by Mellissa Thomas
We always react to multi-talented people in two ways: praise and admiration or envy.
(And let’s be honest — more often than not, it’s envy.)
However, when someone with the magnetic combination of fashion sense, acute tattooing, graphic design, and photography skills, a passion for history, and a hunger for constant self-improvement comes wrapped up in a benign, petite young woman, envy goes out the window.
So Who is Jordyn Bridge?
The twentysomething Orlando tattoo artist and Jink founder is the marriage of disarming demeanor and razor-sharp intelligence. Her company’s name, Jink, comes from “Jordyn’s ink”, and Jinkology, her website’s name, she defines as “the study of Jordyn’s ink.”
She was born Ashley Loney in Brooklyn, and came up with the Jordyn Bridge name during her frequent trips in New York City.
The name comes from “[Pharaoh] Ramses, who was nicknamed Prince Regent during his architectural projects,” she explained in an interview with DOFW August 27, 2013. “Plus I traveled on New York City’s bridges a lot, and I’m constantly bridging multiple worlds — art, history, science, culture, [and] fashion.”
Bridge is self-taught in business, science, history, religion, and fine art. “I read a lot of books [and] watch videos…lots of lectures,” she said.
If you don’t need a tattoo, she can be your photo shoot photographer. Or your photo shoot model.
Yes, Bridge is no stranger to fashion.
She’s got Tyra Banks to thank for that.
Bridge has been on the Tyra Banks Show. Twice.
She made her first appearance at seventeen when the show called for a tomboy-to-feminine makeover. Her mother saw the ad and with her daughter’s permission, nominated her on the show’s website. According to Bridge, that experience is what propelled her into the fashion world. “It changed my perception,” she said, “helped me grow into a woman.”
After such a mind-blowing transformation on the show, Edward Tricomi of New York’s Warren-Tricomi luxury salon suggested she pursue modeling in New York, and she did, wielding the powerful advantage of seamless androgyny.
Bridge got her second Tyra Banks Show opportunity through her grandmother, who saw an ad announcing that Banks was casting models 5′ 7″ and under for America’s Next Top Model that season. Bridge made it onto the show, and even spotted Michelle Mok backstage.
During the show, Bridge got the chance to speak on the microphone, reminding Banks of her previous makeover. Banks remembered her, and through serendipity Bridge was among five golden ticket winners in the audience to audition for ANTM. Paulina Porizkova gave her personal makeup tips that would work for her skin type while she was onstage.
Though Bridge didn’t make the cut, she auditioned many other times in other cities, attending fashion shows and gracing the catwalk herself while she was at it.
Bridge’s New Frontier: Career Tattoo Art
Bridge learned firsthand that modeling and traveling can get expensive. Her solution: get into tattooing.
She was in college and got her first tattoo at a downtown shop named Jiggaman Tattoos. She returned, offering to be Jigga’s photographer, and that daily job parlayed into a tattooing apprenticeship. After receiving her license, she was his apprentice for a year.
Five years, and many fine arts courses and tattoos later, she’s become a local dynamo, setting her sights on a new tattoo niche: career art — in other words, tattoos that reflect what a person does for a living. Bridge is a walking demonstration of this, having inked a tattoo machine on her own arms (first image below).
She offered some other examples. For someone in the medical profession, she would ink medical illustrations or the basic tools (like scalpels, forceps, or a stethoscope). For a barber, she would ink some shears and scissors, or the rope; for a chef, cooking utensils; for a pilot, an aircraft or flight suit.
When inking, she uses three different styles: traditional flash, or “old school” according to her (like barbed wire and sailor anchors, for example); new-school flash, tattoos with “exaggerated color and subject matter,” as she explained; and realism, the more recent style of photorealistic and three-dimensional tattoos that virtually jump off the skin.
In her quest to capture a client’s vision in ink or a fashion photo, she aims to tell a story, and her own complex history and expanding knowledge is the deep well of inspiration she draws from. If you’re in town and want to share what you do with the world, or anything else for that matter, Jordyn can make a permanent impression for you.
Curious? Visit jinkology.com to learn more.
All tattoo images taken from Bridge’s Statigr.am: statigr.am/jinkart. All modeling shots furnished by Jordyn Bridge with permission.
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