Fresh Faces, one of the world’s most renowned modeling contest, has gone tattoo! In the last three months people have been voting for the favorites models and now we introduce you the winners: Daniel (from Sweden) and Lola (from France).
Let’s get to know them better!

Daniel, how did you start with tattoos?
It first started when I was around 16 years old and got introduced to hardcore, screamo and posthardcore music by my twin brother. I got addicted to the music and tattoos are a really big part of the genre and how to express yourself. I got my first tattoo when I was 17 and quickly got addicted to it, I just wanted more after that and I will not stop getting tattooed until I feel that I’m finished. The first tattoo I got was a Tribal on my upper arm, but it’s now covered up after some laser removal. I remember that I needed to have a signature from my mom before I could get that first tattoo done.

Daniel and Lola by Axel Guerfal
Daniel and Lola by Axel Guerfal

What do your tattoos mean to you?
They are a part of me and my identity. So they mean a lot.

Do all your tattoos have a meaning?
No, in the beginning most of them had a meaning. But the more ink you get the less meaning behind the motive. To me, it’s more important that they look good.

When did you start modeling?
I started to do modelling in 2018, when I wanted to try to be photographed by a professional photographer. After I saw the photos I quickly understood that it was something I wanted to do more. I´m happy that I made the decision to challenge myself, because it also made me grow as a person. Now, I can´t stop doing modeling, I just love it.

Lola by Axel Guerfal
Lola by Axel Guerfal

From your point of view, do you think that people now have more respect for the tattoo world?
Nowadays it’s very common, almost everyone has at least one tattoo. It’s getting more and more accepted! However, there will always be people with judgmental thoughts who do not want to understand.

Have you ever had any trouble because of your tattoos and appearance? (workwise)
Yes, there have been issues with relatives of patients who don’t think a nurse should look like me. And when you’re as heavily tattooed as me and stand out, I feel like you need to work harder to prove your competence.

Do you think your tattoos have helped you in your modeling career?
Both yes and no. The market for tattooed models is quite small, but it’s growing and more and more tattoo models are getting represented. It’s really all about standing out from the crowd, whether you have tattoos or not. They want unique looks.

Daniel by Axel Guerfal
Daniel by Axel Guerfal

Do you have any favourite tattoo artist?
My two favourite artists that have tattooed me are Fru Duva and Jacob Zamore. They are also the ones who have tattooed me the most. I do like a lot of different artists, but I will just continue to follow their amazing work on Instagram and other social media.

If you could only choose one of your tattoos, which one would it be?
I have two favourites; my chestpiece and backpiece since they both really represent what I love in the art of tattoos.

Let’s talk about prejudices. Tattoos have always been related to rock and roll, prison, sailors… Have you ever experienced any of these prejudices?
Yeah, 10 years ago or so people thought the only guys with a lot of tattoos were criminals or sailors, basically.

But now it’s not like that at all, although I guess it’s different from city to city as well.

For me who lives in a big city, Stockholm, I think people are more accustomed to extreme looks. If you have a lot of tattoos, of course people will stare a bit, but it is becoming more and more accepted every day. In Sweden nowadays, it’s almost hard to find a person with no tattoos at all. Be who you are and be proud of it.

Daniel and Lola by Axel Guerfal
Daniel and Lola by Axel Guerfal

What do your the people around you think of your tattoos?
My family and friends know that they are a big part of my interests and support me in getting new tattoos, and also the tattoo modelling.

Have you ever felt you were being stared at because of your tattoos?
Almost daily, but it’s not something I really think about these days. When I go to my hometown, I notice that people seem to be not as used to alternative styles and a lot of tattoos. In Stockholm people seem more open-minded.

What’s the strangest behaviour you’ve experienced due to your tattoos?
When one of my patient’s relatives said that this is not the way for a nurse to look, then pointed at one of my coworkers and said that that’s how a nurse should look. If you have prejudices that’s your problem, it’s not on me.

What’s the word that people use that defines you the most? With what word you would like to be seen?
This usually surprises people, but the word most often used about me as a person is: calm. I would like to be seen as a RoleModel.

Do you regret any of your tattoos?
Yes I have regretted some, but they are now covered up by something else. The tattoos I’ve regretted I had tattooed myself.

Lola by Axel Guerfal
Lola by Axel Guerfal

Are you planning to get more tattoos?
Since I don’t have many free spots left, the last few spots I have I’ll save for tattoo artists who are my close friends.

What about you, Lola: how did you start with tattoos?
I discovered the tattoo world when I was a teenager thanks to the Scene Queens and SuicideGirls. I wanted to be like those girls, powerful and different from the others. I asked my parents for a tattoo when I was 14/15 but they weren’t ok with that idea (obviously). When I moved for my studies to a bigger city, I got my first tattoo, on my wrist (covered since then) at 15 years old without their consent.

I’m not proud of it but I really wanted a tattoo. Then I started to get tattooed when I was 18.

What do your tattoos mean to you?
They’re actually my story, the only way to express myself. It’s also a good way to share my beliefs with people.

Daniel and Lola by Axel Guerfal

Do all your tattoos have a meaning?
They all have a meaning, but most of all, they all create a story between them. I share my religion and my childhood. My way of life, between good and evil, heaven and hell, saint or sinner, etc…

When did you start modeling?
I started modeling when I was 18, I got the opportunity to sign a contract with a Parisian agency.

From your point of view, do you think that people now have more respect for the tattoo world?
I believe people have changed their minds about tattoo, a lot of people get tattooed, even if it’s just a little one. The new generation is totally open about tattoos and don’t have any prejudices or don’t even know the stories tattoos had in the beginning or recent past.

Have you ever had any trouble because of your tattoos and appearance? (workwise)
One time, when I worked as a hairdresser. I had my interview and my test, my skills were good but the boss had some reserve about my tattoos (the one on my left arm). One of the employees supported me and I got the job.

All the clients at the salon were fascinated with my tattoos and loved to follow my journey doing them.

Do you think your tattoos have helped you in your modeling career?
When I started at 18, tattoos were not popular and even less in the modelling industry. But when I moved to London when I was around 20, everything changed for me. I had a lot of work thanks to them and when I came back to France, my tattoos were a huge thing for my work. Today I think I work mostly thanks to them. The more I have, the more jobs I get.

Do you have any favourite tattoo artist?
Not really. I know exactly what kind of tattoos and style I want. I’m always looking for someone who does the type of tattoo I want so they can enjoy it as well. Lately I worked with Placide Avantia from Fuscare in Aix-en-Provence (France) for my bodysuit and right arm. I love her work and I’m very proud to have her art on my body. Right now I’m working with a friend of mine, Marloushka from Spirit Tattoo in Rennes (France) for my other arm, she’s honestly amazing with cute, kawaii and colourful tattoos.

If you could only choose one of your tattoos, which one would it be?
The archangel I got on my right arm. It’s definitely my favourite tattoo so far.

Let’s talk about prejudices. Tattoos have always been related to rock and roll, prison, sailors… Have you ever experienced any of these prejudices?
Never. But I believe men are more associated with that than women, don’t ask me why.

What do the people around you think about your tattoos?
My parents are not huge fans of tattoos and my dad always says that I don’t have space any more every time I get a new one, haha! But they really enjoy the work of the tattoo artist. Most of my friends have tattoos and/or are tattoo artists so…

Have you ever felt you were being stared at because of your tattoos?
All the time! Sometimes they are discreet, sometimes it’s too much. But even though I did them for me, they’re visible and I chose to show them to the world. It’s not a big deal for me and most of the time people seem to like them, making me proud of them!

Daniel and Lola by Axel Guerfal
Daniel and Lola by Axel Guerfal

What is the strangest behaviour you’ve experienced due to your tattoos?
Some people think they allowed to touch me because I have tattoos. I mean, I never touch someone I don’t know on his/her arm, but because I have tattoos, people think it’s ok to touch me without my consent because they want to say they arebeautiful or whatever. It’s very embarrassing.

What’s the word that people say that best defines you? With what word you would like to be seen?
Mysterious, most of the time, but also generous and kind. People who know me very well say independent, and to be honest it’s the word I would choose to be seen as. I built myself and my career by myself and I’m very proud of it. To be seen as an independent woman is the greatest compliment people can give me.

Do you regret any of your tattoos?
None of them. Even if I did cover up some of them, it wasn’t because I regretted them but more because they weren’t in the style I want now for my tattoos.

Are you planning to get more tattoos?
Hell yeah! I’m currently working on my left arm, I have a huge project for my left leg and another for the right one. As everyone says, when you first start you won’t be able to stop!

Photographer: Axel Guerfal
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Model: Lola J. Renault @mandeelousg
Model: Daniel Thomas Mars: @dannemars
Make-up artist: Adèle Langlois
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Produced and directed by Modelmanagement.com
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