Fireside Tattoo Network


Helping Tattooers Become Tattoo Artists Since 2013

Podcasts, Tutorials, Workshops and Courses Designed for the Tattoo Community

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.

Videos & Livestreams

Hey Tattooers! You Are Not Paid By The Hour | Tattoo Business Mindset | EP 138 With Jake Meeks

Hey Tattooers! You Are Not Paid By The Hour 

| Tattoo Business Mindset | EP 138


Topics: Mindset, Tattoo Scheduling, Schedulers, Tattoos, Tattoo business, tattoo business planning, Tattoo Machines, Drawing for tattoos, Creativity, Exploring Tattoo Techniques, Exploring Other Mediums to Enhance Your Tattooing

“I really didn’t focus on getting out and Improving. I didn’t focus on exploring other mediums, on doing anything like that… and really it turned into a job for me…something I didn’t really enjoy doing…”

-Jake Meeks

Tattooing may be a wonderful way to express oneself, provide for one's family, and build a successful creative career, but if you aren't careful it can begin to infringe on other parts of your life. As tattooists, we know that making time for things is tough since there are so many things to consider.

On this page, we'll share a few key things that can help increase your productivity. We'll also show you how to make sure your focus is where it should be and how to give yourself more freedom to do the creative things that fuel your passion. Plus, we'll provide easy tips and tricks anyone can try so they too can reclaim lost time.

Challenging Your Beliefs

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Hey Tattooers! You Are Not Paid By The Hour | Tattoo Business Mindset | EP 138

Choosing a Tattoo Color Palette | 3 Minutes to Better Tattooing

By Jake Meeks 

Topics: Tattoo Techniques, Color Theory, 3 Minutes to Better Tattooing, large scale tattoo, Tattoo Color Palette, analogous Color Palette

“The client decides he wants to do it massive and use the bulk of his stomach for the tarantula. So that really changes its relationship with the existing tattoo.”

–  Jake Meeks


The Dilemma

Today on 3 Minutes to Better Tattooing, we're focusing on the significance of having a basic understanding of color theory. 

Something to consider when going back into existing pieces is to step back for a minute or two to really see what’s working and what you could really expand on. Maybe there’s a section you really think is working well, but maybe you see a problem that’ll need to be tackled at a new angle because of what your client wants to add to the design.

We’ll be touching on how you can prepare yourself for future decisions, and more specifically, we'll be discussing complementary and analogous colors and how you can use these two palettes for different purposes. So let's get started!

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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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