Texan Tattoo Artist/Tattooed Mom Cara Massacre Talks About Tattooing

A local newspaper puts the spotlight on tattoo artist, Cara Massacre as she talks about the tattoo scene in Texas.

Xavier10 months ago in Tattoo Artists

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.

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Floral tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #flowers
Floral tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #flowers

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.’

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Feather tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #feather
Feather tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #feather

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.

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Photo by Kim Brent. #CaraMassacre #Texas
Photo by Kim Brent. #CaraMassacre #Texas

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.

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Portrait tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #portrait
Portrait tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #portrait
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Photo by Kim Brent. #CaraMassacre #Texas
Photo by Kim Brent. #CaraMassacre #Texas

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.’

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Photo by Kim Brent. #ink
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Anchor + butterflies tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #anchor #butterfly
Anchor + butterflies tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #anchor #butterfly
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Pictured, Cara Massacre and baby daughter. #CaraMassacre #tattooedmom
Pictured, Cara Massacre and baby daughter. #CaraMassacre #tattooedmom
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Butterfly tattoos by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #butterfly
Butterfly tattoos by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #butterfly
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Portrait tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #portrait
Portrait tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #portrait
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Plant tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas
Plant tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas
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Bird tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #bird
Bird tattoo by Cara Massacre. #CaraMassacre #Texas #bird
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Photo by Kim Brent. #CaraMassacre #Texas
Photo by Kim Brent. #CaraMassacre #Texas

You may read the rest of Cara's interview here.