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Portland’s Premier Tattoo School!

General Info
Forbidden Body Art Tattoo Studio and Forbidden School of Body Art Instructors and Staff bring over 40 years of combined tattoo experience to the table. The Art of Tattooing prepares the student for a career in the tattoo industry. After obtaining certification from the program, a student may become a licensed tattoo artist. Other potential career paths include, but are not limited to, a tattoo shop manager, a tattoo shop owner and tattoo retail and distribution.
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Phone: (503) 764-9679

Certified Tattoo School
Payment method
amex, check, discover, master card, visa
On SE Stark St. between SE 85th Ave and SE 86th Ave
Montavilla, Southeast Uplift

Higher Education Coordinating Committee

Accreditation with Better Business Bureau

Oregon Health Licensing Agency

Tattoos, Adult Education, Body Piercing, Business & Vocational Schools, Cosmetic Services, Cosmetics & Perfumes
Other Information

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range : Average

By Appointment Only: No


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Roran H.



I've been a fan of Forbidden and its artists for several years now and I keep coming back for more. Knowledgeable instructors loving what they bring.

Brian R.



My wife and myself are both loyal customers of this shop. The service we have been given here is stellar to say the least. Fun staff and relaxed environment make for a comfortable experience. Go to this shop.

Billy B.



I always have a great experience getting tattooed at Forbidden. It is a professional and extremely clean environment!

Larry S.



Always very happy with the work I have done here. Damon is a true artist and very professinal. Just had some work done last week, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!. Thank you so much Jessica and Damon

David M.



Damon and Jessica are pros. Creative, open minded and Talented. The shop is breeding more talent and inspiration.

Benjamin B.



Best tattoo shop in portland. I have been going for the past 5 years seen a few students and now I see Damon. From contemporary artwork to geometric and tribal to abstract and water color effects, these guys know their stuff. I would recommend anyone who wants an amazing experience with some of the best artist around this is the place to go. I have always enjoyed my experience at forbidden and it is the only shop I will go to. 5 star hands down! The entire staff is amazing and wonderful to talk with, friendly and open environment, If your thinking of getting ink for the first time or your a seasoned veteran to the arts this is the place to go!!

Tessa E.



School is grate, challenging and supportive. You work with students and multiple levels and different years of experience, from many years in another state to newbies like me. Yes the school also has a program to become an instructor, that takes a few years, you gotta learn to teach too ya know.

I was never rushed, I was pushed into expecting more of myself.

I suggest dropping in and saying hello before judging

Cassi M.



I've had the pleasure of being tattooed by students at the school as well as artists at the studio. All of my experiences have been amazing, and this is certainly the cleanest, most knowledgeable, and caring shop I've ever been to. I highly recommend trying them out. You won't regret it!


Friendly and clean place. All the staff super smart and skilled. I have been tattoo by Shelly, Chris, Bill, Austin, Violet, Anna, Pony, Redd and hopefully one day soon Jess. And all very great artist that went to school here.

Jason H.



Forbidden studio is absolutely amazing! I've been working with Damon for several years and have two full sleeves, a back piece, and other tattoos. I get stopped daily and asked where I got my work done because it is so well executed and beautiful. The studio is clean, calm and very professional and the tattoo artists are very skilled and know what they are doing. They do have students there working on smaller pieces at a discounted price, but the teachers oversee the work to ensure you get a quality tattoo. I would absolutely recommend this studio for large or small pieces. If you have the opportunity to get tattooed by Damon, you will have an amazing piece of artwork to show off to all your friends.

Ping L.



I learned how to be a professional tattoo artist from there .all the instructor they do their best to teach me . I 'm so glad I graduated from forbidden school. I highly recommend who wants to be a tattoo artist should go there or you want to have awesome tattoo forbidden is the place to go.Thank you Forbidden Body Art

Ruby G.



I am a student at Forbidden and I can't begin to say enough nice things about how amazing this school is. I was welcomed with open arms by every instructor immediately and they have always been there to answer any question I had and how to apply it practically. I truly believe that Forbidden is the best at what they do and I would recommend this school highly to anyone who wants to take learning how to tattoo seriously.

Saffron W.



I absolutely love this place & is where I get my tattoos. I am not sure why the other person thinks these people have no experience but that's completely bogus. I know that the person who does my tattoos, along with other people who work there, has years of experience & has done probably thousands of tattoos. Plus, I have seen the artwork many of those people have created & it's always gorgeous. Not to mention the atmosphere is wonderful, as well. Very clean, open (don't feel all cramped & wedged in the corner) & chill staff. I love Forbidden Body Art!

Laronda M.



The best place to get inked and know that you're helping create a generation of licensed artists. Yes, they are mostly students, but the supervision, cleanliness and the willingness to achieve are worth the price. I have four different tattoos from four different students in the past few years. I know where I'm going to get inked and help the community grow.


Phone: (503) 760-1032

Address: 8502 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216