We had the good fortune of connecting with Alison Masson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alison, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
The biggest social impact that Metal Babe Mayhem has on the Community is making people feel (and look) good in our clothing, jewelry, and accessories…. Like a Metal Babe. We are connected worldwide through our love of music and fashion.
Close to two dozen of us Metal Babes are also connected though our Tattoo Club and have branded ourselves for life with a Metal Babe tattoo. I am truly honored and humbled by this.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Metal Babe Mayhem is an independently owned female business that focuses on rock n’ roll clothing, jewelry, and accessories. We sell primarily online and set up at concerts and festivals when we can. After 15 years of blood, sweat, and tears I am proud to have over 30 different designs on hundreds of products. I get excited every time I create a new product or design, and every time I see someone wearing Metal Babe Mayhem. I am also proud to be selling licensed merch from bands like Motörhead, Slayer, Metallica, Pink Floyd, and more. It’s so great to have started a product line that I not only love myself, but that I live and breathe.
I got where I am today by hard work and perseverance. Being self-employed truly is a never-ending job. There is ALWAYS something to do, and 99.9% of the time, I’m the person that needs to get it done. The freedom and flexibility of being my own boss is also something that I love about being a business owner.
I face challenges often, but the only thing I can do is figure them out and fix them. I have learned so much about being a business owner and all the aspects that go along with it. I really believe I can figure anything out if I need to.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to learn from my mistakes and ideally don’t make the same mistakes twice. Sometimes I do need to learn my lessons the hard way, but I definitely learn them!
I would like the world to know how thankful I am for the support that I have received and continue to receive for Metal Babe Mayhem. Sometimes I take a step back and cannot believe that the same bands I grew up listening to are now either wearing Metal Babe Mayhem onstage while touring the world, are being interviewed by me, or both! Things truly have gone “full circle” and I am forever grateful.
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?
As far as food goes, there are several vegan/vegetarian restaurants I frequent between Hollywood and North Hollywood, so hopefully whoever is visiting is open to try something new, even if they aren’t vegan/vegetarian.
I have quite a few spots that I love to take friends to when they visit LA. I have taken many friends and touring bands on hikes to see the Hollywood Sign. That’s always my number one ‘go to.’ Of course, there’s The Rainbow. I really like showing the bricks outside “The Bow” where there are hundreds of bands’ names engraved. Many people don’t even know about this. Now Lemmy’s Lounge is there as a tribute to Lemmy, so taking a pic with the Lemmy Statue is a must. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is always fun, especially when you pick and choose whose stars you want to find. I really enjoy taking friends to Guitar Center’s Walk of Fame to compare their handprints with the musicians’ handprints on the sidewalk, and to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to visit the Johnny Ramone Statue and Dee Dee Ramone’s grave.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my Sister Norma O’Bryan. I am so proud of her for successfully running Discount Draperies all of these years, for all of her accomplishments, and for the awards that she has received in the process. She is very talented, creative, a hard worker, and definitely deserves recognition.