Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I started my college internship with the late Bill Hanson at Waukesha Custom Tattoo, which became Black Dragon Tattoo later, and it was the beginning of my career in tattooing. Thanks to Ms. P, the chair of the Carroll Art Department, she gave me the OK to start.
The first day was quite eventful, Bill and John Marks were the only two tattooing at the time. My first task of the day was to make a stencil. It required me to put a piece of tracing paper in between sheets of themofax paper, put it in a plastic carrier and send it through the machine.
The trouble was that no one told me nor show me what to do, and I sent the wrong end of the plastic carrier through the machine and it was stuck. The thermofax is heat based so that machine started to smoke and caught on fire. The belt inside was melted to all the gears. The expensive machine was destroyed. A good 3M machine back then was 7-800 bucks, and even today it is still in that range.
That was my first day, and Bill was very very angry because he did not really have the budget to replace the equipment with him just bought the shop, but it was not my fault because I was not taught what to do.
Sometime we are all surprised I lasted 20 years with that kind of a start... :)
I had been called many before, Eskimo, Thai, Filipino, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, Samoan, Japanese, Korean, Native American, Mexican, but Aztec was a first.
Yes, our parking lot is the express lane for many from Wisconsin Ave. to Main St., I am sure I will be called many more other names when I put up the fence.
Scott talks about Common Course of Carroll College.
Brien has a very kool video to share.
Huck found this on Freeman about a new dining option. " It also will have gluten-free dining options. "
I have NOTHING.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
On a side note, C. my neighbor told me the detail about the Carroll U. Alumni ID card. It gives you access to the Carroll gym and the pool. ( I was gonna go get one but I will have no use for it... Can not swim and too lazy to lift weights. ) She was out there painting her building while W. move junk from one spot to another and back for no good reason; I am too lazy to do that too. ( W. also painted a picture in my head about him and a Speedo, I really don't know what to say about that. )
The beautiful West End is being renewed day after day, month after month, year after year. I hope the rest of the Main Street take notice!
(I was hoping to post a rather interesting photo taken at Fujiyama but it was not loaded on their website yet. Stay tuned!)
Thanks to Lisa, here is Bub and the very interesting hat.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Here are the ones in the top 5 or leading
Poppin' On Boardway
The Clinton Street Gallery and River's End Gallery
Cafe De Arts
Martha Merrell's Bookstore
Waukesha Antique Mall
Waukesha Civic Theater
Waukesha County Museum
House of Guinness
Rochester Deli and Sprizzo's
Allo! Chocolat and Divino Gelato
Waukesha Tattoo Company and Robin, our Acupuncturist!!
(Did I miss anyone?)
Vote Waukesha and tell all your friends about it!
P.S. Waukesha's own Fracaro's bowling too, and we will be featured on LANE 13!
Plowshare gifts is in 6th place! Need more votes to push them into #5!
We talked about our experiences and culture differences. I am really fascinated by her creative process and how the gallery set up is.
I truly think a social connection is an important aspect of art, not all art are like it, but art that challenges, and invokes conversations will have more impact with time. The pieces are just catalysts for a greater personal discovery, a part of the journey. (Something very Buddhist about that.)
She is also a very neat person to talked to, and all this started from one of her art shows at Carroll College 18-19 years ago. I am truly blessed that the art world side of my life is coming back around.
Friday, August 27, 2010
I am very thankful that she is willing to come out to Waukesha and join our little team for one day out of a week. She made Rich and Barry believers. Because of her, I can function through the full schedule of tattoos week after week.
On a side note, Ryan was presented his next #13 design while I was with Robin. All I can say here is that the original one was a tribute to Dave Lum. He said he likes them bigger.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I am extremely concerned of the growing power struggle on Main Street. It is true that I do not have the history of dealing with all the party involved, I do hear different sides of stories and I can see good and bad in all of them.
The success of a community is fragile, and we have to recognize the assets instead of pointing fingers. I will always stand in the trench with the ones who are working hard, even though not everyone share the same vision, but we are all in the same trench together.
Unfortunately I had seen a good thing imploded before, and I do not want to see that happen here. Please, everyone, just all take a chill pill and start to talk to each other. The business community really should be MORE inclusive than what is going on right now, it is so important to reach out to the ones whom stopped to care, that really should be the focus.
This is where we really need a strong mayor to step in, do little but maintain the peace.
...and thi$ i$ found on Twitter, not related to my po$ting:
EatWauke$ha $crima, who I believe is$ingle, $hould have changed the name to Wauke$ha if only to have a beer with her a$ $he promi$ed.
Right on! If Nixon can meet Elvi$, $crima can meet Ke$ha!
I also had found this! They are using Tricia Shay's photos by the way! (They also mis-labeled us as a Milwaukee bar few photos in.) We are international!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
(hey, $he dre$$e$ like $hugar , and note the $hoe$ but u$e cu$$ word$ much le$$. Wow, that wa$ the EXACT fanny pack I had year$ ago, Bill u$ed to have a gold Firebird too!)
A DJ in Milwaukee a$ked Mayor $crima to change Wauke$ha to WauKe$ha for one day, ju$t for the $inger Ke$ha. I think Mayor $crima $hould do it, but in one condition, $he need$ to pronounce her name a$ how we $ay Wauke$ha, not Wau K-a-$ha.
"Rigg$ tried to contact $crima at City Hall at 4:20 p.m. Tue$day while on hi$ $how; however, no one wa$ there." (I will leave any comment to con$piracy theory people.)
By the way, fellow blogger Brien Lee i$ in trouble with the law again (we know all about cancer and dog$, we will keep $ir Fido in our thought$), he and the Thuggi$h Wiggy $hould $tart a blogger gang and get tattoo$.
John from next door came vi$it today too. He ha$ a bu$ine$$ getting rid of bed bug$, oh, yeah, my cu$tomer and I were itchy all over after he left, ju$t thinking about them bug$!
A lot of activitie$ at the two building$ in front of u$ today, i$ $omthing going on?
Of course I need to apologize that I almost missed her, I was at Sam's Club buying up cashews with sea salt. We are so addicted to that, it is not even funny.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Anna is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art History, Liberal Arts, and Visual and Critical Studies and teaches classes on the history and culture of body art and material culture. She has been collecting tattoos and tattoo-related artifacts for over 20 years.
Amelia is the author of The Tattooed Lady: A History. She is an academic librarian at Carroll University, earned her master’s degree in history from UW-Milwaukee, writes and lectures on tattooing, and is always planning her next tattoo.
Shay is based in Waukesha. Currently working towards an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she combines a passion for photography with a love of bodypainting and the love of this ephemeral and everchanging artform.
$1 for museum members or with student ID
$3 for general public
The museum will open at 5:30. Come early to visit Marc Sijan: Being Alive before it closes.
This is gonna be in Waukesha County Museum and we will be participating by giving 10% off your next tattoo if you bring in a ticket stub from this event (not valid with other discount), I know we are closing early to be there that night to introduce ourselves to the public... stay tuned!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Our interest these days are more focused at how many time "Mayor Scrima" clone is going to walk by the shop! Or what topping we want on the pizza from Magellan's, or if Waukesha Tattoo Blend popcorn will be for sale at Poppin' on Broadway due to public demand, or who left a shopping cart in our parking lot!
By the way, I also have to report that "Detective Player" might be "Detective Ex-Player" soon, congrats to his soon-to-be new bride to correct the errors of his wicked, wicked ways. ;) Of course we have to protect his identity here, he is one of the Waukesha's Finest after all.
BTW, we are #18 thing to do in Waukesha. (and perhaps #19 too.)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
About the gear bike rack, I was talking to a customer who works for a mining equipment company, he said they make gear as big as our building for $300,000, for ONE gear. They do have smaller ones for $20,000-$30,000 per. I did ask, they do not have any spare defective gear they want to get rid of sitting around. Darn!
There are still three projects on the table, fence, parking lot and mural/tree. Stay tuned!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We were taken to Texas Road House and we did our best to raise more fund for MDA children. Thanks to Lynn from Almont Gallery, Roger from Allo! Chocolat, Amy from Crazy Train Express, Robin from Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Services, Nancy our advertising guru, and my parents in laws, I was FREED!
There were also previous donations from Kettle Moraine Heating and Air Conditioning, The Steaming Cup, Leather Restoration, Creative Concept Photography, nice people from Manpower, along with family and friends!
I guess it is not my nature to call and ask for money and I will try very hard not to do that again. I am amazed how people are willing to give even in this trying economy. I like to thank you all and I really need to point out the support I get from fellow merchants on Main Street, and I did not even get a chance to call everyone! THANK YOU!!!
My grand total right now with offline and online is $743. You can still donate here for next 30 days btw!
Today is the day I will go serve my time for charity. Not really sure if I can come close to the $1850 goal, I might get to $600 if I am lucky.
I will have my cell phone and I would say the first and only phone call is to Kodiak Kid to ask for $1250. He is my best friend, he will bail me out.
If you would still like to donate, here is the link.
If you like to see me in jail, come down to Texas Road House between 12-1. (Can I get a ride back to downtown Waukesha?)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The place was full of people in a Wednesday night, I think that says it all.
Maia and friend came visit from Texas, and I sent them to Clarke for $3 House Wine night. They said they might try out the thin crust pizza there. I will be going to Austin next year to marry her and Adam. Of course we discussed about the 10 min hike up the mountain... 50 steps, I don't know, I might be too out of shape for that! However, if there is a Texas size Round Rock donuts at the end of that... I will be hitting it hard after I throw up.
One of the artists for a future show will be stopping by and there might be a social call for a steak dinner. Tough job but someone gotta do it. Eric's or Clarke? That is the question.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
One of the customers today was raving about Magellan's pizza, and that is BEFORE we even tell him anything, we totally agree with him. I guess the secret is out! I tried their breaded mushroom tonight and also the yummy garlic bread. Good stuff!
Rich suggested to have some food eating contest in our parking lot...I think it should be an event in Tastes of Waukesha... Yup, I think there is a push to have an event like that in downtown. Can we get Kobayashi?
Rich has a good question. You go to NYC for Nathan's hot dog eating contest, what can Waukesha have a eating contest of? What is the most famous food in Waukesha???
A Ponza Rottas eating contest???
Taipei, Taiwan had no light rail when I was a kid, for a trip from the city to the town west by the mouth of the river would take several bus rides and many hours. With the controversial light rail/ subway put in, it changed all the mass transit behavior and also local economy. Now the system is being expanded to airport way out of the city.
It would make sense to me if I can take my car, put it in Oconomowoc, hop on a light rail for 20 min and go spend a day in the square by the capital building in Madison. Or my wife can park her car, take the light rail to Milwaukee for 15 min and go to work. (It means her company must provide shuttles.)
Is this the system that is being envisioned? I have no clue. However, anything to save my wife from road rage is a good thing for me. :)
One can also access the parking lots on both sides of Main through the west, one through Maple and one just before Maple.
This is my suggestion to BID and WDMA and organizers of Freeman's Friday Night Live and the Police. It is a solution that works, given the current reality.
Monday, August 16, 2010
In the end it is a police decision on public safety, so there is really nothing to be discussed.
Someone did blast Karen from BID in the end for voicing any kind of dissenting opinion, and I personally think it is unfair. She has to look out for ALL the business in the BID. A lot of other business were not represented and not in WDMA. She also has a valid concern on street being closed all the time and if other options were explored.
Freeman's Friday Night Live is a family event, by closing the street for public safety, some business will suffer and some will see more foot traffic. Some who frequent downtown will avoid coming until later, some will come because it is family friendly. It is just what it is.
We are far enough west to be affected, but we do notice more drunk people walking in on Friday nights, not the typical street drunks neither. People do come down to Waukesha to spend money on food and spirit for sure.
Summer is ending fast and there are all these great events coming up in downtown Waukesha. I bet there is 2-3 events every Saturday in September and October. It is all new for us and we just want to be involved in everything.
I believe Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum will be putting a tattoo related show soon, we were asked to help already. I think Amelia "Tattooed Lady" will do more book signing there, and I really should introduce them to Chicago Ed. He is like the Les Paul of Tattoo in Waukesha. If anyone knows tattoo history in Waukesha, he would be the guy to talk to.
There is also the Clue Adventure Live! It had always been a fun and popular event for people to go though downtown looking for clues. It will be our first year, I can't wait to see what goes on!
The Art Fest will also be a big event, that night, after all the artists and patrons have something to eat and drink, everyone is invited to a reception for our newest show SomaFlux. Kya of Soma Gallery and Sham of Flux Design are selling a lot of their works in Milwaukee and you must come and see what all the buzz is about!
I do hope the Waukesha Zombie Walk is still happening, and don't forget the Greyhound Gala in Expo center! I still think Clarke Hotel should work with GPA Wisconsin to offer good rates for greyhound people to stay there. We can use more greyhound presence in Waukesha to raise awareness!
Carroll U. homecoming is also a big deal. We are hosting a reception for art alums, same night as the next art crawl and opening for another show featuring the art of Steven Puetzer and Tricia Shay. Steve is so big that I still can not get him to link me up with Linkedin networking. I am trying though.
There is still A-List voting until Sept 25th, last check we are still holding on the top spot barely, please vote here
I think Clinton Street Gallery is 4th, Waukesha Antique Mall is 2nd, Nice Ash is third, Cafe de Arts is third or fourth, please vote Waukesha and vote for us! :)
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I did not have a donuts burger, I already made two at the shop and I already know that is tasty. I did have a creme cheese on a stick with bacon, a few bites of honey ice cream with pecan, a duck fajita, a maple syrup soda.
Nothing was too interesting to buy, we already had Vita-mix, branch cutter, Mr. Sticky and Magic Shammie at home. My ring was cleaned and pretty again.
I did buy a rubber ducky to be raced for Red Cross charity. They did not know she was named after a greyhound and she will be FAST!
See email below:
For those of you that were not at the WDBA meeting last week, I announced that Allô! Chocolat has a lot of gel freezer packs in various sizes and a ton of styrofoam (a ton is a lot of foam! ) in various sizes and thicknesses. During the summer, some of our items have to be shipped to us in foam lined boxes with gel freezer packs inside. These items will end up in our dumpster unless someone comes to claim them and I hate for them to end up in a landfill. If you don't have any use for them, do you know of someone who could use these items? How about an art teacher for the foam or someone who goes camping or ships food items (military care packages) for the gel packs??
All of this is free for the taking as long as it lasts...just stop in the store anytime and ask for it.
Chief Chocolate Officer
234 W Main St #1
Waukesha, WI 53186
Despite of whatever happened in the past, I can only go forward. No explaining, nothing to defend. People will talk trash and/or form opinions without all the info and that is out of my control. It bothers me but I do have thin skin.
I know in my heart I am walking on the only path I know and how I got here is on angels' wings.
"Boldly go where no one has gone before, and may the force be with us."
Saturday, August 14, 2010
There are also other Waukesha Merchants in the race, please vote for
Waukesha Antique Mall
Almont Gallery or Clinton St. Gallery or Potter's Shop or River's End Gallery
Beading Hearts Studio or Serendipity Scrapbooks
Matha Merrell's Bookstore
Taylor's People's Park
Cafe de Arts or Coffee 'n Beans or The Steaming Cup
Scott's Creative Trenz
Allo! Chocolat or Divino Gelato
Cuddles or Plowshare Gifts
Poppin' on Broadway
House of Guinness
Waukesha County Museum
Rochester Deli or Sprizzo's
Waukesha Civic Theater
But most importantly : http://ctvr.us/waukesha0 !!! Vote early and often! :) Thank you!!!
and for Robin our acupuncturist on Fridays http://ctvr.us/acupuncture4?refer=2436754&utm_source=wisn-cityvoter-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=businesscampaign
Friday, August 13, 2010
One thing we all observed is that there is a Mayor Scrima-look-alike walking pass our windows at least 4-5 times a day. If we can get him a black suit, we will have our own mayor in the West End!
Ok, gotta go! more 13s to do!
Ended the day with 16 #13 done, I raised $333, tips and all for MDA and $20 for Cancer research. I think the shop as a whole did 35 #13s, it was a good day!
I think Amelia had a good day too, thanks to everyone who came to our very first book signing!
Adam also finished the door, it is very nice. You just have to see it!
I tried out the donuts from Cookies Galore and $10 worth of donut holes were a mount of donuts! I think out of the 96+ donut holes, only 12-13 were remaining at the end of the day. That is a pretty good endorsement!
No report on Freeman's Friday Night Live, we did have two police officer came in to ask if we have any concerns, I thought they were here for the donuts, who knows? :)
Thanks to Robin to stay late to put all the needles in me... I hope the puppies are ok with the long day....sorry.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
We have local historian and author Amelia Osterud doing a special book signing from 4-6pm. You guess it, $20!
We have Robin and her acupuncture magic, but that is by appointment.
We also have artist Adam Nilson doing his art live! He just finished our new bathroom door, it is not installed yet but it is hung up for all to see. It is super kool, and I know Bill will be very happy to see it. That is all I am gonna say, it is something you just have to see. My carpenter Doug came out to check it out and he thought it was too heavy to put on the door until he touched it. It looked like steel plates but not really. Wait until you see it, you will wish you have one of these in your house... and you can! Talk to Adam!
....and I think the root beer keg is working! There are still some WTC popcorn left too!
Come and help us make this a special day! Remember, come here though Hwy F straight to West ave. and make a left. Most of the downtown streets will be closed in the evening for Freeman's Friday Night Live!
P.S. I will be using what I make tomorrow as my bail money... :) The jail is gonna be in Texas Road House and they might make me do the dance... the horror!
There are also many downtown Waukesha business can use some votes, I know Plowshare is one, and I should be receiving a list soon to post here.
Let's gather some votes and make downtown Waukesha stand out!
I thank you for your support!!!
Here are just some what I can think of. Please feel free to add!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
There are still two $100 chips out there!
She donated to our charity and this is her reward! :)
I can certainly see the roots of the conflict, and when a majority collective vision is killing the voice of the minority. I do not have a solution, and I do see the deep resentment from all sides. I do try to maintain my neutrality, but I am listening.
People are accusing each others being bullies, and there are silent ones just became numb and threw their hands up.
Can we all just get along? Everyone said it is way past that. The trick is really to co-exist in harmony.
When you are so set at one vision of something, and not seeing the reality is always in flux, it will be like fitting square peg in round hole. You will tend to be disappointed.
When you want to influence someone, and you are banging your drum about what is the right way, sometime who you try to influence is like an escaped prisoner, the more you bang your drum for him to come back, the faster he is running away. A gentle nudge is what is in order with some patience.
When you are trying to create public opinion for your cause through media, you are also alienating, wedging, dividing. Please stop airing all the dirty laundry in the public, Waukesha is not a live Jerry Springer show.
Now I said my peace, voiced my concern, I really urge all to play nice and keep the eyes on the prize which is a vibrant downtown Waukesha. I am truly concerned with all the undercurrent going on, the little I saw.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
1. Main St. might be closed from Barstow to Maple this coming Friday.
2. There might be an interesting article from Sarah Mallard tomorrow in Freeman.
3. Street closing is a police decision and it gave the organizer little time to inform everyone on the street.
4. Magellan still has the most awesome pizza, and it goes well with Fat Tire.
5. There are two people in downtown Waukesha willing to bail me out of MDA jail. THANK YOU!
6. I still have to be neutral and stay my course of preaching peace in the neighborhood and not airing dirty laundry in the public.
7. I met a construction worker with a PHD... (Plenty Holes Dug) He is responsible for the Wisconsin Ave stuff btw, if there is any delay, blame the people in the AC-ed office, not the guys out there roasting doing and re-doing.
I thanked her once again for her work and tell her that she will always be welcomed because she is pretty important in our short shop history and she always will be.
Karma is a funny thing, when paths separates, you just can't force them back but all will work out for the better. I know Amy is excited with school coming and I am cheering for her to pursuit her dream.
...and that pecan bar in Rochester Deli IS my dream come true.
You have to stick with people who are DOING the work, and DOING the work WELL.
The sad truth is that Waukesha needs her and she really does not need all the BS in Waukesha.
JMO Don't rip my head off.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Taking the dogs out is a big task. Poor Georgie the Whippet is so terrified of the stings that he just stands there. He is afraid when I was waving my hands around, and WIPING off sheets of dead mosquitoes off my arm. I saw him froze up and his white face was littered with " black dots ", when I wiped off his face, there were his own blood smeared everywhere.
Can there just be a one day snow storm, pretty please?!
Oh, and a full tattooing schedule too. :)
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Now out attention will switch to the $13 (with $7 tip) for #13 tattoos on Friday the 13th... plus a special Tattoo Lady book signing that night, who knows how many people will show up that day!?
Friday, August 6, 2010
I think the whole idea of the Spring House back in the days and the one ways were to "encourage" people to park and walk around, but people do have a habit of liking to park where they can see their cars.
Decided to play hookie, I think I will crash Huck's class reunion as Long Duck Dong.
I totally know this one! I USED to see this every morning on my way to work. It is a NICE place I tell you. I wonder if this is now hanging in the original space or the addition next door?
That is enough hints. :)
P.S. If you want to win, play it here!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
We do expect a lot of people since this is the first Art Crawl after remodeling. See you there!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
#1 Cherie Huang
#2 Cory Klug
#3 Jasmine Bennett
#4 Cherie Huang
#5 Cherie Huang
#6 Abby Elliott
#7 Nathan Brown -please contact us!
#8 Sandra Spanaus/ ICON insurance
#9 Cory Klug
#10 Jade Sisouphone
#11 Renee Blazel
#12 Nina Schlei
#13 Christy Michel
The drawing of envelops will happen at 6pm this Saturday 8-7 at the beginning of the Art Crawl. You can win one of the envelops with $500 OR $100 chips!
If you are not able to be present, let us know who you want to pick for you and we will mail it to you (sealed)!
Thank you for all the donations and all the fans. The donation sites are still open and we still collect food for food pantry until this Saturday!
p.S. Winners: 4 from Facebook fan giveaway 2 from MDA Lockup 1 from Children's Hospital online 6 from Waukesha food pantry drive
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Easiest way is to bring non-perishable food to the shop, or you can donate online here or here! $5 donation or $5 worth of food for one entry!
Are you gonna be one of the winners? Last call!
The flower bed in the front is also gone, replaced by a concrete bench by a local artist from Pottery Shop. I have two around my house already. I just think they are great and when he come back to town in the end of the year, I will ask him to create an outdoor dining set for the future smoker's area in the back.
The dedication to Bill is also set in concrete, he was such a big part of downtown Waukesha and now he will be remembered for a long long time. I miss him but this is what I can do to honor him, Barry feels the same as well.
I was told our new bathroom door might be done soon, we can not wait to see it... yes, more projects coming...
One of my customers sitting there raised her hand to ask about that little detail about stabbed by his wife. He said his then wife came home from her usual stressful job, with no warning, just stabbed him three times in the stomach, (but the tattoo I did on his side was untouched, so you know.) I guess she was on Ambien or something but she received 28 years for it.
Pretty wild story. I guess I will have a few hours to catch up on Thursday during his tattoo appointment! :)
Sometime you do have life long customers but really life long friends. I am just glad he did find me down the street.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Vote for us here! We need all the support we can get!
Just a reminder that Summer of Giving Charity raffle will end on Wednesday evening. 13 entries will be drawn and each winner will have a chance to win gift certificate chips from $500 to $5, but you CAN win more than once! More entries mean more chances! You can use them for tattoo, art, merchandise or even acupuncture! winners can pick up their mystery envelop(s) during Art Crawl on 8-7-10.
3 ways to enter, one entry per $5 donated
MDA Lockup---Please bail me out!
or Waukesha Food Pantry, there is a collection bin at the shop and for every $5 worth of non-perishable food, it earns an entry. By far this is the most popular option so far, we filled the bin at least 2-3 time already!
Good karma generates more good karma, we just need to keep it going!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
When they were leaving, I told them that even in the face of such tragedy, the family honored her with such love and joy together, they should be very proud.
On a side note, someone came in to ask for a ticket, I said, What ticket? He said, I need an airline ticket! Perhaps I looked like a travel agent, or maybe it is the massive amount of alcohol he had, I am just glad he was not ordering Chinese food like I encountered once years ago.
If not because I was in the middle of a tattoo, I would have gone to Photoshop and made him a nice airline ticket, free of charge. I might even upgrade him to First Class.