We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark “T-Gunna” Tyler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark “T-Gunna”, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I want to show the world that it’s okay to be yourself. I’ve heard for years that I’m talented with music or funny etc. and I just think the world needs to see it. My mother (RIP) supported me even when it was difficult for her to do so. I’ll never forget that. She showed up to my rap shows knowing that I didn’t want her there due to safety concerns and also just cause she was in church 4 to 5 days out of the week. I’m never going to stop pursuing my dreams because I know that she’s watching.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started a business with Abèl Smith our dealership of Kings Forever Automotive and I have a clothing line titled Kings and Queens Forever Clothing LLC. My clothing line set the template for the dealership name and we wanted to be consistent with the branding. Abèl and myself survived quite a bit at a young age, the streets poverty and other challenges that young black men encounter due to being products of our environment. I learned that there’s a lot of ups and a lot of downs with business and you can learn this while working in corporate America etc. Abèl and myself were both managers prior to starting the dealership in which we supervised and managed as close as 150 direct reports or more at a time. I’ve handled scheduling, setting meeting templates and calendar invites recruiting and staffing as well. Learning all of these skills in the workplace helped facilitate alot of the growing pains one would encounter while starting a business.
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?
Boston has a lot of dope spots along the water in the Seaport district. I like the low key spots myself. I’d probably hit “Luandas” in Brockton (city of champs) I’d also probably go to Marina Bay in Quincy. It’s always a vibe there you have a good selection of restaurants all in one place but my favorite spot there is “Port 305” Theres a dope breakfast spot in Holbrook called the Connection Cafe that I visit from time to time as well.
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 want to thank my mother first and foremost and my siblings. My close friends and those who have been here witnessing this ride of mine. My mother held me accountable very early on and that helped with my progression as a young man. I made mistakes but I learned from there rather quickly.