Fireside Tattoo Network

with Jake Meeks.
Experienced tattooer, interviewer, mentor, and tattoo show host.

Take a deep breath, I'm here to help you with your tattoo problems, big or small.

How does it work?
Shape, Value, Edge, Color

"Nobody solves a problem by adding complexity"

Your art and tattoo problems may seem complex, insurmountable, but rest assured Fireside Tattoo has seen it all and has broken down the solutions into baby steps. Jake and the team are experienced in helping artists transform from wondering what the fuck is going on, to getting shit done. From getting it right sometimes, to nailing it everytime. You can feel confident you are in the right hands here.

Watch the videos, listen to the podcasts, check out the online courses, and then meet up with Jake in Memphis or on the road at various tattoo conventions and leading studios worldwide.


Half day dedicated to you

4 Hours dedicated to helping you identify your biggest issues and take advantage of your greatest opoortunities.


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Learn with Online Courses

Start your journey with our beginning course, Foundations and learn the idea behind the Fireside Method and how to apply it in your drawings.

Methods are any individual artist’s way of making marks – the things they do that make their drawings unique to them. And there are as many methods as there are artists, probably more. It’s very difficult to try to learn based only on applying other people’s methods. It’s much more efficient and much more effective to focus on principles.

These principles are all covered in much greater detail in Module 1 of our Foundations course.

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Videos & Livestreams

Optimizing Tattoo Colors For Skin Types: Tattoo Overview- Episode 11

Our friends at S8 dig into the potential to create optimal color palettes for all skin types in tattooing. Use code "FIRESIDE" to get 10% off all products on Check out the Fireside website: Merch: Tattoo Templates: Foundations Course: Subscribe to Fireside Tattoo: Stay connected, follow us on: Tattoo Overview Episode 7 Tattoo Overview gives insight into the technical and chemical science of tattooing and how new developments affect both the artist and their clients.

How to Get Smooth Color Blends | Fireside Technique | EP 16

Keep up with us at: Jake's Instagram: Video Chapters: 0:00 - Intro 0:50 - Color Transitions 5:50 - Layering Colors 11:19 - Using Multiple Shades of a Color 13:10 - Feeling Color Saturation 14:45 - The Final Tightening of the Session 15:32 - Recap/Outro

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Student Work

Many students have continued to take courses and consulting with Jake for years!


This course has really changed me as an artist, it's changed the way I look for references, it's changed my approach to tattoos, it's changed my mindset to tattooing. My wife still brings up the course a lot, actually, every time I do a tattoo that she likes, she praises this course.  I couldn't thank you guys enough for allowing me a chance to take it.  I appreciate what y'all do for tattooing.  


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The reason I joined  this course is because I found myself stuck in my mind after two years of a tattoo apprenticeship. I thought I could draw but actually I do lack of a solid foundation and logical understanding about the way I drew.  After joining the course, starting from a basic concept - shapes/ values/ shadows/ edges that really helped me to rebuild the core structure of a drawing. This is important for me to realise what kind of mistakes that I used to make. Furthermore, I think this course is very well-planned, from a foundation concept to the creative thinking process which is all we need to know as an apprentice or young tattooist, the sooner the better. I know it is a long way to keep going and become a good skilful artist, however really appreciate what Jake trying to combine his knowledge from different fields and share it with the new generation artists.  Last but not least, I learnt not only the skills but also the true attitude from the fireside team. I wish every success to the Fireside Tattoo Network  in the coming future. You guys rock! Respect!  


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