Jessianne Smudin

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Photo: Keith Selle

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Photo: Vic Mac

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Photo: Thomas Smerdon Photography

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Photo: Hugo V Photography

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Photo: Vic Mac

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Photo: Thomas Smerdon Photography

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Photo: Vic Mac

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Photo: Vic Mac

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Photo: Vic Mac

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Where were you born and raised?
Born in Mount Pocono, PA. Raised at the Jersey Shore.

Growing up were there any people that influenced your decision on getting a tattoo?
Nothing really influenced me to get a tattoo. It’s just something I became interested in. My family isn’t really big on them, and my friends and I just enjoyed getting new ones spur of the moment. Now that I am older and more intrigued by all the different styles of tattooing; I’m more interested in getting pieces from different artists across the globe, and have become more influenced by the tattoo industry and the models and artists within in.

What made you decide to get your first one?
My first one was a drawing I did in high school when I was 18. To be honest, my drawing was better than what the tattoo artist put on my body, and is getting lasered off in the next month.

Do you have a favorite tattoo, and does it have a meaning behind it?
My favorite tattoo is the coliseum on my back. It will eventually
Flow with an entire back piece, but for now it is such a beautiful piece that was done on Ink Master Season 3 by artist Kyle Dunbar. It was such an awesome experience and one I will never forget.

How did you get into modeling?
I got into modeling on a whim. My friends needed models for their portfolio, so I was their subject. After them telling me I was a natural more than once, I began to explore the modeling world. Once I began networking and booking shoots, it was all uphill from there. The tattoo modeling world was so intriguing and such a non judgmental environment that I became very involved, which got me sponsored and agency represented.

What or who are you’re inspirations?
My inspiration has been Leigha Hagan since before I got into the whole modeling world. As I entered and became more familiar, Bernadette Macias and Elle Audra were added to my list of inspirations. These three women have made such success out of their careers by being humble, strong willed, and creative individuals that prove that tattooed woman can make a living in the modeling industry without being mainstream. I aspire to be as great as them one day.

What projects are you currently working on?
I have a ton of shoots coming up, a few covers coming out, publications on their way, and a ton more tattoos to come. So follow my crazy life and stay tuned!

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jessiannesmudin
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JessSmudin

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