Tuesday, August 10, 2010


"Apple stood out, not only because of her vibrant color, but also because of her bubbly personality. She was a great dog, but she kept many secrets. Secrets that will soon find their way to the surface."

I tattooed this piece on Scott Olive's girlfriend while doing a guest spot at Oddity Tattoo in Sarasota, Florida. The piece took me about 4 hours total.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


"In the beginning he had nothing but good intentions, but the more time he spent in the company the more he lost of his original self."

Had a "no-show" for my Saturday slot at Tattoolapalooza in Miami this past June so I squeezed this piece in. Sketched the entire piece on with marker and knocked it out in about 3.5 hrs.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


A fellow tattoo artist from Greensboro, North Carolina drove up to get this piece from me. He asked me to put together a piece that would represent all of his allergies so I drew up a cat trying to defend itself from a shrimp and some dust mites with an inhaler. This piece took me roughly 15 hours total.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I created this piece as a memorial for my client's late ferret who used to eat all the plants in her house. She flew in from Ontario, Canada twice for a total of 13 hours to get this piece.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Rescue Tattoo

Tattooed this piece on a good friend of mine named Heather. Never really been a fan of drawing flowers, but she let me sneak a couple of little critters in there to keep me entertained.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New Jesse Smith/Dan Hazelton Collabo

My buddy Dan Hazelton and I just finished up this piece for an upcoming comic book called Bromkah. The story was written and illustrated by a tattoo artist in Atlanta, Georgia named Garrett Adderley. We were so happy with the way the whole collabo turned out that we decided to make some "18X24" posters of it. If you'd like to scoop one up you can click on the image below and it'll shoot you on over to my online store. They're $10 a piece plus shipping and handling.

As usual I want to thank you all for your continued support,

Jesse Smith............

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Got a new article in Richmond's own RVA Mag. Super excited with how it turned out. If you'd like to check out the full article you can do so here.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


This tattoo illustrates a day in the life of one of my soccer buddies who is a master chef at the infamous Shafer Court. It took me about 15 hours to complete.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


I’m super stoked to be a part of this new book that Mike Devries put together called “Tattoo Prodigies”. This is probably my favorite tattoo book to date. It is Jam packed full of awesome artists and their work. If you’re interested in scooping one up you can do so via MDTattoos.com.

Here is a description of the book that I snagged off of Mike's website:

The highly anticipated Tattoo Prodigies is now in Stock . Tattoo Prodigies is a high quality, hard bound coffee table book that is 10 inches wide by 13 inches tall, all 256 pages are printed in full color... In this day and age, talented artists abound in the tattoo world. Tattoo Prodigies features the world's best tattoo artists with carefully selected, full-color galleries of impressive tattoo and painting accomplishments; as well as inspiring stories and interviews throughout. Not only is this book eye candy for ink collectors and artists alike, the content is sure to motivate those seeking to advance and learn. Pick up your copy today and enjoy an inspiring journey through the pages of abundant tattoo treasures. ??Here is the list of the Tattoo Prodigies: Nick Baxter, Guy Aitchison, Jesse Smith, Tony Ciavarro, Mike DeVries, Bob Tyrrell, Victor Portugal, Kore Flatmo, Jess Yen, Cory Kruger, Nikko Hurtado, Robert Hernandez, Deano Cook, Shane O Neill, Stephane Chaudesaigues, Shige, Robert Atkinson, Sean Herman, Josh Woods, Gunnar, James Kern, Boris, Durb Morrison, Carson Hill, Roman, Paul Booth, Adrian Dominic, Jeff Ensminger, Don McDonald, Tim Kern, Steve Morris, Michele Wortman, Bez, Franco Vescovi, Kari Barba, Alex De Pase, Paul Acker, Bugs, Craig Driscoll, Steve Moore, Steve Soto, Robert Pho, Monte, Jeff Johnson, Kyle Cotterman, Mario Rosenau, Ben Grillo, Toxyc, Liorcifer, Nate Beavers, Aric Taylor, Sweet Laraine, Joshua Carlton, Ron Meyers, Carlos Torres, Big Gus, Juan Gonzalez, Cory Cudney, Dan Henk, Nate Banuelos, Jeremiah Barba, Larry Brogan, Brian Brenner, Megan Hoogland, Tim Harris, Justin Weatherholtz, Mike Rubendall, Aaron Bell, Benjamin Moss, Ryan Hadley, Carlos Rojas, Tommy Montoya, Julio Rodriguez, Jay Wheeler, Juan Salgado, Mike Parsons, Russ Abbott, Cory Norris, Josh Duffy, Fishero, Andy Engel, Mike DeMasi, Mike Cole.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Just because you were born slow doesn't mean you can't excel.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Tattooed this piece on my buddy Ryan a couple of years back down in Cocoa, FL. He had originally asked for a vulture on the side of his calf which I was really excited about tattooing. I sat down, started to draw, and got a little carried away. Fourteen hours later, this is what he ended up with.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Jesse Smith now booking for Florida trip!

Dear Friends, Family and Faithful Creatives,

Jesse is now booking for his Florida trip! If you are interested in getting tattooed by him at any of the following locations please email kaoticenzymes@gmail.com:

1. a BRIEF DESCRIPTION of what you would like to get
2. WHEN & WHERE you would like to get tattooed
3. WHERE on your body you would like to get this tattoo
4. HOW MUCH you are willing to spend on this piece

JUNE 25th-27th...........TATTOOLAPALOOZA............MIAMI, FL
JULY 3rd-5th...............ETERNAL INK........................FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
JULY 7th......................ODDITY TATTOO...................SARASOTA, FL
JULY 9th-10th.............REQUIEM BODY ART............SPRING HILL, FL

Thank you all for your continued support, we really do appreciate it.

Jesse Smith's Assistant

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Craola's New Clothing Line

My good friend Greg “Craola” Simkins just dropped his new clothing line. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work, you’ve definitely got to check it out. He’s one of my biggest inspirations and probably one of the most innovative lowbrow artists today.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Did this tattoo on the beautiful miss Tyler Dobbins as a continuation to the "Little Tyler" piece I did on her a couple years back.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

TattooistArt Article

Just landed this new article with a new online magazine called TattooistArt.com. If you get a chance, check it out!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dumb Politician iPhone Case

I just got these nifty Dumb Politician iPhone covers in (3G/3GS only). If you’re interested in scooping one up you can do so by clicking the image below. Each case is printed using Thermo-Active Transdermal Technology (a new process developed by a company called “Uncommon”). This particular process ensures durable, long lasting, high resolution imagery on every case. I’m super happy with how well they turned out and I’m confident that you guys will be happy with them as well.To those of you that are interested in setting up an appointment with me for my Florida trip, I’ll be shooting out an email here in about three weeks. I usually give my mailing list first priority so if you haven’t joined it yet you can do so here. A lot of people have been showing interest in booking with me for this trip so definitely hit me back as soon as you get the email to ensure a spot.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Did this one on Lucas, an old friend from Heidelberg High School. This piece was put together in late '09 at Ghost Print Gallery Tattoo.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Did this on my buddy Devin Taylor, owner of Bleeding Star Clothing, in Vegas this past October. Took me about seven hours.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Surfacing Serpent

This was done on a good friend of mine, Tom Sr., owner of Fuzion Ink, in Norfolk, VA. He originally asked me for a small dragon on his chest and ended up getting this.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Dropped this off at Vegas back in October '09.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Dropped this off in San Francisco back in August 2009.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Dropped this off in Denmark a couple years back.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


First off I'd like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. I sold a ton of T-Shirts this past week and it really means a lot to me that all of you stepped up to help me out. I'm going to get all these orders off to the printers this Monday and hopefully have them out to you a couple weeks after. If you haven't had a chance to order a shirt and would like to, please make sure you get your order in before Sunday.

On another note, I just had 3 new articles drop in Europe (Skin Deep issue 181, Rise, and Bodyfication). I sent them a bunch of new tattoos that I've never posted on the internet before so if you wanna see them you're gonna hafta scoop yourself up one of these magazines:)

Till next time!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Last Friday I messed up my drawing hand pretty bad playing soccer and unfortunately it has put me in a position where I can't tattoo. So I was trying to figure out a way to supplement my tattoo income and I came up with an idea. I had always wanted to see what would happen if I drew up something left handed and thought this was a good opportunity to try. I sat down with the intention to draw a T-Shirt design to sell to people who were interested in giving me a hand financially and to my surprise it turned out better then I had expected.

I ended up sketching a squirrel (go figure:) named Basher who was the sole survivor in the battle for the Golden Acorn. I also wrote a short story about how he ended up breaking his wrist that can be found behind the image on the T-shirt. If you are interested in scooping up a T-Shirt I would greatly appreciate it. All shirts will be printed on American Apparel and run $23 a piece. They are available in Men's (Grey or Sepia) and Girl's (Grey or Muave). Thank you all so much for your continued support, Jesse Smith

Monday, December 21, 2009


Dropped this off in San Diego back in July!

Monday, December 7, 2009


Dropped this off in Cocoa, Florida back in June. Took me about 9 hours. Been too busy to get anything on here lately. I'm gonna try and update a little more frequently here in the next couple of weeks. Got a ton of new stuff to show off. Stay tuned...

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Put this little guy together for the upcoming Kid Robot Munny show that will take place in New York on Nov. 13-15. If you're in the area and are interested in checking out the show stop on by. The address is:

The Eloquent Delinquents Gallery
41 Wooster Street, New York, NY

For more info visit the website:)

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Dropped this off in Vegas at the Mario Barth's Biggest show on Earth. Took me about 9.5 hours.

Friday, July 31, 2009


So I arrived in San Diego last week with a few slots available to tattoo. The first day I walked into Five Two Tattoo there was this fella sitting there waiting for me. After talking a bit he asked me if I would be interested in tattooing a "dick on a swing" on his inner thigh. Initially I was really not feeling the idea so I told him I'd think about it and get back to him. After a couple days of dishin around the idea I decided to give it a try. This is what I came up with.

In today's news, Pick and I took a train from San Diego to L.A. It was about a 3 hour trip total. Arrived in L.A. at about 7PM and have been hangin around the hotel catchin up on some internet time. Tomorrow we're gonna stop by the Tattoo Lounge here in Venice beach and talk to Bugs a bit before we head out to the beach to take some photos and do some sketchin. Gotta a couple tattoos that I did in Miami that I'd like to post so hopefully I'll have a little time tomorrow to post them. Till then, Enjoy my Swingin Dick:)

Saturday, July 25, 2009


I dropped this piece off about 2 weeks ago in Miami beach for the first annual Tattoolapalooza. I stayed super busy and got to hang out with one of my bestest friends Jason Stephan. All in all I had a great time!

I ended up scooping up "Tattoo of the Day" on Sat. which is pretty awesome being that there were a ton of Awesome tattoo artists there. The collector of this piece had been battling a disease that ended up requiring surgery and changing his way of life. During his battle with this disease he thought that it would ruin his quality of life. So I created this piece to illustrate that although the disease may have won the small battle, there was a bigger battle to be fought. The battle for the brain and his ability to continue a high quality life even with his loss.

Today Electric Pick and I are gonna go chill out at a cafe' and release some of this creative energy that has accumulated over the past couple of days. We just spent two full days at the comic-con and are overwhelmed by the inspiration. Hopefully I'll have some fun stuff to show you soon. Till then, stay safe, it's a dangerous world out there!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


The pieces posted below were created for a show called "Pint Size Paintings". We were given two 2"X3" canvas' and told to decorate them using paint (either oil or acrylic). Being that the canvas' were so small my first instinct was to create a composition that would stand up not only as two separate pieces but also as one. While sketching on the canvas' I decided to try and connect them on every side. It took me about 4 hours to figure it out and 21 hours to paint it.