Hello 2020. No promises this year and no regrets either. Just a clear (mostly) straight path towards opportunity and adventure. So let’s kick this year off right by shining a light on a guy with tattoos and style.
Philip Scheinfeld is considered one of the best real estate brokers in NYC, selling over 70M in real estate in the past year. And he’s barely 30. And he can wear the hell out of a suit. But don’t hate – he’s a down to earth kind of guy who is humble about his past and fired up about his future – that’s why I was happy to chat with Philip about how he got into real estate, tattoos, and what he loves about New York.
What made you decide on a career in real estate?
A friend of mine was on a reality tv real estate show and when I watched it I began to have an interest in real estate. Many friends and family convinced me that I would be great at doing real estate so one day I decided to get my license and I never looked back. Nearly 6 years later and I’ve finally found my calling. I run a top team at Compass representing some of the best properties in NYC and love each and every day.
Did you already have tattoos when you started out or did that come later?
When I first started in real estate I only had a few tattoos and none of them visible while wearing a t-shirt. As time went on I realIzed that while there are surely people who will judge you because you have tattoos what they all will judge you on is your knowledge you possess and what you can offer them. People want a broker who they feel has their best interests and can get the job done not what they have tattooed on them.
Are clients surprised that you are heavily tattooed? Do you think it is an asset?
Most clients are surprised that I have tattoos. I’m a Jew from the Upper East Side so there aren’t many people like me with my upbringing that have tattoos. I actually like that the best because being just like everyone else was never something I felt that I was. I think having tattoos is definitely an asset because it distinguishes me from everyone. It shows my creative side and I think it shows my level of commitment. I have been sober for 9 years and have tattoos on me for life. I am dedicated and willing to do whatever needs to be done to get the deal done. I also do what I say I’m going to do and never deviate from that plan.
What was the first and last tattoo you got?
The first tattoo I got was before I got sober in 2010. It reads “The Wild One”. I was 20 years old and wanted to be wild and have fun with my life. Once I got sober I immediately had a realization that being wild is not good and rather I want to be as serious as possible. Don’t get me wrong I still love to have fun and know how to have fun but I am no longer out of control. The last tattoo I got which is almost done is an armored man riding a horse into battle. There’s not a huge amount of significance to it rather a symbol that I am a fighter through everything I have been through and I will never give up.
Any tattoo regrets?
What is your next tattoo project? Any dream artists or shops you want to work with?
I am finishing up a tattoo on my leg of the armored guy with Wicky Nicky from West 4th Tattoo. He’s done a few on me and I love his work. The fine lines are some of the most detailed tattoos I have and he is a perfectionist with what he does. I have gotten several tattoos with Turan at Bang Bang Tattoo and I would love to get tattooed by Bang himself. I am a huge fan of his work and would love to find the time to get something done with him. What he has done in the tattoo industry is quite special and I respect him a lot. One day I will get something done by him.
How about dream real estate? The big one that got away or a building that you would love to represent?
I’ve certainly pitched many projects that I haven’t won but everything happens for a reason. The biggest thing in my life is having zero regrets. I don’t regret anything about my past and look forward to what the future brings.
What is your favorite thing about NYC?
My favorite thing about NYC is the culture and that everyone is different. Everyone has a different story and every day I’m here I learn something new.
Thanks, Philip for sharing your story. If you want to check out his tattoos and all the fancy pads he represents check out his Instagram If you want to get serious check out his company (Easy now…for business.) If you wish this story was about you send me an email as I’m always interested in covering cool shops, artists and collectors – that’s how Philip found me and he was too interesting to pass up and a great way to kick off the new year. And Philip, my friend, let’s go on a tattoo shop crawl through NYC, ok?