A Cree tattoo artist and entrepreneur is offering aspiring artists in Alberta an opportunity to learn the industry through a post-secondary program.
Bobbi Jo Matheson, owner of Cree8iv Ink Body Studio in Grande Prairie started the Alberta College of Body Art in 2019. The six-month program has a tuition fee of $17,000 and students are eligible for assistance through the Alberta Student Aid program.
She said the program that she created in 2017, is licensed through the private career college branch of Alberta's Ministry of Advanced Education and goes against the traditional route of apprenticeship.
Matheson said she has faced criticism from artists within the industry, but she believes tattoo programs like hers will become the norm in the future.