TATTOOER | ACTRESS | MODEL

MARA OHARA

Entre Indígenas- Who is Mara Ohara?

Mara- Hi my name is Mara Ohara, I’m an artist residing in Los Angeles, California.

I grew up in the cold rainy Pacific Northwest, in Washington state. I grew up being surrounded by music, incredible venues and going to shows constantly. Always being intrigued by the art that I’d see along the way.

All of the punk rock show posters and wild looking band tees definitely played a big role in the art that would inspire me.

Washington is also a very lush and green place, so I spent a lot of time camping in the woods, exploring, hiking, climbing trees, or going down to the rocky beaches.

I’d say nature, music, and art are the main components that have created me into who I am today. Falling in love with the things I’ve been able to see or experience has really made me, me. 

E- How and when did the love for tattooing come about? 

M- Truthfully, I never planned on being a tattooer, I’ve just always loved to draw and paint.

I had a friend back home who owned a tattoo shop, who saw my paintings and drawings and asked if I had ever thought about tattooing. I told him no, that the thought of it was stressful and daunting. I told him I didn’t want to turn something that I loved to do, into a job where I’d “have to do it.” I just enjoyed having full freedom. But then he explained to me that over time if I learned to tattoo, I’ll eventually grow a following for my personal style, and then people will come to me specifically just for that. That’s what sparked my brain into thinking “Yes, I should tattoo… This is going to be fun.” Hahah and it has.

E- What is your source of inspiration?

M- There’s a lot. I think taking lessons from other tattooers, who’ve been at it longer than me is really important.

Some things don’t need to be “fixed or changed” there’s a lot of traditional techniques that will help create a well done tattoo. So looking at old flash, is always fun and inspiring. But also just soaking in daily experiences. Walking down city streets, with murals on walls, paintings at friends houses, show posters, traveling to other cities and seeing the diversity’s in other cultures, etc.

My moms side of the family all live in New Mexico, so every year when we go to visit the fam I’m just completely engulfed with southwest artistry everywhere. That’s a big one for me. Native art, southwest paintings, jewelry, the Adobe style homes, the scenic desert mountain landscapes. It speaks to my soul out there. Every time I go to NM, I come home and all I want to do is paint and draw. It’s so inspiring being out there. So mostly just keeping my eyes peeled and soaking in what I see.

E- We saw you are also an actress | model, tell us about this, how did you start? 

M- Yes! I’ve always wanted to act and model since I was little.

I moved to LA partially for that reason. I knew that I could expand on my career as a Tattooer but I could also get signed with an agency and do side jobs for fun as well. So 2 years ago I started going to acting classes, got signed by an agency and started going out on auditions. 

This year I got my first theatrical film role in a movie called “Hunted.” I’ve gotten a few commercials, one was on the Super Bowl this year! So I’d say it’s going pretty good! I’m having fun with it.

I also recently realized that because I’m covered in tattoos and look a bit wild, I’ll probably always be casted as a bad guy or gal. They’ll probably use me as a villain character every time, if I continue to book roles, which I think is hilarious because I’m a very kind and mellow person. But wearing a mask is sometimes really fun!

E- Where and how would you like to see yourself 10 years from now? 

M- In 10 years from now, I’d like to imagine living on a large property of land. Have kind of a farm life. Have a horse and some chickens. With a bunch of kiddos runnin around. All the motorcycles and cars we want to rip around on/in.

Live somewhat close to the water so we can still have beach days.

I’d like to be painting more, selling art. Hopefully my apparel line will still be going well. I’d like to imagine doing some films. Traveling as much as possible. You get it! 

E- If you had to choose, what would you prefer doing the rest of your life? Actress, model or Tattooer? 

M- The grand old question! My whole life people have been telling me that at some point, if I really want to be successful at something, I need to put my whole heart and soul into that one thing. And I do agree that, that is true! But I’ve never quite been able to choose between what I want most. So I decided that I’d figure out a way to do all of the things I want by compartmentalizing everything. Spend as much time needed on one thing until you feel solid in that field and can move on to the next.

I started modeling at 18. So I spent a lot of years figuring out that world. I’ve spent 6 years tattooing. And recently I’ve spent 2 years working on acting classes, auditions, and everything in between. So that I can manage and flow with all of the loves in my life. I would like to dive deep into acting for the next few years but always do tattoos for close clients and friends on the regular.

E- Your best quality and your worst defect:

M- I think my best quality is happiness. Sounds weird, but I’m naturally just a happy person and I like spreading that as much as possible.

And my worst defect is indecisiveness. I battle myself when trying to make “the right” decisions.  

E- You only have two days left, what would you do?

M- I’d grab my lover and fly to a jungle

E- The craziest thing you have done?

M- Haaa….. no idea where to start or which thing to choose. I flew a plane!!! I’ve always wanted to get my private pilots license, so I went to this little private airport in Long Beach and took a coarse there. I took off, flew the plane and landed twice!!!

E- A success and a failure.

M- I guess a success would be that I made up my mind that I wanted to move to LA and work on all of my many endeavors, and here I am in the thick of it!

And a failure, I dunno I kind of think that even when you screw something up or fail at something it always ends up opening a door to something better. So failures aren’t reeeeaaalll! Okay fine, I failed a lot in high school. There!

E- With which known person would you take a trip through Europe?

M– Probably Bill Murray, cuz it would just be epically fun and random and hilarious the whole time.

RECOMMENDATIONS

– A phrase: You create your own reality, make it count.

– A film: Freaks 

– A song: Zach Bryan, November Air 

– A drink:  Mai tai’s or mojito’s 

– A city:  New Orleans 

WHAT DOES MARA PREFER?

  • Ten years in a coma / Ten years in jail
  • City life / Country life
  • Talking to animals / Talking to the dead
  • A good book / A good movie
  • Only being able to whisper / Only being able to scream
  • Lifetime free wifi / Lifetime free coffee
  • Singing in public / Dancing in public
  • To only eat salty / To only eat sweet
  • Waking up in a desert / In a boat in the middle of the Ocean
  • Knowing what you will die of / Knowing what day you will
  • Something organized / Something improvised
  • Music concert / Theater play
  • Visiting the past / Visiting the future
  • Being unable to see / Being unable to hear
  • Light on / Light off
  • Reality/ Fiction
  • Motorcycle trip / Car trip
  • Never leaving your city / Not being able to return
  • Being submissive / Being dominant
  • Continuing with your life / Restarting your life