Jay Freestyle: To get A Tattoo And Have No Idea What It will Look Like
We go to tattoo shops with a specific design in mind and an expectation to be met, looking forward to a great talent who can make it happen.
After all, these things will be there for life, so why waste skin on something you never meant to get anyway?
Not this girl. Deni, a MailOnline journalist, wrote an article about an alternative tattoo artist named Jay Freestyle online. A lot of people read about it and shared the story, curious about this artist's unique style. Jay then invited the journalist to his studio ‘to collect a piece of his art’ to which she agreed.
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In true Jay Freestyle form, the tattoo will be generated from the artist's point of view, meaning Jay will do his own thing, allowing only a bit of Deni's input in what will the tattoo include. The two spent a couple hours discussing Jay's plans on Deni's tattoo and where the woman draws the line. In the course of their brainstorming throughout the day, they met minds and then proceeded to a six-hour session of surprises.
Deni wanted some pink orchids to be incorporated in the design but insisted on an organic-looking design, no pointillism. At any point during the session, she may let the artist know if she feels uncomfortable or reluctant about a certain motif that's being tattooed on her.
It was 'Go big or go home' for Jay. Originally, he intended to stretch the piece all the way to her shoulders and bottom-- which Deni objected to. He didn't waste any time hindering whatever he felt would not only look good but would also reflect the way he perceived Deni's personality. Deni described the experience of getting a tattoo without being able to see what it would look like as an 'emotional roller coaster' and that it 'traumatised' her but claims that she doesn't regret getting it done.
But who exactly is Jay Freestyle guy? Jay Freestyle is a tattoo artist based in Amsterdam. Born in South Africa to Chinese parents, he moved to Amsterdam and hasn't moved since. He specializes in fusion style tattoos which coalesces geometrical shapes and pointillism with realism and abstract, often with a dash of his well-known watercolor style. Jay (whose real name is Jonathan) is entirely self-taught resulting to unconventional style and techniques.
Basically, Jay Freestyle treats his clients as the true art collector they are and like a canvass, he pours them on the spot to create a unique piece for every client. Of course, not everyone may be keen on the idea, which Jay respects as much as he respects his image as an established freestyle artist. But looking at his works, they don't seem to be surprise disasters. On contrary, actually.
Jay's motto, which sums up his style precisely, is: 'Give me a piece of your skin and I’ll give you a piece of my soul'
He's the man for you if you're not afraid to be a little spontaneous with an equally spontaneous artist who's out for more surprises.
Deni writes about her experience, a year later after that day she went on to 'collect a piece of art' from Jay. She and Jay are good friends and she's still loving her own Jay Freestyle piece.
"I’m proud to wear his art on my skin, because it feels like art on my skin. Specifically; on purpose. I don’t feel like a used piece of paper. I feel like he observed me conscientiously and carefully and created something incredible..."