As my last few weeks here at Good Life and in Akron Ohio are ticking away, Im feeling more and more sad about this whole chapter in my life coming to a close. Of course it is accompanied by a feeling of excitement knowing that this will begin a whole new phase in my life, and more importantly for my Wife and Son. But my friends and clients arent making saying “goodbye” so easy!
Recently I have been staying quite busy tattooing, which is a phenomenon I experienced when I was wrapping things up with clients in Maryland to head up here! What happens is people begin to pour in keeping my schedule full, asking for great tattoos they know I would enjoy (sometimes even letting me pick them out??) then happily paying full price, and expressing sincere generosity with well-wishes and gratuities!! In other words, just before I leave a shop, the whole community shows me so much love I have to wonder what in the world Im thinking to walk away from it! But in all honesty I appreciate it so much. Im am flattered by the response I have gotten, and I can say that Akron and Good Life have really begun to feel like home. Or at least my home away from home! Here are a few pieces I have been doing since my last update. Some are in progress but should be finished by the time I leave.
Before plans for this move were set in motion I had a family vacation planned to Niagara Falls. My parents, Jackson, Colleen, and myself went and stayed in Grand Island, New York situated literally in the middle of the Niagara River just between Buffalo and Ontario, Canada. This was our first time ever seeing this natural wonder, and it is even more impressive than I had ever imagined. A beautiful part of our country and something I have wanted to do all my life. Being able to share it with my Wife, Son, and my parents was amazing! Before going I renewed my passport and obtained one for Jackson so we could all cross into Canada and see the Falls from both sides. This decision proved to result in an interesting turn of events…
So we were all loaded into the car, Mom, Dad, Colleen, Jackson, myself, and crossed the river to reach the Canadian border. I gathered everyones passports and hand them to the woman in the booth. She hits us with a few simple questions; “how long will you be in Canada? How are you related? Where do you live?” etc…. After we answer her she fills out a small slip, and says pull to the left… (not the direction I wanted to be going because the road to proceed towards the falls was to the right!!!) I was instructed to turn off my vehicle and hand the slip to the man through the double doors. So, by now I am a bit nervous… For no reason, I suppose, except I just get anxious around cops. I hand the man inside all of our papers and asked what the problem was. He said he would run our info and let me know in a moment and to go have a seat while we wait. Colleen suggested we were being profiled based on the way we look (tattooed and such). I quickly dismissed that theory thinking there is no way, in this day and age, the Canadian border officials could really be suspicious of us simply because we were “driving while tattooed.” After 5-10 minutes or so the man asks me to approach the counter and informs me we are all good to go! So once again I asked what the issue had been. He replied, “I think you know….” Still confused, I informed him that in fact, I did not understand. “You know? The way you look, with all the tattoos…” He said.
Wow!!! What a shame… It is quite unfortunate that tattoos are enough to detain anyone, even if only for 10 minutes!! However, despite the minor snag and insult, the rest of our time in Canada that afternoon was a blast! If you have never been to visit Niagara, I highly recommend it. And If you have a passport be sure to visit both the American and Canadian sides (wear long sleeves if you’re tattooed)… The views are very different but equally impressive.
Once I got home from the trip I began to get my schedule organized for the months ahead. We have decided on a specific date to pack up the moving truck, arrange for a storage unit back in Frederick, and most importantly for those of you reading this, I have confirmed a work schedule at Classic Electric Tattoo. I will be working Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting Wednesday October 3rd. Beginning in November I will be adding a 5th day to my work week as well. So for anyone wishing to get tattooed in Frederick, Maryland please go ahead and start scheduling. Email me with any ideas or reference material and stop by the shop to leave a deposit and get on the Calendar!! I am ready to get busy as soon as I am back, so lets start filling up my schedule Maryland! I am looking forward to a fun and productive year ahead.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Classic Electric at: 301-668-1003 stop by to leave a deposit if you are in town. If you are traveling from out of town email me first and I will help you make a deposit over the phone or via PayPal.
And lastly… If you are here in Akron or NE Ohio I have about 20 more days left at Good Life and some of those are already booked. Most of September is available still but the days are filling up fast! So get in now while you still fit in!
Thank you, I am looking forward to the months ahead!