The World's Only Tattoo School has left an indelible mark on its students, propelling those who successfully complete the intense two-week course into a career as a tattoo artist. From disabled veterans to high-school dropouts, students from all walks of life travel to Shreveport, La., to attend the classes taught by Dr. Bill Pogue, the school's owner and lead instructor. This series profiles those hopefuls looking to gain the knowledge, skills and experience to begin a new life in the ultracompetitive tattoo industry. They're given challenges that mimic the situations they may find themselves in as a working tattoo artist, and upon graduation, the student with the best final, original tattoo is gifted with a golden tattoo gun.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Tattoo School - Tattoo ink - Netflix
Tattoo inks consist of pigments combined with a carrier, and are used in tattooing. Tattoo inks are available in a range of colors that can be thinned or mixed together to produce other colors and shades. Most professional tattoo artists purchase inks pre-made (known as pre-dispersed inks), while some tattooers mix their own using a dry pigment and a carrier. Tattoo ink is generally permanent. Tattoo removal is difficult, painful, and the degree of success depends on the materials used. Recently developed inks claim to be comparatively easy to remove. Unsubstantiated claims have been made that some inks fade over time, yielding a “semi-permanent tattoo.”
Tattoo School - Glow in the dark ink and blacklight ink - Netflix
Both blacklight and glow in the dark inks have been used for tattooing. Glow in the dark ink absorbs and retains light, and then glows in darkened conditions by process of phosphorescence. Blacklight ink does not glow in the dark, but reacts to non-visible UV light, producing a visible glow by fluorescence. The resulting glow of both these inks is highly variable. The safety of such inks for use on humans is widely debated in the tattoo community. The ingredients in some “glow” inks are listed as: (PMMA) Polymethylmethacrylate 97.5% and microspheres of fluorescent dye 2.5% suspended in UV sterilized, distilled water.
Tattoo School - References - Netflix