I've always wanted to have control over my life and my time. Working a 9-5 has never been fulfilling for me so I knew I had to create the life that I wanted. I never wanted to be stuck doing the same thing everyday. I needed to develop several skills that were in demand and that I liked doing. I tried a lot of side hustles.
I screen printed t-shirts for a while. Screen printing opened my eyes to the printing world and the amount of options for branding. You can put your logo on practically anything now. I still design shirt art but I sold the screen-printing equipment. I keep a heat press around the shop for short runs and testing.
I started designing and installing boat graphics in 2014. Most of the boats I did were name-swaps. The gelcoat under the old name would fade differently that the rest of the boat. So before putting on the new name, the boat must be buffed and polished. After the new name has been applied I wax over the whole thing to protect it. Most vinyl boat names last about 5-7 years before fading. Here's a few jobs I done.