Marisa Laren

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Photo by Don Hales Photography

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Photo by Provoque Studio & Image

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Photo by Don Hales Photography

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Photo by Marz Photography

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Photo by Don Hales Photography

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Photo by Don Hales Photography

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Photo by Provoque Studio & Image

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Photo by Jen Swedhin Photography

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Photo by Provoque Studio & Image

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Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Meeker, Colorado and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. It’s a small town in western Colorado, I actually grew up on a 54 acre farm.

Growing up were there any people that influenced your decision on getting a tattoo?
There wasn’t a specific person that influenced me. I was home schooled until 6th grade, and had never seen anyone with tattoos until middle school. Going to public school really changed who I was, and opened my eyes to the possibilities of expressing yourself. I suppose that music was a big part of influencing my decision to get tattoos. I fell in love with metal and hardcore music, and the first time I saw someone heavily tattooed they were in a metal band. I knew that I was going to be a part of that art form.

What made you decide to get your first one?
I knew I wanted to get tattoos when I was 11 years old. I started drawing big leg pieces on myself in middle school. That was the first time I thought I might want to become a tattooist. I waited until I was 19 to get my first tattoo. I am very picky about who I get work from, I want to collect art from other artists I admire. My first tattoo was a poem I wrote and had translated in Hawaiian, it is very meaningful and my mentor did it for me on my rib cage.

Do you have a favorite tattoo, and does it have a meaning behind it?
I don’t have a favorite tattoo. They all mean something to me. Usually the favorite is my most recent tattoo, right now that is my left arm. It’s an in progress sleeve by Nikko Hurtado, and I’m obsessed with his work. We are doing 1930’s horror characters, I’ve always had a strong assimilation with the monsters in the 1930’s horror films; they are just misunderstood dark creatures. Also, those films are art in themselves, the use of lightning is spectacular. I can’t wait till we finish it.

How did you get into modeling?
I would not call myself a model that’s for sure. I have only done 3 shoots ever and they were all this year. I hate having my photo taken, but recently competed in my first fitness competition and I wanted to get photos done to show off all the hard work. I want to be more comfortable in front of a camera, it’s very hard for me to do that. I am enjoying the new experience, and if it opens new opportunities for me that is great.

What or who are you’re inspirations?
My inspirations comes from everything, especially nature. Their are so many amazing artists I find inspirational Nikko Hurtado, Jeff Gogue, Johan Finn, Emily Rose Murray… I could go on and on about artists I admire and that inspire me. I also find a great deal of inspiration from Baroque and Gothic art and architecture.

What projects are you currently working on?
I tattoo six days a week, so I have a ton of in progress pieces. One piece I am especially excited to finish is a neo-traditional large bird upper back piece I am doing as a cover up. It’s coming along really badass. I don’t have any photo shoots planned for the immediate future. I just finished one with Richard Marz in LA a couple weeks ago. He is fantastic and I’m eager to see all the edits.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marisa.ho.75
Instagram (Artist Page): www.instagram.com/marisa_la_ren
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/marisalaren

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