Jeselyn is a heavily tattooed alternative, fetish and pinup model that has been seen on Model Mayhem, Zivity and on her very own website www.jeselynonline.com. This self proclaimed Dance of Death has got over 200 hours under the needle and I’m sure hundreds more hours in front of the camera!
I have personally admired Jeselyn’s work for a long time and it was an honor to be able to feature her on Inkspirational Words!!
When did you start modeling and what first interested you about it?
I started modeling about 3 years ago. I had always been on the other side of the camera… and never thought about modeling myself. I moved down to Rhode Island and totally reinvented myself. I was then approached a few times and finally gave in. Thinking it was just a great ego boost and just a little hobby. Now look where it’s got me!
What is your favorite thing to shoot?
I go through phases. I was in a huge pin-up phase for a while, now I’m onto more fetish work. I’ll never stop any of it. I just find something new and try to master it, then move on to a new style. But I always jump around quite frequently.
You recently started a website .. tell me a bit about it. What makes you stand out from the rest?
I started my fetish/erotica website in the end of January. It has taken a few turns and grown and continues to grow. It’s lots of fun. I had always envied those who had their own site and finally took it upon myself to make it happen. I can’t thank my fiancé enough for all the support.
I’ve got a few projects started that will definitely make me stand out from the rest. Not only do I do artsy erotica or fetish work, I also have fun with it. The latest shoot I can’t wait to post – was me and another model, Sahra, wrestling the clothes off each other in Luchador masks. It was epic! I’ve also got another super secret project that in underway and should be released next month I hope!
Is there a group of photographers that you prefer to work with?
I, of course, always have my “go-to” guys; the ones that have had my back from the beginning; Greg Easton (www.gregeaston.com) and Dastardly Dave (www.dastardlydave.com). They both see the potential and give it their all to help me make the shoots what I want them to be. I always enjoy working with Tiffany Ann (www.tiffany-annphoto.com) and Dustin Genereux (www.dustingenphoto.com) too.
Do you think that tattoos have helped or hindered your career and how?
I have only been turned down a handful of times because of my tattoos. Most of the time I am highly sought out because of them.
Tell me about your tattoos overall, what they mean to you, are they just for fun, inspiration, etc?
Let’s face it; the only reason why people get tattooed is because it looks cool. Some may say that theirs has this huge meaning… yea it might, but overall, it’s because it looks cool and makes you feel cool/sexy.
My tattoos are for the fun of it. I enjoy either shocking the heck out of people with them or making them giggle.
I have pretty much every conceivable “owie spot” there is tattooed.
And I have a smilie face tattooed on my thumb for when I give you the thumbs up and then I also have “boob bats” flying around my busty portrait of the Bride of Frankenstein… why? Because they make me giggle.
Do you have a favorite? Or a least favorite?
My least favorite is covered, thank god. Young and stupid, we’ll keep it at that.
My favorite at the moment is my Bride of Frankenstein portrait and her surrounding Boob Bats. But it’s always a tie with my Cthulhu (as Ms. Behavin’).
Do you have an artist that you work with regularly or do you like to sample more than one artist/shop?
I have a set artist at the moment, my fiancé who owns and operates Marco’s Tattoo in southern Rhode Island. I have been tattooed by others and there are some I would love to have a piece by of course. I still would love a piece done by Dug Landry at Hallowed Ground in Portland, ME.
Do you have any more artwork planned?
Always. Most of the time I have no idea what it will be. Most of my pieces are ones that my fiancé draws up for me that I fall in love with. I have only asked for 4 of them straight up. My bird on my forearm was actually for a client, and they turned it down for a more old school swallow… I snatched that one right up.
What’s your next big plan for model-land?
Well, New York seems to be calling pretty heavily at the moment. So does Philly. One of these days I’ll get to travel. But having 3 businesses and a family can make it tough. I’ll make it work one way or another.
Just gonna keep pluggin’ along. Doin’ my thing.
What is one thing that people would NEVER guess about you just by looking at you?
I am a jump rope champion.
What do you want people to know about models with tattoos or even women with tattoos?
I’m (we’re) still a lady. And you better treat me (us) like one.
>Links Jeselyn shared!
And most of all Aaron Marco at Marco’s Tattoo in Rhode Island for being my support and my partner through it all.