Today we’d like to introduce you to John Ramirez.
John, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
During high school, my first job was at a small urban farm in long beach. I was working there around 8-12 hrs. a day for 7 days a week. Having to help my parents while we were in a tough time. Next to the farm was a non-profit organization called Long Beach Community Action Partnership that help youth and low-income families. They had programs for the youth which were film, video, photography, music, graphic design, and silkscreen. So one day when I was working in the farm, the director of the nonprofit walked up to me and said “You’re the hardest working man in Long Beach.” So we started talking about where I came from and how I started working at the farm. Then he mentioned to me about the youth programs that where held there every week that where taught by actual professionals. At that time, I wasn’t ready to stop working so I let a few months pass by then finally, I decided to takes the classes which where graphic design and silkscreen. While I was in the classes, I learned so quickly that even the content expert started to teach me more about the trade after class. Once the director saw that, he decided to hire me as a graphic designer and silk screener for the whole building. I was the first youth ever hired. While that happened, I found out I was going to have a child at the age of 17 so I decided to take this program more serious and make this a career. So I decided to take a business class which was held in Torrance, it was a nonprofit as well that provided you with knowledge on how to start your own business. While I was taking my business class I started to get my LLC, website, business cards, and business plan. Once I had that, I started to save up money and finally bought my own silkscreen equipment. After that, I leased a store front in down town Long Beach where I had retail and service calling it a (one stop shop. By the age of 20, I had my own business that helped me provide for family. And now, I’ve had my business open for 2 years.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I was always told when you have something that is yours you have to power to fix it yourself. So while the business started, I knew I had to invest to promote what we did and what made us different than our competition. So I always had clients and retail sales that kept us in business.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about J Graphix Studio – what should we know?
In my shop, I take care of all the graphic designs and silkscreen jobs. The front portion of the shop is retail where we sale apparel and art and back portion is where we provide silkscreen service, which is one main reason that sets us apart from other businesses in the same category where we provide retail and service. So the consumer is either going to shop or get something custom.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Lincoln Spring Farms- Location where I started working.
Long Beach Community Action Partnership- Where I learned the trade the city program also where I learned business.
Ryan- (Content Expert) that taught me everything about silkscreen.
Jay McGee- Expanded my mind in graphic design.
- Graphic Design starting @ $50.00
- Screen Printing set up starting @ $25.00
- One Color Print @$2.00 next color added at $1.50
- material ranges from Gildan to American Apparel
- Address: 404 East 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802
- Website: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jgraphixstudio/?hl=en