The World’s Only Tattoo School aspires to further develop and preserve the quality of work in the discipline of cosmetology; to provide learners with sound knowledge and expertise in their respected craft, and promote working knowledge toward being responsible stewards of the art.
We seek to advance the level of competency of all learners by supplying sound insight through dedicated and experienced trainers. We will provide the learner with the essential mechanisms they need to be proficient in their chosen field of study.
Dr. Leonard William Pogue
Owner & lead tattoo instructor at W.O.T.S.
The owner of the World’s Only Tattoo School and lead tattoo instructor is Dr. Bill Pogue. He is a licensed doctor of chiropractic and certified naturopathic physician. He received his Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Life University. He was trained in operating room aseptic technique (sterilization) at Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
Beginning 1968 to present he has owned and operated tattoo studios in Michigan, Georgia, and Louisiana. In addition, he has operated The World’s Only Tattoo School from its infancy, late in 1968 to this present day. He has trained more tattoo artists than ANYONE in history and there is only a remote second place – Harvey Kennedy – who is also on his staff. The World’s Only Tattoo School is the first tattoo school in existence to be licensed as a trade school by the state government.
Dr. Pogue is an expert in neuro-linguistic programming – a power-learning system. From 1967 to present he has trained thousands of karate experts, including some who have become world champions in less than two years. Dr. Pogue and co-instructor, Harvey Kennedy, have both won USKA World Karate Titles in their 50’s – a feat not equaled by many.
Dr. Pogue has adapted his martial arts training techniques for use in his tattoo training course. He uses neuro-linguistics to achieve high results in power-training artistic individuals to become competent tattoo artists in a very short, intensive program. Over 40 years of unparalleled experience speaks for itself.
In 2012 Dr. Pogue was the star of his own 8 episode documentary-reality TV series “Tattoo School” and can be seen on the TLC channel. He will also be featured on an upcoming episode of “American Pickers” on the History Channel.
Mrs. Jessica Pogue O’Leary
Jessica has been our Director of Enrollment since 2007 (& Dr. Bill’s daughter since 1984!). She is available to assist with any questions regarding becoming a student at the World’s Only Tattoo School.
Mr. Harvey Kennedy
Body Piercing Instructor
Mr. Kennedy is our Body Piercing instructor and assistant tattoo instructor. He and Dr. Pogue were college roommates and they have been friends and business partners ever since. They both share a passion for body art and martial arts!
Ms. Brandy Howard
Permanent Make-Up Instructor
Ms. Howard is our Permanent Make-Up instructor and former World’s Only Tattoo School student. Since her graduation from