When I first started my tattoo apprenticeship, I was at a very weird point in my life. I knew what I wanted, but didn’t know how exactly I’d get there. My mother gifted me the opportunity to head up to New York City and check out Body Art and Soul Tattoos’ apprenticeship program. There, I met Guy Prandstatter. He told me his dream and what he had to offer me. I believed him, and more importantly, I trusted him. I told him I’d be back in 3 months.
Three months later I started my tattoo apprenticeship, moving all the way from Washington DC to Brooklyn, NY. I spent a lot of time in the tattoo studio as a full-time apprentice. I became really invested in the studio, the people there, and where I would eventually fit in.
I soon realized that this isn’t a typical tattoo studio. I say that in a good way, it felt more ‘homey’, ya know? The apprenticeship itself was challenging. Putting my personal life on top of that, made it even more difficult. I made it work though.
I graduated after a year of being fully invested in the studio. It was a great experience. I learned a lot but knew that even harder work was soon to come. I spent a year traveling back and forth between the Jersey City and Brooklyn studios, before being given the opportunity to make a move to Los Angeles. I took it!
At first, I never saw myself in a position of leadership within this company, yet the longer I spent here around these people, the more it felt like family. I stepped up to become a leader when the Lead Artist position became available to me.
Being a Lead Artist is a lot of responsibility, but it’s all worth it. Going back to what I said earlier about ‘where I would fit in’; this is my space. This is where I could make an honest difference in my eyes and this is where I love to be!
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