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Tattoo Artist James Barrow Does it All For His Family and His Community

James Barrow moved to Nashville from Florida in 1997.

As a tattoo artist, he has floated back and forth through different parts of the country but has been based in Nashville since then.

James just recently became a part of the team at Avenging Art Tattoos on Nolensville Road in Southeast Nashville.

“The shop has got a great reputation,” he said. “The location has been a tattoo shop for years and years. Now, we’re working on some issues like cleaning the shop up and changing the face on it a little bit.”

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Vinit Modi’s Travels and Experiences Taught Him to Remain Humble

Vinit Modi, 30, grew up in India.

After finishing his undergraduate in India, he went on to pursue a graduate degree in the United States. In April of 2011, he graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona with a Master’s degree in international business.

While in school, he traveled to over 12 different countries including France, the Czech Republic, and Costa Rica to study their business approach.

Once he was done with school, he thought he’d go back to India, but something about the bright lights of New York City kept calling him.

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Visual Artist Mary Mooney Breaks Away from the Rectangle

Mary Mooney, 30, is a visual artist born in Atlanta.

As a child, Mary said her father’s job would transfer him a lot, so she and her family moved around quite a bit. Her move to Nashville nearly five years ago marks the city as the longest place she’s ever lived.

“Even though I’m not from here and there is a whole new wave of people moving in, it does feel like this is home because this community has embraced me and all of my creative passions,” she said.

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Audrey Rhodes Creates a Funky Style of Her Own

Audrey Rhodes 29, took an incredible journey from law enforcement to fashion.

Homeschooled for the entirety of her academic career, she said having the freedom in her schedule at that time allowed her the chance to pursue other areas of interests.

Toward the end of her homeschool experience, she became interested in crime scene investigation through a paid internship and vocational training program at her local police department.

“It turned into a career, and I loved it,” she said.

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Charles Layne Is Devoted to His Community Through Service

Charles Layne, 18, grew up in Antioch.

“Antioch was great,” he said. “I used to bicycle down to Antioch Middle and play basketball and soccer. I wouldn’t be who I am without it.

Charles called it a place that has a real sense of togetherness. At the age of 12, he moved to Mount Juliet.

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Jesús Ortiz Expands His Horizons in Nashville

Jesús Ortiz, 26, was born in Torreon, Mexico and moved to the United States in 1996.

His dad was in the agricultural industry and took a job in the U.S. where he moved his family to Boaz, Alabama.

“It was a small little town,” he said. “It was so small that we were one of the first Hispanics there. It was different. I didn’t even realize we moved to the United States until I started talking to people and had no idea what was happening.”

In the second grade, reality hit him, and he had a panic attack at the age of six. He said that’s when he realized he wasn’t home anymore.

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Adrien Saporiti Believes in Nashville and a Better Community for Everyone

 Graphic designer, entrepreneur, and artist, Adrien Saporiti, 28, was born and raised in Nashville.

Growing up on the west side of town, he was always around the music industry and the arts. His mother was an artist and his father, now retired, was a record label executive at Warner Music Nashville from the 1970s until the 1990s.

“The city has certainly changed over time. When I was a kid, it seemed boring,” he said. “As a kid, you don’t culturally appreciate what Nashville is to the rest of the world. It was cool realizing all that as I got older.”

In 2006, Adrien graduated from University School of Nashville. He took a year break before going off to study music business in Boston at Berklee College of Music. Coming back home in 2010, his perspective on his city changed.