Turn off, Please!

Ok, I know I did vanish over the past week, but Rudy had a mural project for AZ Spray Art Evolution and a tattoo convention all in one weekend.  Let's just say it is a great lead in to this week, My Brain Never Turns Off!

Not matter the time of day, we are constantly thinking about "What Next".  This occurs between both education and the tattoo world.  Over the past few weeks, I have had two big events.  First, I had to run a sub-committee meeting.  This committee is a group of amazing educational professionals that can influence the instrument that I use to conduct my reviews which is the foundation of my job.  So needless to say, I wanted the meeting to be meaningful to all parties involved and productive.  I did a lot of research and planning into making this group meeting successful.  I would have to say I lost a little sleep in the days prior to this meeting or I would wake up in the middle of the night with another idea for the meeting.  Overall, the meeting went very well.  We didn't get all accomplished that we wanted, but we were able to plan our next meeting that will be just as productive as this one.  

Next, I had a board presentation about my year in review.  Now I have given several board presentations in the past, but this was the first one to our current board.  The presentation went great and the board asked great questions.  I look forward to presenting to them in the future.  I wasn't nervous until a colleague asked me if I was nervous.  He saw me going over my presentation in my office prior to the board meeting.  Once he asked me, I was a little nervous, but a few nerves is good for everyone!

When if comes to my husband, he has a one tracked mind that never turns off.  It is amazing how we will be having a conversation about a completely different topic and he will chime in about an up coming tattoo or painting project.  It catches me completely off guard and I give him that deer in headlights look of "What are you talking about?" Then he gets mad like I am not listening to him.  Really, you come out of left field and expect me to read your mind 24/7.  I guess with being together for several years I should be able to do that, but sometimes I am completely lost until he tell me what on earth he is talking about.  Ladies, how many of you have husbands that do this to you?  

He will even wake up in the middle of the night or not sleep well when he has appointment ideas on the brain.  There are times in both world that I wish we could just say "Turn off, Please and let me sleep."  Is this too much to ask our brains to do?

Let me know how your brains keep you all up at night.  Can't wait to see your stories!

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