Joey: When did you start tattooing and who gave you your first shot?
Jessica: I started tattooing the public exactly 7 years ago this month. I did have an apprenticeship but it wasn’t your typical one. A man by the name of Gary at Goldenlands in St. Louis was the one who apprenticed me. I am so lucky and glad that he did because many other shops in St. Louis said that “girls don’t tattoo but you can be a counter girl or a piercer”. I did both for a while when I was 18 and a little older but tattooing was the ultimate goal.