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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS - Lady Portraits by Moni Marino

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS - Lady Portraits by Moni Marino

Tattoo Artists2 min Read

Alive with color and emotion, Marino's ladies are deeply expressive.

By now, it should be pretty apparent that we’ve got a thing for lady head pieces. Regardless of style, there’s something about them that’s just wildly enigmatic and beautiful. Perhaps it’s because each artist gives them a unique personality, or maybe it’s because once all is said and done, they really do take on a life of their own, but there’s something about them that just gets under your skin (horrible dad joke intended). 

Getting quite the interesting start, Marino says she first started tattooing when she was just 14 years old. In an interview with Inked Magazine, Marino says, “the very, very first time — before using the tattoo machine that my father gave me — I used a sewing needle, thread, and Pelikan ink. I wrapped the thread around the needle tip, and after wetting the ink I tattooed the letter 'M' on my wrist by doing the needle points close together.” She’s since come a long way.

While it’s a characteristic that rings true in any artist that’s a master of realism, Marino’s extreme attention to detail and “costuming” is phenomenal. Taking cues from real life, but careful to inject her own voice and style into the portraits, the outfits Marino creates are what complete the ladies’ looks. This can best be seen in her rendition of The Little Mermaid, which makes a nod to the original Hans Christian Anderson version in the lower left corner of the portrait, but carefully sets itself apart by creating a new spin on her costuming. Marino’s impeccable attention to detail can be seen in the Little Mermaid’s towering crown of shells and the celestial backdrop of the night sky, twinkling with the most beautiful stars and alive with color.


Alex Wikoff
Written byAlex Wikoff

Staff Writer at Tattoodo. I have a three legged cat that drools.

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