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How to Research the Tattoo Profession, Like a Professional Researcher

  I usually have some time set aside each week to watch one of Jake’s podcasts, meditate and then write a complementary piece to go with it, from a slightly different perspective. However, this week I was inspired by an exchange I recently had with an old friend from high school. She has always been a free spirit with a …

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A Tattooer By Any Other Name

When I first met my friend John, he was still pretty green and had a shop in Tupelo. The first business card he handed me read, “Tattoos by Ginsu.” When I asked about the name, he said that his mentor had given it to him. The joke was that if it even remotely had an edge, he would somehow manage …

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Tattooing Is Not Art…

Tattooing is not art…at least it wasn’t always. When I first started tattooing 21 years ago, I quickly met some pretty decent tattooers. They managed to put solid tattoos in the skin and could troubleshoot their equipment. Notice that I use the word “tattooers” and not “tattoo artists”. It’s habit at this point but I still use this term because …

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End of Year in Ink

It was the airport in New Orleans, sometime during the summer of the year 2000. It would be over a year before September 11 would happen. I was late for my flight and had on short sleeves. I wasn’t running, but I was moving rather quickly and anxiously through the airport. Then I experienced something that had never happened to …

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My Thoughts on “Reinventing the Tattoo” | Fireside Blog

If you follow the Fireside Tattoo Network and, in particular, the Fireside Podcast, you are most likely aware of my thoughts about the ways we license and train artists in the tattoo industry. In short, I believe that our apprenticeship system is flawed, inconsistent and outdated. The opportunities to apply digital and exponential technologies to our craft are abundant but, …

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The Future of Fireside and the Tattoo Industry | Fireside Blog

In his latest fireside podcast, Jake explores our future and the future of the industry and called for all of you out there to help us in this endeavor. One of the areas he touched on was the shifting of supplies to China, either due to large corporate buyouts or any of several other factors that see us finding China …

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Finding Your Style with Us | Fireside Blog

It was just part of the deal. Every week, we had to have our assignment in on time, no excuses. Every week we had to sit through a critique of our assignments. Whether by procrastination or by busy schedule, we had to drag our sleep deprived bodies in with whatever excuse we had for that week’s work. It was always …

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Because Inked Lives Matter: Pt 2 | Fireside Blog

In the last post I discussed doing gang tattoo cover-ups and the importance of having a good relationship with local law enforcement. This week I wanted to take a moment and talk about what that can look like on various levels and then give you some of the more pertinent links that I found as far as resources for gang …