We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Hansen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Somehow I knew I’d eventually end up with my own business. The typical 9 to 5 job just wasn’t working for me and I wasn’t entirely happy with where I was at in my career. I wanted change, so I decided to be the change! I worked my butt off to practice my skills after work and on the weekends. I went to local car shows and grew my online presence. It took time, a lot of time in fact to get to a point where I could take the first step which was working full time at my regular job, to part time so that I could focus more on my own business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My Pinstriping and Lettering is an art form that is done by hand with a brush. With modern technology, we generally see computer-generated art and graphics, which is why I love doing what I do even more. It’s unique and completely custom. It took years of practice to get to where I am now, and I still have much to learn! The challenges I have met along the way mostly include improving my artwork and finding the time to do so. Raising a toddler, working a part time job and running my own business has been quite challenging. Time management and customer service skills are a must! It’s a crazy, busy life but as long as I can continue to do what I love, it’s always worth it.
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 live in San Diego, CA. There are literally so many things to do! I am more of a spontaneous person when it comes to going places and doing things, but there are a few go-to places I would take them. We would have to stop at Marieta’s in La Mesa. Best food and margaritas around. If we’re feeling Italian food than I would go to either Marechiaros in El Cajon, or Gaetano’s in Spring Valley. Another thing that we do often (depending on the time of year) is camp in the desert. We usually camp in Plaster City/Painted Gorge area where we ride the trails and explore the desert. Last, but not least, I would find a local car show to take them to. San Diego has lots of great car shows!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been very fortunate to meet and work with so many other talented artists, who have greatly inspired me to keep going and to use my artwork to help others in need. My shoutout goes to Lyle Fisk, Kong’s Pinstriping, Donner Pinstriping, Miss Ricochet, GalvezPinstriping, Marshall Knapp, Chris Blohme and SO many more! Also, a shoutout to my family and amazing husband for their support from day one.