Category Archives: Positive Message

Lessons Learned

My SELFJournal has a few parts to it. There is an opening of the day that includes writing your Itinerary, a Gratitude lList, Targets and daily Goals. Upon closing the day, you write Lessons Learned, […]

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Tattoo Artist Meet-up!

What we do is not secret. Secrecy has been considered a value in the tattoo culture. It has been such a tradition to guard all of your information that we pretend we are sitting on […]

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Bastards of Art : Lost Episodes

The Bastards of Art Movement   Last year I had the idea to try a podcast.  I wrangled Jon Fournier into the project and together we recorded 24 episodes that were released weekly. Together we […]

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Failing to Succeed

I hear the word success more that 10 times a day. I choose to hear it. I surround myself with the word. When I run, the Nike App commentator says it in my earbuds. When […]

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Americans Can Start to Forgive Themselves.

Hunter said “Buy the ticket, take the ride” This is my political stance. Riot and Protests are an explosion of pent up energy. Like a teenager losing their cool. It’s the overwhelming feeling of being […]

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Be Successful, Damn It!

Being successful isn’t out of your reach. I use an app called flip book. It searches the internet for me and brings back topics I’m interested in. Today, the blog I reposted below came across […]

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Don’t be a Dick.

My second year of tattooing, I was working long hours at Iron Age. It was the original location that was upstairs next to Vintage Vinyl. I’d had a trying week of crazy customers. It was […]

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You will Quit Tattooing

Why you will quit tattooing. I used to say “Tattoo artist don’t retire, they just die.” Thats not a true statement anymore. It is no secret that a rising amount of ambitious practitioners are rushing […]

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Mark Your Tribe

  This is Tom. Guess what Tom does?  Mechanics and Gearheads will recognize his tattoos instantly.  That’s Tom’s tribe.  If Tom got stuck in some shitty dinner party with a bunch of stuck up assholes, […]

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Five Programs you will need to learn.

Sketch Book Pro https://www.sketchbook.com/ This is the starter kit drawing program for the intimidated and computer inept artist. I have shown this program to tattoo artists around the country. Artists that had never drawn digitally […]

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The True Tattoo Artist

When Nathan was ask what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said “A professional baseball player”. His fourth grade teacher told him to pick something real. I think this pushed him harder. […]

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I want to be a Tattoo Artist!!

Why I don’t want my kids to tattoo. Tattooing is not for everyone. I get asked about letting my kids get tattooed or what if my kids want to tattoo for a living. The answer […]

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Meat for the Machine

Entrepreneurs vs. Company Men Henry Ford was an entrepreneur.  The people who worked for him were company men. When loyal company men leave or lose their jobs, they are not trained to be entrepreneurs. Tattoo […]

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Unpredictable.

Your crystal balls sucks.

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Center.

4 Ways to Remain Centered Amid All of the Chaos By Jennifer Marut “Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” ~Joan Borysenko Right now I am in a tight squeeze. […]

…Seriously.

by Mark DeNicola at collective-evolution.com In a world where people are regularly commended for things such as hard work, dedication and focus, the idea of not taking life seriously can sound preposterous. But is a […]

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You wanna build Bikes or do Oil Changes?

You wake up in jail. You have a hangover and you’ve just been informed that last night you hit and killed a pedestrian with your car. You are now charged with manslaughter and you need […]

Location is Everything

Building sand castles in the tide is frustrating.

Funny Stuff

Universal Language By Dr. Mercola, taken from Mercola.com If you want to communicate with someone from across the globe who speaks a different language, all you have to do is laugh. Laughter is a form […]

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Kick Procrastination

I planned to write a lengthy intro citing the many ways in which I’m guilty of this… but I kept putting it off. Borrowed from MindTools.com Overcoming Procrastination Manage Your Time. Get It All Done. […]

Tattooing versus the Real World

For all its ups and downs, tattooing has been the only constant in my life. I started tattooing before I could legally drink. I had to borrow Mark Andrew state ID to get into the […]

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#FBF Google Power!

I want to revisit a Blog post from a few years ago. I think Google is a great place to start. It’s very useful in getting your brain emerged into a visual library. We know […]

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Tips on the Schedule Stuff

Just make the time. We’ve been talking a lot lately about getting on track, optimizing time, being productive, and other goal-achieving tips. I thought it would be good to be a little more specific about […]

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Commitment is Paramount

Came across this after a recent conversation about commitment & followthrough. It sums everything up quite nicely. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Logan Marshall of The Free Life Project. The deafening roar […]

Short & Sweet

Words to live by: “Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.” ―Norman Vincent Peale “If you don’t design […]