We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayo Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayo, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Being independent was always the goal from day one. Coming from a small town Fort Valley, Ga there weren’t many opportunities. I always wanted to build my own brand and make my own legacy. I never wanted to depend on anyone else to give me those foundation blocks to become the person I wanted to be in life.The traditional route wasn’t for me,I hated it. I went to college, I had jobs to try to make it my side hustle and i was miserable until i actually quit everything and answered my passion, it all just flowed. I felt I was built to go a different route and i never looked back from there.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The biggest highlight from my story is consistency and resilience. Nobody never gave me anything , no matter the struggle I kept going. People told me i couldn’t ,I kept going, People left ,I kept going. I literally came from nothing and earned everything I prayed for. My story is different because I’ve seen the game from all levels and learned each one. I went from sleeping on a shop floor over eight years ago to becoming respected and overbooked. I’m self taught that’s what makes my story different. I learned to put everything into my brand.
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?
To be completely honest I’m normally at home chilling, I’m a homebody. I don’t care for clubs or the whole night life scene. But my favorite restaurant is Little Alley Steak in Buckhead. I’m from the country, normally when my family or friends come over we have cookouts, or we will go to the food truck park and get brunch from Cafe Bourbon. Long story short I’m a foodie so if you’re with me we’re eating drinking and staying out the way.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First in foremost I’m happy to be here. I want to thank God, my family, my mom Belinda Oates for taking me to school with you and having me in those art classes. I know it was hard being a teenage mom but we made it. R.i.p. to my grandmother Lillie Bell Thomas-Hall, thank you for being my voice of reason when nobody else would listen and i wouldn’t listen to anyone else. Thanks for always encouraging me to be myself and always keep to God first. My fiancé Courtney Warren thank you for always being my support system and my best friend along this journey. My aunt Sharon thank you for letting me crash on your couch all those nights when I was trying to figure it out and never turning me away when I needed help, and you let me have girls over as long as I kept the house clean, Thank you aunty! I want to shout out my uncle Jimmy Hall he swears he grills better than me but I’ll let him have it. I learned a lot from you thank you unc. My cousin Ania Thomas thank you for literally being the big brother i never had. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t know how to edit my videos, and pictures.I literally use to beg Nia to use her computer every Sunday and she never told me no. My best friend Shervarius Jackson ,my partner in crime he’s always had my back right or wrong. You were there with me every step of the way on my journey to becoming a tattoo artist. Last but not least i want to shout out my brother and sisters Malik, Mikayla and Morgan. Always remember i love y’all and you can do anything in life. I’m always here to help in anyway I can. Also my cousins, family, and all my supporters i want to thank y’all this is just the beginning.