No one is born knowing how to dance, or draw, or run a business. All skill is acquired and, with enough diligence, mastered. World-renowned tattoo artist Jeff Gogue spent years searching for his niche before stumbling upon tattooing. An ambitious and hard-working soul from age 13 on, Gogue grew up feeling that limitations had been placed on him due to his circumstances, and he yearned to escape those bonds. From selling t-shirts, to trying his hand at fine art, Gogue searched for that one thing that would propel him into the realm of successful entrepreneurs.
In the beginning, tattooing looked easy. As Gogue soon found out, a lot of labor goes into any enterprise before it becomes effortless. Between mouthfuls of the Bi-Animal Burger at The Haul in Grants Pass, Ore., where one of his Off the Map Tattoo shops is located, Gogue recounts how difficult it was to come to the realization that one person cannot do everything. Just as the old adage “it takes a village” states, you are just one part of a whole. Master what you are good at, and bring in others to support your weak spots. Above all, Gogue says, stay true to yourself, give your all and have the courage to face the outcome, whatever it may be.
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