Educational Seminars – Arizona

Educational Seminars – Phoenix, AZ

Hell City Tattoo Festival

Possess your mind with tattoo knowledge

Take your educational seminars at this years Hell City Tattoo Fest.  Seminars are a great way to expand your knowledge of various fields of body modification. Learn from today’s industry leaders and possess your mind with tattoo knowledge!

You can sign up for any educational seminar you wish to take right at the convention! See the Admissions Counter upon arrival at Hell City for info on seminars and times, or simply show up at Hell City seminar room 30 minutes prior to the seminar starting time. You must pay general admission to be able to take any seminar. Attendees will be checked for official Hell City wrist bands prior to taking a seminar. Seminar payments will be accepted as money orders or cash only payable to the educator prior to taking the seminar. 


12 pm – 6:30 pm – Health Educators -“Bloodborne Pathogens” Seminar

registration begins at 11:30

^^ * This seminar is required for artists @ Hell City who are not already certified * ^^


2 pm – 5 pm – Robbie Ripoll “I’m RAD! A Better YOU: Mind, Body, and Soul” Seminar

5 pm – 8 pm – Ian McKown “Balance- Techniques for Success and Longevity in Tattooing, Art and Beyond” Seminar


12 pm – 1 pm – Russ Abbott *FREE* “Digital Art” Seminar

1 pm – 4 pm – Bryan Sanchez “Thinking Outside Tattooing” *FREE* Seminar

5 pm – 7 pm – James Kern “Tattooing The Impossible” Seminar


11 am – 1 pm – Robbie Ripoll “I’m RAD! A Better YOU: Mind, Body, and Soul” Seminar

1 pm – 3 pm – James Kern “Leveling Up: Pushing Your Art To The Next Level” – Seminar

 3 pm – 7 pm – Frank Lanatra – “The Fundamentals Of Character Design” – Seminar

Health Educators Seminar

Bloodborne Pathogens Training & Infection Control for the Modification Industry

“Bloodborne Pathogens For Body Modification Practitioners” is by far the most comprehensive INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC bloodborne pathogens training course available for traditional tattoo artists and body piercers. This course is compliant with the federal Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030). You will be provided with comprehensive updates on the very latest changes in OSHA health & safety regulations as they apply to the modification industry, with training in solid, industry-specific solutions for maintaining compliance within a professional studio environment.

Cost: $125 / Course Length: 6.5 hours

Phone for pre-registration: # 216-832-9405


Pre-registered attendees are guaranteed course space & materials; all others are welcome on a first-come-first-serve basis, as availability allows.

Course Includes:

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, all instructional and reference materials, free product samples, and a certificate of completion that is valid for one year. Lodging & meals are not included.

Please contact by email: David Vidra for further detailed information about classes at Hell City

Tattoo Artists Needing Immediate Certification:

Online CPR, First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens Certification Training

Course Includes: Immediate Certificate and Immediate Wallet Card

Bryan Sánchez's Thinking Outside Tattooing Seminar

This *FREE* seminar is presented by Bryan Sánchez of Into the Woods

Thinking outside the box


Many Tattoo Artists in the industry have learned their techniques by replicating from their mentors or from other tattoos they saw.  This path has led many artists to repeat certain “formulas” without knowing the real reason they make these choices or why these formulas work.  Some artists just line and color simply because they were taught that’s what works.

Through academic fundamentals, using reference outside of tattooing, and the experimentation process, this seminar will open the artistic spectrum to artists of all mediums. Whether you are a painter, tattoo artist, or just interested in learning more about the art process, this will help you stray from mimicking other artists and find your path to building an artistic style.

Attendees will receive:
PDF material with Color theory contents and certificate of attendance.

Attendees will need:
Notebook to take notes.
Attendees are welcome to bring brushes and watercolors or acrylics with basic colors.

Saturday 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Pre-register today by emailing Brian:

James Kern Tattooing The Impossible

Tattooing the Impossible: Seminar

Saturday August 26th
5 pm – 7 pm

This seminar focuses on the techniques to create non-traditional tattoos. It is designed to help you think outside of the black outline and push the limits of what can be created in skin.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

*Color and edge,
*Rendering outer space
*Reproducing complex imagery by artists (Alex Grey and Dealing with complexity-  *Creating, and transfering complex stencils and techiniques for tattooing complex imagery.

Please bring photos that you would like to discus or critique after the presentation.

James Kern has been tattooing for 22 years and is known for creating complex and sometimes psychedelic tattoo imagery.

James Kern Leveling Up

James Kern “Leveling Up: Pushing Your Art To The Next Level” Seminar

Sunday August 27th
1 pm – 3 pm
We have reached such a high technical level in tattooing; where do we have to go?

By improving the way we think about tattoos, we can create images that stand out and draw you in.


In this seminar we will discuss:

– Value, color and contrast.

– Expressing ideas, atmosphere and mood.

– Creating the illusion of depth.

– What tricks are there to to make our images stronger?

Balance- Techniques for Success and Longevity in Tattooing, Art and Beyond

Ian McKown “Balance- Techniques for Success and Longevity in Tattooing, Art and Beyond”

Friday August 25th

5 pm – 8 pm

In today’s world it can often feel that we are engaged in a juggling act without the means or capacity to keep all of the elements in our lives not only in the air, but organized in such a way to help foster long-term success and balance in our lives as a whole. In this seminar we will discuss methods for examining our goals and intentions, and how to insure that we have the patience, perseverance and flexibility to accept the ever changing dynamics in our work and personal lives.

Frank LaNatra: The Fundamentals of Character Design

“The Fundamentals of Character Design” Frank LaNatra Seminar

3pm – 7pm
Cost: $200
We spend so much time focusing on the technical aspects of tattooing that we tend to neglect the fundamentals of drawing.  This is the foundation that all great art is built upon and will translate into your tattooing.  We tend to forget about our basic shapes and perspective which can sometimes leave our drawings looking odd or a bit off.
This course will take you back to those roots and help you to understand how to draw from the ground up.  All great characters start from an understanding of complex shapes at their most rudimentary form.
We will focus on:
  • Using basic shapes in 3 dimensional space
  • Sketching and gesture drawing
  • Characterizing animals from reference
  • Head studies including facial features, expressions and defining characteristics
  • Lines of action and motion
  • Strong Silhouettes
  • Giving life to your creations
We will be drawing in this course so please bring:
  • Digital or Traditional drawing materials
  • Animal references
  • Your imagination


Attendees will receive:

  • My Brand New “Atmospheric Landscapes” ink set FREE to the 1st 5 people to register
  • Soft cover companion book based on the seminar

Robbie Ripoll I'm RAD! A Better YOU: Mind, Body, and Soul

Robbie Ripoll “I’m RAD! A Better YOU: Mind, Body, and Soul”

2pm- 5pm
11am – 1pm

Have you ever felt stuck in life?! As a tattoo artist, that’s an easy place to get to with all the self doubt and freedom to do whatever the hell we want with our lives.  The freedom grants is the ability to do anything and go anywhere, but due to self doubt and lack of structure we tend to fall apart way more than we intend to by way of losing our temper, abusing drugs and alcohol, or other vice-like ways we “cope” with life.

Well, if you’re anything like me, and I’m sure you are, there comes a time when you get f*cking tired as shit of just coping! And that’s where this seminar comes in. I’ve accomplished a lot in my life and I’ve hit my fair share of obstacles…and at one point I thought suicide was a viable option. When things were that heavy I finally decided to google how to be happy and that took me down the road I am now on of helping myself, other artists and open minded folks find their inner peace, happiness, and ultimate feelings of success (no mater how you personally view success). So come join me for a few hours of talking, laughing, raw f*cking honesty, and being totally RAD!!!!