MY COLLABORATION WITH ROLLS ROYCE & MIKE RUBENDALL

MY COLLABORATION WITH ROLLS ROYCE & MIKE RUBENDALL

I remember the day I quit my day job to commit to launching Alister & Paine Magazine.

It was December 3, 2008 and I was twenty-five years old. I was working at a publishing house and my boss had just tried to cut me out of a five-figure commission check. He told me I could take $1,000 and keep my job or have the entire commission I had earned and leave for good.

I called his bluff and told him to cut the check right then and there.

That commission check was the seed money I used to launch Alister & Paine and, at the time, I couldn’t have imagined that one day I’d orchestrate a collaboration between my company, the most prestigious British car manufacturer of all-time, and one of the world’s most talented celebrity tattoo artists.

Mike is the owner of Kings Avenue Tattoo and is a very legitimate entrepreneur in his own right. You might recognize him from any number of tattoo shows like Inked or Ink Masters. Hell, VICE even featured him in a documentary. The man is an incredibly talented artist and entrepreneur with a loyal following and a two-and-a-half-year wait list.

I’ve spent the past few months working with the amazing people at Rolls Royce and Kings Avenue Tattoo to help promote the release of the 2017 Black Badge Wraith. Truth be told, Jenna gets all the credit for orchestrating everything… I just had the idea.

This week, Alister & Paine published the culmination of that collaboration with the piece entitled The New Black Badge Wraith is the Baddest Rolls Royce, Yet.

Portrait of Mike Rubendall by Brian Aitken
Portrait of Mike Rubendall by Brian Aitken

My dad always told me, “You are who you surround yourself with,” and I couldn’t be more proud of the fact that I’ve been able to work with the great people at Rolls Royce (again) and Kings Avenue. It’s a great opportunity to look back and reflect on the road that brought me here and all of the amazing people who’s paths have crossed with mine over the years.

Check out some of the photos from the collaboration below and be sure to check out the actual article I wrote on the new 2017 Rolls Royce Black Badge Wraith.

In the words of Hannibal (from the A-Team… not Lecter), “I love it when a plan comes together.”

Rolls Royce Black Badge Edition Wraith Mike Rubendall Kings Avenue Tattoo
Photo by Taylor King © Alister & Paine Magazine 2017.
Rolls Royce Black Badge Edition Wraith Mike Rubendall Kings Avenue Tattoo
Photo by Taylor King © Alister & Paine Magazine 2017.
Rolls Royce Black Badge Edition Wraith Mike Rubendall Kings Avenue Tattoo
Photo by Taylor King © Alister & Paine Magazine 2017.
Rolls Royce Black Badge Edition Wraith Mike Rubendall Kings Avenue Tattoo
Photo by Taylor King © Alister & Paine Magazine 2017.

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