Jake Meeks has been tattooing since 1996. In 2013 Jake founded the Fireside Tattoo Network with the goal of "Blurring the Lines Between Tattooing and Fine Art"
Over the years Jake has dedicated himself to developing processes to simplify complex ideas by applying basic principles.. The result of this work is Fireside Foundations
The Tattoo Apprentice's Toolkit is designed to help aspiring tattoo artists prepare for apprenticeships
The Toolkit is also essential in helping existing apprentices and new tattooers develp and hone their skills.
Pencils and Paper (If analog)
Drawing software (If digital)
Colored Pencils/markers (If analog)
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 course lay out was great. Looking at light source, simplifying shapes, blocking in, and figuring out the shadows. Using soft and hard edge, mid ground and background. Bringing in more art examples, things that I had forgotten from art school back into my tattooing. Each week the assignments got a little harder, taking all the things we learn and now applying to our tattoos.
I saw a major change in my tattooing during the weeks and was super happy. I could see a major difference.
Never stop learning."
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 realize 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!