A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet up with tattoo artist Lauren Winzer in Brooklyn, NY for a tattoo and an interview. Hailing all the way from Sydney, Australia, Lauren was just finishing up a US tour of coast to coast tattooing. Her distinguished style, which often includes pastel colors, faceted gem-like shapes and a wide range of charming imagery, has attracted a worldwide following. At Brooklyn’s Flyrite Tattoo, Lauren tattooed my right arm while I grilled her on her art, inspiration and her time spent in the US.
How old are you and where are you from?
I’m 24 and I’m from Sydney, Australia.
Did you always want to be a tattoo artist?
When i was younger I wanted to be a concept artist for animation specifically but when I was in high school I wanted to be a tattooist.
When did you start tattooing and how did you start tattooing?
I started two years ago with my partner Heath.
How has the internet helped your career and how has it hurt it?
The blog definitely helped me get my shit out there before I started. But, it sucks now that I have a bit of a following because my tattoos sometimes get ripped off.
How is your personal style reflected in your design?
I think the colors mostly because I kind of dress like white trash ghetto fab.
What is your favorite part about being a tattoo artist?
Getting to draw for a living and traveling.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
I was 19. It’s my brother and sisters name inside my arm.
What is it like to be a young woman in the tattoo industry?
It’s not really harder, if anything, for me, it’s been easier just because the shit i do is like super girly and nobody else is really doing that.
Who is your biggest influence as a tattoo artist?
His name’s Jimmy Duvall. He’s from Norway and he does the weirdest stuff. I found his work before I started doing the crystal shapes and just because he was doing weird stuff made me feel like i could do weird stuff too and it might work.
If you could tattoo one celebrity who would it be?
What are you favorite clothing brands?
I do like Crooks and Castles I think mostly because it’s hard to get back home. They do some cool shit for girls.
What has been the best part of your trip?
Austin and Miami because we go to work with some really great friends and we never go to see them. And then, Disney Land as well because I’ve never been there before.
East Coast or West Coast?
West Coast, it’s more like home.
What are you looking forward to most about going to back to Australia?
Check out more of Lauren’s work at http://laurenwinzer.tumblr.com/.