The ink on Jourdan Jean

Jourdan Jean from Nashville, Tennessee

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Ocean Springs, MS, but was raised in Albuquerque, NM.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
God… I hated that place. I think the only way it influenced me was to learn to survive on my own, no matter what it took, so I wouldn’t have to end up there!

When did you start getting tattoos?
I think I was 19? Best decision EVER.

How would you describe your style?
Style? I’m really not sure, honestly. I like simplicity, and I think that’s why I have yet to decide on how to integrate more tattoos onto my left arm. I want it to be perfect, and not to seem as if I finished it just so I could be more heavily tattooed.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Very much so, I feel that applying and receiving artwork onto a person’s flesh is one of the most intimate practices around. 

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
I love seeing so many individuals starting to embrace the lifestyle, however, I’m still annoyed at the fact that it limits career opportunities to those that don’t feel that they should have to hide their art.   

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
Every piece has a story that has impacted my evolution, so it’s all about life.

What’s your favorite piece?
I’m pretty stoked about my pink tri-force! It will be finished soon!

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Quite often. I find it odd though, since I’m far from heavily tattooed. I’m flattered so long as they don’t touch me, and this happens much too often for anyone’s own good.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
I have the French script for the number four, “Quatre” on my left forearm, done by Will Bledsoe, and it’s a tribute to my best friend who died a few years ago. The marionette by Ben Dixon is relevant to my overbearing parents, the 12:13 on my wrist about a sister I’ve never met, and my sweet cupcake done by Jason St.Clair, dedicated to my love of the kitchen.

What’s your next tattoo?
I have so many I want, so I guess it just depends on how much the boyfriend feels like shelling out for my birthday ;)

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Think it through! Don’t just choose a picture from the books in the lobby, or imitate someone else’s artwork. And tip your artist extra if you happen to be a screamer.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
I’ve been lucky in having amazing people come into my life lately. Fellow models, photographers, artists; it’s great. I’m also just keeping my fingers crossed that the photography company that my boyfriend and I own,, takes off, so I can stop working 60 hour weeks!

What is one thing that life has taught you?
To be quiet. To keep things simple. And to eat as many damned gummy bears as you please.

Will you be getting anymore?
Tattoos or gummy bears? I’m hoping yes on both accounts.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Methink'st thou art a general offence, and every man should beat thee.”