Todd Morgan, is located at the same building as Opal Ink in the Pearl at 1720 NW Lovejoy St. Suite #348, Portland 97209. You can see of their work at or contact them at (541) 961-7937.

Ink & Iron Tattoo Studio, owned and operated by graduate David Garcia, is located at 6415 N Montana Ave, Portland OR. See his work at and contact him at or (971) 678-2339.

We are proud to announce our recent


Paige Vang will be tattooing here at Forbidden Body Art!


Kathleen Murphy will be tattooing at Silver Quill in Portland, OR



Katrina Wampler will be tattooing at Silver Quill in Portland, OR



Josh O'Renick will be tattooing at Silver Quill in Portland, OR

(970) 343-0800


David Garcia will be tattooing at Ink & Iron Tattoo Studio, Portland OR

(971) 678-2339





Our students have a wide range of artistic styles and backgrounds, check out their portfolio's to find the right artist for you!

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At Forbidden we know you will have a great experience before, during and after your tattoo. Our professional staff is here to help you every step of the way to get a great finished product. Your tattoo lasts forever, make sure it is done right!

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