Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Evrard.
Andrea, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in sunny Riverside, Ca. I’ve always loved art. I’m still just an angsty and emotional person like I was when I was 14, and art has always helped me express myself and take my mind off of the constant existential noise in my head. I’m lucky enough to have parents that have always supported me in all my endeavors. When my friend pushed me into applying for an apprenticeship at the Ink Gallery in Moreno Valley right after I had turned 20, it was no different. I always wanted to make a living with my art but had no idea how to make that happen. I was going to RCC at the time and taking general Ed classes because that’s what you’re supposed to do after high school. I figured I could become a graphic designer or something, but once I got the apprentice position I never looked back. So, with the support of my family and a TON of wonderful people over the last seven years, I’ve been able to have a career that I love. I work hard every day to make sure I don’t take it for granted.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve been able to stay relatively focused on the progression of my career, which has contributed to fairly consistent growth. I do my best to make sure that I don’t bash this industry too much because so many people would LOVE to have this job. However, with that being said, having such a great job doesn’t come without its costs. I’m not fancy enough to hire an assistant so I handle all booking myself which is very time consuming and can get overwhelming. I work for myself which is great, but absolutely every aspect of this job lands on my shoulders which can be stressful. Not only do I have to try my best to design a better tattoo than yesterday, EVERY SINGLE DAY, but I also have to handle paperwork, the aforementioned booking, application of the tattoo, stocking supplies, trying to keep up on current events in the tattoo community, and maintain a personal life. It can be quite exhausting. It’s 100% worth it, but a little tiring. I’ve also dealt with depression and anxiety most of my life which really doesn’t help. I’m getting better at managing both the depression and anxiety, but it can really make the bad days terrible. Being such an emotional person can keep me up at night, but it can also be a great way to connect with my clients. Everyone has different struggles in any career, this one is no different!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Envision tattoo – what should we know?
I work at Envision Tattoo in Grand Terrace, and I guess I specialize in Neotraditional? I like to keep my options open to different styles though. I’m very proud to work at this shop because every single one of my coworkers has so much to offer. They’re almost all younger than me and wicked talented which really pushes me to try harder every single day.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The one quality that I believe is the most important to success is persistence. We are all on different journeys in life, some of us have the same goals, but we’re all on different timelines and we will all struggle with different obstacles, and I firmly believe that you can learn almost anything, or do almost anything as long as you never give up. It sounds simple and juvenile, but I think it’s a great truth.
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