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Check Out Lola Picasso’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lola Picasso.  

Hi Lola, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I initially discovered scratchboard art back in 2005, in my high school freshman art class, under the guidance of Debra Graham (Thurston High School.) We had a variety of different mediums that we explored during the class, but I found that the scratchboard was one of my favorites and I took off from there. I also developed a very strong attachment to doing portraits, because I really enjoy exploring the details, expressions, and depths of a person’s face. In 2009 during my freshman year of college, I also decided that I wanted to dive into tattooing, and so I took up an apprenticeship at a local Detroit tattoo shop (now called Detroit Ink Spot). Since then, I’ve been tattooing often on, up until 2020 when I started working full time as an artist. 

At the start of the pandemic, I began working at my mentor’s shop, Color Creative, in downtown Detroit. At the start of this year after going through many different experiences and becoming a first-time mom, in December 2020- I knew that ultimately, I wanted to get my own studio… which I did in February of this year. My studio is also located in downtown Detroit at the Michigan building, called Blue Oasis Studio. 

Over the years I have fine-tuned my skills of doing portraits and tattoos, and really discovering who I want to be as an artist. With the drawings, I’m pretty known for doing scratchboard portraits with very detailed elements. As far as tattooing I’ve developed a liking for the detailed black and gray pieces, as well as a lot of intricate floral designs. Working full time and being a new, full-time mom- definitely has its challenges, but I’m loving every second of this journey! 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Most people know that the road to success isn’t always an easy one- and mine has been no different. After having my son right before Christmas of 2020, I somewhat lost my drive because I was completely focused on figuring out how to be the best mom I could be, and wanting to spend every moment with my son. I had literally taken almost a year off to just enjoy motherhood… To this day, he’s almost a year and a half, and I still battle with separation anxiety from him at times- but I got my “mojo” back and have been heavily into my art again. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m widely known for my scratchboard art, in which I specialize in very detailed portrait drawings. Around the city I’m also known for tattooing; I’ve worked in various styles, but gravitate more to the detailed black and gray pieces, as well as floral designed tattoos. My favorite portrait would have to be the “House Party” piece that I did of my two youngest brothers, Maurice and Eric. 

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
My son has caught covid twice within the last 3 months, from being in daycare- so I am extremely cautious about being in large public places, as well as taking extreme precautions when working in my studio. 

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