Jazmin 'Jaz Kitty' Ruotolo
Jazmin’s career started on the forefront of Urban/Street fashion in the 90s. She is a part of the K.A.Kitties fashion consulting team (where she got the nickname ‘Jaz Kitty’). The Kitties won several grants and awards including the 'Making it Real' grant sponsered by Miller Brewing Co. and the 'Women in Business' grant sponsered by Balance Bar. Jaz has designed for nearly every American Hip-Hop Artist in existence, from The Notorious B.I.G to Nicki Minaj. Music has always inspired her work and gives her art and design style a street edge. Some of her biggest artistic influences include Andy Warhol, Patrick Nagel, Manga artists such as Tite Kubo and Shirow Miwa as well as the many brilliant, but unrecognized artists she has met along the way. She spent several years traveling the Anime/Comic Convention circuit selling Fan Inspired Art and Originals. She is currently still designing in New York City and illustrating the on-going graphic novel, ‘Model Life’, written by Isobella Jade. It can be found on the ComicsPlus app and Amazon.
Making it real. Any kind of creative work involves making the intangible, tangible. My art and fashion design work is largely influenced by the art and culture of Asia. My deep love for Japan & Korea keeps me on the cutting edge of both, art and fashion. They inspire each other and nothing makes me happier than when I can incorporate both into a single project.
BEHIND THE NAME:
“I stole the name 'Angel Trip' from the song by VAMPS. Hyde is my spirit animal, and KAZ...Let's just say I thank the music Gods they found each other. The vibe of that song fit how I feel about creating anything, be it clothing, comics, a painting, or a great conversation; it gives you a feeling like no other. It’s like…angel tripping.”
- Jazmin 'Jaz Kitty' Ruotolo
Jazmin lives in New York City with her 3 cats.