“I am an Advanced Care Paramedic as well as a Registered Nurse in Queensland Australia.

I have only now been tattooing for a very short time and watched Miami Ink religiously to learn anything I could, until coming across the International School of Body art. I decided to join an apprenticeship and obtain this talked about DVD set. These DVD’s are easy to follow for anyone, combine with written readings are not only informative but are a detailed structure, formulated to develop professional tattooists. Gary Jr, has also been an excellent support person and has always been there to answer any question I had produced. As I train many student Paramedics throughout Queensland Australia I know well, that all people learn on many different levels but, I believe that this combine visual (DVD’s), academic readings (written reading) and personal psychological support via video conferencing /email is an outstanding / winning combination. This certification course is a great step towards becoming a great tattooist and as all people are different these DVD’s can even help those that have been tattooing professionally, strengthen their existing style and techniques. Kind Regards,
Al Ray
BN, DipParaSc, MACAP
Advanced Care Paramedic”

Al Ray - Paramedic - Queensland, Australia

“My Name is Taje Boyden; I am a graphic art student in Utah and father of three.

Not long ago our legislation had made my school drop my major and this had left me in a bad position.  I was very skeptical about my next move and how to accomplish my next career choice. I have always been an artist, hung out with other tattoo artists and underground artists but I never really liked the social politics that came with apprenticing formally under these friends. My next course of action was to find a school that could fit my life and would give me the results I needed to make a career in tattooing; the only problem was “where could I go to get the training I needed to succeed in this industry”? Finding The International School of Body Art was a god sent. I only realized what I was getting into after I bought the course. I had a good feeling about it but I was still a little afraid of spending that much money on line without knowing these guys personally. Wow! I received a personal email from Gary (my instructor) before I got my DVD’s. He set me up on the ground running.

Between the test material and DVD’s I learned so much more about tattooing than I ever could working as an apprentice at a shop. These guys just poured out information that is critical to the trade. Something you would need to wait years for slaving in a shop traditionally.

Because of this program I feel confident in the trade enough to start my own shop. I open in less than a month. Not only have I passed the course but also I still have Gary to talk to (which has not only given me the right tools to tattoo, but has helped me to get my shop ready for business). Is not the point to spend money on something like this to make money in return? This has been the best money I have ever spent on schooling with quicker results toward a career than traditional college. (I am not saying that it is a replacement for college but dollar for dollar this investment has put money back into my pocket quicker and I have another trade under my belt (in this economy) to use in the workforce. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in body art and wants to make clean money doing it. You really can’t get this kind of training or information anywhere else unless you actually apprentice at a shop for many years. I am more than happy to give this testimonial.

Thank you all at International School of Body art. Taje. Ps. it would be awesome if your course were apart of a college program. You already have the stuff to do it…”

Taje Boyden

“ I searched a long time for a course like this one, I was a little skeptical at first because I thought it was too good to be tru..a tattoo apprenticeship for $500.00 with certificate of completion! Gary will answer all your questions quickly. This course has it all , all you need is the desire to be a tattooist. This course teaches all you will need to know. why we use the different needles, what shading does for a tattoo, highlighting a tattoo….just so much info. This is a great teaching DVD set. Thank-You Gary for everything you have done for me.”
Richard Betterly

“My name is Jose Martins , I had a dream …. it was be a tattoo artist , that dream come true thanks to Gary Gray the instructor.

I did the course of tattoo artist apprenticeship program online, let me tell you it was the best thing i did.

The course come with a set of DVDs they are the best set of tattoo DVDs have ever watched , they are very clear , you understand perfectly what the instructor ( Gary ) is saying and showing to you  , everything is explained in detail.

The videos contain so much information , they teach you how to put a machine together, how to clean it, it show to you different techniques like bloodline , how to do background in color or black and white , even teach you the details and how different artists do portraits.

I now I apply all techniques I’ve learned in all tattoos I do…the results of the course are great you will stay much more confident because you will learn to do it in the proper way , believe me it open new doors for me   , and will open new doors for anyone who does the course what I’m trying to say to you is…. you will never regret  it …”

Jose Martins


November 5th 2014 – After Countless hours of searching local and not so local schools and apprenticeships, that just did not suit my needs I expanded my search to online training. Many online courses did not have an actual phone number, physical address or even an email address that could be viewed. So, I searched on.

I came across the International School of Body Art and found an email and sent my questions. To my surprise my emails were answered right away (within minutes of sending).

I was a little hesitant to the idea of learning tattooing “online”, but I took the chance.

I received ISBA book and DVD’s and it was like learning one on one. Also, with each and every question I had, they were answered very promptly.

Gary Gray was (and still is) an excellent instructor and very attentive throughout my time spent in the International School of Body Art.

I feel very please with my choice of ISBA for an education in tattooing and will be taking my states licensing test very soon.

“Hi my name is Bill, i would like to take a few minutes to tell you about my experience with the international school of body arts Tattoo course. After signing up the first thing i got was a download of a book called “The Tattoo Code” this is the Bible of Tattooing. This is one book you don’t want to be without. It covers from the history of Tattooing to building your own machine to setting up and starting a tattoo. Then you have the basic learning assignments, I have learned so much from these assignments which brings me to the “One on One” training from Garry Gray Jr. himself. It is unbelievable how Gary worked with me in detail with everything I needed help with, he made sure that i understood and applied it to my work, it meant more to me than just getting the answers write or completing an assignment, It made me feel as if i was working with Gary side by side. And also they have the OSHA Certified Bloodborne Pathogens training and Certificate, a must have for all Tattooist. So what I have to say is: “if your seriously thinking about taking the course…Stop thinking and do it, it will be one of the best decisions you made in your life…”
Bill Nelson Nov 12 2013
“I attended the International School of Body Art (ISBA) during the year of 2013. There, I learned the skill and art of tattooing. The studying was pretty intense. I learned a great deal about the history of tattooing, the technical aspect of a tattoo machine and its use, microbiology and disease as well as many other areas involved in tattooing.

I logged 755 hours to this course which was tailored to my particular states requirements, which was a huge asset to me. After the text book training I began to practice on pig skin and fake skin, the pig skin was closer to actual skin (and the best choice to practice with) but the fake skin was just more pleasant to deal with. I completed just over 100 tattoos (which was my states requirement).

My instructor, Gary Gray Jr., was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout my school experience.

I have currently just sat for the state tattooist license test and received a passing score of 90. I am very happy that I attended ISBA and gained the knowledge to become a licensed tattooer.

If you would like to contact me with any concerns about taking this school you can contact me at lizzy@lizzyleather.com, I would be more than happy to help you with your

decision. Sincerely, Sherry Oliver”

Sherry Oliver

Tattoos by Sherry Oliver


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Gary’s program really helped out with my drawing skills,ability to take a persons idea and draw it out for the client in a Timely fashion it was very clear and understanding and I would recommend this program for people looking to start a awesome career. It took a lot of hard work especially having three kids it may have took me a little longer then usual however it was worth the time. I now work at skin deep tattoo studios in Columbus Ohio and I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of I.S.B.A…..The program really works” Dec 31st 2013

By Chris Jolliff