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The following regulated professions are overseen by the Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the links below:
The Oregon Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners oversees the practices of tattoo artists, electrologists and body piercers, including specialty piercers and earlobe-only piercers.
The Board of Body Art Practitioners consists of seven members appointed by the governor:
The term of office of each member of the board is four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor. Vacancies are filled by the governor by appointment for the unexpired term. A member serves until the appointment and qualification of a successor.
Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 2/21/2025
Matthew Holmes took an interest in being a piercer after leaving the army, and became a tattoo artist a couple years later. He has enjoyed working as a piercer and tattoo artist and believes the profession is made possible through continued, attentive education of those wishing to join the occupation, as well as those continuing to provide these services to the public. Because of this, he chose to work as a piercing supervisor for apprentices, and has worked in two separate shops that also run tattoo schools.Matthew feels great pride knowing that several of his former apprentices are doing quality work for the community. He also works as a proctor for the piercing practical exam, because he truly cares about the quality of work produced by those licensed in the state of Oregon. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys volunteering for a world-wide nonprofit education organization, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The main focus of which, is teaching the modern world about life in the Middle Ages. He believes that continuing to learn new things, no matter one's age, is key to health and happiness. This is a big part of why he enjoys volunteering with the SCA, because it embraces people of all ages and walks of life.
Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 1/31/2024
Lisa Chambliss works as a registered nurse and the Immunization Coordinator in the Communicable Disease Program at Lane County Public Health in Eugene. Chambliss was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. She got her BS degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon and returned to Maui for nursing school. Chambliss came back to Eugene in 2012 after a preceptorship in the ICU at Maui Memorial Medical Center and some work experience in the campus Health Center at University of Hawaii Maui College. Her interest in serving on the Board stems from her passion for community health and the minimization of the spread of disease.
Term: 1st Full
Term end: 3/14/2025
Term: 1st Full
Term end: 6/30/2025
Rian Othus is a tattoo artist with 18 years of experience in the field. He is a published author and has been featured in multiple publications within the industry. Rian hosts round table discussions about the science of tattooing in shops across the U.S. and self-publishes articles dealing with the science and philosophy of tattooing on his website BetterTattooing.com. He has finished writing the "Down and Dirty Guide to Tattooing - A Bathroom or Tabletop Reader" and currently working on "The Philosophy of Western Tattooing", and is working towards making tattoo education more accessible globally.
The Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners currently has an opening for a Body Piercer. To apply, fill out the Application form.
The Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.
Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current board member terms expire.
Current vacancies and how to apply
For board recruitment questions or the appointment process, contact the Oregon Governor's Office of Executive Appointments at 503-378-6829.
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