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Start Your Tattoo Education With The Fireside Method

"Nobody solves a problem by adding complexity".

Thats why we focus on design principles rather than "tattoo tricks".

Fireside Foundations is our flagship beginner course which introduces the Fireside Method of Tattoo Design. If you are new to tattooing or have been tattooing a while without a great understanding of fine art principles, this is the course for you.

Fireside Simplify was designed for intermediate to advanced tattooers who are looking to become more efficient and define their personal style. This course will help you to make better choices quickly by using "if/then" scenarios. You will follow Jake's design process from consulation to full color design, to stencil on skin.

Not sure which to choose? Join the Inside Fireside Tattoo Club to spend some time getting feedback from your peers, participating in drawing challenges, and get real prizes mailed to your door.

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Videos & Livestreams

Tips for tattooing Hands and Knuckles - Jake Meeks

Mastering Hand and Finger Tattoos: Tips from the Fireside Technique Episode

Welcome to another insightful session with Jake Meeks on the Fireside Technique series. Today, we delve into the unique challenges of tattooing hands, knuckles, and fingers, where longevity and strategic placement are paramount for a lasting masterpiece.

  1. Strategic Design Placement:
    • Knuckle and finger tattoos are prone to fading, so start by strategically laying out the design on areas like the upper hand that hold up better over time.
    • Focus on simplicity and abstract shapes around knuckles and fingers to ensure consistency despite potential fading challenges.
  1. Limiting Linework:
    • For finger tattoos, opt for dark gray washes rather than bold lines. Abstract shapes can mitigate potential fading and give a more intentional look.
    • On the top part of the hand, use bold, crisp lines to draw attention to the focal points of the tattoo.
  1. Patience and Deliberate Techniques:
    • Take your time with shading and color packing, using smaller needle configurations and a slow, deliberate approach.
    • Position the client's hand for optimal skin stretching to minimize slicing or tearing, especially around the thin skin of the fingers.
    • Simplify shapes and edges intentionally to address potential fading concerns.

Remember, the goal is to minimize the need for multiple sessions while ensuring a long-lasting and visually striking tattoo.

For more tattoo education and resources, check out the Fireside Tattoo Network, home to the Fireside podcast, the Fireside Technique video series, and the inside Fireside tattoo club. 


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Tattoo Techniques: Tips for tattooing Hands and Knuckles Fireside Technique EP 20

Tattooing Hands and Knuckles

Consistency In The Inconsistency, Simplify For Tattooing Knuckles

“If I were to lay a couple of those suckers up on his hand where they’re gonna hold really well and then one or two of them on his knuckle they would fade inconsistently. Where as if I place them all on the knuckles and they happen to fall out, then they will fall out the same”

- Jake Meeks

Since knuckle and finger tattoos have a tendency to fade quickly we’re starting off by strategically laying out the focus of the design on the upper hand. Emphasize attention to areas like the back of the hand where you’ll have the least amount of effort, optimal detail, and the most retention over time. 


Watch the full episode:

Tattoo Techniques: Tips for tattooing Hands and Knuckles Fireside Technique EP 20

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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.  


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!