We had the good fortune of connecting with John Pagnam and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi John, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance is very important. Early in my career I was very work focused and left little time for anything else. I was prone to burn outs and developed health issues as a result. Today I have more balanced days allowing for exercise, good sleep, and time with my wife. I work half as much as I used but am more productive. I find your quality of work is more important than volume.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a professional illustrator, painter and tattooer. I believe what sets me apart from others in this field is my ability to connect with people. The experience people have with you is just as important as the art they are getting. This is especially true in tattooing as you can end up spending much time with a client depending on the project. Creating art for people continues to excite me and becomes more so the more I pursue my own authentic style. Getting to where I am today has had many challenges but I believe struggle is essential to purpose and meaning. The most important lesson I’ve learned along the way is to put all your doubts and fears aside and go for whatever your passions are. The sooner you do the better. The ultimate goal I have for myself to the world is to make a meaningful contribution.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the Dallas Museum of Art, the Perot and the Dallas Aquarium. For food my favorite place is Fujiyama.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many things outside of myself that have contributed to my success. Ive had many mentors, read many books, and a loving wife. All have contributed greatly to achieving my goals. Instead of naming anything in particular I encourage all three. Find good mentors, read many books and if you are ready for it get married.

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