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 * ^^


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


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

3 pm – Chet Zar “How to Paint Monsters in Oils” 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

Chet Zar's How to Paint Monsters in Oils

Chet Zar spills his guts and teaches techniques for creating his ‘monster’ oil paintings. No secrets are left out! In fact, there are no secrets- just logical steps to ‘building up’ a painting. Topics include: Composition, under painting, value, color mixing, rendering, wet into wet painting, glazing and more! Students are encouraged to ask questions as well. All skill levels are welcome as are those who would rather take notes and just watch.

Cost: $xxx / Course Length: xxx


  • Brushes- Various sizes of bristle filberts or flats and synthetic or sable small rounds/liners (for detail work)
  • Painting surface- Canvas or panel, 11×14″- 16×20″
  • Liquid paint medium and jar or pallette cup to hold it
  • Portable easel
  • Gamsol and jar
  • Pallette knife
  • Paint pallette
  • Paper towels or rags


Some of the topics that will be covered include:


  • Titanium White
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Ivory Black
  • Prussian or Pthalo Blue
  • Cadmium Scarlet or Cadmium Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Raw Umber

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.