We had the good fortune of connecting with Amos A Gregory Jr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amos A, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always been inspired by my mother and father. They pushed me to be innovative and to pursue my dreams. The problem was I couldn’t decide on what kind of business to start. I’ve always enjoyed painting and art. One day my wife suggested that I start a skate shop since I really enjoy skating. I sat down one afternoon and drew out about 30 designs. All of my friends enjoyed watching me draw and so I put those designs on some decks and it’s been fun ever since.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I do linux engineering but my passion is art. I feel that art is a great way to express the things that I can’t quite put into words. Most of the deck art for Sinkhole 42 is pretty abstract. That’s the feeling I get when I’m out skating. Just the feeling of controlled floating. When I’m painting I try to convey that as best that I can with the lines and the way they connect and converge. Also I get pretty lost in paintings so it’s fun putting my designs on the decks by hand instead of just having them printed.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my best friend for a walk through downtown. San Diego is such a lovely city and there’s a lot to do but I think the best way to really feel the city is to get out and see it at a slower pace. I think from the Gaslamp district to the bay would be the best route.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this to my deceased wife who was always supportive of my dreams.