Work Hours

We decided to change around hours at the shop so that each of us aren’t going in for little chunks of time and instead are going in for big chunks of time but splitting up whole days between us.

Between the four of us, it’s hopefully going to give us each time to unwind between work times. And it’ll also mean that I’ll have some time to write while at work.

~Maya

Friday the 13th

I just had a great time with our tattoo shop’s Friday the 13th Event!

We had people coming in all day long, and none of us got a break the whole day! We had four artists tattooing the whole time and at times we had as many as six people waiting for a tattoo!

They were all small tattoos, since we were doing a 2″x2″ tattoo for $13, so people moved through fairly quickly, but it was cool to have that many people there.

It got busy enough that me and one of the other owners were interviewing the customers to see what they wanted, printing it out, and we’d have everything ready so when one of the artists was done with a client, they could just walk up, take the papers and stencil, and start right up on the next one.

We played horror movies on the shop TV the whole day, brought in cookies, and everybody was very nice and seemed to have a good time.

Our artists were so excited over the turnout that they’ve decided we should do something like this once a month, so we have to come up with an idea for an event every month.

One of the things I suggested was a charity event. Maybe not every month, but I think it would be cool to pick a local charity and send the proceeds to the charity, letting customers know they can donate as much or as little as they want.

We had a car wash a few months back for the niece of one of our tattoo artists. She’s just 5 years old and was diagnosed with leukemia. Everybody was so nice, so helpful, and very generous. The family was having a hard time paying for their travel and food expenses, and the money from the car wash really helped.

The little girl is going through chemotherapy right now, and even though it’s obviously hard on her, she’s doing really well. Every time we get pictures of her, she’s got a big smile on her face, she’s doing activities with the other kids in the hospital or with her brother at home.

Anyway, I just wanted to say I had a really great time at the shop event on Friday the 13th, and I can’t wait until we have another one!

And I’m exhausted, so I’m going to bed now!

~Maya

My New Job

So I have a new job. After nearly 20 years in the same line of work (beginning when I was 14), it’s refreshing and scary at the same time.

I’m now the sole IT person for three small businesses, and the business taking the most of my time right now is a tattoo and supply shop that I’m 1/4 owner of.

By IT person (since it can encompass so many things), I mean that in three small businesses where none of the employees or owners have more than a somewhat passable knowledge of computers and most of whom know nothing about them and/or refuse to even touch them/learn about them, I run/maintain everything electronic, even the televisions and music/sound system.

When I finally realized my childhood dream of being a reclusive writer was a no-go (mental issues and changing meds really, really fuck with creative abilities), I switched gears. And even though I never thought it was more than a hobby, I’ve loved computers and technology in general.

So I could probably say it was my dream job without realizing I could have it as a job. I’m extremely shy, don’t do well in public, have a lot of anxiety, and am absolutely horrible at communication.

Having my previous job situation drop out from under me the way it did kind of kick-started me into needing to do something (I’m not the type of person who can do nothing, and I’d work even if I won millions from a lottery that I don’t play), and the opportunity presented itself at the most perfect time for these three businesses to finally be to the point where they needed tech and right now.

It’s not an easy job. And it’s made harder by the fact that a lot of the employees fight learning, and I suck at communication, but everyone knows I know my way around computers, and they trust me.

The grouchiest employee of the group recently growled at another employee when this other employee offered to have his “buddy” come in to look at the computers. Mr. Grouchy wouldn’t even consider it and just said I had it under control, don’t touch it, don’t mess with it, etc.

It’s totally adorable to me because I’m ridiculously shy, would rather hide in a dark corner and work, and that is contrasted with all the employees who are the opposite of shy — very gruff and big and all those adjectives you’d associate with tattoo artists and their friends.

Not to say they’re mean. They’re all pretty great guys. But to see them all trust me and ask for me and fall all over themselves to at least try a little bit when I try to help them learn something… it’s just cute.

The free (other than tipping) tattoos are a huge bonus, and the guys don’t mind at all (as far as I know).

Now that we have a full-time piercer in the shop, I’m thinking of getting a few more piercings too!

~Maya

Geeky Flailing

I’m not going to get into my new job at the moment, but I’ll post in the future about it.

I just wanted to post because I’m geekishly flailing. Because I’ve got 6 computers sitting on my very large, L-shaped, cockpit desk at home. SIX! And I’m being a geek about how fun it is.

I’ve got a netbook (which I’m using for the music/sound system at the shop — my new job), my laptop (which I spent more money on than my desktop PC), my desktop PC with dual monitor setup, and three other computers and monitors I’m setting up for the shop.

I even took pictures of the computers all over the desk. I’m not going to post them, as it’s probably exciting to only me and maybe someone else very, very geeky.

I also recently ordered myself a 16gb USB 3.0 flash drive. I’ve never had a 3.0 before, and now I have a computer that has 3.0 and a flash drive that has 3.0. I love it!! I’m not letting anyone touch it 😀

~Maya