Edward, who leads our Bend tattoo school faculty, opened Monolith Tattoo Studio with his wife in 2011 and since then, the studio has been awarded “Best of Bend” by The Source Weekly and continues to be the front-runner in quality tattoo artwork. Edward has been tattooing since 1988, he has apprenticed under some of the greatest in the industry and ran tattoo shops in Seattle, Portland, Denver and now Bend.
Melanie left her career as a Retail Manager and Makeup Artist at MAC Cosmetics to open Monolith Tattoo Studio with her husband in 2011. Since the beginning and to this day, Melanie runs the business side of Monolith and in 2017, completed her training as a permanent makeup artist. Melanie attended business school and now runs one of the most successful small businesses in Central Oregon. Her experiences will offer a great learning opportunity for any students looking to enter the tattoo industry as a successful and efficient artist.
Teejay Hernandez is the newest member of our Bend tattoo school teaching faculty and we couldn’t be more pleased to have his cover-up know-how on board to pass along to the next generation of tattoo artists. Teejay has been tattooing since 1993 and specializes in bold, colorful tattoos and coverups. Teejay provides incredibly experienced instruction during the theory and practical portions of the program.