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DAELA Academy

Become a cosmetic tattoo artist in an industry that allows you to express your artistic talent while achieving a high level of satisfaction with a healthy work-life balance.

Immerse yourself in our state-of-the-art facility and learn from our master artists. Continue reading or jump straight to courses.


In-Person Courses

In-person course tuition includes instant access to the corresponding online course.

In class you will learn color theory, the art technique, how to handle unusual situations as well as social marketing and how to start your business. 

Small Class Sizes

Our in-person classes are collaborative and small.

No more than 6 students and no minimum per class, guaranteeing one-on-one time with the instructor.

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Online Courses

This option is great a-la-carte or combined with the in-person course. You can learn the secrets of our master artists online which include technique, sanitary guidelines and color theory, as well as tips & tricks for social media.

If you choose to take the corresponding in-person course later, we will deduct the amount you’ve already paid from the in-person course cost!

At the Academy

Work on Live Models

Every in-person course participant will work on their own live model. This is invaluable to success.


Training Kit

In-person course participants receive a valuable kit, which includes a detailed training manual and cosmetic tattoo supplies. See each individual training below for detailed kit contents.

Promote Yourself

DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo is #1 Consumer Rated in the US on Google & Yelp, and we like to share.

Learn how to market yourself successfully.

During class, we will help you create video for Instagram as well as take pictures of yourself working on your model!

Certificate of Completion

Students receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of class.

The Certificate of Completion does not fulfill state tattoo license requirements, but lends credibility and shows your clients that you have had extensive training in your craft.

Oregon Practitioners: While our classes count as continuing education in Oregon, they do not qualify for the requirements of Oregon State in regard to obtaining an Oregon Tattoo License. 

Lifetime Support

Our Master Artists & highly trained staff always respond to ongoing questions.

In-person and online students will have continual access to online training.

Space permitting, you may audit your course again at no additional charge.

Kick-Start Your Career

DAELA Academy In-Person Courses

Training FAQs

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4-6 Students 
  • We purposefully keep our class sizes to 6 or fewer students, some classes have a maximum of 4 students.
  • This ensures quality one-on-one time with the instructor and availability of a live model for each student.
  • Working directly with the trainer is the key to a successful technique and training.
  • Tattoo licenses are required to work in most states.
  • If you are not currently licensed in your state, please become familiar with your state guidelines, you can’t work on clients in your state without obtaining required state licensing.
  • We do not license for tattoo in any state.
  • Note about Oregon: Oregon licensing requires that tattoo artists attend full time school, 50 practical’s and must pass state boards to obtain a license. The Oregon licensing process is lengthy and cannot be avoided.
  • Our courses teach additional technique and while they can be taken before obtaining Oregon licensing, we like to make it clear that Oregon residents, working in Oregon, must have a valid Oregon Tattoo License.
  • This training does not count toward Oregon school required hours but does count toward your continued educational hours. Our curriculum is not taught at Oregon Tattoo Schools. 
  • Most courses last 2 full days, include a valuable training kit, a detailed training manual and online training.
  • Because of its intricacy, Eyeliner Foundations is a 3-day course.
  • The online training portion of the course is available for 12 months and you can access it as often as you like.
  • We also offer support via email for life. Your ongoing questions will be answered by DAELA Academy staff and escalated to Master Artists if need be.
  • Working with a live model is imperative to your success. Learning how to work on the skin is the most important part of an in-person course.
  • Because of the difficulty in finding live models, we keep our class sizes small. Each student will have time on the skin to learn with proper one on one instruction.
  • Notes: Some courses will include a shared model, while others will have individual models.
  • If you cannot prove technique on fake skins, we may not allow you to work on a live model. 
  • However, if you have not mastered a sufficient technique and need more time to practice, you may attend an additional class and work on a live model at no additional cost to you.
  • We will require that you submit skins to us for review before signing you up for an additional class.
We have you covered.
  • We provide plenty of food during your training!
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, available snacks and beverages will be available. 
  • If you have strict dietary concerns, please let us know in advance.  We would love to accommodate your dietary restrictions, if we cannot then we will recommend you bring your own food.

We have a beautiful state-of-the-art private training space located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, just a few minutes' walk from the waterfront, delicious restaurants and hotels!


Plenty of parking is available.


Classes are casual and fun!


  • You may dress comfortably, but please be aware that we take video and pictures during class, we may use the images on our website and we will also provide you with images for your social media posts.
  • Dress as you would at your place of business, when working on clients.
  • Jeans are fine, funky is fine. Our community is very supportive and inclusive, please express yourself and leave here feeling inspired and empowered.
  • Just bring yourself. We will provide everything you need for class.
  • *Areola trainee note: If you already have a tattoo machine that you want to use, please bring it. We will ensure it will work properly for the technique.
  • You are not required to bring a machine, we supply them for class use.

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