We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve been artistic and creative my whole life. I was always drawing as a kid, and I got really into photography during high school, where I even took some classes. After high school, I got really into baking/decorating cakes and cupcakes, and worked as a cake decorator for a while. Tattoos and the craft of tattooing have always completely fascinated me, I thought tattoo artists were the coolest people on the planet back then, haha. I didn’t pursue tattooing right away because I grew up in a very conservative family, and didn’t think working in such an industry would be okay with them. Halfway through my psychology degree I decided that pursuing tattooing was what was going to make me the happiest, so I took the risk and jumped!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have reached a point in my career now where I have developed a tattooing style, and I have been very excited about that. It’s an indescribable feeling when people get tattooed by me because of my certain style and let me have creative freedom with the design and with the tattoo. It still feels surreal sometimes that I am already at this point in my career. I worked very hard to get to where I am now, I looked tirelessly for an apprenticeship for two entire years before I finally found someone to take a chance on me. Unfortunately, it was not an apprenticeship I would wish upon anyone. My “mentor” was mean, unprofessional, and didn’t even have a passion for the craft of tattooing. I was barely taught a thing about tattooing, just enough to do walk ins and make the owners money. At the end of my time there, my “mentor” ended up stealing literally everything I owned for my tattooing career, thousands of dollars worth of equipment, tools, ink, etc. I actually had to stop tattooing for about 5 months so I could save up my money again to get back into a shop. He taught me so little I didn’t think I could even find another shop without having to start another grueling, unpaid apprenticeship. Thankfully I found the shop I’m in now and the owner kind of took me under his wing and taught me things I never learned without making me apprentice again. He has been the mentor I never had, and I give so much credit to him on where I am in my tattooing. I wish so much I was able to go through a proper and traditional apprenticeship, I wish I had that sacred relationship with my mentor, I wish it went differently, but I’m also thankful at the end of the day about how it all went down. It taught me a lot about myself and how resilient I am. I have been through a lot in my short tattooing career, but my resilience and “no quitting” mentality has helped me get through every obstacle and come out on the other side much stronger than before. I think all of my efforts can be seen in my work, it’s very easy to see my quick and great improvement over the years, and I’m very proud of that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m not going to disclose too much on location, this native wants to keep at least ONE place a secret from others!! But I’m all about nature and seclusion, so Granby is one of mine and my husband’s favorite places. There is this beautiful bridge that is located on grand lake, we even took our engagement photos there! You can’t find it unless you know where you’re going, and that’s something I love about it. I would take my best friend there, and then Dino’s for dinner! Dino’s is in winter park and they have the best steak I’ve ever had (except my husband’s, of course). Then the next day we would go back to grand lake early and go on a hike, then maybe do some paddle boarding!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, James, has been my rock. I met him basically the exact same time I started my tattoo apprenticeship, so he has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly in my career. He has never once lacked support for me or told me that I should pursue something else during the times I questioned everything myself. He pushes me to be better every day, I 100% would not be where I am in my career without him. Also shoutout to Britni Azzam for helping set this interview up for me. She has been supportive since we worked at a dispensary together when she used only hear about how I wanted to tattoo. Now she has gotten a few tattoos from me and has been a wonderful and supportive woman in my life.
Amanda McHugh Madi Einspanier