|The witch tattoos the wizard|
First, just to put it out there tattooing and owning a business is really f-ing hard. It takes so much time, effort, energy, will power, discipline, skill, money (a lot), determination, and strength and guts while I'm at it.
When I was pondering building my own shop it was because the final 3rd shop that went out of business that I worked at went under and I was so tired of it, I said F it! I am going to take matters in my own hands- besides that I have always wanted my own shop. That is when I decided to open Valkyrie. I choose Penngrove because I believed that Penngrove was the last town that could hold a tattoo shop around here, all the other towns are saturated with tattoo shops and tattooers. But I also love this little town and it's laid back feel here. So that was a no brainer but here comes the hard part- setting up all the accounts with companies that you have to use for maintaining a business. It ends up being like 20 companies maybe even more. Bank accounts, merchant services, utilities, tattoo supplies, shop equipment and then the health department stuff. They require a lot of money and follow thru- things they want you to do to be legal. It's annoying but complying is easy. You just do it.
|Since I was 9 years old I have wanted to be an artist when I grew up.|
|I do believe this is one of my first self portraits.|