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Jump In Head First

I love my husband very much, but over the years I have had to learn how to jump in head first! So let me tell you some of the crazy adventures that I have been on. First, you have to understand Rudy, when he says he will do something he will and it will happen right away! So in my world it is checking things off the list and moving on to the next adventure!

So ladies, I hope this can relate to you a little bit! Over the past 10 years here are the big moves!  

1. Move PV shop to frontage road all while planning our wedding.

2. Open a shop in Phoenix at Thirdspace in a little cottage.

3. Open another cottage in Thirdspace, so now we have two!

4. Open Spay Painting Mural Bussiness- AZ Spay Art Evolution !

5. Open a retail smoke shop in the second cottage Hi-Me Smoke Shack!  

Holy Crap, I would have to say that is the top 5! 

So let’s just say we are now the proud owners of three business! So how do I do it, work full time and stay sane!  

First and foremost, I jump head first in each new adventure! I am so glad I learned how to swim when I was little! Second, lead by faith, whatever that faith may be! It works with faith and dedication! Third, take time for your self and your family! Sunday’s are our days and we also try to make time to go on dates! Trust me there is always work to do in owning your own business and trust me it will still be there tomorrow if you leave it for a night! Finally, there are times when I have to reign Rudy in and tell him no! With managing the businesses, there are times that I have to tell him that it is a bad idea! 

I hope that this gives you all some insight! Yes, we are a little crazy to take this on but it is an amazing adventure!  

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Till Next Time.... 

XOXO Dr. Laura  

There is always someone watching!

Tattooing and Education are both always in the public eye! Being from a small town where everyone knows everyone it is hard to go out to dinner without students, parents of students, or even my boss being at the same restaurant. When this happens you start to second guess what you are eating and drinking and what perception these people have of you. When it comes to my husband , the shop has been open for 20+ years and well he has tattooed generations of people! Now don’t get me wrong we love all of our clients, but there are days when I don’t want people sitting down at my dinner table at a restaurant to discuss there next tattoo idea or school. It happens more time than not and we just laugh about it and discuss their ideas.

Rudy and I had this brilliant idea that we would spend 1 weekend a month in Phoenix so that we could be invisible and have some time away from school and the tattoo shop! This worked great for three years until he came home one night after his best friends birthday party in Phoenix and said babe, “We are going to open a studio in Phoenix! I think it is time to bring the Electrik Needle back to it’s roots in Phoenix.” I was shocked. We are going to do what? Oh hell no! Well almost four years ago today we have a shop in Phoenix!  

I recently took a job in Phoenix as well, so my youngest could get an education in Phoenix, so we spend more time in Phoenix now and we are more in the public eye! We walk downtown Phoenix and run into clients and friends as it may seem like a big city it is really just a small world! No matter where we go or what we do, we know someone! We have to be careful on what we buy, how we act, or even where we go! It’s almost like being little kids and your parents tell you that Santa is always watching so you need to be good or he will see you!  

This past weekend we went away for Rudy‘s Birthday! He wanted to unplug and relax, so we went to Bisbee, AZ! What an amazing little town! We went to a local show and guess what we sat next to a couple from Scottsdale who were looking for a new tattoo shop! Really you have got to be kidding me, we are three hours away from Phoenix! Oh but it gets better! We did a haunted pub crawl for Rudy’s Birthday were we heard ghost stories and visited five of the oldest bars in Bisbee! We ran into a fellow tattooer and his girlfriend on this event! So needless to say, even though he unplugged all weekend we talked shop most of the time!

We just can’t get away without being in the lime light! Now we love our so called celebrity status! We are just always on guard when it comes to going out because as big as this world seems there is always someone watching! 

 

Until next time.... 

XOXO Dr. Laura   

 

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