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

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.

Finally, if you aren't ready to purchase, just join our Tattoo Tips Tuesday newsletter and cruise around the site watching and reading the huge amount of free tattoo content we offer

Videos & Livestreams

Navigating Financial Waters: Insights from Inside Fireside Tattoo Club's Panel Discussion

Welcome to an enriching dive into the world of finances tailored for tattoo artists! The recent panel discussion hosted by Inside Fireside Tattoo Club illuminated pathways towards financial empowerment, catering mainly to those starting their journey in financial literacy. From passive income avenues to savings strategies, the discourse was brimming with insights aimed at setting artists on a trajectory of financial well-being.

Understanding Financial Terrain:

Before delving into the highlights of the discussion, it's vital to acknowledge that the insights shared are for informational purposes only and not a substitute for professional financial advice. Consultation with a qualified financial advisor is always recommended before making significant financial decisions.

Industry stalwarts Christy Opal, Derek Youngberg, and Matt Hodel steered the conversation, each bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the table.

Key Takeaways:

1. Capitalism and Financial Literacy: The discussion started by unraveling capitalism's fundamentals and the importance of financial literacy. Understanding concepts like investments, CDs, T-Bills, and various retirement accounts laid a solid groundwork for navigating the financial landscape.

2. Mindset Matters: A significant portion of the conversation was dedicated to mindset. Overcoming self-esteem hurdles, embracing responsibility in money management, and debunking the notion of the 'dumb tattoo artist' were pivotal themes. The panelists emphasized the importance of creating systems, delegating tasks, and fostering a healthy relationship with money.

3. Practical Insights: The discourse wasn't just theoretical; it offered actionable steps for financial growth. From setting up automatic withdrawals to leveraging resources like high-yield savings accounts (HYS), the discussion provided tangible strategies for artists to implement in their financial journey.

4. Real Talk on Real Estate: Insights into real estate investment, tax management, and understanding passive income avenues added depth to the conversation. The panelists shared personal anecdotes and professional wisdom, shedding light on the intricacies of building wealth beyond the tattoo studio.

Empowering Tattoo Artists:

The Inside Fireside Tattoo Club's panel discussion was more than just a dialogue—it was a beacon of empowerment for tattoo artists seeking financial stability. The discussion aimed to equip artists with the tools to secure their financial futures by demystifying financial concepts, addressing mindset blocks, and offering practical advice.

Final Thoughts:

In a world where financial literacy is often overlooked, initiatives like the Inside Fireside Tattoo Club's panel discussion serve as invaluable resources for artists navigating the complexities of finance. By fostering a community of learning and empowerment, tattoo artists can transcend financial barriers and sculpt a future of abundance and security.

Remember, financial freedom is not a destination but a journey that requires continuous learning, adaptation, and action. So, let's embark on this journey together, armed with knowledge, determination, and a commitment to our financial well-being.

Join the conversation, explore resources, and take charge of your financial future today!

Disclaimer: The insights shared in this blog post are derived from the Inside Fireside Tattoo Club's panel discussion and are intended for informational purposes only. For personalized financial advice, consult with a qualified professional.


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From Tattooing to Custom Sneakers: Thom Bulman's Journey of Creative Entrepreneurship

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals reassessed their career paths and explored new avenues for creative expression and entrepreneurship. Thom Bulman, a 17-year veteran tattoo artist, embarked on a remarkable journey of transition, moving from the world of tattooing to establishing his own custom sneaker brand, Bull Airs. In this interview, Thom candidly shares his experiences, challenges, and triumphs in navigating this transition and building a thriving business in the custom fashion industry.

A Desire for Change

For Thom, the decision to transition from tattooing to custom sneaker design stemmed from a desire for change and the uncertainty surrounding the future of tattooing amidst the pandemic. Faced with the possibility of another shutdown and grappling with the need to make real decisions about his career, Thom saw an opportunity to channel his artistic talents into a new venture that combined his love for pop culture with his passion for creating wearable art.

Scaling Up and Overcoming Challenges

Transitioning from a hobby to a full-fledged business presented its own challenges for Thom. From scaling up production to outsourcing manufacturing to China, Thom navigated the complexities of establishing a new brand in the competitive custom shoe market. Legal issues such as licensing and cease and desist orders added another layer of complexity, requiring Thom to strategize and adapt to ensure the success of Bull Airs.

The Creative Process and Vision for the Future

Despite the challenges, Thom remains deeply passionate about the creative process and his company's potential for growth and innovation. He emphasizes the importance of balancing creativity with business acumen while also envisioning Bull Airs as a recognized and respected brand in the custom shoe industry. With a focus on identifying niche markets, filling voids, and delivering unique offerings, Thom is poised to continue pushing boundaries and expanding his creative horizons.


Thom Bulman's journey from tattooing to custom sneaker design is a testament to the resilience and creativity of artists in the face of adversity. Thom has carved out a distinctive path in fashion entrepreneurship by embracing change, overcoming challenges, and staying true to his artistic vision. As he continues to evolve and grow Bull Airs, Thom inspires others to pursue their passions and explore new opportunities for creative expression.


In an ever-changing world, Thom Bulman stands as a beacon of innovation and determination, reminding us that with passion and perseverance, anything is possible.


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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!