About Me

Name: Jessie
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Hey Minis! I'm the creator of Mini Penny Blog and I'm so excited that you're here.

I grew up in rural Ohio and had my hands in everything. During my childhood, I spent my key summers at Northwestern University taking biology classes and exploring Chicago. As I grew, the city held a special place in my heart and knew that someday I'd make this my home. I then went to the Columbus College of Art and Design where I studied Illustration.

My path jumped all around. Throughout my teens and twenties, I've worked in bakeries, skateboard shops, the service industry, as a graphic designer, IT, tattoo shops, and retail management. In 2011, while at Urban Outfitters, I started this blog as a hobby. Mini Penny was as a way for my to show how I styled all of my thrift store and second hand finds. In fall of that year, I moved to Chicago. I continued to work hard and network through Mini Penny, and was promoted to Urban Outfitters corporate office in 2012 as their Social Media Manager. My heart wasn't in it however, and I was no longer happy — so I decided to leave and return to the city I loved.

Since moving back, I opened my own cosmetic tattoo studio. I focus on tattooing eyebrows (microblading and machine), freckles, and non-laser saline lightening. You can find my work on my tattooing website, MICRO PENNY. I also do commissioned digital portraits and cross stitching. You can find my work here or here.

I currently live with my dog and partner in the city, and look forward to what will happen next ♥ 

My work has been featured on ABC news, Refinery29, Buzzfeed, MTVStyle, published in Decibel Magazine and Instant: The Story of Polaroid, and more. If you ever have something you'd like to let me know, I'm happy to receive emails at

And Lastly
Everything that you see on this blog is from me unless otherwise noted. Please be courteous and link back to Mini Penny when sharing my content.

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