Jay Stubblefield is at a crossroads in his life. He’s a professional tattooer in Columbia where he lives with his girlfriend Courtney and their three-year-old daughter Lucille. They spend most weekends outdoors and taking road trips in one of his classic cars.
Jay specializes in American traditional style tattooing, which isn’t very popular with college kids currently, so being in Columbia and the type of shop he is at limits how much of that work he can do. He has offers from tattoo shops that only hire artists who do that type of style with a more steady stream of clients, but they are hours away.
Courtney has recently started her first teaching job as an assistant teacher with two and three-year-old kids at an early childhood education center in Columbia while also taking online early childhood education college classes. Starting over at a new job in a different city would be a blow to the progress she has made in her career.
If Jay takes one of his offers, he will have to move by himself. He’s conflicted on what to do because he does not like living in Columbia and feels stifled at his current job, but Courtney could not move with him because of her job. Jay is worried about what that move would do to their relationship, and most importantly, how it would affect his daughter’s life. He doesn’t want to not be a big part of his daughter’s life in case anything should happen with the relationship he has with Courtney.