Academy of Responsible Tattooing Holds Fall Graduation Ceremony to Recognize New Tattoo Artists

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To celebrate the newest graduates of its tattoo apprenticeship program and welcome them to their new careers as professional tattoo artists, the Academy of Responsible Tattooing (A.R.T.) recently held its fall graduation ceremony.

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So many of our graduates are working in our shops, and that's part of why the events are so big. To see so many of the tattoo artists we've created come to support the new graduate artists who are ready to start their careers is an amazing experience.

Last month, the Academy of Responsible Tattooing (A.R.T.) held its fall graduation ceremony to recognize the newest graduates of its professional craftsman program.

The private celebration was held at Park and Sixth Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ, on Oct. 11 to honor those who completed the program. The 10 graduates of this tattoo apprenticeship program come from the three east coast locations of the Academy of Responsible Tattooing, says Christina Seeber, Marketing Manager.

Oscar Aguilar, Maverick and Shauna Envoltorio, and Daniel Manhardt completed their tattoo educations in Jersey City; Emily Paul, Christian Cancell, Deissy Sotomayor, and Lisette Martinez are graduating from the Brooklyn location; and Brian Toucher and Ryan Lamberson are graduating from the Philadelphia location.

To successfully complete the apprenticeship program at the Academy of Responsible Tattooing, students must prove their competency at drawing techniques, tattoo shop management, machine maintenance, bloodborne pathogen certification, and sanitation practices. Additionally, they must gain a comprehensive understanding of the tattoo industry.

"All of these students have successfully completed the rigorous set of standards that comprises our apprenticeship program," Seeber says. "After graduation, they are fully qualified to work as professional tattoo artists; this education will equip the graduates with the skills needed to succeed in today's tattoo industry at any tattoo shop anywhere in the world."

John Costello, Apprentice Advocate, says the school's graduating classes have begun to increase, a sign that its tattoo apprenticeship program is helping people achieve their dream of becoming tattoo artists.

"The graduation size just keeps growing, which means A.R.T. is changing more lives," Costello says. "And it means a bigger party!"

Paul-Anthony Surdi, CEO of the Academy of Responsible Tattooing, says the increasing size of the academy's graduating classes are a testament to the quality education and professional training it offers to aspiring tattoo artists.

"It's exciting to see the graduation events get bigger and bigger every year," he said. "So many of our graduates are working in our shops, and that's part of why the events are so big. To see so many of the tattoo artists we've created come to support the new graduate artists who are ready to start their careers is an amazing experience. It's a family coming together to create a legacy. We're very proud and very lucky to be transforming lives every day."

About Academy of Responsible Tattooing (A.R.T.)

Located in Brooklyn, Jersey City, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the Academy of Responsible Tattooing allows aspiring tattoo artists to advance their career through extensive training. For more information, please visit tattooschool-art.com.

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