Cara Massacre (originally Cara Edgar) is a tattoo artist based in South Texas. Among the local tattoo enthusiasts, she's known as the go-to woman for gorgeous, nature-inspired works in her signature art nouveau-influenced tattoos. Local newspaper, Beaumont Express got to chat with Cara on her life as a tattoo artist in Beaumont, Texas after moving in different tattoo shops across the state.
Cara's fascination to tattoos led her to start her apprenticeship under Johnny John-O at TattooMania in Beaumont, Texas in the late 2000's — about the time after Hurricane Rita hit.
Cara puts it simply: ‘I like tattoos. I think they are beautiful and a great form of expression.’
A majority of Cara's clients turn to her for floral and nature-inspired designs which she, luckily, enjoys doing. In addition to flora and fauna-themed tattoos, Cara is also fond of taking on memorial tattoos and doing her part in a client's healing process.
But if Cara has to pick specific designs she enjoys the most doing, the Texan tattoo artist would go for roses, peonies, and wildflowers. ‘Texas state flowers, of course,’ she says.
To make all these happen, Cara takes cues from vintage botanical prints and art nouveau to go with her flair for floral and feminine elements which became signature marks on tattoos. Cara's art nouveau roots had no trouble going along quite well with her floral designs as both elements are interconnected in an aesthetic sense.
When she's not busy with her gorgeous designs, Cara turns to a different art form as a hobby. ‘I was a musician here for a long time, but now I like to watch shows and support it. I was in a band called Lost City Souls and played bass, and played guitar in SmallTown Massacre and it was a lot of fun,’ she recalls. ‘But since I started tattooing, I didn’t have time to play music anymore.’
You may read the rest of Cara's interview here.