Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year everyone! New Year is one of my favorite holidays, more for the time of reflection and looking back than the parties and heavy drinking associated with it (what can I say, I’m a cheap date). Auld Lang Syne, the traditional song sang at midnight on New Year’s eve, roughly translates to “old long since,” or “for the sake of old times.” The song begins by posing a rhetorical question as to whether it is right that old times be forgotten, and is generally interpreted as a call to remember long standing friendships.

This January marks roughly five years of me working as a tattoo artist. Many of these years have been a struggle; my ambitions have been greater than my skill level, my costs have been greater than my income, the personal relationships with my friends, family, co-workers and mentors have been strained by my career and the challenges that have come with it. There are many experiences in my old times that part of me would happily forget. However, this past year has been one of the best of my life, and I would never take back any of the struggle to get to where I am today. I work at a shop where I am constantly learning and being challenged by my co-workers and my clients. My boss, Jason Walstrom, has been a constant inspiration, a teacher and an amazing friend. I get to travel to New England and work with one of my favorite people, Mike Brousseau, at Hope Street Tattoo. I got to meet Alec Benjamin, our friend in Scotland, when we came to guest spot at our shop, and I got to know our amazing apprentice, Dave Kvam. I got to spend my first year working with my friend and teacher, Jordan Schanche. The shop has been doing amazing things, and has been recognized in local media for being an important player in the Minneapolis tattoo scene. When I first started tattooing in Minneapolis, a tattooer friend said to me, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you end up.” This year, I feel eternally grateful that I ended up at the Sea Wolf. Thanks to my friends and family for this year, I look forward to many more years of learning and growing. Happy New Year! Oh, P.S. the first picture is a tattoo I got to start a couple weeks ago that I’m really excited about! Here’s to new beginnings!



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