Loud Wacoans: Double V (aka Travvis Scott)

 

If you have been to one of our Jazz & Brews events at Brotherwell Brewing, or rather any KWL event so far, you have probably met the charming “Double V” (aka. Travvis Scott – with two Vs – And yes, he showed us his license and it is definitely spelled in that amazing way).

Travvis is one of those one-of-a-kind people you meet that never seem to run out of facts or charm no matter how long you talk to him. I once ran into him after seeing Captain Marvel at the Hippodrome downtown and we had an impromptu 30 minute conversation about all of his thoughts and theories on the Marvel Universe.

I first met Travvis how most people have met him in Waco – While he was bartending at Dichotomy. While he has now moved onto his more permanent day job, being a mechanical engineer, he is so much more.  

In fact, not only is he a cocktail aficionado and engineer, but he also runs a custom bow tie business, once started a shoe shining business to pay his bar tabs, and has his pilot’s license.

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KWL:
So, Travvis Scott (with two VVs), where did you grow up?

 

Travvis:
I mostly grew up in Colorado, Colorado Springs. It was a beautiful place to grow up and I really didn't know how much I was spoiled living there until I left. I went to a bunch of different schools. My mother was a teacher, father was in the military.
It was a really great experience. Got a good look into educational systems from the teaching and administration side from a young age. Also ran cross country in a national park for three years. That was cool. It was a great time.

 

KWL:

Speaking of schools, you went to Baylor. Is that how you got to Waco?

 

Travvis:

That is how I got to Waco.
I came down here to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and was looking to going into the Air Force as well. They had strong programs in both. Their engineering program was number 12 when I got here and it was number 11 when I graduated.
I'd like to think that I made statistically relevant contribution to that.
While I was here I was engineering Air Force ROTC and then worked for the university as a, they're called CLS, effectively RAs here.

KWL:

Okay, let's talk a little bit about your bartending skills. You're like a cocktail wiz. Let's talk about how you got into your love of that.

 

Travvis:

I don't know if you already know this but the way that I actually started working at Dichotomy was that I started ... At the time I was working in Austin for an engineering company, commuting to Austin from Waco. I realized that I was spending too much money on booze and so I decided that I either needed to make more money or spend less on booze. I needed to find a way to make more money.
I started shining shoes on the weekends here at Dichotomy.
Shoes, yes. I was selling shoe shines for $10. I had a business called “Old Fashioned Shoe Shine.” Intentional double entendre.

My sales pitch was come get an old fashioned and an old fashioned shoe shine.

The other thing was that for every pair of shoes that I shined, that was another drink for me at the bar. As long as I made enough to pay my tab, I was good to go.

 

KWL:

What you're saying is the shoe shine's got progressively worse?

 

Travvis:

At most, probably only did about four shoe shines a night and after that I was pretty much good for the night.

 

KWL:

Made the bar tab for the night.

 

Travvis:

I shined shoes for about six months. Then they needed a bar back and so I started bar backing, washing dishes, busing tables, did that for a year. And then I actually jumped into the training program and started bartending. Bartended for eight months and then bumped up and started managing the bar and then managed the bar for a year.

KWL:

We had the pleasure of going to your last night bartending and I remember, not only was the place packed but it was so many different people.

 

Travvis:

That was the part that I loved about bartending the most.
I mean, I got to meet so many kinds of people. I had my regulars and the group of regulars that I still hang out with. Some of the regulars that we had were retired people, students, priests and preachers, lawyers, there was a doctor and there was a city council person in there as well. This place was nice because if there was a thing that someone was looking for, we knew someone through Dichotomy that was able to provide that. A dentist, a hair dresser, legal advice, you know, any of that, you could find it.

Then the creative aspect of it was also really, really great. I didn't come up as an artist so I don't think of myself as an artist, but looking at bartending from the science side of it and being able to put together drinks from that sort of angle was a lot of fun.

 

KWL:

You have to engineer the drink.

 

Travvis:

Exactly, yes.

My mother was an engineer and so I was sort of destined to go into engineering from a very young age. That is kind of the way that I framed the things that I have done, the things that I still do.

 

KWL:

That's awesome. Okay. What have we got here? We got engineer, shoe shiner, bartender. What about entrepreneur? Double V bow ties. Let's talk about that.

 

Travvis:

In my senior year at Baylor, I wanted to start wearing bow ties.
I had just bought one on a whim one day and so my best asset as an engineer is pattern recognition. When I wore bow ties, more girls complimented me. I knew that I needed to get more bow ties.

 

KWL:

Always because of the girls.

 

Travvis:

At the time, I had started tailoring my shirts. I had bought a sewing machine and started doing that. I had a dress shirt I was going to throw away, so I looked up a Martha Stewart tutorial video on how to make a bow tie and cut up a dress shirt one night and turned it into a bow tie and wore it to work the next day.

 

KWL:

Double V bow ties was born.

 

Travvis:

Pretty much. I did that one day, I did the same thing the next day with a different dress shirt and then at that point the people that were in my office were like hey are you “Do you think you're going sell these or…” I hadn't even gotten that far, I was just looking for more bow ties to wear. So yeah, I started a couple weeks later, opened a shop on Etsy, got a page on WordPress.

I really wanted to stick with Double V bow ties because I was able to get the same handle, V bow ties on all the platforms I looked at Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, Google, Snapchat, word press, all of it. And a domain name. It was all there.

 

KWL:

Crossed ‘em all off. That's incredible. Do you have any other secret entrepreneurial ventures that you've done or any plans?

 

Travvis:

My life goal is to open up a jazz bistro. I don't have any plans for that yet, just a lot of ideas. As far as entrepreneurial, I think that's probably it. Other secret things, I also have a pilot's license.

 

KWL:

Side question, why are you trying to steal everyone's jobs?

 

Travvis:

I'm just trying to do as much as I can and get exposed to as many things as I can get exposed to. I’m an Eagle Scout.

 

KWL:

Of course you are.

 

Travvis:

Took my LSATS.

 

KWL:

Are you the “Catch me if you can” guy? Might be?

 

Travvis:

If I were, I can't say whether or not I would tell you.

 


If you want to meet Travvis Scott yourself, make sure to catch him at the next Jazz & Brews event on June 21st!

Follow him on Instagram here!

 
Katherine Selman