Originally from Perth and now living and working in Melbourne, Lauren Fenlon is an exceptional tattoo artist
and we were so happy to be able to have a chat with her and work with her as part of the Hot Copper Studio x Badlands
collaboration pin set.
IN THE PAST YOUVE DONE A PRINT SET OF MOVIE HEROINES. WHO INSPIRES YOU, FICTIONAL OR NOT?
Movies tend to inspire me. Im a massive movie buff and go to the cinema whenever I can. I don’t wanna say the ol cliched “strong female” characters inspire me but they kind of do. Nothing like seeing a badass independent women doing her thing onscreen. Even if it is fiction, its just good at planting positive seeds in your brain I think.
TATTOOING FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAVE, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT STILL SURPRISES YOU IN THE INDUSTRY?
I think Instagram allows for a lot of surprises. What kind of tattoo will be the “in” tattoo this year. Artists that have 100k+ followers and they’ve been tattooing 3months, just things like that. It makes for very fun lunch time banter at work.
SOMETHING YOU FIND OVERRATED AND UNDERRATED
OUTSIDE OF TATTOOING, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU”RE STILL YET TO ACCOMPLISH OR SOMETHING YOURE WORKING TOWARDS?
Im working towards getting this baby out of me at present! Im currently 5 weeks away from my due date and growing a little boy inside me has been one of the biggest challenges of my life but I cant wait to meet him. Feel like I’m definitely working towards that at the moment!
BEACH, RAINFOREST OR MOUNTAINTOP?
WORKING AS AN ARTIST FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAVE, HAS CREATIVE BLOCK EVER BEEN AN ISSUE?
SPECIAL TALENT YOU HAVE THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT?
I could eat bananas all day, everyday and not get sick of them. Dunno if thats a talent tho?
WORST PIECE OF ADVICE YOUVE EVER BEEN GIVEN
“You’ll never make it in Melbourne. Why would you want to be a small fish in a big pond” A former boss said this to me and advised me to stay in Perth. I love Perth but moving to Melbourne was the best thing I ever did. For my career and life in general. I met so many new people within the industry and it pushed me to work harder to compete against so many amazing artists over here. Moving is so good at opening you up to new experiences too. Id recommend a seachange to anyone, even if just for a short amount of time.
FAVOURITE MOTTO, LYRIC OR PHRASE?
WHAT’S A MOMENT IN MARAUDERS LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?
Going into Brunetti’s cake store for the first time when I moved here… that place was like heaven on earth!