The ink on Jessica Faucette

Jessica Faucette (GOREJESS) from North Carolina

Where did you grow up?
Winston-Salem, NC.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
It was pretty rough, I ran with a wild crowd and that caused me to grow up quickly. I wouldn’t change it because my childhood made me the strong person I am today.

When did you start getting tattoos?
On my 18th birthday.

How would you describe your style?
A badass Southern Belle.

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Without a doubt.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
Oversaturated. I feel that there are too many shops, too many artists who have no right to be tattooing, and too many apprentices when talented artists still need work.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I have always been very self-conscious. Each tattoo gives me a bit more confidence. I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin than when it’s covered in ink.

What’s your favorite piece?
My vintage showgirl on my right shin.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Yes, and I don’t mind.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
Yes, they make me hold my head high. I’m proud of my art.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
The tattoo on my right hip, it is a clock set to 3 o’clock with wings. It is for my son.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Your artist must have been tattooing for at least 5 years. Make sure he/she has a thorough portfolio and excels in the style that you’re looking for. They (obviously) need to permitted, and if the shop looks dirty – run.

Will you be getting anymore?
Yes, until I run out space.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
My biggest inspiration is my family. They are the reason I do everything I do each day.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
That if you put out good into the universe, it will bring it right back to you.

Do you have a favorite quote?
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Anything else you’d like to add?
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