Moving right along with a wonderful interview with Wade Bond, owner and operator of Bonded Ink, located at 848 Main street in Sydney Mines. Wade is a very talented local tattoo artist who is full of creativity and inspiration. We had the opportunity to ask Wade some questions and here is what he had to say:
Tell us why you started this venture:
I started this venture because I was always very interested in art, and it seemed like a great way to try something new while developing my existing skills. I also had a little pressure from friends to try it ;)
Tell us what you have to offer/bring to Cape Breton:
I offer Cape Breton the opportunity to collect nice art for their skin in a friendly, safe, and professional environment. It gives them a way to express themselves with their own flavor. Now that Tattoos have lost most of the stigma attached to them, more and more people are taking advantage of it.
Any big plans coming up:?
Hmmmm...big plans...well I have an apprentice right now, Devin O'Brien. He's on the right track to becoming a great tattoo artist. I'm hoping he'll be ready in the near future to start the journey himself.
Most important thing you learned about running your own business in Cape Breton?:
The most important thing I learned about running a business in Cape Breton is that you have to manage your time and finances very carefully. We don't have the same economy or population known to other places or cities, therefore running a business here is a little tricky. I've also learned that people here are very faithful, and I love having a business here in Cape Breton....wouldn't do it anywhere else.
What are your favorite things to do or places to visit in Cape Breton when not busy running the business?
My favorite things to do, or places to visit...I like to spend as much time in the woods/in nature as I can. My father always took me hunting and fishing when I was younger, and I still carry that love of the wilderness. I also like to travel around the maritimes with my family...Black Brook Beach is a favorite spot for us to go....the kids love the waves!
Thank you so much Wade for taking the time to speak with us.