So we’re going to Thailand…..my husband just informed me that we have to wear ties. I don’t know about you, but I laughed out loud. I was sitting here thinking about what to write, so I began reflecting on our day at the shop. What we worked on, what we accomplished, what was stressful…..but most importantly; what made us laugh. A theme that has been trending at Bruce Bart Tattooing, since the beginning, there’s never a lack of laughter.
It happens to be a requirement here, “sense of humor is a MUST”; we place this in our ads when we are hiring. I do believe that it’s one of the most important prerequisites, (you know, besides being a world class artist and all). To be able to have fun and to laugh, certainly fills the shop with an upbeat and positive vibe, which makes for an amazing tattoo experience…..for both the artist and their client. I’m pleased to say that this BBT crew definitely knows how to have a good time, even just amongst ourselves. I’m thinking of an inappropriately decorated birthday cake for Joshua Kunkel, edible underwear for Rusty, Justin Beiber as a reoccurring theme….
Even on days like today, when we are doing a lot of work “behind the scenes”, ( and when I say, “behind the scenes” it really means it was an office day). These days usually consist of Bruce, me, our beautiful manager- Bella Valentino, and our trusty “website guys”, Paolo and Gianfranco. There’s a lot that goes into making Bruce Bart Tattooing a successful shop that has nothing to do with the physical act of tattooing. We work on the social networking, the Comcast commercials, the book keeping, the website….and if I do say so myself, I think we make a pretty good team.
Today was hectic, it was stressful to say the least. Bella has really taken on the website; learning how to run it, to update it, make changes, add portfolios, guest artists…..and as it is the beginning of a new website and learning as we go, it can sometimes become a little overwhelming. On top of combing thru the website together, trying to perfect our vision of how we see this coming out, we paired that with finalizing our trip to Southeast Asia. When I say I need a vacation, from planning that “vacation”, I do not joke. There was a point during the day; as I sat, furiously taking notes on airlines, cities easily mispronounced, (i.e. Phuket), and dates to coincide with our proposed travel itinerary; Bruce was double-fisting (meaning holding a phone in each hand and having two separate conversations at the same time, trying to make it all come together); as Bella read thru her checklist, making changes to complete this website.
We were busy, individually, but at the same time all working together towards a common goal. I know at times during the day it was a little taxing, almost feeling like I was holding my breath waiting for it to all be accomplished, for it to all be over. But as I look back on the day now, at 10:30 in the evening after this crazy day, what sticks out in my mind are the smiles we had, the jokes that we cracked, and the laughter which filled that busy office. We accomplished everything that we had set out to do today, and all in good spirit. With friends popping in and out to say hello and spend a few minutes, we ended the day with some of our nearest and dearest, feeling a sense of completion and a lot of love. The smiles at the end of a long day are always what matter the most, and what I saw as we locked up the office were all dimples and teeth.
Thanks Bruce, for making laughter a requirement in our lives, always.