Laurel Siemasko from Baltimore, MD
Where did you grow up?
Harford County, Maryland.
How was it growing up there, would you say that it influenced you?
There was a lot of farms and country, definitely not for me.
When did you start getting tattoos?
I started as soon as I could, without parental permission, 18 years old.
How would you describe your style?
My style is all over the place. I love anything obnoxious and out of the ordinary. Also, anything with an animal on it I’m sure to love!
Do you consider tattoos as a serious art form?
Yes, my body is a canvas and I just want to fill it with beautiful art.
How do you see the tattoo culture right now?
As far as them being accepted, I feel we have come a long way. I would still love to see tattoos accepted in more work places. As long as it’s not offensive, I don’t see a problem displaying art.
What has been your inspiration for getting them?
I have so many ideas in my head that I just want to put on my body. I love decorating my body with beautiful artwork.
What’s your favorite piece?
I can’t pick a favorite, I love them all but since I am a huge horror and zombie fan, I love showing off the tattoos on my back.
Do you catch people starring at you because of your ink?
Yes, everywhere I go. I always get compliments which I love but I also get the occasional rude stare. I am proud of my work so it never bothers me.
In your opinion, do your tattoos change your mood often?
I love what I have and I will never regret any of them. The all came from inside my mind and it definitely makes me happy looking at that each day.
What’s your most significant tattoo and why?
I have some tattoos that have meaning and some that I just think are pure beauty. Some of the simplest ones are the names across my feet, Splash and Romeo. These are my horses. Horseback riding is something I have always been passionate about since I was 7. They were my life for years and I never get to see them anymore because of work, money, life, etc.... It breaks my heart but having them tattooed on me just reminds me they are still there and always have a place in my heart.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Get something YOU find beautiful, something that you know you will love 30 years from now.
Will you be getting anymore?
Of course I will be getting more. I have my whole body planned out!
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
I've always been my own worst critic. I strive to be successful and will do whatever it takes to get what I want.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
Love yourself. Don’t let anyone put you down. Once you love yourself you will find life to be much more simple.
Do you have a favorite quote?All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney.