Educational Seminars – Ohio

Hell City Tattoo Festival

Possess your mind with tattoo knowledge from today’s best tattoo artists and painters!

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!

Educational Seminars – Columbus, OH

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.




3 pm- Sailor Jesse- “Vagabond: A Seminar For The Traveling Artist”

4 pm – Gabe Ripley – “Business Essentials for Tattooers LIVE” FREE Seminar

8 pm – Neeko Bonzini Seminar


12 pm -Bryan M. Sanchez – Thinking Outside Tattooing – FREE SEMINAR

3 pm- Sailor Jesse- “Vagabond: A Seminar For The Traveling Artist”

4 pm – Gabe Ripley – “Building a Great Tattoo Business”

8 pm – REV23 – “Streamline your tattoo business with technology”



12 pm – Frank LaNatra Seminar

4 pm – Adam France “Aspects Of Client’s Comfort” FREE Seminar



Tattoo Artists Needing Immediate Certification:

Online Bloodborne Pathogens and First Aid Certification Training for Hell City.

Hell City Tattoo Fest will no longer have Bloodborne certification classes on Thursday before the festival begins and now offer online classes through ICPRI online that are recognized by our local Ohio Board Of Health.

You can now easily do both of your required Bloodborne and First Aid classes and get your online certifications and digital BBP and First Aid certificates for artists immediately.

Course Includes:
Immediate Certificate and Immediate Wallet Card to present to Health Board Officials.

Killumbus, Ohio payments include the extra Board of Health required fee of $150 ($50 a day) for your 3 day temporary Ohio license. They  require artists to have both your bloodbourne pathogens training certificates and also your first aid certificates.

TattooNOW's Building a GREAT Tattoo Business Webinar

Being good isn’t enough, be GREAT! To be great you must organize your talents, work, and businesses for success. If you are tattooing for a living then you are a small business. If you don’t understand the nature of business, then you are spending more energy and getting less out of your hard work. In this seminar artists, managers, studio owners, and apprentices will learn to think about all the details of a professional business plan as it relates specifically to high quality professional tattooing. Topics covered will include clearly defining your mission, how to build a strong business foundation, determining keys to success, assessing your target markets, establishing branding, comparing competitors, clearly defining your services and products, sales and marketing strategies, advertising and public relations, responsible selling strategies & creating demand, human resources management, and how to track your vital statistics to insure your businesses fulfills its potential. We have watched and helped artists in all stages of careers, from aspiring artists and managers to artists of exceptional influence, and are happy to pass on the great ideas that have helped us achieve our goals time and time again.

Cost: $200 / Course Length: 2 hour talk/slideshow with 30 minutes of business questions & answers from attendees

For over a decade Gabe Ripley has been immersed in the business of tattooing. After a freelance computer programming career in the US and Europe, Gabe first stepped into the tattoo business world in 2001 by creating TattooNOW, a technology business that currently powers over 100 tattoo industry websites around the world and has since helped tattooers generate millions of dollars in business. In 2005, based on the success of TattooNOW’s websites, Ripley opened Off the Map Tattoo. By constantly improving the studio’s business practices, it now boasts over 50 guest artists a year, and a growing business in a slowing economy. Not one to settle, in 2008 Ripley started using the same business practices to produce two yearly events, the Paradise Tattoo Gathering and Paradise Artist Retreat. These events are focused on four days of responsible tattoo and art education and have earned an international reputation. Gabe presented this seminar to over 200 artists at the first Worldwide Tattoo Conference in Rome in October 2011. “Everybody gave me good feedback because you gave to the artists good, easy, and interesting suggestions!” said Alex DePase the conference’s promoter of the business seminar.

Each attendee will get the following:

  • Sample Tattoo Studio Handbook.
  • Sample Daily and weekly checklists
  • Sample management action plan.
  • Sample marketing materials (postcards, bi-folds, goodie bags)

TattooNOW's Business Essentials for Tattooers Live FREE

For 20 years Gabe Ripley has been observing and participating in tattoo artists careers through TattooNOW, Off The Map Tattoo, and the Paradise Tattoo and Art events. Take a guided tour through an example artist’s career, from their first inclinations as someone with an artistic interest, all the way through to becoming a master of their craft. While the artist’s story is completely made up of real life examples of what works (and doesn’t!). We will talk about the different forces at work (identifying which ones are in your control and which aren’t), how they evolve throughout time, the foundation necessary to endure bad times and good, and common things we have found leads to success. Includes a 15 minute Q&A session.

Cost: FREE / Course Length: 1.5 hour talk 15 minutes of questions & answers from attendees


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 12-3pm

Cost: Free

Pre-register today by emailing Bryan:

Frank LaNatra: The Fundamentals of Character Design

“The Fundamentals of Character Design” Frank LaNatra Seminar

12 pm – 4pm

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:

  • Frank’s Brand New “Atmospheric Landscapes” ink set FREE to the first 5 people to register
  • PDF of course material
  • Free soft cover book of the seminar material

Cost $200 / Course Length: 4 hours

“Aspects of Client Comfort” - By Adam France - FREE SEMINAR

“Aspects of Client Comfort” - By Adam France - FREE SEMINAR

During this informative and interactive seminar, Adam will discuss and introduce many potential habits and approaches he has learned to utilize involving multiple aspects of client relaxation. This educational event is intended to teach Tattooers of all experience levels several methods to remain mindful of their clients needs and comfortability while in and out of the studio.

These clients/friends support our lives, buy our art creations and we should treat them as such.  We could easily

make the environment that they pay to be in completely comfortable, as well as giving the client the most soothing experience they can receive. These results hopefully lead to more thoughtful routines and practices applied by the artists they choose to collect from.

All clients and potential clients are welcome to attend and share their experiences as well.

This will be an involved open discussion seminar.


Attendees will need:

A notebook to take notes

Sunday 4-6 pm

Cost: FREE

Pre-register today by emailing Adam:

``Solar Branding`` - By Neeko Bonzini

``Solar Branding`` -By Neeko Bonzini

Solar Branding is a complicated, beautiful and still emerging method of adorning your Body that can tend to your Spirit while allowing one to definitively mark a Moment. Getting out of the tattoo shop and into Nature, Neeko Bonzini harnesses the Sun to perform permanent Scarification on micro and massive scales that heal in half the time of traditional Branding. Solar Branding is also a form of Photography, utilizing lenses to imprint the image of the Sun in that precise moment onto and into You. In this seminar, Neeko will offer a glimpse into his Ethos, Approach and Rituals, and will inform attendees of factors one should consider if interested in receiving a Solar Brand. Neeko will also cover Aftercare, and offer advice on how to get the most out of the experience for your Mind, Body and Spirit.

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar IS NOT Instructional, and WILL NOT offer advice or information on performing Solar Brands on others. There are many aspects of the Solar Branding  process that cannot be seen with the naked eye or unfiltered camera lens. GRAVE INJURY can occur if this process is attempted without proper training and equipment.

``Streamlining your Business with Technology`` - by REV23

``Streamlining your Business with Technology`` -by REV23

In this seminar, Nate Laff, the developer of REV23, and Melissa Ferranto, owner of Elite Tattoo Gallery and The Impact Project Conference, will demonstrate how technology can streamline your front and backend studio processes. They will show you everything from REV23’s digital release forms, scheduling with text message and emails reminders, and tracking your deposits to automatically generating your artist’s payouts and viewing valuable charts and graphs in order to quickly visualize your clientele, artists, and their habits. Sit in on this free seminar to see how REV23 software and services has organized and grown tattoo and piercing businesses since 2010.

``Vagabond: A Seminar For The Traveling Artist`` by Sailor Jesse

``Vagabond: A Seminar For The Traveling Artist`` by Sailor Jesse

In this seminar I will be covering Tips and Tricks I have learned through years of traveling both as an Artist but also as a part of the US Navy. This interactive seminar is intended to not only provide you with tips to save you money traveling for work but also leisure, plus focusing on networking both within the tattoo community and with the general public.

If you have wanted to start traveling or travel every week this seminar is intended for all traveling artist and has beneficial information for all.

Some of the key topics covered: networking, social media, travel tips, guest spots/conventions.

This is an interactive seminar, participation is highly encouraged.

Notebook/sketch book will be provided for every attending artist.

Additional giveaways provided by H2Ocean and Helios Tattoo

Cost: $100 at the show or $75 pre-show