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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Tattoo artist Mohan Gurung's journey from Thamel to New York

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha January 5, 2018 :
In conversation with veteran tattoo artist Mohan Gurung, who started out from a tattoo shop in Pokhara then at Thamel all the way to New York now. From an early start in life, most of us were expected or even forced to become a doctor, engineer or a pilot. Anything else was deemed mediocre. Though this narrow perception for the future is gradually changing now, things were no different for Mohan Gurung while growing up in the 1970’s. But beating all odds, he did a decent job of flowing against the tide and debunking stereotypes. He went against the currents, and stood his ground when everything and everyone around told him to do otherwise. Body clad with tattoos and piercings as well, he contradicts everything that people negatively stereotype about people with body art and modification. Today, he has it made – an underdog who achieved so much in a profession where few would tread on. After more than a decade of struggle in successfully running his continuously expanding business, he has now established himself as an acclaimed tattoo artist. This is the story about his artistic journey.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.