He claimed his focus was purely in creating tattoos and that the possibility of developing a clothing line was highly improbable. No interest whatsoever. Then came Renown. He said he would never design skins. Totally out of the question. Less than a week ago Aitui Premier skins were released. The bottomline: there’s no convincing Jesseaitui Petion to not use his creative talents. Ladies and gentlemen, he can’t even convince himself.
Within a short period Petion has expanded his brand beyond body art to include apparel and now skins. The line debuted with the “White” mid-toned skin (pictured left), closely followed several days later by a lighter “Fair” and nicely bronzed “Island” tones. The inspiration for developing the skins was born from two motivators: a desire to (1) accomodate variance in the skin market, and (2) provide more cost accessible options.
“I was so tired of wearing the same skin every other man had on. I was also tired of dishing out close to 2K each time I wanted a new beard style. I also heard from others time and time again that they were ‘tired of looking like a clone’”. After several days of skin hunting, unsatisfied with the choices available, Jesse decided to make something that was more reflective of his personal preferences. “I still wanted to try and manage to look like my RL self (which currently only the other skin I wore could pull off). I figured if I could make a skin myself, I could give it both those things”.
Premier is an athletic skin rendered with a painterly touch. The face and head were created using a combination of photosourcing in addition to freehand airbrushing. Everything below the neck, save for a few details (nipples, toes, and portions of the fingernails) is completely hand-drawn. In addition to offering three different skin tones, all Premier skins have three body hair options: ‘Hairless’ which is a manicured lawn, devoid of any body hair whatsoever; ‘Just Right’ with strategic hair placement on the legs and armpits, as well as treasure trail and pubic hair; and ‘Hairy’ for the hirsute gentleman who prefers the full portfolio of chest, leg, thigh, armpit hair, treasure trail and pubic hair. Additional hair options take place above the neck – each pack comes with bald and skull cap hair basing.
(FYI, Jesse has offered body hair add-ons as part of the Aitui Tattoo range of products for quite some time.)
The body incorporates some nice detailing. The chest, torso, and legs have very defined musculature. Faintly visible vein systems can be seen on the hands, arms and pectorals. When asked what he felt were the unique selling points of his skin Jesse responded, “Definitely the defined ‘V Muscle’ and the fact that I offer some really apparent eyeliner as an option to go with each facial hair design you can buy. Also, I took the time to incorporate 3 different body hair choices (Hairy, Just Right, and Hairless). At $1,200 per skin, it won’t hurt your wallet too bad either”.
To gain some perspective on how females may view the skin I took to the streets and polled 4 different female residents. Here are their reactions.
Feedback from the fairer sex:
- “It’s a cute face …. pure innocence”, “Even the shoulder blades are hot and the v-line is detailed!” – CS
- “The hair on the legs are a nice touch” – BB
- “I like the warmness of the skin”, “I like the pink lips *hides* and the body hair a lot”, “The features are pretty … which is a word men hate, but women love” – HC
- “I love the abs”, “Love the penor muscles”, “The face says I’m good but the body says I’m bad” – RB
The consummate gentleman, when asked one thing he would want his adoring public to know, he simply replied, “I love you all”. You can call him a deceiver – he did after all claim he would never venture into this domain – but lies can be sweet, and comforting and contain great magic. Keep lying to us, Jesse.