Day 86 - Jazlynne (1st person I approached)
March 27, 2014 - Jazlynne was born and raised in North Vancouver. She attended a private Catholic school from Kindergarten through to Grade eight.
“I couldn’t take the private school anymore,” says Jazlynne.
“It just wasn’t for me. I left the private school and started going to a public school in Grade nine. I did a lot better there.” Jazlynne also spent some time in alternative education.
“We spent most of our time doing field trips,” she said. There was also a focus on a more socialized curriculum, with less classroom structure, and more self-guided learning.
“In the end, it turned out to be far better than the earlier years of school,” Jazlynne said.
After finishing school, Jazlynne worked in a number of night clubs and bars. She now works in a health food store as a cashier.
“I like to sew. I called my mom one day and asked if I could have her old sewing machine,” said Jazlynne.
“I told my mom I’d teach myself and that she wouldn’t have to show me how to use the machine. I’ve done ok. There’s a lot of information online. I’ve made some clothes. And pillow cases and things for my apartment.
She has two sisters, both of them younger. Jazlynne told me,
“There’s a big age gap between us. I’m ten years older, so we don’t really spend that much time together hanging out or anything. But we do get along.”
Jazlynne moved away from home at 19, leaving the North Shore behind.
“I’ve tried living in a few different neighbourhoods. Right now I’m living in Kitsilano. I really like it there, and it’s certainly different than North Vancouver. I’d like to stay there at least through the summer. One of these days I’d also like to live on Commercial Drive, but for now, I’m staying put in Kits,” she said.
It’s also the first time since moving out on her own that Jazlynne has had roommates. She told me
“I thought it would be better to save some money and spilt the rent with a couple of friends. It’s working out great. They’re really good to live with, especially on nights when I get home from work and they’ve made dinner! That’s sweet.”
Jazlynne is also recognizing that having roommates and being fussy about how things are at home can be very different than living alone.
“I’m kind of OCD when it comes to my place, especially after living alone for years. I get a little freaked out by things from time to time. but for the most part, it’s working out ok,” she said.
Jazlynne has a number of piercings on her face and I asked her a few questions about them.
“I got my first one when I was about 16. It was my labret (below the lower lip). I don’t wear that one so often anymore, I put it in last week, but I decided not to keep the stud in,” she said.
When I asked how long it took to get used to seeing the bridge piercing in between her eyes, I was surprised when she told
"I can't actually see it. If I close one eye and look up as far as I can, I can just about see the edge. But it didn't take any time to get used to, mainly because I can't see it."
Jazlynne also has her lips, nose, septum, bridge, and anti-eyebrow pierced (*Fact Check - see link below). We talked a bit about how the anti-eye brow is done.
“They make a small cut in the skin and place a spacer ring under the surface and then a stud into that. The skin heals around the spacer ring and holds the stud in place,” Jazlynne told me, clearly having done her research and knowing exactly how the procedure takes place. I asked here where the most painful piercing that she has is.
“Well, it’s not on my face,” she replied with a smile. #notastranger
*Fact Check - http://www.piercingtime.com/face-piercings-chart/