Summer-bow-ties-1Image Courtesy Jack Jackson
Have you noticed the pulse of Dappers wearing bow ties on Fridays? Well it might have to do with Jack Jackson’s Ties to Love™’ Campaign.
Ties to Love™’a movement created by Toronto based artist Jack Jackson has been built out of a labor of love for the gender non-conforming and trans community. Its mission is to raise awareness around trans issues whilst creating community ties. Bow tie Fridays runs regular competitions via the Facebook group, offering prizes donated by Alljackedup Inc and other community supporters. We wear our bow ties every Friday to show support and solidarity for the trans community.

I first met Jack when I took a picture of him at the dapperQ fashion show in Brooklyn, unHeeled. For my San Francisco Pride fashion show La Garconne Gala,  taking place at SOMArts June 25th, I immediately reached out to Jack to participate and catch up. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation.
INTERVIEW WITH JACK JACKSON

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NATALIE COBLENTZ: What are you up to in life?

 

JACK JACKSON: Working the hardest I’ve ever worked on my two passions -Ties to Love™’and my company Alljackedup Inc

 

 

 

 

NC: How did you get to where you are today?

 

JJ: I had a complete career change when I moved to Toronto just over 2 years ago. Made a decision to work on my own terms doing something that I loved to do and wouldn’t have to worry about  feeling judged or false in the corporate world ever again.

NC: How do you feel today?

 

JJ: I feel the best I have ever felt. It’s amazing what loving your job, your city, your life and your body can do for you. I wouldn’t go back to my old life for any amount of money.

NC: Do you have any advice for the youth?

 

JJ: Trust yourself, respect your body and to surround yourself with people who love you. Follow your dreams, and above everything, believe in yourself. Sometimes that’s easier said than done when you’re a little different from the masses, but don’t ever tame or tone yourself down for anyone. You were meant to be different.
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NC: What is your next step in improving your life?

 

JJ: Building up Alljackedup and Ties to Love™’

NC: How do you get through the day.

 

JJ: My job, my love, my dog and exercise.

NC: How does your fashion tell us who you are?

 

JJ: Fashion is who I am, it has always defined me, it has always been an intrinsic part of my identity.

NC: Do you have any new projects coming up?

 

JJ: Being a part of the fashion Show in San Francisco in June! I’ve also been give the job by DapperQ of organising the first queer fashion show in Canada in my beloved Toronto next year.
NC: Jack, Tell us how do you wear your voice?
JJ: A combination of comfort fit skater boi come dandy gentleman.
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