February 20,2017

Hello. Thought I’d give you a quick update on life and everything that goes with it. I have been extremely busy, working 10 hour days of tattooing along with 6-8 hour days doing the floors at the new shop. Aged In Oak will be moving to a bigger, better, more epic shop coming soon to a theatre near you. πŸ˜‰

No really, we’re moving the shop down the street to a building 3 times bigger. We have some really cool ideas that we’re bringing into the shop, something you’ve never seen before. So be excited to see some rad pix coming around April. 

In between all of this, I caught a stomach bug and spent the good part of the last 36 hours on the toilet destroying my sense of smell. 🀒 finally feeling a little better after a small salad and apple. In my entire tattoo career, I can count the number of times I’ve had to cancel an appointment on one hand. I unfortunately had to cancel one yesterday. I even tried to get up and get ready for the day, there was no way I would’ve been able to concentrate on a large piece or stay off the toilet for that long. Still, it bothers me. I’ll make it up to him later in the year. 

It’s crazy to think that it’s only February and I’m already planning my life for January 2018. Tattooing is a very unique career these days. You can reach whatever level you choose to. Most of us enter with an apprenticeship followed by a walk in “flash” type of approach. We do whatever come through the doors and hope it comes out awesome. As you continue to grow artistically, you then search out more challenging pieces. This is where some people realize the stress that comes along with becoming a “custom artist” and go back to the easy life of hoping for something cool to walk through the door. 

Most artists continue to grow, constantly challenging themselves and pushing boundaries (most of them self made doubts) and eventually move into a full time custom artist roll. Congratulations, you now have the opportunity to work with some amazing people that truly understand the hard work you’ve put in and appreciate the most intimate for of art. Tattooing. 

Along with this comes a certain act of responsibility. It’s a total package deal. You can’t show up late, cancel unexpectantly, you have to be solid. My clients wait 6 months in advance, the majority of them flying in from other states and countries to sit in the chair for 8+ hours a day. Most of them 2 or 3 days in a row. 

Expectations. That’s what we create as artists. To be successful, we must live up to them. My life is planned 6-9 months in advance. Busy is a very familiar word in my vocabulary.

The moral of the story? The most common thing I hear within this tattoo industry is everyone trying to be #1. I find that a funny concept, there is no #1 when it comes to art. It is only what type you prefer. My goal has always been to be the hardest working tattoo artist, which I still work hard at daily. And as my calendar shows, it looks like I’ll be doing so until January of next year hahahaha. Good night everyone. I’ll post again soon. Carl. Here’s some recent work 🀘🏻

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