Hot Rod Betties Tattoo School 


Our facility is equipped with stations for 10 students in a private tattoo lab/classroom. The tattoo lab/classroom is in the back of Hot Rod Bettie’s Tattoo studio (West Salem location). The school shares standard equipment with Hot Rod Bettie’s Tattoo studio and common use items are available to students at any time during school hours. Available are, thermafax, copy machine, light table, computer, internet access, flash, a sterilizer, clean room, and art supplies and a reference library. The full size of the facility is approximately 1000 square feet.

Credit for prior learning may be granted on a case by case basis, providing all documents are approved by the Health Licensing Office and the Department of Education prior to enrollment.  If you have questions regarding this, feel free to ask. Credit will be given in the form of clock hours.

Enrollment will be accepted no later than 30 days prior to the start of classes with a maximum of 10 students per session.


Our program is designed to provide all students with the theory and hands-on skills necessary to become a qualified entry level tattoo artist in Oregon, according to Oregon laws and rules, as well as industry standards.

If you are interested in learning more about the Oregon Health Licensing Agency and how it is related to tattooing please see the two links below:

Oregon Health Licensing Agency:  

  Hot Rod Betties Tattoo School Classroom

S. Rene "Suzy-Q" Muzechenko

S. Rene "Suzy-Q" Muzechenko  (25 yrs exp)

All of our instructors come from different backgrounds and have a combined experience of over 30 years. Each trainer was trained in Oregon and has worked closely with the Health Licensing Division over the past 10 years to make Oregon one of the forerunners in the regulation of tattooing in the nation. Each has a unique style and is fluent in many tattooing styles. We hope to pass on our combined knowledge to each student to keep our industry alive and well in the years to come.
Check out the school calendar.   

School will be closed on the following holidays:
Columbus Day  (Oct 14)
Thanksgiving  (Nov 28)
Christmas (Dec 25)
New Years Day  (Jan 1)
Martin Luther King Holiday  (Jan 20)
Presidents' Day  (Feb 17)
Memorial Day  (May 26)


Currently there is a waiting list for admission into Hot Rod Bettie’s Tattoo School. To qualify for admission, a prospective student must have a high school diploma or G.E.D., be at least 18 of age, and have an interview for an art portfolio assessment and objective planning prior to enrollment to determine your current artistic style and how we can best meet your needs as a student in our program. Total fees for admission are as follows; a $150 registration fee, a $1500 supply fee, and a tuition of $8350.  20% of tuition or $1850 is due on or no less than 5 business days prior to the first day of classes. The supply fee will cover the cost of supplies used in this program, including, but not limited to; a power source, two professional tattoo machines, machine tubes, needle bars, loose needles, a set of pigments, and a roll-away tool chest. The total cost of the program is $10,000. Disposable products will be supplied by the school. Common use equipment and research material will be available for use by all students and staff. These supplies are designed to last throughout the school year.  However, additional products and supplies are available   for purchase if necessary.

Currently, we do not offer financial aid for tattoo students. Tuition may not be worked off, nor do we assign a contract for monthly payments. We accept money orders or cashier’s checks for tuition payments. We do not accept personal checks or cash for tuition.