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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kara Gutierrez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kara Gutierrez.

Hi Kara, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Walking in my shoes for my journey “story” would take steel toe boots and heavy conditioning. Basically, a lot of hard work and setbacks but isn’t that every successful entrepreneur’s story? I will spare the readers a long, drawn-out sob story and simplify the journey for the current title I hold today which is, Tattoo Artist. Simple as it may seem, I don’t only put ink into skin with my electric crayon, I take account into what skin I’m in and who my canvas is. I tattoo skin that shouldn’t be tattooed unless there is extensive education and experience, so that means I am unique to say the least.

I began simultaneously as a tattoo artist and microblading artist but ended up making it all one trade because over time, Microblading isn’t good for all skin types and turns into powder brows anyways, so a machine and ultra fine needle configuration is where I excelled at. My background in body art made Areola Restoration with Hyperrealistic Areola TattooingTM my own style. I tattoo nipples back on from when Cancer took them away and made a breast cancer foundation out of it that is my heart project and my legacy I wish to leave behind. Anyone that has the need for tattoos to be done over their scars gets them for free along with extra for those in need.

Learning the craft for who’s a candidate for what and how to make soft natural healed results for an outcome over time and makes me so special.. I’ve been in the industry going on seven years now and work on several projects for education across the globe for training in my healed results and training for future tattooers. I also specialize in removing body art and permanent makeup regrets but that isn’t what defines me it’s just a part of the story.

My story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my help and motivation of family and friends. My family is my Parents who has supported me through my journey and helped me raise my now 11.5 years old son. The four years almost the love of my life Arian Culp, MD. Who will be my partner in medical practice has kept me motivated and loved throughout the whole process. With our parallel dreams of a private owned family medical practice/med spa and tattoo shop/training facility in the near future. The friends I keep make sure I am humble, loved and supported. That is what my story has to offer and I hope I make others grateful for the skills I have and strive hard to get better at making others love themselves even more.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Struggles in the tattooing industry happen, especially as a woman in a male-dominated industry it is even worse. Out of respect of my tattoo culture and being a female, I refuse to say my struggles because it’s the same as everyone else so it makes me no different. The best way I could describe that question in my eyes is asking a woman who just had a kid how it was being pregnant and delivering her child. It both sucked and they both present it’s own but very similar challenges. Mine doesn’t have a big story to how I got licensed but only really what all happened after the fact.

I identify as a tattoo artist that specializes in Permanent Cosmetics, Paramedical Tattoos and Body Art. I also train in all subjects along with Li-FT Saline Tattoo Removal. Being a woman in a male-dominated industry meant I had to prove myself to be better and more respected without being ugly, it was difficult for several reasons, but it just made it a smoother transition from body art world to permanent makeup world when I dove into PMU.

My obstacles/challenges was seeing all of these famous women who said they were tattooers and turns out they were just skilled in one technique and one needle and terrible BBP safety and sanitation, for once I thought I was going to have mentors and it didn’t happen. As a traditional tattooer, you have to know all the BBP safety, needle configurations and several techniques so it wasn’t hard to do it, it was just hard to have respect of famous people who I looked up to and respecting them seeing as I knew more than they did (tattoo skill-wise). Luckily I was able to sift out the ones that I felt were not good for the industry or false advertisement and got a chance to mingle with the best of the best who I now call my friends/mentors when I met them at the permanent makeup conferences.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Tattoo Artist
– Lipstick
– Eyeliner
– Moles/Freckles
– Hyperrealistic Areola Tattooing (Sponsored by Spot On Beauty Breast Cancer Foundation)
– Body Art

Tattoo Removal Specialist
– Li-FT Saline Removal Solution by Li

Trainer
– I train in all subjects of what I do and all categories have their own special requirements

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
The best thing is the diversity and love that others have for one another. I am new to this wonderful city from Shreveport, Louisiana and It’s a southern state which basically means southern hospitality for welcoming. I thought I knew what that felt like until I came here. The love for all and acceptance is why I want to stay rooted here for the long haul.

I only dislike the lack of uber’s or Lyft drivers we have here for when I have students in town and want to get home quicker or I don’t have to take them. Sometimes a rental car can be pricey so that is my biggest complaint.

Contact Info:

  • Email: spotonbeautykc@gmail.com
  • Website: spotonbeautykc.com
  • Instagram: karaspotonbeauty
  • Facebook: Spot On Beauty


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