Portrait Personality

Jay Stubblefield is at a crossroads in his life. He’s a professional tattooer in Columbia where he lives with his girlfriend Courtney and their three-year-old daughter Lucille. They spend most weekends outdoors and taking road trips in one of his classic cars.

Jay specializes in American traditional style tattooing, which isn’t very popular with college kids currently, so being in Columbia and the type of shop he is at limits how much of that work he can do. He has offers from tattoo shops that only hire artists who do that type of style with a more steady stream of clients, but they are hours away.

Courtney has recently started her first teaching job as an assistant teacher with two and three-year-old kids at an early childhood education center in Columbia while also taking online early childhood education college classes. Starting over at a new job in a different city would be a blow to the progress she has made in her career.

If Jay takes one of his offers, he will have to move by himself. He’s conflicted on what to do because he does not like living in Columbia and feels stifled at his current job, but Courtney could not move with him because of her job. Jay is worried about what that move would do to their relationship, and most importantly, how it would affect his daughter’s life. He doesn’t want to not be a big part of his daughter’s life in case anything should happen with the relationship he has with Courtney.

Jay Stubblefield holds his daughter Lucille on his shoulders at a campout at Serenity Valley Winery in Fulton on Sept. 14, 2019. The campout was called “Volks in the Valley” and was a gathering of people who own classic Volkswagen cars and buses that camp using them.
Jay walks his dog Mimi while his girlfriend Courtney kisses their daughter Lucille after calming her down because she was upset that they were leaving Twin Lakes Dog Park in Columbia on Sept. 1, 2019.
Jay stands with his Border Terrier dog Mimi at his campsite at Serenity Valley Winery in Fulton on Sept. 14, 2019. Jay was setting up a shelter connected to his 1965 Beetle for the “Volks in the Valley” campout. I asked Jay if he had any tattoos for his Courtney or Lucille he responded, “I’ll never get one for Courtney, I’m never getting married, but for Lucille, I just don’t know what the hell to get. I don’t get tattoos that are sentimental.”
Paige Oehrle from Moberly gets her shoulder tattooed by Jay at Living Canvas on Sept. 18, 2019. Oehrle was getting tattooed for her 22nd birthday, and she picked Jay because of his portfolio on the tattoo shop’s website.
Two coloring book pages colored by his daughter Lucille hang in Jay’s tattoo studio in Columbia on Sept. 17, 2019. Jay was sketching a tattoo for a client on his iPad for an appointment the next day.
During the golden hour of Sept. 14, 2019, Jay takes photos of his 1965 Beetle at Serenity Valley Winery. Jay restores and modifies this and his 1963 Ford Fairlane in his spare time.
Jay reaches behind his front seat to give Lucille a high five. Jay and his family were riding in his 1963 Ford Fairlane to look at camping trailers on Sept. 1, 2019.

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