Why Cinnamon Girl?
We know that choosing the right tattoo artist can be a stressful process. We understand options are unlimited since the explosion in popularity of cosmetic tattooing. We want you to know we are here for you; to answer any questions you may have, help you prepare for your appointment, and check-in with you during the healing process. We’re doctor and surgeon recommended, top-rated by Calgarians, and truly passionate about giving men and women their confidence back.
“In sickness and in health, I believe that when you look good, you really do feel better. Giving people confidence in their own skin is what drives me to be the best, and to always keep learning in the medical and cosmetic tattoo industry.”
The OG Cinnamon Girl, Jody Stoski – Brows, Lips, Areolas, Scars, Stretch Marks
After earning her Business Diploma from SAIT and then studying at Canada’s #1 Beauty School, Blanche Macdonald, Jody Stoski’s career began as a Professional Makeup Artist freelancing as “Cinnamon Girl” in film, fashion, print, television, and weddings.
Through makeup artistry Jody learned about permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing and earned her certification from BioTouch Institute under Lisa Lam. Trained as a doctor, Lisa treated medical cases with tattooing, and invited Jody to work closely with her. Jody was recognized for her unique brow stroke technique that provided natural-looking brows for alopecia patients and realized her true passion was not necessarily just makeup, but helping people feel confident in their own skin!
Jody then connected with Dr. Linda Dixon of Kolorsource, a medical physician working in cosmetic tattooing. She was invited to apprentice to further her skills in scar camouflage, 3D areola tattooing, and scalp and hairline micropigmentation, and it was at this time she opened her own clinic, Cinnamon Girl Clinic.
After treating over 10,000 paramedical and cosmetic patients through Cinnamon Girl Clinic, Jody is recognized as an industry leader, and has served as a board member of the American Academy of Micropigmentation. She has partnered with doctors and plastic surgeons, and offers information sessions at local hospitals regarding the various options available to those recovering from injury or trauma.
Little did Jody know, she would be using her scar camouflage skills on herself just a few years after opening Cinnamon Girl Clinic.
In 2013 she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent a thyroidectomy. Now a member of the community she had been helping, she battled depression and anxiety related to both her health and physical appearance. With a large neck scar after surgery, Jody felt people’s gaze shift from her eyes to focus on her scar, a constant reminder of the disease she wanted to put behind her. When she was ready, she put her skills to the test on herself, incorporating the the scar protocol and revision that she offers to her clients today.
The profound transformation Jody experienced first-hand made the terms paramedical tattoo and healing tattoo interchangeable. Her doctors could not believe how she was able to camouflage the scar, and she was finally able to move forward and put cancer behind her. Through the illness and healing, Jody redefined herself and her business solidifying her path, purpose, and journey in the medical tattoo field.
Now cancer-free, Jody’s goal is not only to continue healing through Cinnamon Girl Clinic, but to make medical tattoos more widely accessible while elevating standards in both medical and cosmetic tattooing. Jody has recently opened her own Paramedical Tattoo Academy to provide training and help more individuals feel confident in their own skin!
Elissa – Brows, Lips, Eyeliner
Involved in the arts from a young age, Elissa excelled at painting and pottery and loves to create things with her own hands. Against her artistic calling, Elissa graduated from Mount Royal University with a degree in Accounting in 2013 and then worked in the Oil and Gas field for a few years, eventually deciding that this career path wasn’t fulfilling for her.
When permanent makeup became a trend in 2015, her interest was sparked. She started to work at MAC Cosmetics as a makeup artist to gain experience in the industry and when she picked up the eyebrow brush doing special events and wedding makeup, she knew this was what she was meant to do! While working at MAC, Elissa earned her microblading certificate and started microblading eyebrows on the side. Her experience with applying makeup on different complexions has transitioned well into her permanent makeup career and she has continued her education earning numerous certificates in permanent makeup and aesthetics – now including Lip Blush!
In 2019, Elissa joined the Cinnamon Girl team and continues to help clients feel more comfortable in their skin, the passion that drives Elissa’s and offers her a fulfilling career.
When she’s not microblading eyebrows and perfecting eyeliner at Cinnamon Girl, she loves to refine her kickboxing skills at a Muay thai gym and has a handful of tournaments under her belt. For Elissa, kickboxing is not only a good way to exercise, but great to practice discipline, patience, and humility. She loves to encourage people to maintain a healthy work-life balance and she has teaches the sport part-time.
“Confidence Breeds Beauty”