The best memories are often created by looking back to see how far you’ve come. While we won’t say it was easy to build one of the biggest tattoo shops in Las Vegas, we will say that it was a fun and memorable experience. While digging through the archives I came across about 100 photos but I chose the best and most interesting to share.
What a mess.
The bones of our artist walls.
It took roughly a year to get things going and much like a tattoo, we started with a blank canvas. During the initial phase I sat down with architects so they could realize the vision of Skin Design, and after finalizing the CAD drawings we were off and running. The entire vision of Skin Design was to create a workspace that flowed, so we tried to eliminate as much of the straight walls as possible – which is why you see so many curved walls. Some have said that our studio has an aura of peace and tranquility, and others have said that the place seems to flow with energy. Was this my end game? Not really. While I’m blessed to hear such great feedback, I just really wanted to create a studio that doubled as a hub of creativity. I wanted to make sure that it was modern, inviting and a place that people could call home.
Especially being in a town that’s ruled by glitz, glamour, luxury and sophistication, the end result was to erect a place that would fit in with the Las Vegas atmosphere. After most of the main structure was up, I had the help of many artisans including Ray Oropeza, from Oropeza Customs, he helped create the Venetian plaster walls that you see scattered throughout our compound and to watch him and his crew work was pretty intense. Here’s a few more shots that show it prior to moving in our furniture.
In the end, the build was a tedious journey filled with many ups and downs but it was definitely worth the wait. Again, I’d like to thank everyone involved in this project and while also thanking everyone from both past and present who supported Skin Design. Without your continued support we could have never achieved this level of a build and we look forward to seeing you all soon. Thanks.
Before I sign off all I can tell any aspiring artist or shop owner is that you have to believe in your dream. The glamour of entrepreneurship is often clouded by what we want to see on IG. But here’s the reality of it all, behind the shiny walls and the polished floors are plenty of sleepless nights, headaches, panic attacks and self doubt. There will never be a business owner that will tell you that it was all fun and games. No one is immune to the growing pains of business, but when the times get tough you have to remember that you’re not alone. There are thousands, if not millions of people suffering to realize their dreams, and we come from all walks of life. Just remember that we all operate in a state of perpetual uncertainty but if you truly believe in your vision, and have a passion for it, then stick with it and pave your own way.
Remember….Failure fuels success but complacency breeds a mediocre life, so stick up for what you believe in and I wish you all the best in your fights to fulfill your dreams, your wishes and your goals.