Spending a day in the life of Jamie was a great experience. I met Jamie on the day of shooting this story, and everything ran smoothly. I experienced both the wall graffiti and the body painting side to what he does.
Jamie is known as ‘The People Painter.’ This name came from graffiti and painting on walls, which then evolved into the body painting side. Jamie says that body painting was just an accident. It all started when girls would ask him to paint them at parties. From there, Jamie was invited to a body painting expo. After two days of painting, he left with the ‘best new comer award.’
Regardless of his exterior, Jamie is described as a gentle soul and the nicest guy in the world. His tattoos give the opposite first impression that relates him with a tougher look. To this Jamie says “I’m too skinny to be tough. I just do it for the art,” and laughs. Jamie explains that tattoos weren’t his thing when he was growing up. “I wasn’t going to get one when I was younger. But then I got one and couldn’t stop,” he said. He explains that all of his tattoos have a meaning and all relate to his family. To Jamie, family and friends are everything. Art is his passion and always was since high school. Now he gets paid to paint spaces, walls, and girls here, there, and everywhere.
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