Brian Almeida, of Linden, N.J., is a well-educated and diverse tattoo artist, graduating from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in illustration. He now owns and operates “Exclusive Inkz,” his own tattoo shop.
He also started his own clothing line while still in high school. “I did a lot of custom airbrushing and hand painting on all types of clothing and shoes,” he said.
Then he opened his own custom body/performance shop called “Exclusive Imports.” “I raced and competed in car shows for four years, winning 50 first-place trophies,” he beamed. About four years ago, Brian closed his body shop and became a serious, full-time remote-controlled (RC) modeler.
“I’ve always been into model building, particularly RC models,” Brian said. “I wanted to try something new, and being part of the fast-growing RC model world fascinated me.”
Brian began by selling small toolboxes and accessories. “I started advertising my work on Facebook, and people instantly loved it. I began receiving orders for custom work, and the business took off from there,” he said.
He now builds, according to him, “everything and anything under the sun that has to do with scale cars, trucks and garages.”
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by Larry LeMasters