Course Catalog: Basic Branding

The Basic Branding Intensive offers 16 class-hours of instruction and practice, usually on a Friday and Saturday preceding a piercing workshop so students can attend both classes while in San Francisco. Our Basic Branding Intensive is designed for those who wish to expand the depth and skills of their Body Arts by learning the "Kiss of Fire".

Techniques covered are complimentary to the art of tattooing and are also powerful tools in energy movement rituals. Three types of branding are taught and practiced in this expanded course:

  1. Fire Direct Branding
  2. Multi-Strike Branding
  3. Fineline Electro-Cautery Branding

Subject Matter Covered:

Branding History, Traditions and Stereotypes; Branding as an Art and Shamanic Ritual; Fundamentals and Techniques for the Three Types of Branding (with live demos); Appropriate Tools; Practical Brand Design & Aesthetics; Human Physiology and Psychology of Branding; Energy Movement; Health & Safety Guidelines; Brand Aftercare & Enhancement; Art of Making Practical Multi-Strike Brands; Practice Sessions on Non-human Surfaces; Closely Supervised Student Branding on Students (Required for this course).

All tools and materials needed for the course are supplied by Fakir Intensives including a comprehensive workbook with technique, design and safety information. Class sizes range from 6 to 10 students who receive personal attention from Fakir and several experienced instructors. Concluding sessions employ pain control techniques and ritual energy movement as students brand each other.


Next Basic Branding Course is:

To Be Announced

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Photos from Class:

a student working in branding class
A student from the March 2011 Branding class

All workshops are currently held in our San Francisco SOMA classroom location.

You must be at least 18 years old to enroll.


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