Monday, August 20, 2012

some exciting news!

heeey! boy oh boy, do i have some awesome news!!! i mean, i still can't believe that it is real but...I GOT A TATTOO APPRENTICESHIP!!!! those of you who follow me on twitter already know; i had to spill the beans, i just couldn't hold it in anymore. it is just bananas, simply bananas. the week i had off work, i printed out my portfolio and planned on visiting some tattoo shops. this is the outfit i wore my day visiting shops.
since, all tattoo shops don't advertise about apprenticing, you literally have to visit each shop in person, bring your portfolio and hope that the shop is willing to help you out. tattooing is a strange world and is pretty old school. some places make the apprentice pay, some pay under the table but most shops nowadays, the apprentice works for free. it is basically like going to school for free but you help around the shop and learn lots in between.
i was expecting to visit a BUNCH of shops and was ready to be turned down a lot and be okay with that. the shop i am working at was my 3rd shop, they told me to come back the next day and i met with the owner and i walked away with an apprenticeship. my first day was friday and it was more amazing then i thought it would be. i thought for months i would be just cleaning until finally someone warmed up to me and wanted to show me the ropes but they pretty much had me jump right in. i did a few stencils for them and helped the owner with a tattoo prep. it was AWESOME and i couldn't believe how fast it was that they showed me.
i have never ever ever done anything like this before and i am so super proud of myself for putting myself out there and really going for my dreams. i mean, this could be it for me. it feels so right as unbelievable as it seems at the moment but i am taking it one day at a time. i feel so humbled that they are giving me the chance and helping me learn. the great thing is that all the guys at the shop are really nice and laid back.

so what this means for me is that i won't be taking any tattoo designs until i feel a bit more settled. at the moment i will be working my regular job sun-wed and then work at the tattoo shop thursday & friday and possibly saturday so it means no time off for me. i am not sure how i feel about that but if it means i will be achieving my dream then i am totally okay with that. so bear with me while i settle down. i am excited to be able to share it here.

outfit details:
top: thrifted
pants: uo
shoes: thrifted (mia)
earrings: thrifted

xo,
cb

52 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I hope it goes well for you and you look lovely!

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  2. Oh wow! I am so excited to hear this - your dreams are coming true!! :D

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  3. Oooh I'm happy for you :) You seem so happy! I hope it turns out to be everything you wanted (& more) :)

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  4. That is awesome! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!
    Hope it is all you've dreamed of! Good luck! xxx

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  5. That is so exciting! Congratulations!!! You'll be great :)
    xo

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  6. CONGRATS! I knew what I saw was good and I'm glad you ended up taking the leap. It's not always easy, but it will certainly be interesting!

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  7. OMG Congrats. Im happy for you and sad at the same time. I just found you and then saw your design form. Was totally going to have you do something LMAO Awesome timing

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    1. hey sweetie. you can contact me in about a month, i am just unsure right now of my scheduling and what free time i have but once i settle down i am sure i will blog about it and will accept clients. you are always welcome to email me and we can chat! xo

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    2. Youre awesome btw. I found you through Tiny Tangerines.

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    3. Thanks sweetie. Ah thats my sister in law! She rocks!!

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  8. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! congrats!!!!! you are going to be THE BEST! this might mean I have to fly out there to get work done by you! yayyyyy! congrats again! so excited for you!

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    1. that would be so awesome!!!! i can't wait to start and then have all my friends get my tattoos! eek!!!!!

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  9. Congrats! I personally know how hard it is to even get into tattoing. Lots of places just make you work for free for a year, just a year of sweeping floors and answering phones. Sounds like they actually will be teaching you. Which is great. I've always had tattooing in the back of my head. Can't wait to see how it all works out for you. :D

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    1. that i am a bit worried about but this place seems super chill and nice and they already on the first day showed me how to set up and everything. i hope it isn't too good to be true!

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  10. Congratulations! I am so excited that you're pursuing this. You have such amazing talent, and it's great that you're getting this experience!

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  11. Congrats this is total badassery!!!

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  12. I am so happy for you! This is so super exciting. I love your drawings and I know you will make beautiful tattoos!

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  13. yay! that is amazing! i'm so happy that you found a great shop that is already teaching you so much! i really look forward to following your journey to becoming a tattoo artist!

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  14. Well done lady! :D
    I did one for two years, but unfortunately I didn't have the best boss. You're so lucky to have got somewhere that sounds good and helpful and nice! :) I hope it goes amazingly for you, you deserve it! xx

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  15. Congrats! That is so exciting! I am so happy for you! It's so great that it happened so quickly. Good luck settling in and let us know how it's going!

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  16. Honey that's fantastic, I'm soooo happy for you I can't tell you!!! I think it's wonderful that you went for it, & that you've got it, I hope it's everything you hope for. You are such an amazing artist & I'm sure you'll do brilliantly, they're lucky to have you, and it'll be worth all that time to do something you love.

    Yay 'doing happy dance' :D xox

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    1. thanks ruth! is means so much to me to have your support. i still am in shock of it all, really. it just seems to good to be true!

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    2. always here for you :) and I'm still so happy for you, it makes me smile that you're doing what you love xox

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  17. Many congrats! I am super stoked for you. It took a lot of balls to go into those shops and show off your portfolio, so props to you little lady. Someday you are gonna be a famous tattoo artist and I'll get to say I knew you when. :)

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    1. hahaha! yes you will say we were bff!!! your the best!!

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  18. Brilliant news!!! That's so exciting :-) Well done. I have a friend who started about three years ago and he is doing amazing things now & loving every minute. So happy for you x

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  19. congrats! this was the perfect outfit to wear - i really like how it shows off your arm tattoos and is stylish but professional. way to go!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

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  20. Congratulations! I am so excited for you! This is such an exciting new adventure!

    I am so so happy for you! Hooray!

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  21. wow way to go girl!!! I am so so happy for you & so impressed by how you just put yourself out there! I always thought going around to little shops/restaurants was bad enough but you were literally putting your soul out there w/ all your tattoo artwork; super inspiring! Sounds like you found a great place too!
    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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  22. When you start accepting clients let me know :)

    Congratulations!

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  23. Congratulations! That is so rad!!!

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  24. WHATTTTTTT!!! i'm SO excited for you!!! and for me because i'm definitely getting a cb original one day! SO AWESOME! it's so brave of you to just DO IT and i'm so proud of you! SO SO EXCITED AND HAPPY FOR YOUUUUUU!!! <3 <3 <3

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  25. That's fantastic!!! Congratulations, lady! You totally deserve it and I know you'll rocket the apprenticeship out of this world.

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  26. SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! Sounds like a dream come true, and I can't wait to hear more about your experience.

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  27. thank you everyone for your wonderful support! i am soo happy to have such wonderful friends and readers who support me and make me feel super awesome! i am so happy to have a place to share my dreams and be able to watch them come true. you all rock! thank you!!!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox,
    cb

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  28. Oh how very exciting! Congratulations :) :)

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  29. I'm so excited for you! Yay! Keep following your dreams.. and I am sure you are doing an amazing job there!

    x

    Marielle

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  30. Congratulations! This is so exciting and you do such beautiful work whoever you get to tattoo will be a very lucky person. Sending you some good waves vibes!!

    xo Amber P.
    http://theowlsden.blogspot.com

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  31. Aaaah I totally missed this on twitter, damn you time difference! :) CONGRATS SAVVY LADY! You rock for just grabbing your portfolio and throwing yourself out there, I know how hard that is! I'm not surprised they wanted you, your designs shows your awesome talent so any tattooist would be lucky to have you.

    Good luck with the rest of the apprenticeship, remember to have some days for resting too, but I'm sure you're gonna love it so maybe you don't need to be off :)

    xoxo L

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  32. Woohoo, that's amazing news! I am so impressed and so proudf of your bravery and of course your awesome talent! I really hope this turns out to be an exciting new chapter for you, and I can't wait to follow your progress :)

    PS: you are a total bombshell ;)

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  33. Whoa! That's so awesome! I'm sure you'll do a great job there, your artwork is amazing!

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  34. Its pretty awesome that you got one! Its so hard to get into these days and I can't wait to find out how it goes in the future.

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  35. Aww that is amazing! You definitely deserve it; you're such a great artist! I can't wait for you to start taking clients:)

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  36. This is so exciting! Way to go for your dream- you will be awesome!

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  37. Congrats! That is awesome! You deserve it!

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  38. Congrats! I would totally get tattooed by you. You are so talented!

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thanks for commenting! it fills me with joy that you have taken the time to stop by!
xo,
cb