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Christoffer van Teijlingen
Barista at The Village Coffee, Guitarist for John Coffey and Tusky — Utrecht, Netherlands

Stage fright? True story, I was like 14 or 15, it was a school show or something. I was nervous before I got on stage, but when I got up there, all the nerves were gone. So I guess I was fine with it all quite quickly. 

With big shows, I would get really excited and just wanted to get up there and perform.

With big shows, I would get really excited and just wanted to get up there and perform. With the band John Coffey, we toured and were doing really well in countries like Germany and the Netherlands. The band I’m in now, Tusky, has a totally different approach. It’s about quality, nothing half-assed, but the bar isn’t set as high and it’s not supposed to take up our whole lives. John Coffey was special. That was a wolfpack and working with that whole team was such an exceptional experience. A boy’s dream, I guess.

The Village Coffee was always a place I was drawn to — first to drink coffee and now to work. The owners of The Village, Lennaert and Angelo, are good friends of the band. When we had one of our final shows with John Coffey, Lennaert approached me and said, ‘So what now?’ and I said, ‘Um, just play some more music and work at The Village.’

We find each other in music and tattoos. 

So that was my open application to taking a job here. I guess you do get attracted to the same kind of people, and at The Village we’re all kind of punk kids who listen to the same kind of music. We find each other in music and tattoos. 

I have a lot of bird tattoos. I got this pelican tattoo when I was in the United States, traveling with my wife. I was wanting to get a tattoo connected to that trip. When we got to the West Coast there were so many pelicans, so I decided to get this done in LA. 

At The Village this week there’s a tattoo artist doing tattoos in the back of the cafe. I’ve decided to get a tattoo of a sparrow, with a ribbon that says ‘Mormor’ for grandmother in Swedish. It’s a tribute to my Swedish grandmother.