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Tattoo school for tattoo courses

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The Australian Tattoo Academy is Australia’s only tattooing school and fortunately for us it is located in Mornington, however if you live in another state of Australia they also run courses in Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart.  If your good at drawing and are interested in getting into the tattooing industry then you should definitely check it out.  However it is important to remember that if you can’t draw it with a pencil, chances are you’re not going to be able to tattoo it.  So if like me you are fairly uncoordinated when it comes to putting pen to paper then perhaps its best to just stay on the receiving end of the needle.

The academy runs 10 day courses run over a period of 10 weeks, so you take one class per week for the duration. 

Classes are run either during the day or at night and you need to attend all 10 classes to successfully complete the course.  the course teaches things such as the history of tattooing, health and safety, drawing techniques, sterilization procedures, as well as how to use and assemble the relevant machinery.  The course begins teaching you how to use the machinery by tattooing oranges to get a feel for the equipment before moving on to skins and then in the final class doing a moderate sized tattoo on a willing volunteer.

The teaching staff at the academy are all experienced tattooists and people from the tattooing industry and have extensive contacts within the industry.  While the course won’t give you everything you need to become an experienced tattooist, experience being very important here, it will give you a beginning and a starting point for getting into the industry, it also comes highly recommended by those who have taken the course.

The Australian Tattoo Academies website is:

email them at:

or call on: 0466 903 362


26 responses

  1. Melynda Robinson

    Hi there i was just wondering about ur tattoo course how much and what days and hours pls
    Thanks Heaps

    February 26, 2011 at 3:14 am

    • Thanks for reading Mel. We don’t actually run the courses, we’re just a blog about tattoos however you can visit the Australian tattoo Academys website at or contact them on 0466 903 362. Sorry this information probably should have been included in the original post.

      February 26, 2011 at 5:35 am

  2. Danielle

    Hey, I’ve called the number you provided above to inquire about this 10 week course being offered, but it seems I can never get a hold of them over the phone and their website, after many attempts (on different computers) over the past week I cannot access due to their page not loading at all. I’m extremely keen on this course and I ask some help on your behalf if you could… Please and thanks!

    April 10, 2012 at 4:17 am

    • Try again mate they had a problem with there server, course is still on and it’s pretty cool too, I loved it and I think you might too, cheers Jono

      July 31, 2012 at 5:55 am

      • hi guys , its Mitch here from the Australian Tattoo Academy, just wanted to say thanks heaps for your awesome comments, and am very happy that you got a lot out of my course, for those who say they cant access out site or cant get in touch with us, i am very sorry, as we have had a number of people attacking our site and causing problems , if you cant get through on the academy no. which is 0466 903 362 you can reach me on 0402042368 during business hours, cheers Mitch

        July 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

      • Thanks for the comment Mitch. I think all the issues with accessing your site from readers have passed now. I havent had any issues when trying to access it recently. Its great to see so much support for your course and I’m happy to see people from the industry are reading the blog

        August 3, 2012 at 8:18 am

  3. chris

    hi guys, trying to load the Tattoo Academys website an keeps play up on me, do you’se have another site i see how much & when they run the courses



    April 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    • It apperas that the tattoo academy website was down for a short period however we have been assured that they are still running tattooing courses and are still contactable via their website or phone number

      April 12, 2012 at 5:38 am

  4. Hi everyone, just letting you know that the Australian Tattoo Academy has NOT closed, we are still teaching courses in Melbourne. We can be contacted via our website.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

  5. The Australian Tattoo Academy has been conducting courses for a number of years. We are based in Melbourne and we run courses throughout the year. We teach a pre-apprenticeship course over 5 days. We offer a multidisciplinary course providing students with training in all aspects of the growing tattoo industry.
    You can contact us via our website, just google Australian Tattoo Academy, or email to If you wish to talk to us ring 0466 903 362.


    July 18, 2012 at 12:44 am

    • Thanks for the update Australian tattoo academy. I am currently on holiday without computer access, will update the blog accordingly when i get home Sunday.

      July 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

  6. Gayl Barton

    I just attended the ATA course this past week and have to say how amazing it was. If you want to get into this industry then doing the course is a must. You will get invaluable information and tips that will set you up really well for a career in tattooing.

    Regards, Gayl..

    July 21, 2012 at 5:50 am

    • Thanks for the recommendation Gayl. Always good to hear from happy customers. Thanks for reading

      Melbourne Ink

      July 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

    • Jewel D

      I also did the course , it was fantastic for those who are looking for a starting point in the tattoo industry. The people who run it are very professional , informative and experienced. Although the course is based around the assumption that the student will have basic drawing skill at least, anyone who is worried about this aspect should still take it on as you’ll find by the end of the course your skills will have improved substantially and if you’re still worried the tutors will direct you to places where you can learn more as well as provide you with as much information/exercises to overcome this hurdle.
      This also concentrates on some very important ohs theory and safety aspects of tattooing , I thought these subjects alone were worth every dollar for those venturing into this with a business outlook.
      Regards Jewel

      July 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      • Thanks for reading Jewel and thanks for the recommendation. Good to hear so many positive reviews for the academy.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:30 am

  7. Well… Ok my opinion of the Australian tattoo academy, to be honest I found it a very challenging and full on course, and god thank it my money was well spent, I found my self in a class with like minded intelligent people with one goal in hand, IE: to gather the correct tools and practice techniques to forward my self into a field of my preference, I found it very insightful and on frequent Occasions very humorous, leave your baggage at the door.. Because if your offended by the instructors views on cretin topics and his sometimes uncouth way of letting you know were it lies, then you got to re think, Mitch has been around… And around…. And.. He knows his shit so take your seat belt off and strap your brain in for a supper cool course, and thank you Mitch for ALL the cool tech tips, and Albert too… Dats da truth, Jono thanks again. Killer course just wanna do it again

    July 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    • Thanks for the feedback Jono. Lots of people seem to have gotten a lot out of thier time at the tattoo academy which is great to hear

      July 31, 2012 at 2:05 am

  8. nigel

    How do I get into this course. And we’re abouts in Melbourne is this held.
    And cost

    August 24, 2012 at 3:29 am

    • Hi Nigel. Thanks for the comment. If you enter your details at they will get back to you with all the information you need.
      Cheers Melbourne Ink

      August 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

    • hi Nigel, if you google Australian Tattoo Academy then follow the prompts, you will be able to send us a direct email and we can send you all the info you are after
      cheers ATA

      August 26, 2012 at 8:15 am

  9. styliana diaz

    Can u do the course externally because I’m in Adelaide

    November 7, 2012 at 12:30 am

    • Hi Styliana.

      You’re probably better off directly contacting the academy to find out about this. They do run the course in different states so it might just be a case of waiting for them to have a course in Adelaide. They can be contacted by email them at: or call on: 0466 903 362

      Thanks for the comment

      Melbourne Ink

      November 7, 2012 at 4:15 am

  10. Bryce

    Hi, this is awesome, but how do you apply to these sort of courses, I am looking into trying to get a tattoo apprentship, where would be the best place to look for one ?!

    April 22, 2013 at 2:30 am

    • Bryce you will need to contact the Academy directly to apply for the courses.
      If you are looking at getting into an actual apprenticeship I would start by going in to a few studios and talking to them about what you would need to do to become an apprentice. Make sure that you have a lot of work drawn up in your folio including lettering work and different styles. Keep drawing constantly.
      Good luck with it and thanks for reading

      April 30, 2013 at 4:05 am

  11. Zoe

    This course was the best thing i have done in my life! I have learnt more than I even thought possible! This course covers EVERTHING. the teachers are amazing! They know soooo much . Any question I had was answered with great detail. I feel blessed for the opportunity. I have mate mates for life including the teachers. If you want to be a tattoist this is the course for you. You will not only learn about the history but also health and safety. Lessons on cross contamination and avoiding it lol. Skin. Diseases. Sterilisation. How to set up your area and your machine. What everything is called. Drawing techniques and more. Best week of my life! I will be forever greatful. Z 🙂

    April 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  12. chanelle roper

    hi all, I did the course through the Australian tattoo academy and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed every second of it and learnt so much . I strongly suggest anyone who is thinking about becoming a tattooist or even opening a shop to go through the course. you will not regret it , I personally think everyone should do this course. I loved it so much and wished it went on longer. Thanks Mitch and Albert for running the course keep up the good work.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:43 am

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