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“Soon after that I moved to London and waitress’d in bars for a while then returned to Italy where I was selling anesthesia equipment for sports medicine.”Lara Scotton
Lady Tattooers: Can you tell us a little bit about what you did before tattooing?
Lara Scotton: I’m from Milano, Italy and after primary school I received a degree in foreign languages then worked in an office. Soon after that I moved to London and waitress’d in bars for a while then returned to Italy where I was selling anesthesia equipment for sports medicine. During the week I sold the equipment and then got a job as a piercer on the weekend.
LT: Interesting… So how did you end up with your first tattoo?
Lara: I got my first tattoo in a squat in London, I was 20 and I thought it was a very cool idea having a snowflakes covering me like a full body-suit (haha). My ex-boyfriend Amos Blackink, did the tattoo in our living room and all our friends were around. It was pretty cool, especially because all the people that we were living with, were pretty much all piercer or tattooers.
Luckily I did just one snowflake and after a month I’d covered it up with black tribal bands ….which of course I’m currently having laser removed.
LT: I assume dating a tattooer gave you some motivation to learn. What was it like doing your first tattoo?
Lara: I did my first tattoo on my ex boyfriend (haha) we spent a lot of time together. It was also in our living room, but this time was in Varese, Italy.
He basically gave me his leg to try out some lines and shading. It wasn’t a proper design….a week after I got my real first tattoo, it was a rose.
If I’m not wrong at the time I used a liner from Micky Sharpz, probably a micro dial and the shader was from Sunskin equipment.
I still have a picture of that day; a before and after picture when I have a stupid face while I’m saying ….this is great! I totally can do that!
LT: What excellent enthusiasm! Where did you go from there?
Lara: My body is very tattooed, but I’m still working on it 😉 I won’t touch my hands and my neck for now…..I still have some space left but when I run out of space, I can think about neck and hands.
LARA SAYS SOCIAL MEDIA IS SKETCHY THESE DAYS…
LT: How has social media affected your career?
Lara: Social media is sketchy this days… it is a good thing if you want to promote yourself, I get a lot of people from Instagram and all that crap that I’m on — it’s almost a second job. But I don’t really know if it will make you a successful person, people sometimes like better to follow your private life that anything else. The really unfortunate thing about social media is that it’s killing the creativity a little bit…..too many copycat.
LT: Thanks Lara, it’s been a pleasure!