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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 …

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Because Inked Lives Matter | Fireside Blog

The first shop I worked in and where I did most of my apprenticeship was frequented by a cop who would come in and hang out during his shift. He would also do his paperwork on our couch because he said he liked the fact no one bothered him there. The third shop I worked in was completely interconnected with …

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Profile of a Tattoo Machine Builder: Nathan Dietsch | Fireside Blog

It started out simple. I knew Jake was putting out a technique episode looking at some of the Cheyenne rotaries. Jake looks at the differences in the Cheyenne Pen and the Thunder in episode 17. So I got this really cool idea to contrast that machine centered exploration with my own look at something more traditional, custom coil machine building. …

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dark surrealism painters and photographers

In Episode 104, Jake interviewed Paul Booth. You’d be hard pressed to find a tattooer from the last 25 years who did not know Paul’s name. One of the main reasons he gives for this is that he allowed himself to be pigeon holed. In fact, it was a pretty strategic thing that he started doing when he first started …

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How and Why You Should Talk Like a Painter | Fireside Blog

If you have any familiarity with the Bible, then you probably are familiar with the book of Genesis. If you are really paying attention to what is going on over the first few pages, you will notice that it isn’t just a before and after story. There is a point where the words “God spoke” bridge the gap between what …

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The Tattoo Reality Show’s Reality Check (Rant) | Fireside Blog

First, I just wanted to say congratulations to Jake, Dave and the guys for their 100th episode. I wanted to thank Jake for bringing me on. I have not been with you guys for the entire journey, but I have enjoyed my part so far. I look forward to and hope I will be right there with you when you …

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Working in a Difficult Environment | Fireside Blog

Ask any tattooer. They will probably all have the story in one form or another. The longer you have been in the business, the more they all start to fade together. For me, one of the earliest I can remember was at the third shop I tattooed at, which was a small town shop in an area that was known …

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Random Thoughts On My Seedy Past and Typography | Fireside Blog

Every now and then, the joke comes up. It usually starts with me making reference to my seedy past. Then the person I’m talking to asks if I mean tattooing. To which I respond, “No. Graphic design.” If you watched episode 96 of our podcast with Isaac Bales from Indiana, you may have noticed that he spent several minutes talking …

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Egos, Collaborations, and Cold Medicine | Fireside Blog

As I’ve been catching up on the episodes that Jake and the crew filmed at the Space City Tattoo Expo in Huntsville, Alabama, I can’t stop going back to episode 94 and Jake’s interview with Evan Qualls. Just 5 years out of his apprenticeship, this young artist from NiteOwl Tattoo in Tampa is doing some really impressive work. However, it …