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Meet Lauren Kurtz of Coppertop Ink in Torrance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Kurtz.

Lauren, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started drawing when I was very little, I would always draw cartoons I would see on the tv, mostly always Disney cartoons. I remember pausing my VHS tape to try and draw the character as best I could. I wanted to be a cartoonist, so I took animation classes in high school, and later took college art classes. The teachers would always scold me because I kept wanting to draw the subjects in a cartoonish way instead of a more structured way, I couldn’t help it though it was what I liked to do!

I decided to change gears and get into doing makeup. It was another form of art that I really enjoyed! I worked at Sephora for seven years and learned a lot. One thing I learned was how to make face charts with real makeup which inspired a new look for my characters by adding bold blush on the eyes and cheeks which gave them a 1940s tattoo look that I have always loved!

My boyfriend Joe (@josephyoung13) encouraged me to pursue this full time. So for fun, I wanted to figure out a name for myself on social media and sat down with my close friend Yasmine (@shurleesweet) to see what we could come up with. After a little while and writing down all kinds of names Yasmine pointed out the color of my hair is copper and I also used ink in my art, so why not ‘Coppertop.ink’!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Once I decided to really give this a chance full time, it was not a smooth road full of doubts, worries of how I will pay bills and make a name for myself? It was a lot of trial and error with many ups and downs but the hardest part was people thinking I was crazy to do something like this.

Through all of that, I didn’t give up because I knew it was doing something I really wanted to do. Then I started getting jobs, building momentum and eventually doing better than I was at my last job. I still have struggles but I wouldn’t change it for anything it’s part of the adventure of running a business, and I really love what I do!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Coppertop Ink – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am an illustrator, known for my cartoon-like characters with a vintage twist using real makeup on the eyes and cheeks! I love doing digital work as well.

One of the things I am the most proud of in this whole adventure is having the ability to do what I love full time, meeting so many interesting people and making new friends along the way! Meeting other women artists is very inspiring and it’s been amazing to see how we all support one another.

What I know is that I try and stay true to myself, and what I love for my art. My main art tools will always be a pencil and makeup but I enjoy digital artwork as well because of all the different ways it can be used.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Recently I have picked up sculpting to transform my 2D illustrations into physical products. Over the last three years of Coppertop Ink, I have been lucky enough to collaborate with so many incredible brands and look forward to working with many more. From clothing to full product lines, I have been in development for a while and can’t wait for everyone to see it all.

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Susie Delaney susiedelaney.com

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