In March of 2009, I went into the Electrik Needle with three of my friends to get tattoos over spring break. I had just receive word that my divorce was final and my best friend was coming into town from Illinois. With the divorce and like many other educational professionals, I had to work two jobs to make ends meet. I was currently selling appliances at Sears, which I enjoyed, but most people don't know that the Sears appliance department is completely commissioned based. I was only working on the weekends and it was difficult to make ends meet.
The Electrik Needle was extremely busy that day and Rudy had booked the four of us out for the day. I had decided to go last, since I wasn't sure I was going to be able to afford my tattoo with the extensive budget I was on. Being in education, I have learned several skills that are needed in both education and the tattoo industry. First, multitasking, the shop was packed and no one was there to help, so what did I do? "Hello, welcome to Electrik Needle how can I help you? Second, we can think on our feet. I started answering the phones and working with customers. I did my best to answer the customers questions even though I wasn't sure the exact answer.
In the admist of the chaos, Rudy then had the nerve to ask, "Can you make a copy? Every educator knows how to make a copy and even troubleshoot a copy machine. I copied customer paperwork and checked them out when they were done. Finally, we are fast learners. Rudy would set up piercings and I instantly learned how to set them up for him, so he could continue to tattoo and only stop for a second to pierce.
Basically, that day I ran the shop for Rudy and his other artists. I did not know at the time that I was looking for other employment, but I was presented with a job offer at the end of the day. For a split second, the thought went through my mind that I liked Sears, but on the other hand the shop would allow me to have a steady income and make the ends meet.
At times, we get so caught up in the skills that we need for one profession that we don't realize that they can transfer to another. Transferable skills allowed me to blend two completely different careers into one. I use my educational professional skills during the day and now they transfer into the tattoo world at night. Next time, let's take a closer look at the tattoo world and merge it into my daily life as a educational professional.
XOXO, Dr Laura