How the Tattoo Culture is Relevant to Your Business with Tim Pangburn

Tim Pangburn is a tattoo artist and business owner. He runs Art Machine Productions which has been consistently voted as best tattoo shop in Philadelphia. He is the mastermind behind ALL of my tattoos that you can look up on my Instagram channel. Tim uses his personal experiences to help others gain better self awareness, and to take ownership of their lives and their careers.

August 9, 2018 33 mins Download (MP3)


01:18 Imagine you just had the best day of your life. Where are you going to eat, and what are you ordering in order to make your day complete?
02:05 Tell me about a time you felt lost or blind in business. What was it like, and how did you overcome it?
03:35 What did that fundamental shift in philosophy do for your business? Did it help and grow the business exponentially?
05:19 Do you have any tips or advice that can help to manage the different personalities that you come into your shop, as well as the team you manage?
06:50 What are some things or techniques that you use to become more creative?
08:35 Have you always been like this? Did you always have this desire to be a business owner?
09:53 What were some of the ways in which you were able to obtain your first 100 customers and how are you continuing to grow your customer base?
12:24 You’re a seasoned entrepreneur within the business space. Is there anything that’s working for you right now? What do you think is the magic now that may have been different from the very beginning?
14:47 What is it about cover-up tattoos that you like?
20:10 Would you be rather be told how to do a tattoo, or would you prefer to have creative freedom?
22:08 Could you talk a little bit behind the motivation behind your artistry?
25:28 What is it about family that just brings it all together for you?
27:18 What is your dream?
29:31 The Blind Entrepreneur podcast was created for those individuals that may be temporarily blind in business. To those individuals, what are 3 pieces of advice that you could share with them?

How Tim Pangburn Was Able to Achieve His First 100 Customers

Marketing techniques, I think, go hand in hand with basically everything; you just have to figure out how to incorporate your own field works in it. When I started growing my customer base as opposed to just waiting for people to just waltz in the shop looking for a tattoo, I didn’t understand much about marketing or branding at the time. So, what I did was create a Myspace page and I would find other tattoo persons, as well as posting pictures – I would do a form of guerilla marketing with business cards too – I’d slide my business cards everywhere to increase my exposure, offer discounts, etc. and that’s how I began building clients. As I got older, I learnt that it’s just as important, if not more so, to build relationships with people and not just see them as a sale or a lead.

Tim Pangburn’s Dream

To be honest, this is a bit of a multilayered question to me. I want to be able to help as many people as I can to improve their lives and be living the lives they want. But it can also humorously be a little selfish in the sense that I would want said people to like me for what I do. But on a serious note, I just want my family to be comfortable; I don’t want my wife and kids to ever want for anything. I want to be able to take care of the people I work with, and make them happy. My clients; I also want them to be happy as well.

Three Pieces of Advice From Tim Pangburn

My first piece of advice would be to be honest – with yourself and other people. But not that ‘surface honesty’; be truly honest with your intentions, motives and reasons for your actions. That, I find, will give you much needed insight. As for my second piece of advice, I would say to work hard. Always work hard. If you want to be successful in your business, you can’t slack off. You may think that because you have people working for you, you don’t need to be in the office as much. That’s not true. As a matter of fact, you need to be there twice as much. Be sure not to complain about every single unpleasant occurrence; these will happen. Push through it and put in the effort. Lastly, always be willing to help others. Even if you don’t see a benefit to you, do it anyway. Unless it puts you in a bad position, you should always be seeking to help people – it keeps you humble, honest and it helps to build integrity for your business and your brand.