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    #ThisFirst ...Make Your Passion Your Paycheck

    We're searching the Earth, looking for 15 people who are ready to make their passion their paycheck. 15 people who are ready to say, "F@%k That. This First." So what's your "This"? That one thing more than anything in your life that you are passionate about doing and would love to be able to make your full-time gig. Tell us by entering Volcom's #ThisFirst contest for the chance to win the opportunity to get paid by Volcom while you spend six weeks focusing on your "this". Applying is easy; we've thrown out the traditional job application and replaced it with one simple question, "What's your 'This' and what would it mean to you to put #ThisFirst?". Starting today, you can choose to submit your application with either a video or photo in a comment on our Facebook post or by making a new video or photo post with a caption to your Instagram (don't forget those hashtags); visit the ThisFirst contest page for further details and which is also where you can enter your submission directly to us. Why choose between doing what you love and doing what pays? Let Volcom give you that extra push to prioritize your passion. But don't wait, applications are only being accepted through June 21, 2017. Apply Now NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the following countries: the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec); France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom; Australia and New Zealand; Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay; Japan; China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, who are 16 years of age or older as of date of entry. Starts 12:00 AM ET on June 8, 2017 and ends 11:59 PM ET on June 21, 2017. The Volcom #ThisFirst Contest is sponsored by Volcom LLC. Void where prohibited/restricted by law. For complete details, see Official Rules at www.Volcom.com/ThisFirst.
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    Volcom X Hotel Steyne Riders Week - Day 1 & 2 Photo Gallery

    Monday saw the beginning of the Volcom X Hotel Steyne Riders week. The fun kicked off with the legendary Ozzie Wright showing off his skills on the spray cans. He was posted up above the courtyard spray painting a live mural on a row boat for the keen crowd to enjoy. The pool room was emptied for the crazy talented Gemma O'Brien to work her magic, painting a huge mural that wrapped the walls of the room. The skate ramp is set up and a couple of our team riders Dane Burman, Jackson Pilz & Shane Azar showed their skills for the crowd to enjoy. Nightly Quick Trivia hosted by MC Azar saw some lucky guests walk home with free gear to keep the stoke levels high. Tuesday saw all the Volcom team back down their to watch Gemma O'Brien put the finishing touches on her amazing Mural in the Pool Room. Meanwhile in the courtyard Anthony Lister busted out the spray cans to paint a live mural for the onlookers to enjoy. We saw lots of little legends showing their talents on the mini ramp, team rider and legend Dane Burman even jumped on the ramp to roll with them and no doubt make their day. The team will be back down there again tonight for a big night of events! Check out the schedule here!
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    Volcom takes over Hotel Steyne for the Riders Week in Manly!

    Volcom is stoked to announce that we will be taking over Manly's favourite pub the Hotel Steyne for a week of epic events during Riders week. See the below schedule for the week of madness with Volcom & Hotel Steyne!   Monday 27th February 5pm - Iconic Volcom Surfer, Artist and Front man of band Goons Of Doom; Ozzie Wright will be painting a mural live in front of your eyes on a wooden row boat on the pub roof.. I don’t think you’ll get the chance to see this twice so don’t miss it! Also..two meals for the price of one on a Monday, why wouldn’t ya!? 6pm - Volcom Quick Trivia! Bring your Surf, Skate & Snow knowledge for a super swift round of questions. We want you to win prizes fast!! 4 major prizes to be won from Volcom, Vans, Hotel Steyne, Stance & Surf Dive & Ski! Tuesday 28th February 5pm - Two of Australia’s premiere Artists head manly way to blow your mind! Watch the incredible adventure paint Anthony Lister and mural master Gemma O’Brien painting large scale artworks live at the Hotel Steyne. Come see both amazing Artists at work while you sip a cold one as the magic unfolds…just to make it sweeter, its Pints for the price of Schooners on Tuesdays! 6pm - Volcom Quick Trivia! Bring your Surf, Skate & Snow knowledge for a super swift round of questions. We want you to win prizes fast!! 4 major prizes to be won from Volcom, Vans, Hotel Steyne, Stance & Surf Dive & Ski! Wednesday 1st March 5pm - Boarders Skate Store - Local mini ramp jam. Open entry best trick comp! Cash Prizes! Try your luck shredders.. 6pm - Volcom Quick Trivia! Bring your Surf, Skate & Snow knowledge for a super swift round of questions. We want you to win prizes fast!! 4 major prizes to be won from Volcom, Vans, Hotel Steyne, Stance & Surf Dive & Ski! 7:30pm - "Metal Neck 2 - The Bangover" movie premiere at the Moonshine - Win a hand shaped Andrew Doheny board & Volcom Pack 9:30pm - Live Band - Bleeding Knees Club, garage rock band from the Gold Coast play Live! Named in NME's 50 Best New Bands and in Triple J's Next Crop of Artists this is not to be missed! Come boogie woogie! Thursday 2nd March 3pm - 8pm - Volcom Promo booth opens! Buy a Corona and get a free prize – hats, exclusive printed tote bag, Beer coolers, patches and an entry in major prize draw! 6pm - Volcom Quick Trivia! Bring your Surf, Skate & Snow knowledge for a super swift round of questions. We want you to win prizes fast!! 4 major prizes to be won from Volcom, Vans, Hotel Steyne, Stance & Surf Dive & Ski! 6:15pm - Major Prize Draw - Mitch Coleborn Surfboard & Volcom Pack just for drinking a beer! Hell yeah! 8pm - Volcom & Vans Pro skate team mini ramp demo. Watch the pros tear it up. Pedro Barros - https://www.instagram.com/pedrobarrossk8/ Jackson Pilz - https://www.instagram.com/jacksonpilz/ Grant Taylor - https://www.instagram.com/downsouthinhell/ CJ Collins - https://www.instagram.com/cjcollinsskate/ Daan Van Der Linden - https://www.instagram.com/skankiee/   9pm - Live Bands - Mammals supported by Flower Truck Friday 3rd March 3pm - 8pm: Volcom Promo booth opens! Buy a Corona and get a free prize – hats, exclusive printed tote bags, Beer coolers, patches and an entry in major prize draw! 6pm: Volcom Quick Trivia! Bring your Surf, Skate & Snow knowledge for a super swift round of questions. We want you to win prizes fast!! 4 major prizes to be won from Volcom, Vans, Hotel Steyne, Stance & Surf Dive & Ski! 6:15pm - Major Prize Draw! Here is your chance to win Ozzie Wright’s Surfboard & a Volcom Pack and it’s as easy as drinking a beer! 9pm - Live Bands!! Come catch garage rock band Los Tones supported by Jackie Brown Jnr   Saturday 4th March 12pm – 8pm: Volcom Promo booth opens! Buy a Corona and get a free prize – hats, exclusive printed tote bag, Beer coolers, patches and an entry in major prize draw! 6pm: Volcom Quick Trivia! Bring your Surf, Skate & Snow knowledge for a super swift round of questions. We want you to win prizes fast!! 4 major prizes to be won from Volcom, Vans, Hotel Steyne, Stance & Surf Dive & Ski! 6:15pm - Major Prize Draw! One lucky punter will win Noa Deane’s Surfboard & a Volcom Pack! Drink a corona for an entry to win! 7:30pm - Volcom x Stab Party at Moonshine Bar upstairs at Hotel Steyne ft. PowerLunch (Andrew Doheny's band) & Blister (Noa Deane’s band) with guest appearance from Ozzie Wright. LIMITED NUMBERS GET IN EARLY!! Sunday 5th March Event Wrap up Party featuring Sydney’s mega fun psych/reggae band Ocean Alley supported by Sea Gypsy. All events at HOTEL STEYNE 75 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095 http://www.hotelsteyne.com.au/ Let’s party!
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    Anthony Lister Through The Lens Of Dustin Dollin

    Back in November we handed Dustin Dollin a camera while we were in Austin, Texas for the launch of the Volcom X Lister Collection to capture his escapades with friend, and world renowned street artist, Anthony Lister as they embarked on a trip from the launch party in Austin, to the Sound on Sound Music Festival and the Anthony Lister Art Experience in Mexico City. The eleven minute edit above documents their travels as they make their way south through the perspective of Dustin Dollin. So what is it like to travel with Dollin and Lister? Watch the video above to find out and click the images below for recaps of each event! Dustin Filming While Lister get's ready for the Volcom X Lister party at the Volcom Garden in Austin, TX Photo: Arto Saari Lister live painting at the Sound on Sound Music Festival Photo: Daniel Cabral Lister live painting at the Sound on Sound Music Festival Photo: Daniel Cabral Lister live drawing in Mexico City  
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    Photo Recap - Anthony Lister Art Experience In Mexico City

      Click on the above image to check out the photo gallery! On Thursday, November 10, Volcom and Picnic Magazine celebrated a Mexico City Art Happening with renowned street graffiti artist Anthony Lister. The event was held at Picnic House, a unique venue where Picnic Magazine, an awesome art magazine in Mexico City, has their headquarters. It was a night of meet-and-greet, art, music and fun in the middle of one of the many burgeoning cities in beautiful Latin America. Ending the three-tour Lister Art Experience around the world (Spain, Texas, Mexico), and continuing to celebrate the release of the Lister X Volcom collection, this event had special guests partake in the evening, such as iconic skater Dustin Dollin. Picnic house got the evening started at 9pm and soon enough we had a full house accompanied by murals, canvas paintings, and even a live art show by Lister. The music and restless party-goers got people on their feet and on the dance floor, lettin' it loose to the beats of various local DJs until the wee hours of the morning. Special thanks to Picnic Magazine, Indio beer, X Mezcal, the Mexico production team (Sarahi, Checo), and everyone else that made this experience possible! SHOP MENS LISTER COLLECTION! ABOUT LISTER Born in 1979 in Brisbane, Australia, Anthony Lister began painting on the streets at the age of 17, a location which has endured as a key part of his practice and is influential to his studio work. As one of Australia's most renowned contemporary artists, Lister's work presents us with a grimy fusion of high and lowbrow culture with influences from a number of areas and genres, including street art, expressionism, pop art and contemporary youth culture. Reveling in the "spirituality" and the "heritage" of Western popular culture, he takes this joint legacy and remolds it into something equally alluring and grotesque, a perfect representation of the society he seeks to depict. Taking influence from the dirtier and rough techniques of "Bad" Painting and merging it with the spirit and practices of graffiti art, Lister has embraced an explosive, scratchy, scrawling form of figurative art using a variety of mediums from painting, drawing and installation to film and music. Give Anthony Lister a follow on Instagram @anthonylister for a look at all his latest work.
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    LISTER Interview!

    Known as ‘An advocate for the freedom of visual speech’ Australian Fine/Street/Graffiti Artist Anthony Lister is on a mission to gift his art to the streets without persecution, to explore creativity without boundary and to always evolve as an Artist simultaneously.  Lister teamed up with us at Volcom on a Collaborative Collection 'Lister x Volcom’, which we are proud to have created with the modern street impressionist. For this collection Lister explores the themes of money and corruption as it relates to the modern cyber state. Volcom Australia’s Head Creative Kimberley Reynolds had a chat with Lister about the collab collection, skateboarding, vandalism vs art and the process in his creative practice.   KR: When did you first take to painting the streets? AL: I was 19 when I started painting electrical boxes around my hometown. I ended up painting over 100 of these boxes over the course of 4 years.    KR: What and where was the first piece? AL: The piece from memory was a painting of clowns holding spray cans. Location - Brisbane, Australia.    KR: For you initially, was the act of painting in the streets equally attractive for the protest of creative freedom in your landscape as well as the exhibition of your work being seen by an unsuspecting audience? AL: Honestly, I was most interested in my mum and nanna seeing my work in the wild and watching their reactions.    KR: You were quoted in 2014 by Australian publication; Brisbane's Weekend Edition saying "I’m a freedom fighter, I’m fighting for the freedom of visual speech” You’re still fighting the good fight, does it and how does it feel like its progressing since this statement in 2014? AL: Well, as long as men and women, boys and girls are being sent to prison for acts of creativity -the struggle continues. So long story short / not much has changed at all wishing the system and those that make the law. I guess I on the other hand have progressed greatly in my articulation of defining the problems and developing strategies in which changes could be implicated.    KR: You have been commissioned in your street art to paint huge pieces for various commercial clients, how does the emotional or creative feeling differ when painting these pieces over personal illegal outdoor work? AL: They don't change at all. I always do my best work. I feel that "you are only as smart as your last decision and only as good as your last production”. Whomever I am working with for or against I put in the most I can to achieve my goal.    KR: Speaking of commissions vs illegal work, earlier this year you were sentenced to Community service after facing charges of vandalism by the Brisbane City Council. A Council that has previously commissioned you to create works within its cityscape. The case received a lot of media attention in Australia and worldwide for its odd imbalance and self-deeming sense of declaring art vs vandalism. One comment I loved was from filmmaker Eddie Martin on twitter who noted “Odd way to treat one of your best cultural assets.” How do you as an artist process this mixed message from authority? AL: Yeah, well it sucks that in this day and age people are being sent to prison for acts of creativity huh. I'm one of the lucky ones. Having said that it ended up costing me $78K in lawyer fees but I still have my integrity and most importantly my freedom.  KR: You “gift” a lot of your street art pieces where the building owner has given you permission to create on the property. Do you hunt this work or do blank spaces get offered to you? AL: A bit of both.    KR: The large, actually enormous scale pieces you do outdoors are just insanely large. Watching back some footage of you creating these is incredible. Wielding the extended roller the way you do must have taken some real practice! How much prelim work do you put into the composition plan before hitting these spaces? What’s the usual approach? AL: I always have a mental sketch before I begin but that's usually about it. In adventure painting it is important not to burden ones self with expectations.    KR: A lot of Artists at your level from Australia generally go and move overseas to bigger markets or art scenes. What keeps you in Australia? AL: It feels like I'm never in Australia. I actually love Australia but then again I love America and Germany too. I’ve kinda lived everywhere for a time. Life's great!    KR: It seems there is a real correlation between Street Art and Skateboarding in terms of “vandalism”, creativity within your landscape and freedom of expression vs law? Do they feel almost the same to you? AL: I agree. I believe it comes down to harvesting an audacity to embrace the freedom to express ones self creatively in the public arena.    KR: I spoke to another Volcom collaborating Sydney based Artist, also raised in Brisbane – Gemma O’Brien recently who I know you’ve worked alongside in the past. Gemma mentioned the real longing to work on a solo show and personal work after spending majority of her time on commissioned work; to hone new skills, test herself and have no parameters. Do you feel the same longing after working on commissioned pieces? AL: Nah not really. I keep busy on jobs, in the street while also maintaining a constant studio practice. I understand what she means though- making new work and keeping up a practice is like having a child- you can never give enough time or energy- it is the guilt that keeps on giving (on parenting).   KR: How important is the balance of personal work and commissioned work? Are they about even in your practice in terms of quantity? AL: Hmmm… well I actually don't really keep count- I leave that for my team. So I don't really know and I like it like that.   KR: You’ve used dollar bills and skulls through the Volcom collaboration, what do those symbols communicate for you within these works? AL: Life, death, drugs, fucking, the city, being lost, respect, tragedy, strangers in the club, great tracks. SKULLS and money are like everything and nothing. Like grains of sand though the hourglass of time.    KR: In the short film you made with us at Volcom; filmed in Sydney at your studio the city surrounds - you make a wonderful metaphor of the streets being the jungle, the animals in the wild being your art and the spaces you hunt to put it on and also that you are both the hunter and the hunted within your jungle. Do you feel instinctual and primitive with your art and the means in which you need to go to create it? Is it driven by pure need and sense of survival? AL: A purity -yes/ a sense of survival- no. I'm driven by forces greater than myself and I feel like I'm just a messenger working for the boss.    KR: Do you have any strategies to avoid being hunted? AL: Yes. I don't disrespect anyone.  I use my intuition and senses of smell, hearing and sight to avoid the trappings of a material mindset.   KR: When we were filming with you we had the Volcom skate team in tow and you’re mates with a few of the Volcom crew, it seems like a totally natural fit. Was it a pretty organic journey creating a collection with Volcom? AL: Yeah for sure. I’ve been mates with heaps of those mad cunts for years. When I was asked to create the collection it was super laid back- n- natural.   KR: When we visited your studio, you showed us some very interesting bronze cast sculpture forms you were beginning to work with. You also seem to cross mediums like video, installations as well as paint, charcoal and more traditional mediums. How important is it for you as an artist to keep expanding your process? AL: I do it to combat the boredom. I never really think about it like I'm expanding my practice I just realize I want to make something and then learn how to make it, along the way. Most of the time it's a long journey full of trials and errors. There are many exciting and challenging learning curves when dealing with the fundamentals of alchemy.    KR: What’s up next for you? AL: So much crazy shit. I got this guy making a film that's gonna expose me for what I really am. He's the guy that made that documentary "ALL THIS MAYHEM" which is a dope film about a couple of skaters that ended up making and breaking themselves like a couple of legends. That's going to take a while but yeah that and shows n jobs, travelling, life, all kinds of shit man. Swipe left     KR: Could you list your top 5 outdoor pieces around the globe people could check out? Let’s send them on a Lister hunt… AL: NEW YORK, BERLIN, Paris, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Detroit, New Zealand, Bali, Hong Kong, Milan ... Hold on is that 5? Damn bro I don't even know what's even still up let alone where it is. But I do know that I loved every one of them more than the last before I walked away with my clothes, face and hands covered in paint and a photo.   SHOP COLLECTION HERE!

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Lauren Winzer is an explosively vibrant Tattoo Artist, Hair colour experimentalist, Barbie Pink Jeep driving, Sabbath listening loveable larrikin. She loves a good pun tattoo and is one of our most favourite instagram feeds. The new crazy hair colours every few days alone make her addictive to follow. Volcom has been lucky enough to begin working on a super cute collab’ with Lauren so our Head Creative Kimmy Reynolds sat down with her to find out about Lauren Winzer World before the release…   KR: I’ve heard that you loved drawing and creating characters a long time before you began tattooing, did you have a vibrant imagination growing up? LW: I definitely had a pretty crazy imagination when I was younger and my sister used to pretend a lot when we stayed with our grandparents, we would have shops selling them rocks or make an entire circus with us playing every part including the animals haha…I think it helped not having technology growing up, we had to make our own fun! KR: What are your favourite characters to draw? LW: I love using innocent characters and taking them out of context to make something naughty, a lot of older animation is already a little questionable for example Pinocchio smoking cigars and greening out haha   Lauren with Husband and Tattooing Teacher Heath Nock   KR: Your then BF, now Husband Heath taught you to tattoo back in 2011, how did that go? Is it like when your partner tries to teach you to drive a manual or snowboard and as a GF you have every right to scream at them and have a severe tanty meltdown? LW: hahaha that’s exactly what it was like! People think it was easy, and getting the answers to my questions was easy yes; but hearing from your partner that you're doing a bad job is so hard to take and definitely would tantrum but then cool off and realize he was just trying to help haha! It’s like ‘oh you wanna be in the dog house do you?’ hahaha.. KR: What was the best advice he gave you when learning? LW: never try and correct anything when you tattoo, some lines may not be perfect but trying to correct that is even harder and makes a bloody mess! KR: What was the first tattoo you did? LW: I tattooed an outline of a tooth on heaths leg it was so scary! KR: You co-own Hunter & Fox Tattoo with your Husband Heath; the studio you work out of now don’t you? How many tattooists do you work with there? LW: I just keep everyone happy but heath definitely does all the hard work and business side of things! I've always worked at hunter and fox and there are 7 of us permanently, which is a massive change from the three we started as! KR: Do you all creatively bounce of each other? LW: Definitely! we both have similar taste but its good to grab a crazy suggestion from each other, we help each with colours a lot because we are entirely different in that way and its hard to think about different colours when u already have your go to's.   Tattoos by Lauren.   KR: How does a typical Lauren Winzer day usually unfold? LW: I sleep through about 3 alarms and get ready in silence for like 40 minutes then I drive my jeep to the shop usually playing Black Sabbath or obnoxious rap while skulling and energy drink then I tattoo from 10am to 7pm. I drive home usually playing something weird and hang with the pups watch some T.V draw then sleep and repeat! If I'm having a good day I’ll have a bath and if I'm having a rough one the bath comes with a red wine. KR: What music is best for tattooing? Do you all fight over the playlist at Hunter & Fox? LW: upbeat! I work with Stevie, another Tattooist and we love everything!!!! It might start with rap, then some 70s then some electro then pop we have made a playlist together called everything for everyone and that pretty much sums it up haha! KR: Where do you find inspiration? LW: Everywhere! I find a lot in movies, it might be a quote or a moment or a character and it may just put me on a tangent for something else. KR: Do you have favourite tattooist or Artists you admire? LW: I love heaths stuff a lot, he is just so creative, ideas I’d never put together. I love Rose Hardy’s work and everyone I work with inspires me a lot. KR: You recently Instagrammed an amazing return to painting, how often do you create outside of tattooing for personal expression? LW: Not a lot anymore unfortunately, I have to draw at least 4 designs a day so its hard to be in the zone when I'm home and I rarely have any spare time anymore. I'm hoping eventually I will be able to take an extra day off to paint more because it relaxes my mind so much and also makes my tattooing a lot better.   The coolest, Lauren Winzer.   KR: How different do you feel creating personal works to tattoos for clients? LW: I'm lucky enough that my clients and I generally have the same taste so there’s not much difference except when I do my own stuff its usually a little bit cruder. I don't know if I'm trying to rebel against myself or something maybe i just have a dirty mind haha.. KR: Do you have many clients that always come back to you to get all or most tattoos by you? LW: I do! I love that! I love putting them together and having people love my work that much! It’s really flattering and it’s cool to see it all come together. KR: Have you ever worked on a tattoo concept strategy with a client that’s like a growing collection of your works? Like a theme or creative direction for all of their tattoos? LW: Sort of! I have a few girls that just give me a bunch of cute ideas and then we work them together one by one to make a full sleeve. I have one client who is having me do a whole underwater scene on her arm and we just book one or two in at a time and its fun to watch that grow. KR: Following your instagram it seems people definitely come to you for your distinct style; my personal favourites are the ones with a little bit of humor thrown in like the coco pops and double thumbs up koala; have you had some faves over the years? LW: those types are my favourites too! I've done some dumb Barbie ones I had a lot of fun with and a dinosaur one with a step brothers quote, it’s cool to see people not take themselves too seriously. KR: What would be your dream tattoo to do and who would you do it on? LW: I want to tattoo anything on my mum, I've been trying to talk her into it for years I’d do anything!   Lauren & Miley Cyrus post tattoo session.   Lauren & Toni Collette post tattoo session.   KR: I’ve seen you’ve tattooed some celebrity skin – Miley Cyrus & Toni Colette, what was that like? Did you feel nervous? Any other big names? LW: I definitely was nervous more because of the actual tattoos, they were both getting really fine things from me so that’s extra pressure alone! Both Toni (Collette) and Miley (Cyrus) made me feel comfortable from the start and definitely just felt normal to me, which was a pleasant surprise! I’ve Tattooed Melanie Martinez I tattooed some guys from the band Placebo and a few other bands but Melanie, Miley and Toni are my faves for sure.   A famous client, Singer Melanie Martinez.   KR: Besides the incredible, funny, cute & colourful work you do I love following your instagram to see your insanely fast rotation of hair colours and styles!! How can this happen? You are seriously mystifying me!?!? LW: Its all smoke and extensions haha!! My hair is s short so most of the time if the colour change is dramatic its done with someone else's hair then stuck into mine hahah it was getting pretty damaged for a while so now I'm a little teeny tiny bit more strategic with what colour comes next..   The many faces of Lauren Winzer!   KR: Your make up is also constantly unique and changing and so beautifully done, did you learn techniques or does this go hand in hand with having a steady tattooists hand and a creative mind? LW: Thank you so much!!! I learnt most of it from an old make up book I found years ago, the rest I learnt from Rupauls Drag Race hahah!!! Definitely helps having a steady hand although I haven't nailed winged eyeliner yet! Tattooing helps a lot with what colours I use on my face when my hair changes a lot too!   Never shy; Lauren by Photographer Shannon Brooke for Deadbeat Magazine.   KR: Fashion and dressing up is quite often considered a vain or a less important form of creative expression which I am definitely at odds with! Dressing up is the best! You obviously have a lot of fun with it and its awesome – do you feel like you are expressing different versions of yourself through your changing looks or even possibly do you get to play a bit of a new character with each new style? LW: I totally agree with you! I dress to match my my mood and I love wearing weird out there stuff; it puts me in a fun frame of mind! Anything my friend Paulie makes (himumimdead) I love a lot because he is a crazy bogan too so wearing anything of his makes me feel crazy in a good way haha, I also love my Volcom staples!   A glamourous Lauren for Photography Exhibition #highscrollers by Kristian Taylor Wood.   KR: I’m almost definitely sure you have had every hair colour possible – so maybe you can finally clarify, do blondes have more fun? LW: Definitely not!!!!!! The bleach alone puts blonde down the list for sure haha the upkeep is insane! I think yellow I had the most fun with because its so bright it makes everyone else smile and definitely made me at least 30% happier than usual!! Yellow is my fav colour but right now I have a mullet that’s coloured like flames and that’s for sure my fav combo to date, the flaming mullet! My Hair Dresser Kathryn (comb hair) just gets me, we have become best friends through trading tattoos and hair so if I have a crazy idea I know she will totally understand it.     The Jamming Jeep!   KR: You have the worlds coolest car – a Barbie candy pink Jeep, does it have a name? LW: Well at the moment its the Jamming Jeep (named after the Barbie Jeep) but a lot of my friends call it Stinky Pinky hahah! I swear it doesn’t smell! KR: When you drive it do people smile and wave and throw lollies at you and rainbows appear? In my mind that’s exactly what happens! LW: hahaha it should!!! Alot of people smile and wave and give me compliments when I pull up at the lights; its a mood booster for sure! Other people think I'm a shit driver because its soooo pink and I play a lot of Black Sabbath and Slayer to overcompensate the stereotype haha!   Lauren Drawing the beginning of her Collab with Volcom, wearing Volcom ‘Stripe Tees’ Dress.   Sneak Peek!   KR: We’re working on a very cool little collab project with you for Volcom Womens, could you give a few cyriptic clues to what that might involve? LW: Well I've used my favourite tattoo images and worked in the volcom logo with things like ice cream, mandalas and crystals are a few of my faves! You’ll see very soon! KR: You’ve mentioned that you grew up with Volcom and always loved the brand, how do you feel about working on the Volcom project? LW: to be honest I've never been this excited to collab with anyone! I used to draw the logo on my pencil cases with whiteout at school to impress everyone! I had the school bag and some clothes I remember mum would let me pick an outfit for my birthday each year and I’d be so stoked to go grab the latest Volcom from the local surf shop.   Lauren wears Volcom ‘Run Around Ringer’ Tee.   KR: What’s next for you? Is there anything exciting on the horizon work wise or otherwise? Any big trips or big things happening? LW: Nothing planned, I never plan, I'm actually a walking mess! But I'm hoping for Japan soon or Iceland. I went to Nepal and climbed the Himalayas a few years ago and I just want to do more of that, see more nature. I'm dying to figure out a way to turn a van into a mobile tattoo shop and travel around Australia, see Uluru, the Kimberely, etc... We have such a diverse country I’d be silly not to see more of it! Work wise I just want to keep pushing boundaries, I've done crystals, galaxies and now glitter, I'm just working on the next big thing! KR: Lastly; how about a few words of advise for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in tattooing? LW: Be persistent, draw what you like, not what is popular and get to know people in the industry. You obviously have to have skills but being a nice person make it that much easier! It’s such a thriving art and I am living the dream because of it, so if you want it go for it don't give up, its worth every penniless week at the start!!!!!   Thanks to Lauren for the great advice and insights to her world. See more Lauren via @Laurenwinzer & @volcomwomens_oz – Stay tuned for more on our exciting collaboration project!