No, but I just looked up Golden Crown. Although the tattoo shop and barbershop are both located in Orange County.Interesting. Good to know! Your story about the artwork for their shirts and whatnot is sweet. I'm three years out of school, and still trying to establish myself. I'm thinking about opening up my own business at this point, as my efforts have been less than fruitful.
That's good man, don't wait around for companies to come to you, because they won't, unless you have already established and made a name for yourself. I was actually talking to my marketing professor (he's worked for IBM, Subway, and some other big companies). He's never been at a company full time or even part time, all his jobs were one time gigs. He said it took him about 15 years for his marketing agency to become all referral based, meaning friends recommended other friends to him, before that he had to call up companies, call up local businesses, go to business social meetings and he had to really put himself out there. He had to SELL the idea to companies and owners of businesses of WHY they needed him and a marketing/strategy plan. So to me it's more of marketing and sales + Advertisement, not just marketing alone.
He basically told me this, marketing major is like the "art major of business". Everyone can major in it, it's pretty easy, kinda like an art major. It's also very competitive because a lot people do it because its easy. So you really have to stand out, you really have to be good at what you do. Again, it's not like an accounting major where you can just be decent and you'll get a job. IMO, the best thing you can with a marketing major is start your own business or projects. Think about it, what kind of company is gonna drop money on a marketing major student that came right out of college? If I owned a company, I wouldn't either, I'd pay more money to get the guy that's worked with Nike and whatever other big companies. It's not like an accounting major where your skills are somewhat tangible, for marketing everything is all just talk and ideas. Anyways, Good luck man.
Also two books you should read that I've found very helpful. "The Purple cow" and "Blue Ocean Marketing".