We Are The Professionals
Have you ever seen something that someone does and you’re like, “Oh THAT’s tight! Maybe I could do that” and then you try to do it too, and it’s terrible, and you hate it, and you say to yourself, “WELP! Never doing THAT again!”
Here is a story about how I saw an ACTUAL artist use resin and how I realized that I’m going to leave that to a professional and not think I could swing it because the internet exists and I am very good at the Google machine.
I’ve followed Frank, an incredible artist that not only does some incredible paint but also makes his own resin parts for motorcycles, for about 3 years now. I only know him as Frank. Instagram knows him as @viciouscycles. I mean the guy is incredible-I saw him arrange and pour resin over a bat skeleton with flowers into a custom made tank that he also painted.
3 years ago, before I even started riding motorcycles, I was following motorcycle Instagrams. You know-Biltwell, ChopCult, Cycle Zombies, The VNM - Specifically Richard Minino (Fun Fact: Richard resined a roach smoking a roach into a tank at Born Free a few years ago and it blew my mind), and guys like Frank.
I have a problem where I am easily inspired. I know that’s a weird thing to say. But when I see someone doing a cool thing, I go, “DANG. I wanna do a cool thing. Could I do THAT cool thing? I could do that cool thing.” Only to realize that I cannot do that cool thing. Then I’m sad. Then I have to drag myself out of the sadness and try to remember something super important:
Just because something is rad does not mean that you need to do that thing too; and that is perfectly fine.
If you have read any of the other blogs you know that I want to do all of the things and I want to do them all, all by myself.
Back to the Story:
So I watch Frank and Richard and a bunch of other craft artists pouring resin for not only motorcycle parts, but jewelry, accessories, art, and I think to myself, “That looks so cool. I wanna do that.”
So I buy all of the things I need: Resin, mixing accessories, molds, wax to make my own molds, all of the things that the internet tells me I need.
I get it all home.
I follow all of the directions.
…Most of the directions…
I didn’t follow the directions.
For those of you that don’t know, resin is supposed to harden. Like the amber in Jurassic Park. You know, the bug with the dinosaur DNA on the old guy’s cane.
So I let my resin sit for the correct amount of time, I check it out to pop out of the molds, I flip the mold tray over…
…and there is wet stick resin all over me. Nothing is set. I mean nothing. It’s like someone blew their nose on me. I did it wrong. I didn’t take it seriously and I wasted not only a bunch of money but time that I could’ve been doing something that I could’ve actually been taking seriously instead of thinking, “I got this.”
So a few months ago, I was talking to a friend about the entire experience of how I am never going to try pouring resin ever again and they responded by saying, “Of course you sucked at it.”
We’re not friends anymore.
But they explained it like this,
“You can’t take something that someone has been practicing and pouring their lifeblood into and think that you can nail it down on your first try. Nothing really works that way. Especially not for you. You compare yourself to everyone that does something you think is cool. You’re one of those people that if a project actually means something to you, you’re going to sit there and do it over and over again until you get it right. You’re not a hobby person. Resin isn’t a hobby activity. It takes practice. You almost burned your house down learning how to roast coffee. You’ve ruined alot of clothes trying to screen print shirts. You have crashed your computer hundreds of times creating 200 different layers, designing different shirts on Photoshop only to realize THAT’S not how you use Photoshop. Because it means something to you. Leave something to the professionals.”
And that’s where I’m at.
If you’re taking on a new project, hobby, side hustle, whatever: Take it seriously. Put in the work. Hustle hard. And above all, and I’m still working on this-Don’t try to compare yourself in your progress to the people around you.
Because your story is your story. This is my story. It’s not a GREAT one, but it’s mine. And that’s kind of tight.
Follow @viciouscycles. Happy Wednesday.