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Meet Esther Quiara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Esther Quiara.

Hi Esther, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been drawing since I can remember. I used to work call center jobs and started doing art shows on the side. By art shows, I mean just posting up at a bar trying to sell my paintings. After doing that for years I finally got invited to show my work at a few local galleries.

Eventually, I decided to quit my day job, and focus on my art. A good friend of mine named Joseph told me about a tattoo shop in town that was hiring for a receptionist… just to make a little cash on the side. 3 months in I was offered an apprenticeship and my love for tattoos grew from there.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely was not an easy road, but is it ever? I had a lot of people along the way make it clear that I wasn’t welcomed into the industry. I had to earn my place and earn respect, which took a long while. At the end of the day, I busted my ass and nothing got handed to me. Putting blood, sweat, tears… my heart, and soul into tattooing has all been worth the hard road.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I tattoo. I’m an artist. Recently, I’ve been known for my sad clown girls or sad girl tattoos. I also paint and draw of course. I’m the proudest being where I’m at in my life/career. What sets me apart I would say is my style of tattooing. I get asked a lot about how I would describe my style… and I really can’t. It’s mine, ya know.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I loved being outside, catching bugs and lizards, wild kittens… I wanted to be like Steve Irwin, rip. Of course, I’ve always loved to draw too. I remember asking for art sets every Christmas. I was a quiet kid and super observant, from what I remember. My mom always says I was a good kid.

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