Artist Lauren Violet on nature's beauty, women in the tattoo industry and dynamic art

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Westword: Has art always been part of your life?

Lauren Violet: Yeah, I've been drawing my whole life. I was always interested in tattooing, but it's hard to get your foot in the door. So I didn't get started until pretty late.

What made you realize you wanted to be a tattoo artist?

It looked like tattoo artists were living the good life. They get to draw all day, they get to do whatever they want and live on their own terms, and that was attractive to me. And tattoos are cool.

Has your perception changed after getting into the business?

No, it's all pretty much true.

Your style of tattooing involves a lot of nature, and showing nature's beauty. What draws you to that imagery?

I'm an animal lover. Growing up in Boulder, I always appreciated the mountains, the trees, the rivers and that sort of thing.

Would you say your style is feminine?

I think a lot of tattoo artists love nature because it's beautiful. But yeah, I guess it's kind of a feminine thing that I focus on it. Also, everything I make tends toward the beautiful or cute, so that's pretty feminine.

You mentioned there are not that many female artists in the industry.

There's more than ever before, but not as many as male tattoo artists. They still dominate the industry, for sure.

Do you feel it gives you an advantage to stand out, or do you feel you have to work harder to keep up with male artists?

I think it gives me an advantage. And there's also people who want to get tattooed by a female because I guess maybe they think we're nicer or something. Some shops want to have at least one female artist, so that gives me an advantage as well. I have many customers who ask for a female artist.

Continue reading for the rest of the Q&A with artist Lauren Violet.

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