We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula Diamond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paula, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
There are a couple of things actually. One is that our industry is nothing like Ink Master. Another thing is that this takes years of hard work and dedication. Buying a kit on eBay and butchering yourself and your friends out of the house is not only foolish, but, also incredibly dangerous. Professionals are trained not only on how to properly use our equipment, we are also trained on BBP, PPE, and aseptic techniques. We do this to protect ourselves and our clients from infectious diseases like Hepititis.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would say it definitely wasn’t easy to get were I am today. As a shop owner you have to find a balance between work and personal life. If you can’t find the right balance one or the other can definitely suffer. Our industry is constantly evolving and you must learn to adapt or be left behind. I have tried to change the minds of people concerning the negative stereotype that seems to follow our industry. I am truly blessed with the success of the shop. I owe that to my amazing team of dedicated and talented artists. We are an all female appointment only shop that prides itself on our quality work, customer service and cleanliness. We also really try and be an active part of our community. The shop is part of our local chamber of commerce. We also do a lot of fundraising for different organizations in our area. Last year we partnered with Midcities Montessori provide Christmas to 20 area families. We also raised money for a local animal shelter, payed off the entire student lunch debt for my sons school, raised money for a dog rescue, and for a center that helps rehabilitate wayward teens.
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.
Oh wow, that is easy. My best friend and I both love food. So for the first stop would take them to The Pineapple Grill. They are a local family owned authentic Hawaiian food restaurant. Their Hawiian barbecue chicken is on point. After that I would take them to Central Arts of Hurst. It is a local non-profit art gallery that also helps do wonderful things for our community. The last spot I would take them for the night would be to the historic Haltom Theater that my friend owns. They could listen to live music, catch a comedy show, get some tasty snacks and grab a beer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout would have to be to my friends and family. These are the people who have stood by me from the beginning. They believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. Always pushing me to try harder, to be better and never give up. I think that many of us would not be as successful as we are in life if we did not have our loved ones in the background cheering us on, helping us celebrate our success and picking us up, dusting us off and shoving us back out there when we fail.
Other: my personal fb is Paula Diamond Shop instagram is @diamondtattooparloroffical My booking email is firstname.lastname@example.org Shop email is email@example.com