Reality TV star and Jersey mom Jenni “JWoww” Farley did something I consider very brave: she got a Disney sleeve tattoo on her left arm and let Facebook fans watch live! Yesterday, as thousands of viewers watched, tattoo artist Sarah Miller, in conjunction with Inked magazine, adorned Jenni’s arm with the outline of four scenes from Disney cartoons. The tattoo will be completed by August, after a total of three or four sessions, including an upcoming one at New York Empire State Tattoo Expo in mid-July, which will also be streamed on Facebook Live.
But of course the Disney couples weren’t randomly chosen. As Jenni, a self-proclaimed “Disney fanatic,” explained in an Instagram post, the scenes represent “true love” but also the idea that all relationships take hard work, and that “everyday isn’t a fairy tale.” To emphasize her desire to showcase the “darker side” of Disney fairy tales, as she mentioned in the Facebook stream, she also got the words “happily never after” inked. She writes that husband Roger Mathews is “the love of my life” but that even though her goal as a teenager was to work for Disney (she attended college to study animation and graphics before being cast on Jersey Shore), now, as a wife and mom of two, she’s got a different perspective on love, one that she clearly wants to keep close by.
As a teen I saw brother bear being made and from that day on I wanted to work for Disney. I Moved to NYC to go to college for animation and graphics but during my senior year I had a chance to go on a little show called jersey shore… Fast forward 7 years later, my love for Disney never changed. I grew up always saying I'm going to find my "Prince Charming" and have my "happily ever after." Even though @rogermathewsnj is the love of my life and the one for me, I learned there is no fairy tales. Relationships are hard work and you have to work your ass off to keep them. Everyday isn't "once upon a time" and "true love" you have to put in work and compromise with the one you decide to be with. So that's my sleeve. I took four major scenes from Disney that represent "true love" and @sarahmillertattoo is helping me show the reality. These four scenes will be the same except for their expressions… We turned them into everyday couples with everyday problems… And possibly "happily never after" because at the end of the day, everyday isn't a fairy tale. Cannot wait for August when it is complete and comes to life @inkedmag
While she chatted with Sarah during the livestream, Jenni said that she chose Beauty and the Beast as one of the selections because that’s her favorite, and one of her nicknames for her and Roger. The other scenes include Ariel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. She also said that the shading is going to be unique and “everything is going to be completely different from what you expect from Disney and myself.”
Jenni, who estimated that she has 10 total tattoos, also got a matching tattoo with Roger celebrating the birth of their daughter, Meilani, in 2014. They are now also parents to newborn Greyson Valor Mathews.