View Full Version : Rented a LARGE building, going PRO, any suggestions?

10-12-2003, 09:05 PM
WE rented a building, 40x80.. Room to paint the streetrods, room for the tattoo shop, room for my metal banging equipment.

I got 3 streetrods of my own to complete, two motorcycles, plus all the jap crap in the yard.

Any suggestions other than bikini clad saleswomen? (*we might)

I ain't moving the bridgeport again, nor my leblond lathe. The english wheel maybe....

Forrest Addy
10-12-2003, 10:04 PM
Yeah, find a support group:

"Hello, my screen name is Gypsy and I'm a machine tool addict."

Seriously, good luck.

10-12-2003, 11:59 PM
Tattoo shop around sanding dust/paint and loud banging?


10-13-2003, 12:40 AM
Seperate rooms, seperate air conditioner, heat..

Been at it years (1986), I remember tattooing at Swap meets and watching flys do the back stroke in the wash bowl. I had to tattoo in a bus that constantly moved when people walked, tattooed in tents, tattooed hundreds of places where the power went on and off all during the meet.

Now, everything is autoclaved, bagged, sealed, chair is wiped with a bleach solution. Times change. Reasons for that too.

I sometimes work on motorcycles with gloves on too. I used to never mind the grease under my fingernails.

One draws the other, like butter honey and biscuits draws me to the table?

NICE work on your profile site by the way..
I just bought the Mario Barth's ink set for a very large pair of Ed Hardy Dragons.. This guy has over 28 inch biceps... I was using Dynamic inks and happy with them. He paid for the new ones so I am going to try them out. $430 for the original set.

I used to be really cocky, I thought I was the BEST.. Now, I understand and see things from a different perspective.. Not had time for a show-convention in years.

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10-13-2003, 09:58 AM
Just remember. No matter how much room you have now, in two years your going to wish you had twice as much space. Somehow it all gets filled up.

10-13-2003, 10:14 AM

that'perspective' will jump up at the strangest times and bite you on the ass. it can hurt too.

as far as 'advice' goes, mine would be 'don't', but it seems like everything i touch lately turns to instand crap or scrap.

i am too old for this ****.

good luck.

10-13-2003, 10:17 AM
forgot to say:

wish i had the building to store some of my scrap [or scrap to be] in.

seriously, i wish you all the good fortune in the world. sort of having 'one of those' days here. sometimes feels like one of those lives.

happy monday.

Dr. Rob
10-13-2003, 11:18 AM
billr, I've been having one of those months. So happy to join you in misery.

Have a lousy day now, okay?

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif boo.

10-13-2003, 12:08 PM
Doc Rob,

it ain't getting no better as the day wears on either.

used to be i could fix 'anything'. i sort of knew innately how to go about it. ain't that way any more.

i will but the wild turkey. man, we could sit around and watch the wind blow and have words about [and over] this.

hope it gets better for you. gave up hope on me a while back.

10-13-2003, 12:21 PM
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Paul Gauthier
10-13-2003, 01:57 PM

Good luck, You have such a wide variety of things you do that I can't see you being anything but successful. Will be passing through Georgia someday and will look you up. Need a new tattoo.

Paul G.

Alistair Hosie
10-13-2003, 06:56 PM
Ibew from the heart I wish you all the best.You deserve it.If I had your skill I would do the same.If I was your age http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif of course good luck pal. Alistair

10-13-2003, 08:11 PM
Name on the Electrical power app...

"Broken Spoke Tattoo"

"What a mess.. the last guy who had the building had a tire business. He charged for disposal, but never did.. Over seven hundred tires there...

Laborers broke all the lawnmowers, the weed eaters, the tools today in about three hours..
Ain't life grand?

Wild turkey time. Makes the evening a lil better..

Going to have to tattoo out of the bus for a few weeks I see it coming.. Building won't be clean enough for my shop for weeks..

About Friday.. I can start on the custom frames again..

George Hodge
10-13-2003, 09:27 PM
Gypsie,things will get better! Good luck on the new building. The wife keeps reminding me about the two kids,one saw a manure pile,the other said there's got to be a pony under there. Got the diodes last week !! Almost have DC. Thanks!

10-13-2003, 09:27 PM
Ibew just don't go nuts and start doing repair work cause if you do you will need some hard and fast rules about who,what,when and where people leave stuff,I got customers who think I get off on storing their now completed jobs,heh I get paid in advance now and hual to scrap if it ain't picked up on time,some people think I'm an a-hole because of that,but then like its said,takes one to know one.

Anyhow good luck on the new business!

10-13-2003, 10:59 PM
DR and Billr : Check out http://despair.com/
it sounds as though you could use a laugh

10-13-2003, 11:40 PM
All the best to you Gypsie, sounds like you've got a full plate!

Thanks for the kind words.


p.s., I love Mario's inks.....pricey though.

10-14-2003, 07:08 PM

I have POUNDS of the old dry National inks. Ya need any.. I bought it years ago and sold it with a shop. My old partner bought it back without my knowing. He always wanted to start a tattoo supply business.

SOmething about selling needles to people I know are not going to sterilize them. I have hesitations.. I guess I should just go after the dollar.


Dave Burnett
10-14-2003, 07:48 PM
Good Luck!! Save a little room for a massage parlor and then you will have it all.

10-15-2003, 12:27 AM
David, your instincts sound right on....there are enough scab merchants out there because of unethical supply houses who chase a buck.

As far as the ink goes, I heard the best way to mix ink is to get a blender, rent a motel room, and remove everything but your underwear before entering and mixing up a batch.....no way to keep from making a huge mess.....thank you anyway....but I'm on my second marriage as it is and my wife ain't too keen on my lack of tidy-ness now LOL!



10-15-2003, 10:06 AM
Now that idea I like! If I'm ever down your way again, I may just stop in for a tat and a chat. Good luck, brother!

IBEW Local 2034
Manitoba Canada

[QUOTE]Originally posted by ibewgypsie:

Any suggestions other than bikini clad saleswomen? (*we might)

10-15-2003, 06:15 PM
All the success in the world to you my brother - just don't turn cranky like Paul Sr. on "American Chopper"

10-15-2003, 07:37 PM

I still got the million dollar tongue. I start talking friendly like, they stall out and talk a while. (first rule in sales, keep them talking till you got them hooked)

Being a nice guy who is helpful keeps them interested. I even got the guy who plugged in the electric meter coming back. When we get the coke machine loaded with beer, well now..

Clipping cars, the going rate is $1200 labor? Someone help me here..

I can do one in a day. And I have this flat concrete floor now. Two plasma cutters, and several welders.

WHEN I drink for several days, I got PAUL SR beat all to heck. The indian blood boils to the surface and "instant asshole". I have not done any POWER drinking for a few years now. I drink wild turkey and chase it with beer and I am OUT of it in about ten shots.

Cheers, I'll have a shot for all of us.

Union brother, come on down, I did a IBEW bug on someone just a day or so ago.


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10-18-2003, 04:35 AM
New deal.. got people hanging around wanting to learn about old cars, wanting tattoo work.. THE barter system is alive and well in Northern georgia...

Trading tattoo work for labor.. giving sheets of sand paper and rubbing block...

Works out great for me.. My hands stay clean.. My back don't hurt near as much..

WHoo hoo..


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