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How Mastering Vector Software Can Up Your Tattoo Game

  I know it has been a few months since my last blog entry for Fireside. I just wanted to thank Jake for being patient with me when my schedule took off full swing this semester. For those that don’t know, I had an unusual stream of events that resulted in me getting a full-time teaching gig at a local …

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The Drill Sergeant Speech

As of last semester, I took on an extra teaching gig at a local community college here in Memphis. For me, this is a bit of a return to my roots because it is teaching Graphic Design instead of English. However, as the first day of classes seems to be approaching at hyper speed, I’m beginning to get a bit …

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Legal Dramas

It is a thing we do. You probably do it as well, if you have followed our podcasts for any length of time. It’s simple. We post it, then you probably go and follow the person Jake interviewed on Instagram. I know I do. Which brings me to my recent Instagram feed. I get up one morning. Surprisingly, my 7-year-old …

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Japanese Animation and the Magic of the Middleground

It was the early 90’s, around my Jr. year of high school. The Japanese kid in my art class lived a few houses down, but we never talked much. Then, the blizzard came. Everyone was snowed in for weeks. At some point he came and invited me to come down to his house and hang out. He was into manga …

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Respecting Our Past While Forging Our Future

I went to an art reception last night for one of my former art school instructors from Memphis College of Art. He is absolutely one of my favorite teachers I had in school. If you have seen the news media lately with any reference to our school, then you know that it is on the verge of closing for good. …

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Do What Sucks

It was a short conversation that one of my favorite Krav Maga teachers had with us when he gave us our workout for the day. There was no list of posted exercises on the board. It simply said, “Do what sucks.” He elaborated with an explanation that we should pick 5 exercises that we hate doing and make them into …

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Artist Resumes: What Goes In Them and Why You Need One

Tattooing is a unique line of work. It is such a tight-knit, relationship-based community. If you travel, then you probably have a network of friends in shops all over that you can stop in and work for a few days or weeks as you need to. If you have conflicts with the shop you are at, then you can always …

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Online Learning Tools for Making You a Better Artist and Better Person

I have a confession. I keep being pulled back to our recent interview with Teresa Sharpe because of the meme that Jake posted with a quote from their interview. Not only is it a great interview, but I’m a sucker for memes. Teresa’s Interview “If you want to create something new, you have to find something outside of tattooing that’s …

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10 Tips for Landing a Great Tattoo Apprenticeship (Maybe 11)

So you want to land a tattoo apprenticeship? Why wouldn’t you? Tattooing can provide a great income, plenty of free time (If you schedule it) and opportunity to travel. And at the end of the day, you only drew pictures. How bad can that be? Unfortunately, partially due to the perks I mentioned above, tattooing has become a very competitive …