The industry’s current obsession with beautiful tattooed boys has only been fuelled further with the arrival of Venice Beach native Jimmy Q from Select, a pro skateboarder and tattoo artist who also models for some of the coolest brands around.
How did you become a model?
I first modelled at 7 years old and more recently I freelanced in Los Angeles. I decided I wanted to live in London so I sent an email to a few modelling agencies and Select were the first to respond.
What were you doing before modelling?
I’m also a professional skateboarder and tattoo artist. I did my tattoo apprenticeship in Venice Beach, California where I grew up. I started practising on my friends and went from there. I did art before tattooing so it made it easier to transition to that medium.
What do you like to do when you’re not modelling?
Tattoo-ing, skateboarding or chilling at home. I’m a real homebody so I like cooking dinner and watching films. I stay at home as much as possible.
What type of music do you like?
I like all music, from country to punk rock. Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan. I’ve been listening to a lot of country/ rockabilly recently.
What’s your favourite film?
Stepbrothers, Pulp Fiction & Reservoir Dogs.
Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Bears. I’m deeply terrified of bees, I could deal with a bear but not bees.
What shows did you walk in last season?
I just did London. Oliver Spencer and Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
What’s your favourite place to hang out in London?
I enjoy going shopping in Camden
Is there a person in the industry that inspires you?
A number of people in my life inspire me. I’m my own inspiration by pure willpower of overcoming things in my life and achieving things I’ve wanted to. I put everything in to what I want and have always done my own thing. Music also really inspires me and interesting people.
What’s your favourite item of clothing?
My all-black polka dot three piece suit.
When you were a kid what did you dress up as for Halloween?
I dressed up every year. One year I dressed as a traditional cowboy. My godfather worked for the movie industry so he got me a proper old costume. I’ve also dressed up as a nun in sunglasses and a tourist with a black eye.
What couldn’t you live without?
Do you sing in the car?
I sing everywhere!
What would you like to do in the future?
Succeed and get to the the top of everything I want to do. I strive to be the best.
Photographer David Adams
Fashion Editor and words Francesca Prudente
Hair Lotte O’Shea using BUMBLE & BUMBLE
Make up Bobana Parojcic all make-up using CHANEL SS 2012 & HYDRA BEAUTY SERUM
Model Jimmy Q at SELECT
Jimmy wears shirt from BLITZ