A Day In The Life: Nikki Time


Where did you grow up? In the hills of Oregon

Where do you live? Uptown, Minneapolis

Who do you live with? My wife, Mrs. Jodie Time, and three dogs: Frank, George and Neco

What is your occupation? Owner and tattoo artist, Minneapolis Tattoo Shop

When did you come out? 2005

How’d that go? I was very fortunate to have great support from my family and friends. But society was really hard, and still can be, but it’s definitely changed so much over the years.

When do you wake up? Depends on if my wife keeps me up watching reality TV with her! Typically 9 a.m.

Phone alarm or old school alarm? Google Home alarm, my phone alarm, and my wife’s phone alarm.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Wake my dogs up and annoy my wife.

Breakfast? Half a bagel

Coffee? A must

Cream or no? Cream, always start your morning with some sugar!

How do you spend your commute: Spilling my coffee as I walk to work.

What do you nerd out for (Gaming, music, history, etc.)? Fishing (catch and release, of course). I hardly catch anything, but love being outside!

What music have you been digging lately? Always a fan for 80’s hair bands!

Is your work space tidy or a hot mess? Tidy, hot mess of organization!

What’s been your favorite job? Tattoo artist

Favorite weeknight meal: Go out, take out, or cook in? Going out for Vietnamese Pho

On a usual weeknight, you are doing what? Have nightly dinner with my wife and drawing

Bedtime: 1 a.m.

Favorite weekend activity:  BBQ’n at the lake with my friends and family.

What are you most proud of and why? Starting Minneapolis Tattoo Shop from the very beginning. I had a dream: I saw a for rent sign in a store front, got a few butterflies in my stomach, and just went for it. I opened my doors with only seven dollars in my pocket, and a 24 pack of top ramen. Almost a decade later, I have had the pleasure to work with some amazing tattoo artists, and build great relationships with my clients.

Words of wisdom to share: Stay humble and work hard. Always remember where you started and show appreciation to the people who encourage and support you. If it’s your friends, family, co-workers or strangers, at some point we all help each other along the journey of life.

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