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Jinks Art Factory

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on June 5, 2012

Jinks Art FactoryJinks Art Factory totes creativity in a plethora of forms. It offers one-of-a-kind art pieces, handmade jewellery, independent clothing lines, and — the most permanent among its creative offerings — tattoos. And for those who consider a supremely crafted latte a work of art; well, it does those two.

Jinks Art FactoryJinks opened last month in Parkdale, right by beside the new Pinball Cafe. (And keeping in theme, Jinks has one of Pinball's vintage arcade games sitting in its new shop.) Identical twin sisters Sarah and Jen Wetmore are the duo behind the new tattoo/coffee/clothing/art shop, deciding to move Jen's tattooing business out of their hope and into a bona fide retail spot.

Jinks Art Factory"It was time," Sarah says as we chat at the front counter. Jen is busy tattooing a client in the retro-themed inking area in the back. "It was time to have people not coming in and out of our house all of the time."

Jinks Art FactorySo Sarah and Jen went looking around Toronto for a space in which to set up shop, settling on this former architect's office on Queen at the foot of Roncesvalles. The sisters did the reno themselves, converting an old door into a table for the front "cafe" area and building the bar and additional fixtures. "We can be pretty handy at time," Sarah says. "Give us a drill, and we'll know what to do with it."

Jinks Art FactoryJen also, obviously, knows what to do with a tattoo machine, but she also offers less permanent forms of art with her 3D canvases displayed around (and for sale in) the store. Sarah comes from a service background, having worked as a bartender for 20 years. Both women contribute to Jinks own line of salvage accessories, which include bracelets and cuffs made from vintage denim and leather.

Jinks Art FactorySarah tours me around the shop, pointing out some of the other brands and lines they've chosen to carry. They include natural soaps and beauty items (for both men and women) by Rocky Mountain Soap Company based out of Alberta, handmade cards ($5.95) by local artist Kat Roy, and tees ($26) by Tresnormal from Quebec, some of which feature notable Toronto intersections including Queen and Roncesvalles.

Jinks Art Factory"We've picked things that are local and organic as much as possible," Sarah says. The coffee, too, falls in that line, sourced from Birds & Beans in Etobicoke. Though the menu offers all the expected coffee drinks — espresso ($1.95+), Americano ($2.25+), cappuccino ($3.15+), etc. — the idea is more grab-and-go with no Wifi is available. There are a couple of Dufflet pastries waiting at the counter, however, perhaps as a treat for after a little shading.

Sarah says there are no plans as of yet to add baked goods to the sisters' creative list, but they may explore that option once they get a little more settled in. For now, Jinks is open daily for ink and drinks from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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confusssle / June 6, 2012 at 09:22 am
I hope this comment doesn't get deleted.

It puzzles me how businesses with multiple points of focus can remain operating in a way that is fiscally efficient and profitable. I find it hard to believe that someone who knows how to run a tattoo shop is competent in selling apparrel and knows how to manage food safety in an economical way. Is this place just a store with three separate businesses under it?
guest / June 6, 2012 at 09:26 am
"it does those two"... should be "too".
pacawww / June 6, 2012 at 09:31 am
Reminds me of the places in Scarborough that rent videos, but also sell samosas out of a toaster oven and sell saris in the back.
Leslie in Toronto / June 6, 2012 at 09:58 am
Did everyone take their cranky pills this morning? What happened to encouraging entrepreneurs and small business? Many companies have branched out into other areas and nobody batted an eyelash (Canadian Tire sells almost everything these days, including financial services, for example). I understand that this is a much smaller scale and, admittedly, at startup rather than after being an established business. But there is growing a trend in small business to carry more than one kind of product line, and I think it offers a more eclectic shopping experience to those so tired of the impersonal, corporate feel of so many other shops out there.
mayor dodge / June 6, 2012 at 10:15 am
A very interesting and unique place - it's sure worth a look.
mike in parkdale / June 6, 2012 at 11:07 am
if you go out of the city and into small towns, you'll see that lots of stores have expanded to cover multiple revenue options. It's not uncommon to see a coffeeshop with a bakery also hosting a small art gallery and even a real estate agent in the same building. This is what some business need to do keep the money coming in, and I wish this particular hop lots of luck.

Emuff / June 6, 2012 at 11:10 am
A one stop shop for all the hipster d-bags in Parkdale.
If they only sold one gear bikes too!
Oh Proofreader / June 6, 2012 at 11:12 am
"deciding to move Jen's tattooing business out of their hope and into a bona fide retail spot."

Should that not have been ...of their home and into a...
SPORES! replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / June 6, 2012 at 11:30 am
yeah, I want to buy a coffee from a place that creates biohazardous waste.
Esstee / June 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm
I think it's a rather clever idea. Everything seems to be cohesive and complementary. For business to survive they're offering more than just one service. And it wouldn't be open if all health and safety matters weren't taken into consideration. Try promoting new businesses in the start up process instead of discouraging them.
Mir / June 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Isn't that unsanitary?

Also, another error that should've been caught before posting: "We can be pretty handy at time," ... "should be at times".
evk / June 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Great idea to blend all those ideas into one little hotspot! Intelligent human beings are capable of multitasking ;)
Can't wait to find a minute to pop in!
Sarah replying to a comment from confusssle / June 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm
I think this shop is a great idea. It actually saddens me that some people can be so close minded and negative. What does tattoos, food, clothing, jewllery, & all around home crafted art have in common? Everything. It's easy to see everything in and about this store has a artistic flare, which can be expressed in all of these things.

It irritates me that people assume because there is tattooing & food service are in the same building it must be unsanitary. Have you ever been down to this store? For all you know they are in completely different sections of the shop handled and run by two different people. The tattoo artist isn't serving the food with the same gloves they're tattooing with.

Nothing to me really seems to be odd or out of place.There are many tattoo shops or cafes that sell independent clothing, as well as jewllery.

I say more power to the Jink Art Factory. I hope your doors stay open for a long time. :)

May I also dare to ask why someone couldn't know how to safely tattoo, handle
food properly & safely, while being happy selling clothing/jewllery? Just wondering??

Let's be positive people. Support your comunity & young generation.
LOL / June 6, 2012 at 01:12 pm
i give them 8 months
LOL / June 6, 2012 at 01:12 pm
Bizzy / June 6, 2012 at 01:22 pm
Well done girls. Good to see small business getting creative with their take on a 'one stop shop'

Why Torontonians (in this particular comments section) aren't fostering a supportive attitude is beyond me. Hater gon' hate I guess.

Idea: Go buy you coffee at Starbucks, get your crafts at Michaels, and get your tats at Tattoo Rock Parlour then. You aren't their clientele anyway by the looks of it. Enjoy your Venti.
SmellsLikeParkdale / June 6, 2012 at 01:37 pm
I personally wish these two ladies the best of luck in their new digs. This multi purpose shope makes sense to me. Why the hate?? I think these multi-purpose retail shops are selling unique and locally inspired fares, that helps and nurishes local artisans. We should be supporting and celebrating this type of business in Parkdale. Ill be in to check it out for sure!
Carolyn / June 6, 2012 at 01:50 pm
Wish Jinks all the best Luck.. Perm Tats arent my cuppa organic coffee..but if people with some cash can park on that busy spot maybe they have a chance of lasting more than their first lease period.
AliT / June 6, 2012 at 02:03 pm
Have popped in and love the shop - I could spend hours looking over the many unique items for sale. Absolutely loved the handmade wrist sleeves. Have a ton of respect for these girls who have made a conscious decision to focus on selling environmentally friendly, sustainable and local products. Boo hiss to the haters, some of these comments are just downright ridiculous. I don't think that 'selling apparel' (psst Confussle - learn how to spell) requires a degree....
Joe / June 6, 2012 at 02:21 pm
Great space. Nice to be able to grab a delicious cup of coffee while browsing through some interesting pieces form some of the city's artists. Good work and good luck!
jameson / June 6, 2012 at 02:53 pm
Isn't there a tattoo shop right beside this place too? Or is that gone now?

It actually amazes how few tattoo parlous there are in Toronto, especially when compared to a city like Winnipeg.

I'm guessing 10 years ago it was very different? Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, etc, must all be behind.
Dawn /Lynda / June 6, 2012 at 03:20 pm
Local, organic, recycled and being supportive of local artisans is the way to go girls - you're on the right road to success!!! Don't listen to the negative, just keep positive - people always wanna bring you down. The jewelery is fabulous!!! The recycled thermal cups are great for the environment and keep your beverages cold or hot as needed. Looking forward to watching you grow.
ParkdaleWhat? replying to a comment from Emuff / June 6, 2012 at 06:20 pm
I to think this is an exciting venture to bust out in Parkdale! For those curious, no, we do not have an operating tattoo parlour in the hood, and for us 'hipsters', that are craving a $3 dollar latte...who better to be served by, than tattoo'd twins in skinny jeans?! It should be noted however, that us Parkdalian - douche bag - hipsters....ride Fixies...which have NO gears. My tattoo is scheduled for Saturday afternoon (after you recover from your hangover was the suggestion of Jen, the tattoo artist ). Sounds like my kinda swag. Holla!
TM / June 6, 2012 at 06:48 pm
I was in the shop last weekend and think it’s inspired. I actually bought a coffee cup that I can throw in my purse without it leaking and some beautiful smelling soap. Oh, and the coffee is really good too. To all the negative commenter’s, why not reserve your judgment until after you have checked it out as you will find that you are in for a real treat.
HS / June 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm
I have yet to hear anyone comment on the actual tattoos done there. Is the sleeve shown in the article done by Jen?
HS / June 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm
user-pic err...
tattooed / June 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm
Regarding the $10 touch up fee for tattoos. Most tattoo artists that back the quality of their work and ensure customer satisfaction offer touch ups of their own work for free.

Also the fee Jinks has listed for touch ups on the chalk board is for within the first year. If you need a touch up in the first year, the tattoo wasn't properly done in the first place and the artist should correct it at no charge.
iluvhaters / June 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm
It's a really sweet shop, but those of you who have actually already know this. Those of you who haven't, and stoop to judgements and insults are jealous of these girls and others like them. Maybe its because your type has only one talent, and that's called working at McDonald's. That's right bitches...I said it. Now run along home to mommy, your dinner is getting cold.
MrsP / June 7, 2012 at 01:46 am
Just had a look at the portfolio on their website ..... Wow.
Looks reeeeeeally amateurish.
Susan Wetmore / June 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm
It is absolutely amazing how anyone can voice an opinion about a retail store such as this without actually visiting it. This style of shop is the new trend of today's retail. I say...enough of the negative comments...get out and support local. That's what we do on the west coast..and it works!
goose / June 7, 2012 at 05:03 pm
@ you can spell! Your family must be proud. Bitter much? You must be one of those failed artists who write great things about themselves. Probably another Adrenalin employee.
YourMomIsAHome / June 7, 2012 at 05:12 pm
@tattooed are you saying that because you're a douchebag or because you''re a welfare case leeching off the system? Too poor to get some ink homeschool?
Jessie replying to a comment from tattooed / June 7, 2012 at 06:00 pm
Sounds like you failed in life and decided to toss your frustrations about it at others. Well at least you know how to read and write. Give yourself a pat on the back.
MrsP / June 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm
Is it standard for people in the 'tattoo industry' to automatically assume its another tattoo person going criticism or feedback on their work?
Because i dont even know what adrenaline is??

While I have a few tattoos, I was just clearly giving my opinion on the basic portfolio pieces.
I am obviously not an expert in it!
Marissa replying to a comment from YourMomIsAHome / June 8, 2012 at 12:52 am
It's pretty obvious who "goose" "YourMomIsAHome" and "Jessie" are. Who else would take these perfectly valid comments so personally? We pity for you for putting your efforts into these weak insults. They do not help Jinks. Higher professional standards would.

You only reveal yourself to be poorly informed and make no valid points about quality professional tattoo work nor do you intelligently defend the work of Jen Wetmore.

The business model itself seems to have potential but the quality, in the tattoo department, needs improvement. I agree with MrsP. There are too many excellent highly professional, skilled artists in the city to settle for beginners.
Marissa replying to a comment from MrsP / June 8, 2012 at 12:53 am
Palmer / March 9, 2013 at 03:44 pm
For the last 6 months iv been doing my reasearch on places to get another tattoo . A friend recommended jinks and so I payed a visit to get a feel for Jen and Sarah . I was very impressed with NO attitude personality,the friendly and relaxed atmosphere the openess of answering my questions..
I was fortunet to get a firtst hand look at Jens work and was impressed.
Iv been to many tattoo studios in the GTA and was not impressed with that whole "who the f**k are you" attitude!
For the ones who have put the place down you should maybe check it out first hand and then comment..
Plus Jen being a female artist you know she'll give that extra bit of detail and profesnsionalism to the trade... NO attitude...
George replying to a comment from LOL / April 27, 2013 at 09:18 pm
Based on what?
Jen / June 16, 2013 at 01:31 pm
Fantastic series of comments from the kind of people I hate in Toronto! Complaining about a shop offering several different products and services? Have you BEEN into a Walmart, or a Loblaws for instance? No entrepreneur can afford to be less than unique in the face of billions of marketing dollars spent to keep all the consumers in megastores.

Stop the "it won't work, it's never worked," and if you can't prove you've got a better idea AND put it into practice to show it ACTUALLY works, shut the hell up.
Jen / June 16, 2013 at 01:34 pm
And please note - I am ANOTHER Jen. I just know some of the posters will decide I'm Jen Wetmore. Not related, not invested, just disgusted with the level of negativity and hypocrisy.
Jennie / August 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm
As someone who has actually bought a cool card, great pair of one of a kind made by a local artist pair of earrings, have been tattooed by Jen (my prettiest tattoo)and regularly drinks an amazing cup of coffee at Jinx. I can tell you Jinx WORKS. Its a great inviting atmosphere, a fantastic business with amazing owners.
Magnus / August 21, 2013 at 06:59 pm
The coffee is actually really good here. Probably the best in Parkdale.

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