Aisa, Pronounced Eye-ee-sah
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED MODELING?
On complete accident, actually. In 2004, I was in college for photography and I had received an email asking if I wanted to take part in a photo contest for merch monster. I had asked a photographer friend of mine to do the photos for me, and out of the 900+ submissions, mine won 4th place. After that, I had some photographers contacting me to do photo shoots, and it just evolved from there. It was never really something I had ever thought of or wanted to get into on purpose :)
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT MODELING?
I am huge on all mediums of art, and the endless possibilities with photography has always intrigued me - everything from film to digital and the endless possibilities that you have with photography. It was never really about the vanity or anything, but about the art itself. It is a very powerful medium.
DO YOU COME FROM A BACKGROUND OF TRAINING IN THE ARTS?
I do - I had been in art classes since I can remember. I went to college for art, and am currently working in a tattoo shop. I do everything from oil painting to watercolor. I studied drama from the age of 12 till I was 18, and played clarinet, trumpet, guitar, bass, and saxophone since I was 9. I am very much immersed in the arts, as is my whole family! My father has been a fine art painter since he was young, and my grandmother illustrated books, so it's kind of innate, I suppose!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF OUTFITS TO MODEL IN?
Costumes, for sure! Although I haven't had the opportunity to do it much, as it takes a special kind of photographer to really capture them well. This is something I have really been wanting to get into for quite some time, just haven't had the money to. It can be quite expensive!
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVORITES?
Distasteful nudes and some types of fetish photography (NOT all) and the "senior photo" look. I have done some in the past, but you just see too much of it. A lot of it just has no emotion, no creativity, and is not fun to look at. I like there to be SOME aspect of creativity in a photographers work, and I want to feel what the model is feeling or trying to portray. Much like a book. I want to be in it, believe it. Be moved in some way.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT TATTOOS THAT INTRIGUES YOU?
The cultural aspect has always interested me greatly, across all time periods. Everything from a means of marking a rank in a tribe, to marking a prisoner. From monks, to priests, doctors, criminals, war prisoners… it is and has been used for many different things, both negative and positive, religious and sacrilegious, philosophical or practical, pedantic or sloppy. It's a way to mark a significant point in time or event in the users life, much like a scrapbook does - and in some people's cases, become something else. Almost anyone with a tattoo can tell you exactly what they were thinking and feeling while getting the tattoo. What was happening in their life around the time they got it, that they may have otherwise not remembered.
It is something I am passionate about. You, if even for a few hours, implicitly trust the tattooer to put a permanent piece of artwork on your body. Something you will live with forever. Something that means and has so much significance to you that you are willing to permanently mark yourself. It's used to mark birth and death, happy and sad times, good and bad. Some people use it to identify with people of the same interests (such as band tattoos). It sparks conversations, and tells a person's story. Every single one of my tattoos has a story or a meaning behind them. You may see someone with a skull or something on their arm, and to you, it is just that: a skull. To them, however, it may be something a best friend drew who passed away, or a image their grandfather had painted on his boat, or, it could be just a skull.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I do everything from oil painting to watercolor. I studied drama from the age of 12 till I was 18, and played clarinet, trumpet, guitar, bass, and saxophone since I was 9. I am very much immersed in the arts, as is my whole family! My father has been a fine art painter since he was young, and my grandmother illustrated books, so it's kind of innate, I suppose.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I'm not lying when I say everything. I love literally everything from big band to dubstep, Country to Metal or Hip hop. Music is a VERY powerful medium, and no matter what my mood is, there is always a song to fit it, whether to let me wallow in my sorrow, or pick me up and smile, let me bounce around the house while I'm cleaning, or get lost in a story or daydream. I would quite literally be lost without it. Currently, I've been quite akin to Mumford and Sons, The GazettE, Die Toten Hosen, Cephalgy, and Jason Mraz.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Well, I would hope by now you have guessed that a lot of my time is consumed by artwork, but I also LOVE to read. Anything. Especially classics. I have a 3 year old son who is a PHENOMENAL little boy, and everything I do he is right there beside me. I also have an amazing boyfriend who makes my everyday that much better - we do everything from window shopping to camping, hiking, biking, playing video games, gardening, traveling, you name it! I'm very adventurous and am always on the go - I have a need for constant stimulation and excitement.
See more of Aisa:
Model Mayhem - http://www.modelmayhem.com/645602
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Je.suis.genial
My place of employment, West Side Tattoo : http://www.westsidetattoo.net