Artists: Lauren Margo Shears
What year did you start tattooing: 2011
Do you have any special training: I have the required Bloodborne Pathogens Certification and am First Aid and CPR Certified.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style of work has been described as New School, Neo Traditional. I would like to lean more towards realism and learn how to translate that into tattooing. But honestly, I just really have my own distinct style that I am still trying to figure out.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed for 3 years under Scott LaMadaline at Off the Wall Tattoo in Holland, Michigan in 2006. He taught me very well and I am fearful that I had the opportunity to learn from him. He moved out of state to work at Divinity Tattoo in Phenoix Arizona and I quit tattooing for 2 years. It wasn't until 2011 when I got back into it and had to learn from the artists around me. My main goals are to continue learning something new everyday.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: David Tevenal, Dave Fox, Elize Nazelie, Wendy Pham, Cody Eich, Nick King, Anya Gladun, Joel Conroy, Derek Billingsley, Matt Lamdind, Bryan Whitehead... AND that's just to name a few.
How did you get into tattooing: I had been interested in becoming an apprentice/tattoo artist since I was young.
I met Scott at an Art Auction and he bought my painting that was for sale. I went to introduce myself because the auctioneer had mentioned that he was a tattoo artist. I asked him if he could teach me and he said, yes.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I generally do all my own artwork. I look forward to original custom pieces of art that I create. Also, something that's challenging to learn from.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Graboid worm from Tremors