Meet Lauren, a spunky Asian-bread soul whose photos seamlessly capture her alter egos. We catch up with her as she talks about performing and fire-eating, and shares her personal experience with assholes who react to her ink.
Tell us more about you.
My name is Lauren Jane Coops, I’m 29, born in Singapore, raised in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, and currently living in Sydney!
We hear you spit fire! That’s beyond awesome. How did you start out?
It all started some years ago….I was doing a Gogo dancing gig in Sentosa in Singapore. There was a girl there performing with fire and it completely fascinated me. I knew then that I wanted to be able to do what she was doing. We got to talking and I eventually started training with her fire troupe. I basically taught myself to breathe fire. I watched videos and asked professionals the best techniques. To begin with, I used water to practice before moving on to fuel. I instantly fell in love with the art and have continued to train and learn new tricks ever since. Since arriving in Sydney I have been training with Flamewater Circus. Learning fire-eating and amazing contact tricks.
What is your most memorable experience as a performer?
That’s such a hard question… I have had so many awesome gigs! Okay I would have to say the most memorable performance I’ve had would be a Burlesque show at The Singapore Tattoo Convention. There was a massive crowd including 300 tattoo artists, visitors and the film crew from Miami and LA Ink.
My first performance ever was pretty memorable as well. I was dancing with a snake at Zouk, also in Singapore. I was Poison Ivy and the snake was an Albino Python. That was a crazy gig!
Whoa, sounds intense. Must have been a thrill.
You have some really nice ink. How do people react to your tattoos when they see you on the street?
I have mostly had positive experiences with my tattoos. People will often stop me on the street and ask me questions about what they mean or where I got them done, or they just comment on how they look nice. The negative comments I brush off. People comment on how I will look when I get older or say “You are a beautiful girl. Why did you do that to yourself? You would look prettier without them.”
Well, my tattoos are not for them. I had them done because they are beautiful and make me feel beautiful and that is all that matters. The annoying part about having visible tattoos is people see you as an object and I get random strangers grabbing me to have a closer look or poking them sometimes.
Wow, what assholes. We admire how you brush the negativity off though, that takes a lot of self-love. Have your tattoos affected your career path?
With work they have helped me to get some amazing shows but they have also stopped me from getting some. I have done a few fire shows where once I’ve arrived, they asked me to cover my tattoos despite them being visible on my show reels.
That sucks. We feel you. Nonetheless, I’m sure you have plans for new ink?
Absolutely! I want to have at least one full arm sleeve and I’m considering a back piece. Psycho Billy New School style. I just have to draw up some designs and get inked.
Sounds amaze. We can’t wait to see them! Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Traveling and doing amazing shows along the way. I want to see more of Europe and South America. Egypt is also on my list. Along the way I want to try out new creative avenues. Continue with art and performing.
Sounds like you’ll be making new waves. We wish you all the best and hope to catch up with you soon!
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