Academy of Responsible Tattooing Teams Up With Make a Wish Foundation to Make a Girl's Dream Come True

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The Academy of Responsible Tattooing recently organized a visit with The Make a Wish Foundation to fulfill the life-long dream of one of their referrals to learn the art of tattooing.

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After being contacted by the Make a Wish Foundation, The Academy of Responsible Tattooing was happy to be able to participate in such a life-changing experience.

The Academy of Responsible Tattooing recently helped fulfill 18-year-old Monica Pilson's dream of becoming a tattoo artist. It had been Monica's life-long dream to one day be a tattoo artist, and after she was referred to the Make a Wish Foundation, she was able to see her dream come true.

After being contacted by the Make a Wish Foundation, The Academy of Responsible Tattooing was happy to be able to participate in such a life-changing experience. Guy Prandstatter, a founder of the tattooing school, organized a two-day visit at the academy the weekend of October 13 and 14 to introduce Monica to the basics of tattooing. Monica was paired with tattoo artist Jocelyn Ortega, who walked her through the process of drawing, setting up a workstation and using a tattoo machine.

On day one of her intro session, Monica was able to practice her drawing skills. Jocelyn showed her how to trace an image that had been printed out, as well as how to shade it in. After refining her drawing skills, Monica was ready for day two. Now it was time to transfer the image Monica had traced onto "fake skin." After showing her how to perform the transfer, Jocelyn walked Monica through setting up a workstation and went over important safety rules for keeping a clean work environment. Monica learned how to set up a machine and was then able to practice pulling lines and shading techniques on her fake skin to create the image she designed.

At the end of the session, Jocelyn asked Monica to design a unique tattoo for her. Monica sketched and transferred the tattoo herself, and shop manager Oksana Weber then tattooed the design on Jocelyn. Jocelyn now has a special "M" tattoo to remember Monica by.

"She’s such an inspirational girl. Her strength and determination made it a truly humbling experience for me," said Jocelyn. "It was a privilege to be able to work with her and was honestly one of the best experiences of my life so far. I am just so happy to have been given the opportunity to work with her and help make her dream come true.”

The team at The Academy of Responsible Tattooing was so impressed with Monica; they even said she would make a great apprentice. Prandstatter explained that, "to be a professional tattoo artist takes talent, commitment and a true love for the art. She has exactly what we look for or look to create in all our apprentices."

About The Academy of Responsible Tattooing:

Located in Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Philadelphia, The Academy of Responsible Tattooing allows aspiring tattoo artists to advance their career through a multitude of training. For more information, please visit http://tattooschool-art.com

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