Vandalizing her kaleidoscopic mischief onto a moving canvas, tattoo artist LAUREN WINZER leaves her mark glittering in Hollywood.
Piercing your skin with a pen dipped in waves of rainbow metallic ink on a sunny day, Lauren Winzer has proven her panache for candy-coated playfulness won’t rub off easily from people’s skins. “I definitely loved art growing up. I took one painting class when I was in my early school years but they just kept making us paint the same beach scene, so I’d just get bored and see how many different colors I could make and have just been obsessed with making different colors ever since,” Lauren quips of her aesthetic, permanently penning down her spun-sugar imagination in someone else’s narrative. With her satirical toons trapping overt and subliminal messages, she grabs Hollywood’s attention and has decorated bodies of celebrities and musical mavericks such as Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Melanie Martinez and Hayley Williams.
“My first few experiences were terrifying and quite embarrassing, I’ve cried during a tattoo before, just from the pressure and the fear of fucking it up. It used to scare me so much; I still feel the same pressure now, but the fact that its permanent now just excites me,” she shares. Boasting of a colorful connection with the rebellious pop star, Miley Cyrus, their story perfectly captures the appealing recklessness of youth as the famous musician inks Lauren herself. Imagine – Miley in all her explosive nonchalance, holding the tattoo gun, naturally leaving her own bite through a smiley face LSD tab.
“I just wanted to be free!”
With tattoos being as persistent as bumper stickers, the artist sets a permanent example on how her art isn’t something you can just stick on the skin, but etched into it, an unending indication of a transformative decision made at fleeting moments – decisions, good, bad and drunk. “People worry about changing their minds but honestly as long as its done well no matter if your taste changes you got it, because you loved it enough at one point in your life, you will love it forever no matter what. I have tattoos I wouldn’t pick now but that’s a part of me and a nice memory of that time in my life!”
“People worry about changing their minds but honestly as long as its done well no matter if your taste changes you got it, because you loved it enough at one point in your life, you will love it forever no matter what.”
Tracing back to when she first tried her hand at this painfully gleaming art, she recalls, “ I always wanted to tattoo but didn’t think it could be a reality due to it not being as popular when I was younger,” she adds, “I used to have people request tattoo designs from me and then finally my husband, who was already tattooing for years, encouraged me to take the extra step and start applying them.” Much like trying to sketch in the car, Lauren draws a unique skill from tattooing over the years, eventually leading up to their own tattoo parlor called Hunter & Fox.
“It’s so much more mechanical than drawing. You have to move in certain directions that you don’t have to think about when using a pencil or brush. “Drawing the line for people of all disposition, her electric taste is sprinkled with hints of bubble-gum flavored rebellion in the guise of portraits of our lowbrow, unfiltered state. “I just wanted to be free! I always had office jobs, I never hated any of them, but I was scared to get stuck. My husband motivated me a lot to quit and then from there, I just motivated myself to be better and push boundaries with tattoo art,” explains Lauren. Engraving her cartoonish pigmentation of reality, she continuously traces all things she finds fun, drawn by sugar, spice and your choice of vice.
By: Bianca Serrano
Photographer: David Mannah