You can’t teach this. BJ has a ton of experience coming from a busy shop in California, where he worked for well-known artist, Roman, who kept him pretty busy. It helped shape the kind of manager he is today.
Roman is a beast, the guy works like a maniac. He taught me everything but It was a lot. 6-7 days a week, 14 hour days. My now wife said I could continue to be in the relationship with her or I could marry him. That’s when I knew I needed a change. But I wouldn’t be in this industry I love without Roman and that experience.
When Vegas had an opening, he came for an interview. But it was just to be a counter sales person.
It was an awesome opportunity for a big change. I was considering working for H&H but I wasn’t sure. There was a stigma about casino shops and I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Then I met everyone and saw what kind of work they did and I knew it would work out. I liked the structure and knowing what I
was doing each day. It was a lot better fit for me.
It was a great fit for H&H, too. He became manager and never looked back.
The most enjoyable aspect of working at Hart & Huntington is the people, both the artists and the clients. It’s cool to be involved with the hiring and build a team around the shop. This is a family environment and everyone works together well. We have artists who’ve been together for 10+ years.
Although he’s heavily into the industry, BJ claims he can’t draw.
I joke about it all the time, I am not a tattoo artist, I don’t draw and I don’t have any artistic ability whatsoever. I respect what the artist do way too much to even attempt it. Yet I get to work in this industry I love and am passionate about without having the skill to do it.
But he has plenty of artwork.