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so just started working on my new shop..all te legal BS took forever..something like 2 weeks to just change a few things and to have them give me a budget for the flooring. started removing all the paint from the baseboards last night..for some reason the idiots white washed everything! i will be posting pics as we progress more...nerve wrecking and fun at the same time..whoo hoo!!!

66334_1214699103952_1723073924_421279_5284226_n.jpg my location on 2 busy streets in the heart of downtown..only 1 other "shop" down here in the heart.

73847_1214699303957_1723073924_421281_7885548_n.jpg left wall of shop..

39526_1214699183954_1723073924_421280_4230724_n.jpg right corner of shop with a little work done

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soo spent all yesterday stripping down baseboards..6 hrs total..well they used 4 different woods for the base with 4 different heights, and 1 long board was particle board so i cant stain it...needless to say it all got ripped out in a matter of about 30 minutes...oh well, gonna look better now

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some of day 2...71984_1217031042249_1723073924_424251_475237_n.jpg

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end of day 2...74567_1217032762292_1723073924_424266_3144755_n.jpg

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day 3...had to work..only had like an hour to do stuff.ripped up the carpet....74108_1217033602313_1723073924_424272_2776390_n.jpg

day 4..got up early with the kids..worked a full day..went home to spend some family time then down to the shop at 11pm..home at 130am..up at 6am with the kids again...keep telling myself it'll all be worth it..feel like im getting sick and i feel like a zombie...rest when it's done...71625_1217033762317_1723073924_424273_535838_n.jpg

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Good morning Hambone. I'm sure you're busy with the shop but we haven't seen you posting for a minute and was wondering if you all finished the shop? If so, how did the grand opening go? More pictures???? Thanks!

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shop is coming along nicely..shold be open next weekend..thank you for asking by the way..cool to have people actually interested. here is some updated pics as of last night.

flooring 1/2 way done...149772_1221613476807_1723073924_431630_7038537_n.jpg

flooring done...now on to the wood paneling on walls and baseboards..then move in!!! whoo hoo!!74847_1221614076822_1723073924_431636_2213703_n.jpg

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Thanks Hambone for continuing to update us with pictures and info. I always enjoy seeing stuff take shape not just the finished product. When you figure out the opening date please add it to the calendar on the site.

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Looks great! How old are your kids? It must be insane trying to juggle a shop opening with little ones, glad to see that you're pulling it off, and I hope there is a long nap in your future!

If and when you figure it all out, please add something to this conversation regarding finding a balance:

http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/tattooforum/entries/9-Trying-to-find-a-balance

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kids up at 5am this morning for some reason, gonna be a looong day...today we put up the wood paneling and baseboards..should be the last day of construction, if not tomorrow will be. then on to moving in a decorating!!! yeee haww! my little ones are almost 4(daughter) and 1 1/2(son)...they love going down there and seeing it. as far as a balance, my wife works fulltime and is finishing her bachelors degree in a few quarters...so not much balance right now..doing what we need to do i guess...i take care of the kids except for 2 days out of the week (thanks god for grandparents) then when she gets home i go into work..i only work a total of about 4 days a week right now which was wierd for me to adjust to. i like working and being at the shop...but i get to raise my kids which is rad too! i am not really into childcare or babysitters(except family) and i dont want someone else raising my kids..so i pack all i can into those 4 days of work...seem to keep pretty busy..i was "released" from a streetshop when i started getting the ball rolling on my shop..luckily i had a dude that was cool with putting me up at his shop..he has an extra station in his private studio...didnt think i had that much clientel..kinda cool to see. well enough rambling for this morning..time to wake the wifey up so i can go back to bed for a few hours. i will post pics tonight of the shop. thank you all for being interested in it, really cool.

hambone

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well opening day is this saturday @12..i will post pics of the finished shop here soon

Tubular! Thanks for letting us know and we await the tattoo stories and pictures to come from your new shop!!??!!

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alright..opened on saturday the 13th..had a pretty good turn out....had fun and everyone that came in was super stoked on the shop. here are some of the finished pics...thanks for checkin em out.

right side of shop..150540_1228772015766_1723073924_440439_2377170_n.jpg

left side..76643_1228772535779_1723073924_440441_2709977_n.jpg

my co-workers side..76374_1228772695783_1723073924_440443_6511220_n.jpg

my side..76779_1228772775785_1723073924_440444_7680022_n.jpg

waiting area...76614_1228984221071_1723073924_440760_848267_n.jpg

entrance...149910_1228984421076_1723073924_440761_1983227_n.jpg

the tattoo we were doing on all the people that helped out with the building of my shop..76511_1228985181095_1723073924_440768_2443570_n.jpg

there is definitely more i want to do..but that will come with time and money...time to put my head down and get to work now...

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Thank you very much for sharing these early to later stages of opening a tattoo shop with us. All the wood among other things is great and look forward to more from you and the shop!?!

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