Jagger talks about what brought him to Oregon
Jagger: Well, Connecticut, in my opinion, kinda sucks. It's a really pretty place but it's not somewhere that I wanted to spend my 20s. I moved there when I was 19 years old and I moved out of there not, I guess out of necessity because Hurricane Sandy happened. I don't know if you remember that back in 2012.
Jagger: So the tattoo shop that I was doing counter for, I was running their jewelry counter, they closed because a hurricane blew one of their studios - well, two of their studios away. Yeah, they're on the shore and they just blew two the studios away and it's the three or four they had at the time. I got an opportunity that I couldn't pass up in Connecticut and work with some really great people for a few years, but Connecticut was just getting really bland.
Jagger: Because there's not a lot of stuff to do, especially moving there when you're 19, you didn't go to high school there so you didn't have like a friend rapport and I was too young to go to bars and stuff and mingle with folks, so I was just in a weird social state and then I actually met Tyler when I was working there and yeah, I came out to visit and then I finally met Tyler in person and he told me he's like, because I used to work at Avanti for a little bit.
Jagger: He was like, if you move out here, I'll give you a job, no questions asked, so I moved out and started working for him and I was making jewelry and then my jewelry grew and parted ways, and I've been there, been back there a couple times for different occasions but yeah. In Oregon, I've been here for almost five years.
Jessica: Wow. Yeah!
Jessica: In Oregon, it's a beautiful place.
Jagger: Yeah, I'm really happy about it and I feel this is kinda where I belong so yeah, because being from New Jersey, I go back to visit and it's kind of like "bleh." I mean, I love it there and it's wild to say that I'm just from New Jersey because once you're from New Jersey, you don't usually leave New Jersey, and I -
Jagger: It's a weird thing like you die in New Jersey, it doesn't matter if you move to outerspace for the rest of your life, you will die in New Jersey somehow.
Jessica: This is where you're gonna be.
Jagger: It's just where you're gonna be, yeah. So that's just kind of the whole idea and I was able to kind of break that mold and it was nice.
Jessica: Yeah, well, you don't sound like you're from New Jersey.
Jagger: Yeah, when I first moved here, I did.
Jagger: Yeah, well, New Jersey...North Jersey has the accent that's really hardcore but there's different things I would say like water. I would say worger.
Jagger: Yeah, I would say it super weird. My old man, my dad still says like that but because every time I go back, he's like, Jagger you talk different and I'm like, what is a goody man? And it's just stupid little things like that or when I see friends and stuff that come to visit, they're like, yeah, why do you say like those? Why don't you say like those? I don't know, you just like assimilate into the culture that you're in and I don't feel like people in Oregon really have an accent.
Jessica: I don't feel either.
Jagger: Yeah, I just had a little one from the few things that I said different in New Jersey, that's all but, when people talk like this, or I don't know from mafia movies and stuff, that's just North Jersey, and they basically live in New York. Yeah, I mean, North Jersey is like, Beaverton to Portland.
Jessica: Oh really?
Jagger: It's like, there's subway lines yeah, they go right into Manhattan and you're on the subway for like 15 [inaudible 15:40].
Jessica: Oh, wow. Okay.
Jagger: So yeah, New Jersey super small too, only takes two and a half hours to get through the whole state.
Jessica: Oh, wow! Okay. The only part of the East Coast I've been on is Florida. I've not been anywhere up.
Jagger: Right on. I've been to almost every state.
Jessica: That's cool.
Jagger: I drove here, so -
Jessica: Oh yeah, that would make sense. What is the modification culture between them the East Coast and the West Coast, is it different?