Jaymie Michele

Jaymie Michele

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Photo by Robert Alvarado Photography

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Photo by Robert Alvarado Photography

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Photo by Robert Alvarado Photography

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Photo by Dusty Wooddell Photography

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Photo by Dusty Wooddell Photography

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Photo by Dusty Wooddell Photography

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Photo by Dusty Wooddell Photography

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Photo by Dusty Wooddell Photography

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Photo by Keith Selle Photography

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Photo by Keith Selle Photography

Where were you born and raised? 
I was born in Southern California-outside of San Bernardino County, and was raised in the “high desert” in a super small town called Phelan. There’s literally about 10 thousand people and not much but desert even more dirt.

Growing up were there any people that influenced your decision on getting a tattoo?
There’s not really one specific person who influenced me to start getting tattoos, growing up I was always around people including family members who had multiple tattoos, so it was never really “taboo” or considered a bad thing to get a tattoo.  My parents actually took me to get my first tattoo when I was 16, because they had to sign for me since I was underage. They wanted me to go about it the safe way, and go to a reputable shop; they knew I would go about getting one no matter what.

What made you decide to get your first one?
I think the first time I actually thought about getting a tattoo was after I saw my Aunt finish her gorgeous half sleeve! It had butterflies, flowers, a hummingbird and was just super vibrant and colorful. I had only seen black and grey portrait style tattoos on my dad and a few other family members, so I was really into the super girly, bright and colorful idea. It definitely changed my perspective of women having tattoos.

Do you have a favorite tattoo, and does it have a meaning behind it?
My favorite tattoo (though unfinished) is probably my thigh portrait of my dog “Chuwee.” He’s a Pug and he’s named after Chewbacca from Star Wars! Every single one of my tattoos has tons of meaning to me, but this one definitely means a lot I think because of the way the artist portrayed the tattoo , it came out perfect and looks exactly like him! It just captures his personality and I’m a huge animal lover, so what better favorite tattoo to have than one of my best friend.

How did you get into modeling?
I honestly just kind of fell into it… I’m a licensed cosmetologist and was actually just attending a photo shoot with my best friend, who was shooting with Robert Alvarado. I went to the photo shoot to do hair and makeup for her and another model, and Alvarado asked me if I had ever done any modeling myself! I hadn’t ever been in front of a camera and was super nervous, but the shoot was super fun and creative; we ended up doing some shots with me still portraying the makeup artist.

What or who are you’re inspirations?
I’ve never really thought about myself having any kind of “role model” in the industry, but I do look up to a lot of beautiful, heavily tattooed women that just break the barrier and aren’t afraid to be creative or be themselves. My favorites that I instagram creep on are probably Airica Michelle, Sara Fabel, of course Sabina Kelley and Miss Maryleigh.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am super new into modeling, and have only recently been getting any recognition, so I’m honestly still just having fun with it! I have been working a lot with my favorite photographer and friend, Dusty Wooddell, and have recently been shooting with amazing Las Vegas photographer Keith Selle, for his upcoming project Top Tattoo Models, which should be showing some awesome new stuff soon!

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jayy_miii

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