Cleveland Gen X Tattoo Artist Exemplifies Entrepreneurship - Page 2
Despite the fact many Xers shy away from group identification and don’t have a strong affinity for their generation’s name, for Antonick, it hit home. “That’s how I felt — like an outcast.”
But, just as the edgy, somewhat subversive term Generation X is now less of a pejorative, people are more likely to assign different labels to Antonick. Among them are tattoo artist, successful entrepreneur and small business owner.
“Tattooing has been good to me,” he says. “It has given me a lot of freedom you don’t find in many professions.”
Still, Antonick remembers growing up and hearing about starving artists.
“My sisters either got good jobs or went on to further their education,” Antonick says. “I got my education on the street. Now, the drop-out is the one who owns his own business and home; the one they call when they need to borrow money.
“If you work hard enough at something you bad enough you can go far. I may never be rich, but I am doing pretty well for myself.”
Today, Generation X, reared during a most anti-child phase, is considered the most child-focused of the generations. Antonick’s experience bears witness to the collective persona. “When my son was born, I made him a promise that I would always be there for him. About a year ago, I told him I loved him and he said, ‘Why do you say that sooo much?’ “I said because I would rather you complain that I say it too much than to ever have to wonder if I actually loved you.”
Gen X Tattoos is located on Vine Street in Willougby, Ohio.