Meet the team
Elise Jaffe is the “Spokesteeth” and Executive Producer of Big Teeth Productions. Aside from managing much of the business she is also the lead Producer and one of the company’s Directors, focusing on documentary style and animated projects.
Her career began in children’s television at Reading Rainbow and Blue’s Clues. Her advertising, TV and new media production experience includes agency producing: JWT, Grey New York, DraftFCB, MatchMG and Edelman and post/design producing: VSA Partners, Vitamin Pictures and Foundation Content. She also created, produced and directed the kids web series “Fooditude,” which taught tweens about life through food.
Elise is a member of the Indiana University Media School Alumni board as well as a SAGAFTRA Voice Over Actor.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Elise spent 5 years in New York City and now lives in Chicago with Gregg and their three kids (two human, one canine).
"A Production of"
Founded in 2005 and owned by Gregg and Elise Jaffe, two Ad Agency vets, Big Teeth is a creative production studio specializing in entertaining and strategic video content (live action and animation) for advertising/PR campaigns and social media. Telling compelling stories about real people has
always been one of Big Teeth’s strengths and has allowed for many documentary style pieces to be produced by the company. Big Teeth’s Sixty Second Film Festival, now in its 6th year ties art to film by randomly assigning works of art to filmmakers to use as inspiration. The annual festival has now spun off into a quarterly shorts festival curated by the team at Big Teeth and screening short films (narrative, animated, documentary) from all over the world.
David Allen is a tattooer and painter. He’s also a father to two magnificent children. He splits his time between tattooing and The Self Reclamation Project, a non profit organization that facilitates
healing through empathy, art, and science.
His mastectomy tattoo work has been shown at the MOMA. And his article on the importance of empathy was published in JAMA...which called his work the “intersection of art and science”.
Friday Jones is known for lush, spiritually-minded images that have adorned canvas both living and still for over twenty-five years. With a deep interest in symbolism, Friday helps her clients stay consciously ahead of the creative curve in what can be a very trendy industry.
Friday’s client list includes Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Olivier Award winners, as well as supermodels and even heads of state. Her images have been featured on the cover of a hit album and a Fender-Jackson guitar. She has appeared in publications as diverse as New York Magazine, W, Life, The Huffington Post and the The NY Observer as well as appearing as a TEDx speaker and an expert commentator for CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, BBC Radio1, PRVA TV and IrelandAM. In 2014 she starred in Tattoos After Dark for Oxygen Channel in the US which is currently in syndication around the world.
Since 2009, Friday has turned her attention to post-operative tattoos, and has aligned with some of the country's top plastic surgeons for 3D nipple tattoos, areolar repigmentation and illustrative scar therapy. Friday is also a board member of Personal Ink, a charity dedicated to matching mastectomy survivors with tattoo artists for artful scar coverage and emotional restoration.
Friday began her journey into tattoo art with an apprenticeship at the prestigious Inksmith & Rogers Studios which she completed while simultaneously earning degrees in philosophy, art and religion at Jacksonville University in Florida. She continued her studies at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.
Friday's unusual name came from school breaks spent working with Spider Webb in New York City's outlaw tattoo culture until the art was finally legalized in 1997. Although the tattoo industry has been traditionally male-skewed, Friday is one of only two women to have worked at Mark Mahoney's Shamrock Social Club. As a member of the National Tattoo Association, she was selected at that organization's annual convention on a panel of six, along with Ed Hardy, to roast the legendary Lyle Tuttle.
Molly Weingart graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies and Visual Arts. After working for 7 years in community engagement in the arts and technology, Molly made the choice to return to school for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In 2017, her plans were interrupted when she was diagnosed with Stage II DCIS and invasive ductal carcinoma/ ER +, PR+, HER2-. While in treatment, Molly had the good fortune to be introduced to David Allen, who created and tattooed the tableau of peonies that now cover her scars from a double mastectomy and reconstruction.
Finally in that messy stage called recovery, Molly is in graduate school and scheduled to graduate with her DPT in January 2021. Molly’s favorite coping mechanism is humor. In her free time, Molly loves taking dance and yoga classes, reading, writing, and being outside. She lives in Philadelphia with her dog, Mindy Sparkle, and lots of plants.