by Mellissa Thomas
We always react to multi-talented people in two ways: praise and admiration or envy.
(And let’s be honest — more often than not, it’s envy.)
However, when someone with the magnetic combination of fashion sense, acute tattooing, graphic design, and photography skills, a passion for history, and a hunger for constant self-improvement comes wrapped up in a benign, petite young woman, envy goes out the window.
So Who is Jordyn Bridge?
The twentysomething Orlando tattoo artist and Jink founder is the marriage of disarming demeanor and razor-sharp intelligence. Her company’s name, Jink, comes from “Jordyn’s ink”, and Jinkology, her website’s name, she defines as “the study of Jordyn’s ink.”
She was born Ashley Loney in Brooklyn, and came up with the Jordyn Bridge name during her frequent trips in New York City.
The name comes from “[Pharaoh] Ramses, who was nicknamed Prince Regent during his architectural projects,” she explained in an interview with DOFW August 27, 2013. “Plus I traveled on New York City’s bridges a lot, and I’m constantly bridging multiple worlds — art, history, science, culture, [and] fashion.”
Bridge is self-taught in business, science, history, religion, and fine art. “I read a lot of books [and] watch videos…lots of lectures,” she said.
If you don’t need a tattoo, she can be your photo shoot photographer. Or your photo shoot model.
Yes, Bridge is no stranger to fashion.
She’s got Tyra Banks to thank for that.
Bridge has been on the Tyra Banks Show. Twice.
She made her first appearance at seventeen when the show called for a tomboy-to-feminine makeover. Her mother saw the ad and with her daughter’s permission, nominated her on the show’s website. According to Bridge, that experience is what propelled her into the fashion world. “It changed my perception,” she said, “helped me grow into a woman.”
After such a mind-blowing transformation on the show, Edward Tricomi of New York’s Warren-Tricomi luxury salon suggested she pursue modeling in New York, and she did, wielding the powerful advantage of seamless androgyny.
Bridge got her second Tyra Banks Show opportunity through her grandmother, who saw an ad announcing that Banks was casting models 5′ 7″ and under for America’s Next Top Model that season. Bridge made it onto the show, and even spotted Michelle Mok backstage.
During the show, Bridge got the chance to speak on the microphone, reminding Banks of her previous makeover. Banks remembered her, and through serendipity Bridge was among five golden ticket winners in the audience to audition for ANTM. Paulina Porizkova gave her personal makeup tips that would work for her skin type while she was onstage.
Though Bridge didn’t make the cut, she auditioned many other times in other cities, attending fashion shows and gracing the catwalk herself while she was at it.
Bridge’s New Frontier: Career Tattoo Art
Bridge learned firsthand that modeling and traveling can get expensive. Her solution: get into tattooing.
She was in college and got her first tattoo at a downtown shop named Jiggaman Tattoos. She returned, offering to be Jigga’s photographer, and that daily job parlayed into a tattooing apprenticeship. After receiving her license, she was his apprentice for a year.
Five years, and many fine arts courses and tattoos later, she’s become a local dynamo, setting her sights on a new tattoo niche: career art — in other words, tattoos that reflect what a person does for a living. Bridge is a walking demonstration of this, having inked a tattoo machine on her own arms (first image below).
She offered some other examples. For someone in the medical profession, she would ink medical illustrations or the basic tools (like scalpels, forceps, or a stethoscope). For a barber, she would ink some shears and scissors, or the rope; for a chef, cooking utensils; for a pilot, an aircraft or flight suit.
When inking, she uses three different styles: traditional flash, or “old school” according to her (like barbed wire and sailor anchors, for example); new-school flash, tattoos with “exaggerated color and subject matter,” as she explained; and realism, the more recent style of photorealistic and three-dimensional tattoos that virtually jump off the skin.
In her quest to capture a client’s vision in ink or a fashion photo, she aims to tell a story, and her own complex history and expanding knowledge is the deep well of inspiration she draws from. If you’re in town and want to share what you do with the world, or anything else for that matter, Jordyn can make a permanent impression for you.
Curious? Visit jinkology.com to learn more.
All tattoo images taken from Bridge’s Statigr.am: statigr.am/jinkart. All modeling shots furnished by Jordyn Bridge with permission.
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Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness Coming March 2023
WINTER PARK, Fla. (Florida National News) – Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness, inspired by the children’s TV host and icon, comes to Orlando in March 2023. This week-long series of events was announced today at the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park.
“Fred McFeely Rogers devoted his entire life to reminding us of some of the most important ideas of what it means to be human among humans: love, respect and kindness,” explained Buena Vista Events & Management President & CEO Rich Bradley. “Many of us find that nearly 20 years after Fred’s passing, it is important to focus on his teachings once again, perhaps now more than ever. This is a week to re-engage with his massive body of work with some folks, and to introduce his teachings to others.”
Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness begins March 20, 2023, the date which would have been Fred’s 95th birthday, and concludes on Saturday, March 26 with the Red Sweater Soiree, a community dinner to recognize ten ordinary members of the community who inspire and exemplify the affinity that Fred Rogers had for showing kindness to our “Neighbors”.
Activities planned for the week will include early childhood education activities and faculty training, as well as events open to the public.
“The events will be offered free or at low cost,” continued Bradley. “This week-long celebration is not a series of fundraisers, but rather about once again remembering and sharing some of the great work that Fred Rogers created, not only in early childhood education, but in reminding us that we are all part of one big ‘neighborhood’. Fred taught us the importance of accepting our Neighbors just the way they are and engaging in kindness with our interactions. I can’t think of another period in my lifetime where we needed to reflect on those messages again more than today.”
“There are three ways to ultimate success,” Fred Rogers was once quoted as saying. “The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. Imagine what our neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.”
Many of the activities of Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness will be attended by members of the cast and crew of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 – 1975, and again from 1979 – 2001. David Newell, known as “Mr. McFeely,” the “Speedy Delivery” man, appeared at today’s media conference via video, and looks forward to visiting Central Florida next March.
Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness is supported by the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the Fred Rogers Institute, and Fred Rogers Productions. Details regarding the specific activities and venues will be released over the next few weeks.
For more information on the events, visit https://www.BuenaVistaEvents.com or https://www.MisterRogersWeekofKindness.com.
A Quick Primer on the Team Solving Orange County’s Affordable Housing Crisis
ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange County faces a growing affordable housing crisis, and Mayor Jerry Demings has taken notice–and action. Shortly after his inauguration, he formed Housing For All, an affordable housing task force to face the challenge head-on.
The Housing For All task force doesn’t meet monthly like the County Commission–in fact, their next meeting won’t be until October 4, 2019–but they do work when they’re not meeting. The task force is made up of three subcommittees, Design and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Accessibility and Opportunity Subcommittee and Innovation and Sustainability Subcommittee. These three subcommittees meet twice a month to come up with ideas and plans to fix the affordable housing problem.
Each subcommittee has a specific focus on ways to help solve the problem of affordable housing. The Design and Infrastructure Subcommittee is focused on the design of new affordable housing projects, the renovation of current affordable housing that might need fixing and land development for affordable housing units. The Accessibility and Opportunity Subcommittee is focused on making sure affordable housing is accessible to the major economic zones of the city, develop partnerships with groups and focus on outreach in the county. The Innovation and Sustainability Subcommittee is focused on finding ways to increase the supply of affordable housing and how to preserve affordable housing.
At their next meeting in October these subcommittees will update the county on what they have accomplished and what they plan to do in the future. For information from previous Housing for All Task Force meetings or the meeting schedule, visit the Orange County Government website.
Leyton Blackwell is a photojournalist and Florida National News contributor. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Biopic ‘Te Ata’ Sets High Bar for 2016 Orlando Film Festival
ORLANDO (FNN NEWS) – Orlando Film Festival kicked off at Cobb Theaters in Downtown Orlando Wednesday night. The red carpet came alive with excited filmmakers and actors ready to showcase their projects to the Orlando community and, in some cases, to the world at large, including Nathan Frankowski, director of this year’s opening feature Te Ata.
About Te Ata
Frankowski’s biopic feature chronicles the true story of Chickasaw actress and storyteller Mary Frances Thompson, whose love of stories and the Chickasaw Nation fueled her to share the Chickasaw culture with new audiences in the early 1900s, a time when the United States was still growing as a nation and clashed with Native American peoples in the process.
Viewers are immediately swept into the saga from the film’s opening scene with a voice-over folk tale told by Mary Thompson’s father, T.B. Thompson (played by Gil Birmingham). Ironically, though his storytelling places the seed of inspiration in her, it slowly becomes a source of friction between them as she ages.
What makes the film engrossing is the sprawling backdrop upon which Thompson’s journey takes place. While young Te Ata (which means “The Morning”) flourishes with each solo performance and eventually sets her sights on Broadway, the Chickasaw Nation is fighting to secure the funding due them from the U.S. government in the face of ethnocentrism and religious bigotry–to the point that the government passed a law forbidding the sale of traditional Native American textiles and creations, which caused further financial struggle for the Chickasaw Nation. Viewers even experience the Thompsons’ fish-out-of-water feeling as the Chickasaw people’s territory, Tishomingo, shrinks significantly to become part of the newborn state of Oklahoma.
The political tensions are counterbalanced with Te Ata’s experience. Te Ata does her first performances among family, but chooses to leave home for the first time in her life to attend the Oklahoma College for Women (known today as University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), despite her father’s wishes for her to find a job at home. Viewers immediately empathize with Te Ata’s awkward experience upon her arrival at the predominantly Caucasian-attended College, but cheer her on when that one connection is made, because all it ever takes is one.
Te Ata’s jumping off point occurs when she meets drama teacher Frances Dinsmore Davis, who encourages her to join her class and to share the Chickasaw stories for her senior presentation instead of the usual Shakespeare recitation. From there, Te Ata’s career blossoms from one serendipitous connection to another, taking her performances across the country. She eventually makes it to New York City, hustling to find her place on Broadway, and finds love in the process while performing privately for Eleanor Roosevelt, whose husband was then Governor of New York. The heroine’s journey continues with well-placed highs and lows, keeping the viewer visually and emotionally engaged.
Te Ata is touchingly channeled through lead actress Q’orianka Kilcher who, like Te Ata, has stage experience, and brought it to bear in the role. Kilcher’s magnetic singing, with the help of the film’s sweeping score and indigenous songs, imprints the true Te Ata’s passion for her people onto the viewer’s heart.
Frankowski, who worked closely with the Chickasaw Nation in creating the film, honors Te Ata’s memory and legacy in a cohesive, sweeping tale that will edify audiences everywhere.
Florida National News Editor Mellissa Thomas is an author and journalist, as well as a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in Entertainment Business and Film. She also helps business owners, CEOs, executives, and speakers double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book.
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