degelis_tufts_arianna_huffingtonDegelis and her role model, Arianna Huffington

We bet you’ve seen celebrities and stylish girls flaunting eye-catching metallic tattoos around town. This female founder is one of the leaders of the trend that is taking over music festivals and Instagram photos, and we were fortunate enough to snag an interview with the busy lady! After making the tough decision to leave her finance job, Degelis Tufts started TribeTats. The move paid off because in just a short year the brand has hosted events with both Victoria’s Secret and Rebecca Minkoff! Scroll to learn how Degelis garnered her success…

Who are some of your role models?

I am a big fan of Arianna Huffington, who I was able to meet recently. She is an incredible female entrepreneur and an evangelist for life balance after nearly killing herself of exhaustion growing the Huffington Post. Her book Thrive provides a framework for the new definition of a successful life – we need to go beyond “titles and paychecks” and build a life mosaic whose components reflect our true values.

I am also an enormous Tina Fey fan – being able to laugh at yourself to maintain perspective is immeasurably important, and she is the poster child of that (and also a UVA alum!). Just love her – check out her book Bossy Pants if you haven’t already.

tribetats interviewDegelis (left) applying TribeTats to a Victoria’s Secret Model

What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?

My dad has always reminded me that failure is not defined as trying and failing, it’s defined as not trying. I actually saved this from an email from him: “You have failed when you don’t follow your driving force – when you become complacent, going with the safe, no bruising involved. To be fair, that works for some, and that is fine – but not us.  I know by failing occasionally that without it, success would not taste so sweet. When I am out of my comfort zone, that’s where I want to be.” Let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree :).

What are your essentials for a productive day?

First, a good night’s sleep – I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I am a better version of myself in every way possible after a solid 8 hours. Second, to-do lists organized by urgency and priority – every morning I wake up and ask myself: what do I absolutely need to do to be successful today (which is typically a very long list), and what can wait?

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