The ink on Laura Elisa

 Laura Elisa from MIAMI, FL

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in sunny South Florida. Moved a lot of times, but never out of state.

How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
I would say growing up in Florida was probably the greatest state I could have been raised in. I learned how to be an independent, confident, aware, and ambitious woman by the many different people I was surrounded by as a child, till now. I grew up with mainly my 28 year old brother because my parents were divorced when I was about 10 and my mother worked all day everyday so, I was basically attached to the hip with him. I was put out into the world, on my own, at the age of 17 and ever since then I’ve noticed myself constantly becoming a stronger, independent woman.

When did you start getting tattoos?
I started getting tattoos when I was about 17 years old. I had a friend who tattooed me twice under the age of 18 (illegal I  know) and after I turned 18, it was ON! :) 

How would you describe your style? 
I would most definitely describe my style as unique. If you take my tattoos into consideration with my look, you would certainly agree. :)

Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
I DO! I think the talent of some of these tattoo artists are by far some of the most amazing forms of art I’ve ever seen. For instance, the artists who tattoo portraits on people that actually look like real life printed photos, so realistic, you almost wouldn’t tell its ink on skin. There are many of those tattoo artists out there and I think they deserve some of the most credit.

How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
I see it GROWING tremendously! And also progressing artistically. It has really blown my mind how much tattoos have become so accepting nowadays. From young teens, to parents, to authority, just about everybody near my generation has at least ONE tattoo. And if it’s only one, it’s probably only one, “for now”.

What has been your inspiration for getting them?
My inspiration for getting tattooed developed when I laid eyes on the first, "Suicide Girl", model I saw online who had some REALLY dope work. I noticed her tattoos weren’t just random symbols and words with no meaning. It really inspired me because the tattoos I’ve usually seen are sometimes a little star, Chinese symbol, butterfly, etc. I absolutely respect other people’s ideas and tattoos, completely, but for me personally, I knew if I had gotten a tattoo it would have personal meaning and would relate to my past. Considering my age, how much I’ve gone through, and my experiences, I probably could have my entire body covered by now. I’ve concluded I’m a 22 year old in a 28/29 year old body lol.

What’s your favorite piece?
Well, I can’t choose just one of my tattoos as a favorite because I love all of them. But my, “Strength/Struggle”, (Ambigram) tattoo on my upper back and puzzle heart on my shoulder are my favorites...they have the most meaning and tell big stories.

Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
ALL THE TIME! Especially elderly people. I feel like they look at my tattoos as a disgrace. But that’s ok, I accept their opinion. Men also stare. It seems to be a good, "pick up", line for them, haha. Asking to see a tattoo, what it means or says, is one of the most common ways I’ve been approached for conversation.

In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
In a way, sort of. My tattoos change my mood when it comes to the way I feel like dressing. Sometimes I like to cover myself completely so none of my tattoos are showing and other times I like to wear less, depending on where I’m going or what I’m doing.

What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
My most significant tattoo would be my, “SORELLA”, tattoo on my left side/ribs. It says SISTER in Italian. Me and my sister had the idea to get the exact matching tattoo because we wanted something on our bodies that we would remember forever when we saw it. She came down about 5 years ago and it was the first time we had met. My parents never told me about her, (long story) but she knew about me. She called me out of the blue one day,  leaving me a message explaining how she was my older sister, where she’s been, why I didn’t know about her, and that she was coming down from Washington to visit. As soon as she came down, that day she arrived, we got our matching tattoos. It was one of the most memorable days of my life. :)

Another one of my most significant tattoos is my zombie pin-up girl on my ribs. She’s me 100% but as a zombie. She’s got a big booty, my tattoos, looks like me as a cartoon, but with zombie features. This tattoo is actually also one of my favorites, along with the 2 others I mentioned above. Zombies have been known to control, dominate, and over power anything in its path and they almost relate to my personality (except with the eating people part, haha EW).

What’s your next tattoo?
I can honestly say I think I am done. 
Why? Because I feel if I got anymore, it would limit me with my modeling career. I am a full-time model and trying to reach many goals within. Even though I have 15 tattoos, I have opportunities with many companies that normally don’t accept heavily tattooed models, and that’s because most of mine aren’t entirely noticeable. Certain angles of me actually show more than others and sometimes you can’t even tell I have one. I placed my tattoos that way specifically because I didn’t want to limit myself to strictly alternative modeling and other job opportunities in the future.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
BEST advice I could give is, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THAT WHATEVER IT IS YOU WANT, YOU WANT IT ON YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. I’ve seen so many people out there getting tattoos that they regret a week later. If you’re a person who gets bored easily, I would consider drawing the tattoo you want on your body in permanent marker or something that will stick for about a week and make sure you’re happy with it even after. It’s also important to remember where you’re placing the tattoo, because you would not want to prevent yourself from certain future opportunities. Also, I’d tell the person that it PROBABLY won’t be the only tattoo they get after the first one.

Do you have a favorite quote?
One of my favorite quotes is tattooed on my right ankle. “LEARN. LIVE. HOPE.”

LEARN from yesterday.
LIVE for today.
HOPE for tomorrow.