Tramp Stamps Are Making a Come Back in 2020, According to Celebrity Tattooist Lauren Winzer
Ever wondered what it would be like to tattoo a celebrity? To have your art live on someones body, forever? 'Cause honestly same! The whole concept of tattoos fascinates me to no, end and speaking to tattoo artists like Lauren Winzer just makes me want to get even more ink (sorry, Mum!).
Anyway, you've definitely seen Lauren's work floating around Instagram, hell, it's highly likely you've even seen it on celebs like Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner. Below Lauren chat's to POPSUGAR Australia about her wildest celebrity tattoo experience, the return of the 'tramp stamp' and her new collab with tech21.
POPSUGAR: Any pearls of wisdom for someone wanting to get their first tattoo?
Lauren: Make sure you love your design. Either have it as your screensaver or a phone case design and if you like it after a good amount of time it's a good sign that you will always love it. I thought about my first tattoo for at least two years and was like, "I still love it" after that time, so I personally think you will always love it. There's a lot of designs I wanted, but after sitting on it for a year or so, I changed my mind.
PS: Your designs can be found on celebs like Miley Cyrus, Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas and Post Malone. Can you tell us one of your wildest celeb tattoo stories?
Lauren: The craziest was when I was tattooing Joe Jonas and he said his girlfriend, Sophie Turner, wanted to get tattooed. I hadn't watched Game of Thrones but I sort of knew who she was. Anyway, I tattooed a fire wolf on her with "the pack survives" and I had all these crazy Game of Thrones fans abusing me saying I ruined the ending for them but I had no idea!!
PS: How did you gain such a big celeb following?
Lauren: I think It all started with Miley, but honestly I have no idea . . . I just randomly kept getting recommended by word of mouth, even just from my regular clients. And just by people finding me via Instagram!
PS: How important has Instagram and social media been to growing your business?
Lauren: It's definitely been a blessing for me. It's an online visual portfolio and people will find me through other people posting my tattoos or being mutual online friends!
PS: You've probably seen a LOT of tattoo trends in your time, what you think will be the three biggest tattoo trends of 2020?
Lauren: I think tramp stamps are coming back, 80s fine line art and just super fine tattoos in general keep becoming more and more popular.
PS: What's one of the most common tattoo regrets you see?
Lauren: People getting their partners names. I think it's a jinx personally [laughs], and people just wanting to get tattooed to be tattooed, but not having an artwork in mind. I can't recommend patience enough, find something you love and wait instead of just getting tattooed for the sake of it.
PS: What is something not many people would know about your job?
Lauren: I have homework! Sometimes people think it's easy because it's fun but it's a lot of hard work and takes up a lot of my personal time too.
PS: Is there ever a time you say no to tattooing a client?
Lauren: Anything offensive is a no. But other than that, even if it's not my style, if I can do a good job I'll do it because taste is objective. I have tattoos I think rule that people might not understand so I have to stay open minded.
PS: A lot of your well-known tattoo designs have a cool, old school pop-culture feel, is that your favourite style of tattoo design?
Lauren: It definitely is my favourite style. I love pop culture, I love colour and I love mixing traditional and modern tattooing. I enjoy every style but I feel like I can be the most creative when I get to use all of those elements.
PS: You've just announced your collab with tech21, can you tell us a bit about that?
Lauren: I've teamed up with tech21 for the launch of Custom (a super-easy design tool which allows individuals to design their own bespoke phone case), and designed a collection of fun tattoo-style cases. It's been a really cool process because each design is a celebration of my signature tattoo icons over the years. Also (aside from your body) what better place to have something that you love than on your phone. I'm literally never without mine. For me it's just another way to express your individuality and express yourself.
Keep scrolling to some of Lauren's celebrity tattoo's and her collaboration with tech21 . . .