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Upcoming HLO Closures Due to State Holidays

​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday, November 10, 2023, for Veterans Day (observed)
  • Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, 2023,​ for Thanksgiving
  • Monday, December 25, 2023, for Christmas

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Practitioner information

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:

About the board

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:

  • Two licensed to perform body piercing
  • Two licensed to perform tattooing
  • One licensed to perform electrolysis
  • One public member
  • One health care provider member licensed under ORS Chapter 677, 678 or 685

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.

Board members

Matthew Holmes

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.

Rian Othus

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 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.

Lisa Chambliss

Lisa Chambliss

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.​

Audrey Jones

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 3/14/2025
Lake Oswego

Audrey Jones (she/her) is a full time Electrologist based out of Oregon and Washington. Audrey received her electrolysis education in Oregon at the Aesthetics Institute of Portland and she enjoys helping her clients create the change they wish to see within themselves.

In addition to working full time as a permanent hair removal specialist in her Electrolysis clinic, Audrey enjoys working on expanding education opportunities for electrologists both locally and abroad. She aspires to help others learn the art and science of electrolysis so that we can better serve our communities.

Nathan Morelli

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 3/28/2027

Nathan Morelli started his piercing career in Portland, Oregon, in 2009. ​He is a devoted husband and father of two. In addition to his career, he enjoys staying busy and devotes time to competing in bodybuilding as well. This is a career that he truly loves. "I am very excited to be on the board and to help keep our industry safe".

John Dickerson

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 4/30/2027

 Bio to come...

Paul Thomas

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 6/29/2027

​Bio to come...

Board Recruitment

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.