Magical Girl – Tattoo Ideas, Artists and Models
Laura Anunnaki grew up in Mexico City, but every day she has been transported halfway around the world thanks to her love of anime. Today, as a world-renowned tattoo artist, she combines her appreciation for the Japanese kawaii aesthetic with her Mexican heritage to create a style of her own. We caught up with Anunnaki to learn more about her early days in tattooing, how she organized her iconic style, and crafted the magical girlish anime of her dreams.
How did you learn to tattoo? Did you do an apprenticeship or are you self-taught?
I entered the tattoo world like most people, getting tattoos. I have loved drawing all my life as a hobby, so when I decided to get a tattoo I had a hard time choosing a tattoo artist due to my personality and my own artistry. So even when I wasn’t thinking of becoming a tattoo artist, I started drawing tattoo designs for myself and my friends with my style. I ended up getting my designs tattooed by other artists and that’s how I started to get some attention and support from some local tattoo artists. I ended up working part time as an assistant in a tattoo studio while I was in high school in hopes of becoming an apprentice. There I learned the basics like making an appointment and proper sterilization, but never had any learning. After seeing tattoo artists working closely I fell in love with this world and at that point I knew I would do anything to become a tattoo artist. I started going to tattoo conventions, going to seminars and looking for everything I could on the internet, everything was self taught. But I think one of the things that helped me the most was drawing a lot of tattoo designs and posting them on Instagram and Facebook because my style was new and innovative at the time. Many of my friends and people on the internet have supported my journey by getting my designs tattooed.
How did you create your signature tattoo style? How would you describe your style?
I have always loved the glitter, the bright colors, the gems and the fantastic characters. When I started tattooing, I wanted to offer something new. I love the contrast of opposites and a few years ago feminine and feminine things were something that people couldn’t relate to in tattooing. I wanted my tattoos to look cool and cool, but magical and cute at the same time. My style is a mixture of Japanese kawaii culture – referring to magical girls, Japanese food, and anime themes – but there is also the influence of my Mexican origins. My heritage is where all these colors come from, the touches of brightness, the powerful female figures, the gems, the lighting effects and the whimsical fantasy elements. I believe an artist’s tattoo style is a reflection of their personality, so I think it’s difficult for me to describe my style or put a name on it.
What are some of your favorite animes or cartoons that you can take inspiration from?
Of course, the one and only “Sailor Moon”. Her aesthetic is iconic and has been so inspiring to me. Some of the strongest influences in my art are the anime from my childhood, such as “Pokémon”, “Digimon”, “Cardcaptor Sakura”, “Madoka Magica” and “Dragon Ball Z”. I still watch anime and think I always will.
What is an anime or cartoon that you haven’t tattooed yet that you would like to do?
I want to tattoo so many “Demon Slayer” characters. I love the animation, character design and story of this anime. I also want to do some other tattoos inspired by Junji Ito’s masterpiece, Ghibli and Zero Two inspired pieces from “DARLING”. I would like to have more time to do all the ideas I have in mind.
What’s your secret to creating realistic glitter in your tattoos?
Observe what glitter looks like in real life and try to imitate it! This is how I also mastered jewelry tattooing, because if you like something, you can spend hours looking at it, and drawing it helps you understand what it looks like.
If you could design your own anime, what would you be talking about?
They would certainly be magical girls. It would have a lot of violence, a dark and spooky background but a cute aesthetic, a lot of badass guns with ribbons and glitter and very cute sidekicks with big fangs and cute eyes. Then there would be tattoos on the characters that show off their inner powers and cute but sexy outfits befitting a magical girl.