Laura has been immersed in art from an early age, trying her hand over the years at drawing, painting, paper sculpture, and stained glass. She has over a decade of experience creating pysanky, an ancient Ukrainian method of decorating eggshells using a wax-resist technique, and has dabbled in woodcarving as well. Her love of technical detail and precision is apparent in all the art she creates.
She is a self-taught artist, forgoing art in college to earn a Master's degree in archaeology from Purdue University. She remained involved in art though, and it was her pysanky that eventually opened the door to becoming a tattoo artist. In the beginning of 2009 she gave up her day job as an archaeologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to start her tattoo career. In 2012 she and fellow artists Dina Verplank and Gerrit Verplank went on to establish the Firefly Tattoo Collective.
Laura's art is infused with complicated designs and ornate patterns. She loves fine detail and clean lines, and strives to bring a level of technical precision to her work.
When not tattooing, Laura enjoys reading, playing the hammered dulcimer, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
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Note: Laura is currently extremely limited in the number of new projects she can take on. When sending an email, please include a detailed description of the tattoo idea, including any reference images you may have collected, as well as information about the location and general size you have in mind. She cannot promise she will be able to work with you on your tattoo, but this information will help her determine which projects she is able to accept.