Luke Wessman is a world class tattoo artist and entrepreneur. He has taken the art of tattoos and pushed it to the next level. Along the way he has grown his brand and created opportunities with Harley Davidson, Hermès, Urban Decay and so many more. Learn how Luke has pushed himself and how he’s been able to be so successful in this Vibe Sesh!
Recently I had the opportunity to go on Lunch Break Live with Jane Velez Mitchell and share one of my favorite Get Your Vibes recipes, the always versatile and super easy Cashew Garlic Dip!
I like to make this recipe at the start of each week because I enjoy adding a dollop on my salads, soups, toast and have it ready as a dip for any impromptu hang outs at my house. It’s convenient and has great flavor.
Start by soaking the cashews in 2 ½ cups in hot water for about 45 minutes to an hour. Drain the cashews but save at least 1 cup of water, it’s important that all the cashews are covered by the hot water. In a high-powered blender or nutribullet, add the cashews, cloves of garlic, black pepper, salt, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and then add the cashew water and blend!
It really is that easy! I love to plate it and serve it as a crudité plate, as a spread on a sandwich as opposed to mayo, and like I mentioned earlier I love adding a dollop on top of my salad, soup or even a pasta dish, it also is a great replacement for sour cream! So, as you see its simple, healthy and there are so many ways to enjoy it!
1 ½ cups of cashews
2-3 cloves of garlic (depending on your flavor pallet)
Juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon of black pepper
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
¼ cup of nutritional yeast
One of the things I've learned on this journey with Get Your Vibes is how important it is to be real with yourself. When you're starting a business, or any new adventure that has passion driving it, it can be hard to see things from an objective view. This can prevent necessary moves from being made or tasks being completed. This week, let's all focus on keeping it real, especially ourselves.
When keeping it real, it's best to do it and be positive about it, keeping it real is a good thing, so be happy! We always have room to grow, there are so many ways we can be better. When we think from a positive, open, eager place, we position ourselves to align with positive, fulfilling, and new opportunities. This helps keep the fire lit, because when you are trying to Get Your Vibes, you are always striving to be and do better.
It's important to understand that we are never done learning, we can always learn more. Be real, be real with yourself and open to new possibilities coming to you. Try not to judge your path, this will allow you to see things as they are and not how we or others perceive them to be.
Learn to trust yourself and your intuition. Keep it real with yourself, because if you can't keep it real with you, then who can you keep it real with?
Use the hashtag #VOTW and show us how you Get Your Vibes!
There are a lot of ways to describe Jeramie Hopson. Passionate and authentic, are two words that come to mind when talking about the Music Marketing Specialist at Beats By Dre. Hardworking, is another one, you don't get to work for such a notable brand without discipline and diligence. But the quality that stands out the most about Hopson, is how positive his energy is. Undoubtably, his positivity is an energetic force that is genuinely felt by all, and it is no mistake. Hopson's self awareness has created a life of fulfillment both personally and professionally.
Read more in this month's #VibeSesh, with Jeramie Hopson...
Q: Tells us about your role at Beats By Dre?
A: I’m a Music Marketing Specialist. My role ranges from helping manage and track budgets, product placement in Music Videos, updating the team on music trends, staying up to date on both emerging and established artist, product seeding, talent management, and lastly, but most importantly providing a platform for artist to bring their vision to life through various creative and experiential properties.
What has your path to Beats been like?
This could honestly be a very long answer. But in short, it has been an enlightening journey filled with plenty of GodWinks. GodWinks are the signs that happen in life that let you know you’re on the right path. It’s God’s way of winking at you to let you know he has your back. I really pay attention (sometimes too much) to the signs. What I mean by that is my dad use to be a professional drummer, so I grew up in a music household. I played basketball at the collegiate level. I spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force working in Montana on ICBM’s. Received a degree in Business Marketing at Westminster College in Utah. Worked for a small agency in Venice, CA called Zambezi learning and marketing for culturally relevant sports and lifestyle brands. Then, in 2014 I was blessed with an opportunity to come to Beats by Dr. Dre right after the Apple acquisition. At each of these stops I’ve picked up skills that are helping me thrive in my current position.
I believe one of the most important lessons you'll learn is to just be yourself, and by doing that you’ll attract the people you need to attract. When you attract the right people they’ll help guide you to the right path. It’s also a blessing to have amazing bosses and mentors in your life who’ll give you the tools to prepare you for where you’re meant to be.
A lot of what you do is help bring artists’ creative vision to life, through content, events and marketing. What’s the key to staying true to the artist, maintaining integrity and marketing their vision?
Great question. Maintaining integrity is the easiest part for me. I pride myself in being extremely open and transparent with artist. At times I worry that I’m too honest. But what I want to do is continue to operate with integrity because it makes the working relationship better. Every idea has a truth or an insight and I always try to find out what that is. Artist are very creative human beings that create based on experiences or truths, and I just listen to what those are, do my research, and the dots start connecting themselves. If they don’t already have an idea of what they want to do, the ideas come to me or the team naturally because of how in tune we are to insights and truths.
That’s when the joy really comes, once we’re able to help deliver on their vision and see both the artist, industry and fans feel it and enjoy it.
You recently had the opportunity to work with Big Boi on his album launch, how was that experience for you both personally and professionally?
I want to eventually write a book about this one and not to gloat but to share what I learned from it and to help people who have hopes, dreams and aspirations to do things with people they’ve always looked up to or admired. This is actually the second time I’ve been able to do something like this in my career the first was working with and for Kobe. That’s for another time.
OutKast is my favorite group of all time. They were the first artist I saw in concert, they were the first artist I knew every word to. I’ve purchased every album both as a group and solo. Watched Idlewild several times. I can write a short essay about this, but I’ll save your readers. We all have an artist we feel this way about and many who feel the same about OutKast. But what was cool about this was seeing how when you’re passionate about something how much it can drive you to do unbelievable things that you don’t even know you can do. This was a breakthrough moment for me in my career. I had a lot of self doubts, insecurities, etc. but while I was working on this project I was plowing through walls going through a million different emotions. I’m sure people thought I was straight crazy I was so determined to work with Big Boi and help him promote his album. I got to experience where he started his career, where he continues to create his music, I got to be around his family. To be honest it didn’t even hit me until it was done. It hit me when the content went into the world. I was never living in the moment because I was so concerned with making sure every detail was right. But what I do know is that God gave me that opportunity and I had some really amazing people helping me bring that to life from the label, to Big’s management, to my team at Beats, everyone did their part and it was a dream come true. I’m truly thankful and grateful for everything that project taught me. I’ll save the rest for a book or a podcast haha.
You are a husband and a dad, your little ones keep you busy, how do you sustain work/life balance and being present with your family?
This is a great question and something I’m still very much learning how to do. I work in an industry (music) where a lot of my peers are either single and/or don’t have kids. I came into the industry with both so I put a ton of pressure and unnecessary stress on myself in the beginning thinking about that. I doubted myself and felt like I wouldn’t really be able to make it because of those responsibilities. But what I’ve realized is that the most important responsibility you will have in life is being there for your family, and by balancing that correctly and taking care of family first, it gives you the energy needed to do great things in any aspect of your life. So now, sustaining it and being present with them really helps keep me grounded and gives me an outlet to escape the constant demands and madness that come with work.
Another blessing and something I don’t take for granted is having co-workers who believe in my future and are understanding of how important it is to balance work/family definitely helps. But it also means I have to work smarter and be efficient and focused with my time. I wear this bracelet that has the word “balance” on it as well to give myself a daily reminder, because life is really all about balance.
Lastly, a lot of prayer and meditation. =)
How would you describe the impact that music can have on people?
I’ve always said the only thing that can change the world and make it a better place is music. I say that because the right music can evoke the most amazing feeling and it can really bring people together if used correctly. It can lift you up when you’re down, pump you up for a workout, remind you of a past experience, and if you put a slow jam on when you’re in a dark place, it can make you cry - I could go on.
Think about all the things that can have an impact on your life outside of music…now add music to those things and think about how much it enhances those moments.
I also think about it like this, when you go to a festival or a concert to see an artist think about how many different types of people come to a show? Now think about all the different ways that artist and his music has impacted peoples lives? The beautiful thing about that is how it brings people together for both the same and different reasons.
I’ll end with this, think about a life with no music? A movie or show with no music?
What are some beliefs or truths that you live by, whether it be personal or professional?
I always use the term “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”. Anyone that knows me knows I’m really about that and preach it. There have been times I’ve gotten away from that and when that happens there’s usually a harsh lesson that follows. You can’t do anything by yourself, it usually almost always takes a team of people. My other new mantra is “Be a Light”. I feel like being a light is important, there’s such a positive connotation to what it means to be a light. There’s nothing negative about light, it only attracts and exudes positive energy.
What are Vibes to you?
Vibes to me is the energy that radiates off of you. Positive energy you can feel. People who are positive and exude love carry extraordinary Vibes. There are bad Vibes too, but no one wants to talk about bad Vibes.
How do you Get Your Vibes?
The first thing I do to get my Vibes is put on music. Sometimes I just meditate. Go to the beach, there’s something about the water, and the sun and the energy that radiates off of people at the beach. I ride my bike and put music on while I ride down the strand. Crystals. Go to the movies, I really love movies, really good TV shows with great storylines and cinematography. I just started burning Sage. There’s also this thing I do when I have the time… if you go outside on a roof or patio or any space where it’s quiet when the sun first comes up, or right as the sun is setting - just sit quietly, there’s this Vibe you get. I call it the Golden Hours (right after sunrise, right before sunset). Basically when the sky has this awesome color to it and there’s not a lot going on, it’s quiet and calm it’s such a dope Vibe. Praying or listening/watching a sermon or motivational speech are also instant Vibe starters.
Where can we connect with you?
Website: Work in progress
We are really excited at Get Your Vibes to be sharing a new blog that we will be posting monthly called #VibeSesh. We all know what a vibe session is, when you're hanging with your friends, the energy is good, you feel uplifted, motived and inspired. When you see, hear or read about people who are taking the road less traveled, following their passion and succeeding, it's good for your soul! Your hustle will get a jolt of good vibes to say the least.
Vibe Sesh, is a Q&A, with a rising boss who is making their own lane, has good vibes and grit. We want to know what inspires them, how they have grown and where they see their passions taking them. We have interviews with Jonathan Fields from King of Fresh, celebrity stylist, Brianna Agosto, acupuncturist to top athletes Cammy Polson and much more!
Keep a look out over the next few weeks for our first edition of Vibe Sesh! Thanks for all the support and we love helping you Get Your Vibes!
Some of the common themes that have been popping up in my life and many others is change, but how it's contradicted in our life. Change is the only constant, that we know but with all the swirling change taking place in my external world, I find a few things in my world not changing. My beliefs that keep my grounded, how I treat people, whether in business or personal, what I truly value in people and in myself, these are all things that haven't changed over the years and I am so glad for that.
It's so important that when chaos is all around us that we are steady within and hold on strong to our truth. It's important to remain kind and compassionate towards ourselves and other. As much as your path may change and life takes you in different directions, perhaps unexpected, one thing that shouldn't change is your truth and the beliefs that make you who you are, don't sacrifice that. Embrace change, knowing that you're in a certain position in life for a particular reason and even if it's testing you, it's because it's asking you to honor the truth within.
One of my teachers, Bobby Klein, says, "Do not stop or change your principles on the path to completion and wellness. To adapt to the changes before you duration of the spirit and grace is called for. Take time to renew the self."
Pay attention to the period in the title. Do not negotiate with your mind, that's it, end of story. This is something that I tell myself, daily. Especially when the alarm clock goes off at 6 A.M., and I (at times) disgruntled put on my workout clothes, "don't you hit that snooze button, remember, you don't negotiate with me", says my mind. When it comes to setting your mind and brain to accomplish a self improving goal, don't leave any room for negotiation.
Why would you negotiate on something that is going to make you better and improve an aspect of yourself? So whether it's an early morning workout, meditating, eating healthy or setting boundaries or a new routine, or having positive self talk, don't negotiate. Tell yourself that, write it down, hold yourself accountable because you are worthy of accomplishing all your desires and goals.
When it comes to where we are in the present moment, it is so important that we take ownership of our successes and failures. When we take ownership, we empower ourselves to make better choices and when we make better choices we will ultimately lead more fulfilled lives.
When we give responsibility to someone else, we are giving away our power. No one can make choices for you and no one can make you feel a certain way unless you allow them. Take back ownership, power and responsibility, shifts will start to happen in your life. How you show up and will greatly impact what shows up for you in life.
What is it that you REALLY want? Once you’ve decided that, what is your plan on how to make that happen? An idea or desire is nothing without a plan. So, plan on what you want and then plan on receiving it, take responsibility for it and realize that things in life are happening for you, not to you. Remember, when you allow someone to make choices for you or allow them to make you feel a certain way, you are giving away your power.
Tonight, there is a new moon, so the night sky will be dark as we build up to a full moon over the next two weeks. New Moons are an excellent time to write down your goals, plan and what you would like to manifest in your life. Spend some time getting still, put the pen to paper and take ownership of your life!!
Show us on Instagram and Twitter how you Get Your Vibes and use the #VOTW hashtag!
What you tell yourself on the inside, the universe responds to on the outside, it hears everything and this is why our inner self talk is so important.
Let this Vibe of The Week inspire you to be more aware and mindful of your self-talk, let it encourage you to be positive, compassionate and hopeful.
Embrace the powerful capabilities that live within all of us. We are born into this world with limitless potential and it is on us to decide and to stand in our power to make the most of the vastness that resides within.
Challenge yourself to engage in your self talk, in a loving, believing, commanding way and watch the Universe rise up to meet you and greet you with all of your desires and then some.
Sending you all lots of love and good vibes!
Every Monday, we are going to share a Vibe of The Week with our readers. This can be a thought, mantra or even an idea, something to evolve your thinking and help you Get Your Vibes.
This first edition of #VOTW, is to help create an awareness of energy, also known as vibes. Do you notice the energy you carry? Can you feel other peoples vibes and does their energy make you feel good or bad? We are 100% responsible for our vibes and the energy that we bring every day, it's our choice. Take pride in the energy you radiate and be mindful of how you allow or don’t allow others to impact your vibes.
For this #VOTW set some time aside to think about energy, period. Then feel your energy and ask yourself, what am I creating and what am I doing to create my vibes? Do you take time for yourself to simply do things that make you feel good? Maybe go for a walk, get out in nature, meditate, or journal, these are all ways to help you become more in tune and aware of your energy and more importantly raise your vibrations. Energy is real, we all know it, we all feel it, trust it, energy doesn't lie. We were born with the gift of intuition and the choice is ours to strengthen it, let it guide us in life towards what feels best and to be the most authentic and truest version of our best self.
The purpose of Vibe of The Week is to simply get you thinking or perhaps thinking differently. Let's pay attentions on purpose and let's be aware of our energy and the energy around us. How you show up in life magnetizes what shows up for you, the choice is yours. Now go on and Get Your Vibes!
Use the hashtags #VTOW and #GetYourVibes to show us how you're creating that good energy! You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @Get_Your_Vibes and search Get Your Vibes on Facebook! We look forward to interacting with you and being apart of your good vibe tribe!