5 Questions With: Jessica Mascitti Ellis

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I have a thing for tattoos and I have a whole lot of respect for tattoo artists. Jessica Mascitti Ellis is a tattoo artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. I found her work via Instagram a year ago and have been following her career ever since. Her black and white work and all of the portraits she does are simply stunning. She has a unique way of blending colors, her detail work is amazing and has a real talent for making every tattoo look so great on the skin. In my opinion, she’s one of the top female tattoo artists in the US right now. She currently tattoos at Graceland in Brooklyn and East Side Ink also located in Brooklyn. You can see some of the beautiful work she’s done here. Hope you’ll enjoy my 5 Questions With Jessica Mascitti Ellis:

1) When did you start tattooing? What made you want to become a tattoo artist?

In June of 2008 I started my first session on my first tattoo; a back piece by the incredibly talented Josh Lord. I fell in love with the method and ritual of the art of tattooing. I had never once felt beautiful until I adorned Josh’s beautiful work on my skin. I learned then that tattoos are magic. 

At the time, I was a freelance animator as well as a bartender and I wasn’t entirely pleased with either vocation. One of my closest friends, Bethany, planted the seed. She suggested trying to get an apprenticeship at Josh Lord’s shop East Side Ink. I didn’t feel worthy enough to be a tattoo artist, let alone one that would learn under the legendary artists at East Side Ink, but I thought, fuck it, what do I have to lose? 
I introduced my artwork to Josh along with my intentions, and to my surprise he wasn’t against the idea! A year later I was in the shop as both Josh Lord and Patrick Conlon’s apprentice. 

2) What inspires your art?

My artistic roots stem from my love of animation and comic books. Their influence never left my hand. Despite my best efforts to “mature” my style, you can always see the residue of anime and American comic book art in every piece I do. My current inspiration however is Bollywood! All those saturated colors in every shot and scene! The beautiful women!! I can’t take it!! 

3) How much has the perception women tattoo artists changed over the past couple of years?

I was lucky to come into tattooing at a time when ladies started to dominate the industry. Most of my tattoo idols are women, and I share those idols with my male colleagues. I know that my lady predecessors dealt with some serious bullshit from their male peers to pave the way for the next generation of lady tattooers, and I worship them even more for it. 

4) What in your opinion makes a good tattoo?

A composition that moves with the wearers anatomy and compliments the muscle structure is what creates a beautiful tattoo. Even the smallest tattoo should glide over the body like a silk scarf. 

5) What have been some of the most memorable pieces you’ve done thus far in your career?  

The pieces that I revisit are those that have accidentally evolved my style. It’s always the ones that force you out of your comfort zone that are most memorable. 

Grand Bend

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! So nice to finally be home again! A brunch and a movie was in order this weekend. I saw 22 Jump Street, which was an ok sequel to 21 Jump Street. The movie had some funny moments but the story is basically the same. The one thing that was cool was the fact they kept alluding to the production budget during the movie and that the studio had allotted twice the budget to basically remake the same film over again hah!

I also went to a super fun day trip to Grand Bend. It had been a while since I went there. It’s only 2.5 hrs away from Toronto. I like Grand Bend, because it’s a lot cuter than Wasaga Beach. They recently built new restaurants and art galleries right by the marina, which is a super sweet spot to grab lunch or dinner. The new Smackwater Jacks Taphouse has a really great patio, with their very own beer on tap and local fish to choose from. Grand Bend is also a great place to go buy antiques for a lot cheaper than in the city. And if a packed beach isn’t your thing, try visiting the Pinery Park and campground, the beach is absolutely stunning and barely occupied. It’s $16 per car for a day at the beach. It is the ideal spot to picnic and swim! (yes we did swim…or snorkelled for some… I could barely feel my legs after being in the water for a few minutes, but it was well worth it!!)

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I’m keeping the Grand Bend beach and summer vibes going today with my brand new green Mendocino shorts. These cute drawstring shorts are ultra comfy and practical. I love the cutout pattern at the bottom, it gives them a “dentelle-like” feel. I paired the shorts with my leopard & gold tank and some gold accessories!

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Photos by @Offner

Mendocino drawstring shorts

Aldo Parella bag (get it here)

Target beige ankle boots 

Zara silk leopard tank 

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Guess sporty gold watch (get it here)

We Go Hard #DailyOutfit

Thrilled to be representing the rad Brooklyn artist Santigold and her brand new line of socks today. The BK DIY artist has teamed up with Instance Socks (known as Stance in the US) to create these unique, colorful and badass socks that pay homage to her city. I particularly like my pair of “Brooklyn Go Hard” socks, with the the rad print and red, blue and white colors. Instance is a San Clemente based brand, one of my favorite surf towns in Southern California. I’ve been a fan of Santigold‘s music and spirit since she appeared onto the music scene several years ago.

I’m representing Toronto today, a city that inspires me to go hard every day! What inspires you to go hard every day? The people you surround yourself with? Your neighborhood? Let me know! #SantiWeGoHard You can check out my favorite Santigold track here.

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Photos by @Offner

Zara white denim pants

Zara TRF grey oversized tee

H&M chambray buttoned-up shirt (similar one here)

Steve Madden ECNTRC-C flats (get them here)

Karen London Dream Weaver Necklace (get it here)

Karen London Gypsy Ring (get it here)

Nixon mint green waterproof watch 

Flower Blouse #DailyOutfit

Happy Friday everyone! Excited for a relaxed weekend at home before the Canadian Music Week madness begins! I’ve been hiding from the rain all week watching all the latest episodes of Kitchen Nightmares and also the amazing new season of Anthony Bourdain‘s Parts Unkown. If you’ve watched some of his shows before, you know that Anthony Bourdain’s shows are beautifully shot, feature some of the yummiest food and some of the dreamiest locations in the world. The latest season of Parts Unknown is no exception. As someone with a serious case of wanderlust, watching the show just makes me want to travel even more! The latest episode on Lyon, a place I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to (I even ate at the same place at Bourdain – Comptoir Abel!) is magical! Also watching it with Offner, a Lyon-native made it that much more special. I’ve grown really fond of anything Bourdain does and highly recommend watching any of his series (No Reservations, The Layover and Parts Unknown). The first two seasons of Parts Unknown are available on Netflix. This Sunday – it’s Mexico!! Can’t wait!

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For today’s outfit, I’m dressing down a beautiful white flower silk blouse from Zara with black skinny jeans, beige ankle boots and a few dainty gold rings.

Stay tuned Sunday for a brand new 5 Questions With interview! Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

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Photos by @Offner

Zara white silk flower blouse 

Anine Bing Skinny Jeans Double Zipper Black (get them here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Nixon mint green waterproof watch 

Target beige ankle boots 

Bing Bang Shard Ring (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

 

 

 

Porté Disparu #DailyOutfit

After many months of waiting, today, Disiz finally released his brand new music video that my man @offner directed! If you don’t know who Disiz is, well he’s one of the biggest rappers in France. Not only does he have great beats but he also has super clever and intelligent rhymes. The video was shot in Spain and Canada in the spring of last year. Super excited that it’s finally out! Watch “Porté Disparu” here!

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Today’s outfit – Some white lace x one of my favorite tops! Rawr!!

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Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Zara silk leopard tank 

H&M patterned tights (get them here)

Zara white embroidered mini skirt (similar one here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

 

Winter Grunge #DailyOutfit

Yesterday was a big day for my friends The Balconies! They finally launched their brand new record Fast Motions after almost a two year delay. I couldn’t be more stoked for these guys. I truly believe they’ve got what it takes to take on the world with their infectious guitar-driven rock tracks! If you haven’t already, make sure you listen to Fast Motions. For Canadians, you can check it out here & for everyone else here. Stay tuned as they’ll be coming to a city near you this winter, spring and summer!photo (61) Also, personally very excited on getting my first official styling credit in the album, yay!

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Today’s outfit – it’s a wintery grunge look! Nothing quite like a big comfy plaid shirt on a busy day of work!

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Zara Nouveau Grunge tee

Urban Outfitters boyfriend flannel shirt

H&M classic skinny blue jeans

Aldo beige lace up boots (similar ones here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

BEACHCOMBER #DailyOutfit

Biko Jewellery just launched her brand new collection yesterday called BEACHCOMBER! It’s super dreamy and is making me so excited for summer! Check out her little promo video below! In celebration, I’m wearing some of my Biko favs!

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Photos by @Offner

H&M striped long sleeve shirt 

Anine Bing Skinny Jeans Double Zipper Black (get them here)

Je voudrais être une princesse boots

Biko Third Eye Necklace (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Solo Grid Ring (get it here)

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

 

Do Epic Chic #DailyOutfit

Though being sick doesn’t make you feel like the most chic person in the world, wearing a t-shirt that says “Do Epic Chic” definitely motivated me this morning to put on a brave face and go to work while feeling super ill. Plus this special eLUXE x Song of Style collaboration tee is super comfy and fits just perfectly!

Decided to make myself some homemade soup with lot’s of spices this evening in order to hopefully get back in tip top shape!! Plus I love making soup!! (Here is one of my favorite recipes!)

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 Photos by @Offner

Do Epic Chic tee Song of Style for eLUXE (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney gold brass necklace

H&M black oversized blazer (similar one here)

H&M black knit beanie

H&M skinny beige trousers (get them here)

Uranium gold tripple thick ring (Fall 2013 collection)

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

Verameat gold brass initial ring

 

Sweater Layering #DailyOutfit

I’m trying to embrace sweaters a lot more this season. It’s getting really cold out so I’m trying to dress as warm as possible while trying to remain stylish (if I can!). Layering is definitely a good way to stay warm so today I tried to layer my sweater with a plaid buttoned up shirt. I actually did an interview for my show this morning with The Strumbellas, an amazing folk-pop band from Toronto (see video below!) and the band’s singer was also sporting layered sweaters and plaid. Thought it was pretty neat!

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Urban Outfitters Renewal acid wash flannel shirt (similar one here)

H&M Canada fine knit grey jumper (similar one here)

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Verameat mystery hugs ring (get it here)

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Solo Grid Ring (get it here)

Fresh Friday #DailyOutfit

So excited about the upcoming weekend! One of my childhood best friends that lives in NYC will be coming to Toronto for the weekend. Can’t wait to hit up some great restaurants, go for a lakeside run and catch up!

For today’s outfit, I went back to my Friday dress wearing tradition! I dressed down a simple black jersey dress with a sleeveless jean jacket and my rad Camo Jetts from Modern Vice.

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Forever 21 High-Low Lace-Sleeve Dress w/ Belt (get it here)

Forever 21 Bleached demin vest

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Modern Vice Camo Jetts (get them here)

Biko Jewellery Telsum Bracelet (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)