Model and tattoo artist in the Quebec area (“My style is somewhere between Neo-trad and Cartoon”), we met this gorgeous brunette girl and asked her about a lot of things…

Tattoo model Marie Andree Baril photographed by Christian Saint in New York
Tattoo model Marie Andree Baril photographed by Christian Saint in New York

Do you feel comfortable posing for our calendar using your nude look? I have seen your modelling portfolio and nude look isn’t isn’t so frequent over your career…
Yes I do. But I’m not used to doing a total nude shoot. I only shoot implied nudity. Nude shoot are nice for heavily tattooed girls because they show all the tattoos but I prefer shooting a concept with nice lingerie. Or a custom-made outfit like Lory Sun does. She’s an amazing artist!

Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, photo by Fabou
Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, photo by Fabou

You are a model and a tattoo artist working at your private studio in Victoriaville (Quebec). How would you describe your style? You do a lot of Black&Grey New Traditional sleeves, don’t you?
Yes, I really love doing Black&Grey stuff. I think my style is between Neo-trad and Cartoon. I do colour stuff too but yes, I prefer Black‘n’Grey projects. I had been used to drawing in that particular style for some years and before becoming a tattoo artist I was a realistic portraits artist. I usually use wood case pencil (aka graphite pencil) for my portraits.

Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, photo by Fabou
Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, photo by Fabou

You are very persevering. I have read your biography and I learned that you tried for six long years to get in touch with tattoo publishers…
I mean, I’ve been doing modelling for 6-7 years now but yes, it took time before I was published. It’s important to work with photographers who are already in contact with the tattoo magazines industry. My first magazine spread was located in Los Angeles. I contacted them and they got back to me. I went to LA and did a shoot with Justice Howard. I went there with my cousin Roxanne and my sister Mélissa: a truly awesome trip!

And what happened then?
I did several trips in the USA – Los Angeles, Boston, New York – to collaborate with photographers like Hugo V, Boss Lady, Alvarado, Christian Saint, Victor Rodriguez and the list goes on!

Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, photo by Patrick Beaudry
Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, photo by Patrick Beaudry

There is ink all over your body so why a funny racoon on your left leg? Is it a Canadian thing?
Not really, but the racoon is probably my favourite animal. They are beautiful critters. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved racoons. I remember when I was 3-4 years old, my mom at night woke me up to show me a family of racoons on our porch and they were so cute! Since then I love them. When I was a baby my bedroom was covered with racoon wallpaper, maybe it influenced me! (laughs) I have one racoon tattoo on my left leg and one on my right hip.

Do you have a particular tattoo subject you are particularly fond of?
Mostly my tattoos represent my family, my children and my childhood.

Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, Hugo V HMUA, photo by Alicia Dane
Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, Hugo V HMUA, photo by Alicia Dane

Who are your favourite tattoo artists?
I love so many tattoo artists, it will be too long to list them all, but the ones who worked on me are: Olivier Julliand at “Glamort Tattoo” in Montreal (colour cartoon stuff). My cousin Roxanne Baril-Marcotte that has a private studio in Saint-Apolinaire. Kwun by “Tattoo Mania” in Montreal (Lettering). Vincent Bizzaroide at “Glamort Tattoo” in Montreal. Jeff Palumbo, a Belgian tattooer. Nathalie Duquette at “Studio Nephtys Tattoo” in Sherbrooke (Realistic Black and Grey) and a few others…

Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, photo by Fabou
Tattoo Life Calendar Girl Marie-Andrée Baril, photo by Fabou

Will you visit Europe for some tattoo conventions or guest spots on this side of the Atlantic?
I would love to travel more in Europe. Not as guest or as a tattoo artist in convention but rather as a simple visitor to tattoo conventions. I like to visit tattoo parlours while travelling and maybe get a small tattoo. Also I would love to shoot with some photographers in Europe like Billy “Bilacous” Scott in England.

Last question: do you feel sexy and sensual on the Tattoo Life June shooting?
Of course I do! (laughs) Like I said before, I’m not used to shooting like this but the result is stunning. Christian Saint is one of my favourite photographers, by the way. A very talented, professional and kind person. He knows how to make you feel comfortable and it’s so easy to collaborate with him!

Follow Marie-Andrée on Instagram: @marie_a_baril