TLC plans to launch a series later this month that is based on a special that drew complaints after it aired last summer, EW.com’s Inside TV reports.
The controversial special "Tattoo School" tracked students in a two-week tattoo course, causing professionals in the tattoo industry to protest that it wasn’t enough time to safely train tattoo artists, the story says.
The winner of the competition will receive a golden tattoo gun, the story says. The program is set to debut May 24 at 10 p.m.
One website commenting on the show had a post that said: “The industry should be in an uproar over this show because it jabs a knife right in the heart of the industry. [Two weeks of training] just isn’t safe or logical for anyone to pick up a machine,” the story reports.
The series is based at the World’s Only Tattoo School in Shreveport, La., with veteran tattoo teacher Bill Pogue instructing contestants. A press release on the show adds: “Each challenge will test a specific skill or technique that is required to become successful in the business. From sketching to inking human VIP clients, the students will be subjected to all aspects of tattoo artistry. Upon graduation, the student with the best final, original tattoo is gifted with a golden gun, which will last for their entire career.”