Let's start with your name, or the name you work under, where you're from, and an approximate time of when you made an appearance on this planet.
Lauren Calaway. Born and Bred Austin Texan on November 20th 1987.
When did you first start modeling? Are you represented by an agency or are
you an independent free-lancer?
I started modeling 4 years ago. I am currently an independent free-lancer,
but am in the midst of signing with an agency.
Why do you model, other than the final remuneration, of course!?
It is my addiction, and an addict has to get their fix. I love
everything about it. Some kids grow up wanting to be a vet, doctor, or
lawyer...I always wanted to model.
What are your long term career goals, ambitions and aspirations?
I would love to get signed by an agency and model for as long as
possible. Eventually, I would like to break into acting and possibly work
on some big budget films.
Do you remember the first time you saw a tattoo? What was your initial
In Austin, tons of people have tattoos. I was always fascinated with them
but could never figure out what I would want, being as how it is permanent
and all. I always loved seeing people with color tattoos.
When did you get your tattoos, starting with the first? Why the particular
tattoo designs you have? Who was the tattoo artist?
I first got the rose at 18. The girls on my mother's side of the family
all have the yellow rose of Texas. I wanted to be different so I got a red
rose with yellow petals on the inside. I can't remember who the artist
was, but her worked at Diablo Rojo in Austin. Then when I was 20 I got my
ribcage piece. It is an art nouveau design in all red ink. The artist was
John Reed from True Blue tattoo, also in Austin.
What does your body art reveal about you? Style or Statement?
It reveals that I am an artist in love with vivid colors. I am bold and unique.
When you got the tattoo(s), did you think about the possible effect of
having body art on your ability to get work, or model?
I did and to be honest, I had to debate about getting them for a long
time. The rose wasn't such a big deal, but the ribcage piece I knew would
be an issue. There are many times I do not get jobs because of it, and
other times I get jobs because I have it. Some people love it, some people
hate it. I love it, so it stays.
What is the usual reaction of photographers to your body art? Others in
the fashion business? Significant others? Strangers on the street!?
Photographers seem to like it and are normally surprised it is not henna
that washes off. The fashion business is definitely not a fan. They like
blank canvases, where as I have already started to paint. My significant
other has many tattoos just like me and he loves mine. Strangers on the
street normally stare or will comment.
Has having body art prevented you from doing any specific modeling work?
Yes it has prevented me from getting jobs. Mostly jobs where it would be
Have you considered getting more body art? A design you are dying to get
or a specific tattoo artist whose work you would like to have?
I would love to get more art. However, until I stop modeling, I am not
going to get anymore. I am not sure what my next design will be, gotta
think about it.
Any hints for aspiring models thinking about getting body art?
If you want to be high fashion and get signed with an agency, don't do
it. If you are going to get ink, get something small and hidden. (and
whatever you do, try and get something besides flash art)
Do you have a favorite photographer?
I can't say that I do. There are so many I enjoyed working with and am
still friends with today.
Any photographers you are dying to work with?
Always! There are so many amazing ones out there!
A photographic or artistic project that you would love to be associated
Honestly, not that I can think of. If there was a project for a clothing
designer or something that only had inked models, I would love to be in. Or
be on the cover of Inked Magazine. (that is one)
When you think of celebrity tattoos, who do you think of first?
Have you ever searched online for information about tattoos?
Have you ever heard of the Vanishing Tattoo website, or visited the site
Honestly, no i have not
What do you think when you hear about someone who's lost a job opportunity
because of their body art?
I think it is sad to hear because I know it can just be photoshopped out
or covered up with makeup. If your whole body is covered, it is one thing.
If you have one or two, I think it can be worked around.
What do you think about the current popularity of tattoos within mainstream
I think tattoos are on the rise. Every year they become more and more
Want to find out what some of LAUREN CALAWAY's tattoo designs & symbols
Check out: Koi Tattoos, Ivy/Vine Tattoos, Rose Tattoos, Flower Tattoos