Thank you for the compliment, I’m glad you like the blog :) Anywho, anyone who tells you a “degree” from a tattoo school isn’t taken seriously clearly doesn’t know about Oregons tattoo laws or it’s schools. Lol. You don’t get a “degree” in tattooing, and the “school” I’m in is literally just a tattoo shop, but the owner got it qualified as a school by becoming an instructor by taking a simple test, the schooling is the same as an apprenticeship anywhere else, you learn to tattoo, put together machines, but you also take simple tests based off of things you’ve learned on skin conditions, blood born pathogens, safety etc, so it’s slightly more technical in that way, then after you’ve completed your hours of theory and your 50 tattoo procedures, you go to Salem to take the state tattoo licensing test to get your license, then bam, your done. Then you have a license and you go to a shop, they see you have one, look at your art, then decide to hire you or not, you don’t show them a “degree” there’s no such thing. And if you went out of state to get a job, you’d still only have to show your license and artwork, they wouldn’t even necessarily know you went to “school” even though it’s exactly the same as an apprenticeship (but more organized). So anyone who says it wouldn’t be taken seriously is a dumb, lol. It’s the same, if not a more productive and professional way of obtaining a license than apprenticing anywhere else.