Updated: Oct 21, 2020
Owner, Trouble Making Pinstriper
heavily involved in the arts and later attended Butera School of Art which at the time was one of the only places that taught how to Hand Letter. She always knew she had to work her own way, learn her own and find her own path. Throughout her career she has held various apprenticeships, all challenging experiences. The last being with a very prestigious business in the area where she was for about eight years.
Smith is very fortunate to have had amazing mentors that have encouraged her and cannot stress enough how having an apprenticeship has been key to her success as she was able to learn important skills, gain confidence and become who she is. She stresses the importance of “Being a keeper of the brush.” Trades and craft need to be passed on from one generation to the next and cannot get lost.
In January of 2020 Smith started her own business, “Trouble Making Pinstriper.” Her business offers a variety of services; Pinstripping, creating signs and logos, truck lettering and more. Along with these services she has a store front where she sells paints and various tools. Smith states, “Maybe I'm crazy for starting something during a pandemic but, if not now, if I can get through this, I can get through anything.” She also speaks of how she feels strongly for all the closing shops that have been around for many years but in chaos brings new life, new entrepreneurship. There is a renewal process that goes along with troubling times. “I can be a part of the renewal, the new economy, be part of a revitalization project.
This attitude is an exact reflection on her art. It speaks for it’s own, stands on it’s own and is well respected. She is a firm believer in having your work do the talking, and representing itself. Although she has had some tribulations breaking through as a woman she says "I am a Pinstriper..DONE. I'm a craftsman...DONE."
The emphasis she creates on not being a “women” Pinstriper and only being a Pinstriper is admiral. She firmly believes gender should not be a reason that one should excel over another. One’s art, dedication and commitment should speak for itself.
She is already seeing this happening in her own business. As unfortunate as it is, what our country (and the world) is going through, she loves that she can create pieces to help her neighbors start and rebuild their businesses. It’s what she finds most rewarding, being a part of the community. In the future she hopes to see more community oriented projects amongst Pinstrippers such as what they call, “Panel Jams”, where Pinheads meet and create art together. Everyone has different styles, backgrounds, and views on the world. At these Jams there is no talk about indifferences or on worldly matters, it’s all about the art and to Smith, that’s what’s important.
All women can learn from Jessie Smith, no matter what industry they are in, or where they are in their lives, generally. Smith stated..
At the end of every day, no matter how many attempts it may take to achieve something, never stop stepping up and attempting again. You will learn and one day you will succeed.