No Quarter Tattoo – Lexington, KY
My name is Jordan Jones, and I currently own a private studio in Lexington, Kentucky called No Quarter Tattoo. I have been tattooing for ten years. I apprenticed for a year, during which I became obsessed with the art and science of tattooing! The idea that you can convey an image into skin with just tools is absolutely mind boggling to me. I continue to study the human body, and work produced by other artists, to further my education and remain sharp with my creativity. Tattooing became the introduction to a larger world of art that I never knew or understood before. Everything from paintings, to tattoos, to sculptures; I fell in love with all things art. If I saw a new medium I would always give it a go. I realized that all of the different forms of artwork, in one way or another, bleed together and in understanding that I have become a more well-rounded artist.
What style do you specialize in?
I tend to do more dark subject matter, using opaque grey and hints of colour. Much of the inspiration for my work is steeped in polka-trash type art. I also enjoy mandala and geo work, as well as the brutal black work I’ve seen come out of Europe. My mentor was Serbian so I was fortunate enough to get to see many of the styles of Russian art and techniques from his hay day!
Can you tell us about your tattoo and art processes?
I have been told I’m an introvert! I work alone and enjoy my solitude; especially when painting. But given that tattoos require flesh, I can’t do them in solidarity. Anyone interested in my work must submit a client application first. Based on their answers and the dialogue through our messages, I determine several things about that person. Everything from their ideas and open mindedness, to their personality traits. For me to be able to genuinely enjoy what I do, I need to know that our personalities will mesh well; especially given that I only do large works and tattoo every day of the week, one person per day. My shop and my processes are catered to the clients to make them feel more at home. I meet each new client and talk with them for a bit to get to them to relax before I begin working on their skin. I don’t draw anything up before. I like to keep it loose. The skin is no different than graffiti on a building; you must design around structures, pipes, contours and imperfections. It also helps to keep every new piece in a fresh mindset. Clients tend to leave with a more positive experience than what they have been used to, or so I’m told at least!
Any tips or suggestions to other artists?
Always try and meet other artists whenever you have the opportunity, and try as many mediums as possible. Just obsess over art. Lose sleep, forget to eat, ruin relationships; just live and breathe for your art. Live so that you can hopefully have your art appreciated before you die.