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Conversations with Ron Galido

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ron Galido. 

Hi Ron, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started this part of the journey with a very good friend/ brother Brandon “sarapbuhay” Ortega back in 2013. He was originally from San Diego living in Texas, Long story short, asked him if he wanted to tattoo and we opened up a shop in lemon grove, and the rest was history… 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There’s always something, but you learn along the way, it’s been an exciting journey thus far. Just learning to navigate through the tattoo industry, to get recognition, and make a name for yourself among the sea of other shops. Yet, he we are still living the Goodlife. 

A tattoo artist looking for a job once told me, “You will never make it in the industry just doing Polynesian tattoos alone…” funny thing was, he was looking for a shop to work in. Wish he could see me now and see how far I’ve come doing just that. God saw me through my struggles and I continue doing my best to show others it can be done. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a Filipino tattoo artist, specializing in Polynesian tattoos, or what I like to refer to as Polypino tattoos, Polynesian flow with a Filipino twist. 

What I’m proud of most is that I can attribute my success and the success of Goodlife in our belief that we couldn’t have done it without the Lord. It takes away the feeling of doing it ourselves but, in what He has done through us. Our foundational verse is, to whom much is given, much is required. We have been given much so we reach out and help out as God leads, 

What sets me apart is my vibe and intimacy I have with my clients creating an atmosphere where we can develop lifelong friendships. I pray for each and every one of them before I start tattooing. Whether or not they believe in Him, it opens the door to a relationship with Him 

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success to me is living out my day in my purpose. It’s setting out to be of service and being used to bring a smile on someone’s face, instilling or reminding someone of their worth and inspiring others. It isn’t about having money. People will spend their lives chasing money and still not experience success, coz they’re too busy trying to make a living and forget to live a life. In my own opinion, the true measure of success is in the lives you have inspired, encouraged, and touched… In the time you were given. 

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