I recently had an opportunity to speak with brawny and bold believer Shawn Pierce.
By: Joshua Conner
Pierce is as big and bold in personality, as the story of his first tattoo.
“I got my first tattoo, in high school, behind my family’s back. So, I went to a tattoo parlor, forging my parent’s signature, because at the time, back in ninety-six all you needed if you weren’t twenty-one yet, was your parent’s signature like a permission slip, basically. So, I went outside and forged it, and I pretended my parents were there in the car. The tattoo artist clearly knew that was not the case.
I forged the signature and it was a two-day event because it was one day of outlining. The first day was just two hours of just the outline, then he picked me up from high school the next day, which was odd and strange. On the way to the tattoo parlor, he was smoking all this pot. I was so nervous at the time, because I was very uptight and not exposed to any of that before, so I was really worried about someone doing a tattoo on me that was really stoned. So, I was like oh shit! He was like don’t worry, it just makes me more creative and really able to get in the zone. I heard him and I was really freaked out. Then, for four hours he did the rest of the tattoo, and I had a friend pick me up from the tattoo parlor.
I hide the tattoos from my family for two months, because it happened in the wintertime. So, I wore a long sleeve shirt every day, and I never let my family see me without a shirt on. I hide this gigantic tattoo on my arm, my shoulder and all the way down to my forearm because it was a very large tattoo for a first one.
Most people get a small tattoo, but I went for big and bold, I got a big dragon on my arm. It really didn’t have any meaning to it. I really wanted to get a big tattoo, it was black and gray. He was a great artist, I would just come to learn through getting more tattoos that all tattoo artists are very unique individuals. They have their own ways of living their lives,” said Pierce.
Pierce gave a lucid title to his life story and choose another big and bold personality to play him in a movie.
“The title, I would say Redemption, and who would play me in a movie? Oh boy, that’s an easy one, The Rock,” said Pierce.
Pierce’s most memorable year was 2000, the year that his son was born. If Pierce could leave his son one quality, it would be positivity.
What does Pierce love about being a chef?
“What do I love about being a chef, well I love food. I just love being able to work with something that I love to be around, I love to eat, I love to prepare food, I love to feed other people and I love being around food,” said Pierce.
What are Pierce’s underwear preferences?
“Boxer briefs and I like sports brands because they are really active. Under Armour makes really great boxer briefs, there stretchy and they also look very good on me, so definitely Under Armour,” said Pierce.
Pierce’s favorite inspirational quote is from a poem by Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
If Pierce could cook a meal, with anyone died or alive, who would it be and what would he serve them?
“I would say because I am religious, I would say Jesus. What would I serve him? That would be tough, I would say some sort of seafood, obviously because being a Christian man. I would want to fix him something he would like, so I would have to say seafood would be my go-to,” said Pierce.
What is Pierce’s mission in the world?
“My mission, I just want to be able to find a way to help people,” said Pierce.