Symphonic Skin staff writer Jack Heron caught up with the busy co-owner of our magazine, Clement McKie aka Mac, to give our readers a little insight on the man behind the idea of a tattoo and arts magazine.
What is it that you do?
Mac: “I am a DJ and entrepreneur. When I retired from the military, I loved DJing, so I decided to start an entertainment company. I have a few models that model with me. I DJ and work with a few other DJs. The intent is promotion, and for the models to get exposure. We do events, weddings, birthday parties, etc… I try to do a little bit of investing into other people’s businesses, if I see the potential in you doing greater, I would invest myself, my time, and my money. There’s very few people that I do give my time and energy too, and those are the people I want to see prosper.”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Mac: “Retired. In five years, I have to be done-done. The business takes off and it’s doing great, because we also have the magazine, and it’s doing well enough to where I can sit back and make sure everything is good to go, like the board of directors.”
Is there anything you would tell your younger self?
Mac: “We never know what we want to do when we’re young. But that should never excuse to not prepare. Parents always tell us save money, go to school. To me, I wouldn’t say school is a waste, but what school teaches, and the practicality of the actual job are two different things. So, you have to figure out how to balance the two. Having money is definitely a gift, whether you start early, or someone invests in you, having some type of collateral to get into this business, because just my DJing alone is a pretty penny. It’s not a cheap hobby. It’s one of those things that you have to prepare yourself for. Don’t wait until you get down the road to say ‘oh, I need this.’ So that way, when you get there, you have just about everything you need.”
Do you have any final words before we close this out?
Mac: “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. It does get frustrating and discouraging. Do what you love, so that no matter what, at least you’ll have the strength to keep moving forward.”