Lust for Life is CLOSING!


Dearest beautiful people’s, friends, and family.

It is with heartfelt regret and heavy sadness that ‘Lust For Life Tattoo’ must come to an end.. With end’s new beginnings arise and this is the path I must take.

ALL deposits and gift vouchers will be honoured with all the tattooists at LFL, so there are no worries concerning money for anyone.
All tattooists are now looking after their own appointments and hold your deposits/ or vouchers. They will contact appropriate people regarding their bookings – same day.. Same time.. Just a different location.

You can contact and follow:
SOU @soutattoo -Westside Tattoo.
LILY @henstooth -Black Throne Tattoo
BROOKE @bklynbeee – guesting at Feline Lucky
DAVID @davidransom – guesting at Feline Lucky.

.. And myself @aureoletattoo or via email at
I’ll be doing a guest spot and will update all soon. Please bare with me. Any concerns just contact me via email or direct message on Instagram

I would like to invite you all to an eve of celebration of what has been and what yet may be. A salute to Lust For Life Tattoo. At the CROWBAR @crowbarbris SUNDAY 18th after dark. Please come and enjoy some music, dancing, and booze and go out with a BANG!!

It’s been an amazing and growing journey over the past 5 years, and I’ve had the pleasure to meet/ work/play with some incredible people. My heart to you all.

My immense gratitude and love to Tanya Kennedy for standing by me, supporting me, and her loyal hard work, helping to keep LFL on her toes and spread a bit of sparkle day in and day out. Loveyagutz.

My soulful gratitude to the tattooists/ tattooers that I shared space with, laughed, splashed ink, and soo much more.. Sou, Sammy Winks, Richie Blackheart, Stevie Scott, Peta, Brooke, David Ransom, Mat Fink, Lily and all the amazing guest tattooists… Xxx

Big love and huge thanks to the people that are part of and made LFL. These humans made it fun and run as smoothly as possible.. Jane, Illy, Nirmala, Savy-pea, Crystal, Ange, Nick, Jess, Alice, Minty, Verity, Trina, JB, Donna, Paul, Martine Cotton, Greg Jard, Amy-Jane, Ian, Sally, Suz … Eve renovations for creating the space we all know and love.. and The always bright, effervescent and entertaining slingers of cake and coffee Sugarbomb girls, Ammie and Nicky – you’s are ace!! Xxx

My gratitude and love to Melanie Mason who reflected my passion for art and together we created at gallery to be reckoned with, and a hub for amazing exhibitions.. Thankyou to all the contributing artists that rocked my soul with their art and made a contribution to my growth as an artist. You too made LFL.

Lastly, to All the wonderful and amazing clients who are in the walls and floors of LFL, who shared their skin and stories.. and all my friends who have helped and supported me, been a friend, played music, got drunk and danced silly.. You all made Lust For Life Tattoo. ⚡️👻⚡️

Thankyou for your understanding…

Rocknroll sweethearts and see you soon ❤️💀❤️ xxx

All my love, AUREOLE.

Dr Sketchy’s “Mysticism” Art Session


Date: Tuesday 26th April, 2016.
Doors: 7pm – 9pm
Pre-Sale Cost: $18 + BF
Photo ID required for entry

We are delighted to announce that the global phenomenon that is Dr Sketchy’s is coming to Lust for Life!
April’s themed evening, Mysticism and Occult is a special 2 HOUR costumed drawing session at Lust for Life featuring enchanting and mystical Brisbane models.

We are also hosting a bar for the evening – thank you to 4 Pines Brewery.

Evoking all of the senses using visuals, music and taste (there’s a bar/ cafe); we hope to sweep you into a magical world of sketching and art creation. This is not your ordinary drawing session. There will be no art-tuition but an evening filled with a nurturing, non-judgemental and fun environment to explore your own drawing style. Fall in love with art again! Suitable for amateurs, enthusiasts and pros. Draw from your heart, not from text books.

WHAT TO BRING: Your drawing equipment and anything else that you think will make you more comfortable. There is limited room for easels. All mediums welcome, we just ask that you be considerate of mess and leave your space tidy.

EXTRA INFO: Dr Sketchy’s has been featured in NY Times; Washington Post; Sydney Herald; ABC radio; Playboy and hundreds or radio stations and articles. In 2010 a documentary on Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art school was released and tells of its Brooklyn boozy beginnings by young art school drop-outs.

Found in 2005 in a drive bar in Brooklyn, Dr Sketchy’s has now spread to over 100 cities world wide including New York, Paris, Hollywood, Sao Paulo, Melbourne and Byron Bay. No experience necessary as it’s about enriching and digging up the inner-child artist within. The Brisbane branch is now 5yrs old and run by headmistress, Kahlia Litzow.





Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

-Kahlia Litzow or facebook message

Lust For Life Tattoo – 176 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, Australia



DIRECT DEPOSIT (avoid booking fees with this option):
Kahlia Litzow – Commonwealth Bank
BSB: 06 2692
Account: 2320 9719
Description: Name (as much as possible)
Amount: $18 (special 2 hour edition)

Introducing Mat Fink, Tattooist!


Mat Fink is now tattooing with us!

A diverse and well traveled artist, Mat Fink draws influence from every new environment he finds himself in. His pursuit of art stems from a skateboarding and hip hop influence, with many of his graffiti exploits being featured in a number of local and international publications. Ten years as a sailor in the Navy and then apprenticing under Paulie Surridge saw his initial work in tattooing have a heavy focus on the traditional style, while his graffiti background ensured his letter forms were always on point. Since working with different artists in his travels, his skill set has expanded a great deal…now most enjoying working in realistic black and grey/portraiture, bright colour work especially with flora and fauna subject matter, some ornamental geometric work, and pieces with neo-traditional elements.

Give him a follow on instagram @mat_fink

You can make booking for consults through our website, email or over the phone.

Dead Scary “Bring Out Your Dead”

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After the overwhelming response to our previous annual exhibitions, we have now opened up our walls again, and invited a range of diverse artists to show work in what is now well established as a Valley favourite in the Brisbane gallery scene.

Dead Scary will feature over 30 Brisbane and interstate artists, showcasing work inspired by the scary, the creepy, and all things horror!

Axe-wielding animals, masked faces, contorted bodies, broken bones and burning flesh is just some of the twisted and terrifying subject matter being explored by this year’s artists.

The inescapable human contemplation of death throughout history, has led to the creation of some of the most infamous monsters and ghouls, with every culture creating their own version of the living dead; zombies, vampires, reanimated and reconstructed corpses, or ghosts. This is the guts, the raw bloody essence of a Dead Scary exhibition, and this year will be bigger, better and bloodier than ever before!

Join us for the opening festivities on Thursday the 29th of October 7-10pm.

Dress in your best deadibones finery and you’ll be in the running for a tattoo voucher from Lust for Life Tattoo’s supreme queen of the Dead Scary – artist, tattooist and owner of Lust for Life Tattoo, Aureole.

Come and enjoy ghastly (but delicious!) treats from the Sugarbomb girls and find out if you’re a ‘fraidy cat when things go bump in the night!Dead Scary will exhibit from 29th October to 14th December (open 7 days/wk).

Guest Tattooist: Inma (UK)


London based since 2001, Inma first got introduced to tattooing at the age of 16. A self trained fine artist originally from Spain , she left the comforts of home early to learn and improve her craft.

Her regular trips to conventions and guestspots worldwide helped developed her distinguished style and stabilising a solid reputation within the industry. Mixing different influences from art, nature and other fellow tattooist , she likes to work with traditional fundamentals that will make a tattoo stand the test of time while playing with the placement of the piece in a way that makes it flow with and enhance the body where it lays.

Over the years she has had the honour to periodically work at world class shops such as Henning Jorgensen’s Royal Tattoo (Denmark), Adrian Lee’s Analog Tattoo (San Jose), Mike Davis Everlasting Tattoo (San Francisco), Richie Clarke’s Forever True Tattoo ( Liverpool) and Phil Kyle’s Magnum Opus (Brighton)

Although tattooing has been her favoured medium for the past 14 years, making time to keep her illustration work going and to collaborate in projects with other fine artist has also been key to keeping her creativity a flow . Keenly exploring different mediums through a BA honours degree in Mixed Media art she is of lately happy with pencils and markers. In recent years her artworks have made an appearance in several books as well of a number collective exhibitions. Drawn to the sacred ,the horrific, the mythological and the uncanny, her work creates a world of ambiguity where things don’t always make sense and humour is key.

Tattooing has over the years have major influence in her compositions, gradually becoming bolder and simpler.

Still a keen traveller, when at home in London she can be found at renowned Mo Copoletta ‘s The Family business.

Inma will be guesting at Lust for Life from December 7th 2015 to January 4th 2016. For appointments please email lust for life tattoo or

Vive l’homme ARTIST CALL OUT

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Lust For Life Tattoo is proud to be presenting Vive L’Homme, our annual male artist exhibition. After the success of last years inaugural male only show, Vive L’Homme has now solidified itself permanently within our yearly calendar of annual exhibitions to showcase and celebrate the work of male artist from local, national and international spheres.

This year we invite all male artists to submit works based on current influences creatively driving their art. This exhibition will involve a wide range of mediums so please submit traditional forms of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, leatherwork, jewellery or modern styles of craft, graphic design, comic book and anything in between.

Please send your name and contact details with an image of your submissions no larger than 1mb.
All work must be no bigger than 1.5m wide x 3m high
All work must be for sale
All work must be of a professional gallery standard ready to hang with drings attached
No wet work
$35 entry cost (can submit multiple pieces).
Submissions need to be emailed to –
DEADLINE: 5pm Monday the 7th of September.

The successfully selected works need to dropped off at the gallery on Sunday 13th of September
Launch of the exhibition will be Thursday the 17th September and will show until The 25th October

Note: We have limited spaces for sculptural works. Be sure to include specific size details of sculptural works submitted.

Thanks for submitting.

Incomplete Thought by Robert Chalender

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Lust For Life Tattoo proudly presents Incomplete Thought
a solo exhibition by Robert Chalender
Opening on Thursday 6th of August
On show until the 31st of August.

Incomplete Thought is a striking look into the mind and politics of Bleeding Kansas artist Robert Chalender.

Owner of Strait Jacket Press, Robert set up shop in Fortitude Valley two years ago, it is in this studio on Brunswick, St. where Robert tends to vent his frustration about the world onto canvas.

Born and raised into what is termed as the Heartland of America, Robert’s Midwestern mind and historical conceptions about ‘Americana’, creatively enable him to produce works of art that touch on the consumerist, hedonistic and fame focus of today‘s popular America and beyond.

By perfecting a multilayer technique using segments of recognizable popular classic and contemporary images, then seamlessly integrating text, these medium to massive scale pieces confront the audience and question the role of Mass Media and Fame in today’s society.

Robert’s work is often at times a puzzle, and feels almost incomplete, as if the canvas he is using to communicate his message is too small dimensionally, for his thought to be communicated definitively.

The exhibition will include these montages and many of his limited edition screen prints.

Jungle Tattoo Club


Lust For Life Tattoo is excited to be part of Jungle Tattoo Club’, where we hope to bring together some of our passions. Art, tattoo, tiki culture, cocktails, rums and tequila at The Jungle Bar in West End, Brisbane.

Inspired by the famous Bristol TattooClub – which was founded in 1953 by Les Skuse, Champion Tattoo Artist of All Great Britain!

Lust For Life will be exhibiting artworks, prints and t-shirts for purchase from the 17th – 24th of AUGUST.

The Jungle Tattoo Club‘ will be held on Saturday 22nd of August, 7pm onwards.

All our tattooist will be there to chat and take bookings.

I Used to Skate Once 11

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Hey don’t miss the I Used To Skate Once 11 exhibition at The Zoo Friday 26th June. Aureole is exhibiting ‘Diana: Huntress and Prey’.

Collectors, there will be original limited edition of 10 hand silkscreened 3 colour prints, lacquered onto Canadian maple skateboard decks.

See you there!

Date: June 26th, 2015.
Doors: 7:00pm
Door Price: Free Entry
Photo ID required for entry
The Zoo: 711 Ann St, Fortitude Valley


Callie Marshall
Jon Dowding
Erin Smith​
Matthew Deasy
Deane Featonby
Laura Strange
Claudio Kirac​
Sarah Huston​
Luiz Flavio
Chris Humphries
Sean Bate
Thom Stuart
Daniel Vincent
Jessie Nash​
Anna Sirmano
Sophia Mary Mac
Cheryl Windahl
Sarge Jhogson
Dan Jones
Jay Musk​
Lusid Art
Michelle Phillips
Jesse Olsen​
Alex Gillies
Ben Challenor
Lene Sunter
Jon Weber
Ellana Mulllay
Tim Rix
Kerri Bond
Phoebe Paradise
Cathy Stephens
Catherine Insch

+ more.


Viva La Femme 2015 Opening Night

The launch of the Viva La Femme Exhibition was held on Thursday June 11th and pulled a massive crowd! See if you can spot yourself in these pics below.

A MASSIVE thank you to the stars of the event – all the artists who contributed work, and also to our hard working Lust for Life and Sugar Bomb Cafe staff.

Big thanks also to our musical entertainment for the evening – Seja, who played a beautiful set and DJ’s Mikey and Black Amex.

Special props to gallery curator Melanie Mason who pulled this enormous exhibition together and hung it all herself over two epic nights. We love your work, Mel! You are incredible.

The exhibition will be up for another 7 weeks so be sure to come on down and have a quiet coffee at the cafe and take your time to soak up all the pieces at your leisure. Red dots have accumulated but still plenty of great pieces looking for new homes so we do encourage you to come in for a visit.

Hit below the fold to see the pics!

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Viva La Femme 2015!

Lust for Life proudly presents the 4th annual VIVA LA FEMME Exhibition.

11th June – 31st July 2015.

This annual exhibition featuring selected female artists, showcases personal views, attitudes, opinions, aspects and much more encompassed by the word WOMAN.

With an exciting mix of mediums and media, this years exhibition has attracted an unprecedented number of super talented local, interstate and international artists:

Clare Cowly, Venom Vision, Rawbones, Mosessa, Sophie Hanlon, Ania Ganowicz,Braidy Hughes, Karen White, Tracey Choyce, Kelly Morgan, Samantha Gilkes, Jackie Orme Ward from Pendragon Shoes, Charlotte Godinet, Amy Crow, Cally Cronk, Suzie O,Evey, Skinner, Stacey Schinkel, Tulasi Powell, Rosalie Maguire, Rhea Phelan, Summer Hiskins, Larissa Lee, Symone Male , Jessica Gehle, Celeste Mountjoy, Gabrielle Tucker, Sapphire Frater, Tara Raemerd, Trish Linehan, Tiffany Aktin, Chantel Schott, Rikki Mctavish, Eva Beullens, Katherine Moeller, Taylor Jane Wilkshire, Rochelle Buckley, Monica Balaz, Lisa Carsey Dowell, Melanie Mcgrath, Phoebe Kahlo, Anita Pettinato, Zarhara Spring, Sandy Brundvik, Elk Anstey, Jayne Barclay, Vanessa Swift, Sarah Cook, Samantha Randall, Christine Horvei, Kerri Hobba, Cecilia Hine, Naomi Chilcott, Sarah Petersen, Carolyn Watson, Kim Wheeler, Aureole, Chrissa Alexion, Omilee, Coco Star Sims, Hilary Green.

We welcome them and invite you to cordially join us on Thursday 11th of June at 7pm for the launch of this exhibition.

The opening night will feature live music by Brisbane songstress Seja and musical tunes by Dj Black Amex.

The festivities of Viva La Femme also give all the opportunity to check out our recent structural renovations to Lust for Life tattoo gallery and espresso. We are excited to launch with the reimaged evolving space and shine with our new design and expansion. The studio now features a private tattoo space downstairs and a revamp of our enclosed
mezzanine level tattoo studio.

We invite you all to see, hear, taste and explore at the launch of VIVA LA FEMME.



Re-Roofing Closing Dates: May 13 – 30

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Hello lovely peoples!

Finally Lust For Life is getting a new roof & our tattooists are doing GUEST spots thru out Brisbane & Gold Coast. This is a chance to get tattooed in other ace studios!

SOU will be at @7thcirclestudio May 14 – 24th

SAMMY WINKS will be at @whiskeylanetattooco May 12th -18th and @trailertrashtattoo May 19-30th

BROOKE & DAVID will be at @truelovetattoo_brisbane May 13th – 30th

AUREOLE will be at @lighthouse_tattoo Sydney May 14th -16th (more dates w aureole tbc)

Please contact the tattooists & studios for appointments.

The Lust For Life studio & gallery will be out of action from the 13th-30th May BUT we will still be taking booking via phone & emails for June & ‪#‎foreverafter‬!

May 16 – 20 and 23 – 25 we will be completely off the grid with no email or phone action, but rest assured, if you leave messages for us we will get back to you as soon as we can!

Sugarbomb cafe WILL BE OPEN and serving coffees and food through the front window. Check their instagram page for details.

Rock on sunshines! 

Change Of Season – Group Exhibition


Lust For Life proudly presents multi-artist group exhibition ‘Change Of Season’ on show now until the 31st of May.
The show features works by a  high calibre mix of Brisbane artists with members of the artist collective / gallery space LOVE LOVE contributing multiple pieces.

Alongside these exceptional works are pieces from hyper-realist artist Duncan Mattock using meticulous master techniques and skateboard recycling, Viking depicting artist PhilB who’s work is all skilfully painted during train rides around Brisbane.

Well worth checking out to see works by some of Brisbane’s finest artist.

CHANGE OF SEASON on show now until 31st of May.

Hey Cancer- Don’t Fuck with Fred. Brisbane Fundraising gigs May 8th and 9th 2015

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Our great mate Fred is going through some tough times at the moment so we are putting together a couple of massive gigs to help him out. Fred has always been there for anyone to give them a helping hand or advice as well as playing in numerous bands around Brisbane for the last 30+ years including SixFtHick, Blowhard, The Fred Band, Jim Rockfords, New Improved Testament, Public Execution and the Surfari Krishnas to name just a few.

The first gig will be at the Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley on Friday May 8th and the second at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah on Saturday May 9th

Bands for Friday May 8th at Chardons Corner:
Blowhard, Flangipanis, Turnpike, Mouthguard and Release the Hounds.

Bands for Saturday May 9th at the Prince of Wales Hotel are:
Shandy, The Dirty F Holes, Boondall Boys, Fun With Explosives andGoldstool

Raffle prizes so far include
$100 gift voucher from Vital Juices Records
Tattoo vouchers from Lust For Life Tattoo
A painting from Dame-Glenn Brady
$100 voucher for Prince of Wales Hotel
$100 voucher for Chardons Corner Hotel
$400 voucher from Knight Photography
Signed photo of Australian Motorcycle Champion, Darcy Ward, fromBrisbane Motorcycle Spares & Repairs
$50 voucher from Cobblestone Fashion
$100 voucher from The Low Road Cafe
$100 voucher from the Hamilton Hotel
2 bottles of Opal Nera Sambucca and an 1125ml bottle of Bundy Five[white rum] donated by a private donar
$100 voucher from the Camp Hill Hotel
Miss Music Biz has donated the following items as well
1. Digitech Effects Pedal, Modelling guitar Processor.
2. Behringer Virtualizer Pro Effects Processor.
3. Korg AX1500 Guitar Processor.
4. A Dean Markley Acoustic Guitar Pickup


Lust for Life Viva La Femme

Deadline extended to the 18th of MAY !!!!!! 

Lust For Life Tattoo is excited to invite all female artists to submit work for our annual VIVA LA FEMME group exhibition. This exhibition celebrates all things FEMALE, through a variety media including paintings, photographs, drawings and mixed media.

Submissions are NOW OPEN for all female artist to share their perception, ideas, emotions, opinions and anything and everything encompassing the Female.

Artist may submit works of any medium and subject matter all 2D works should be no larger than 1m wide x 3 m high

This is a predominately 2D exhibition but this year we are accepting submissions of small sculptural works under 30cm cubed


Submission is free.

Submit as many works as you like.

This is a selection based exhibition

Successfully selected artists will be notified directly by email by the 20th of may with details on payment of entry fee included in your successfully selected artist email.

One $35 fee per artist

The gallery will be taking 30% commission off sales.


Please email submissions (NO larger than 1mb and NO links to websites or facebook albums ) to our curator Melanie Mason –

Please include:

  • > your name,
  • > the title of the work,
  • > the medium,
  • > the size and
  • > the price.


If you are sending work internationally or interstate please let our Curator know via email so correct arrangement for receipt of works can be duly organised

For further info on Viva La Femme please forward enquiries to the curator:
Melanie Mason –

Brewsvegas – Brisbane’s craft culture exposed, beer by beer!

Sample some delicious beers at Lust For Life on Thursday 26th March from 6-9pm!

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Brewsvegas is a grass roots, community minded celebration of Brisbane’s burgeoning craft beer culture set to run from the 22nd to the 29th of March, 2015. We aim to promote innovation, creativity and collaboration to help nurture and grow a local beer scene already replete with passionate contributors.

The inaugural Brewsvegas in 2014 saw 40 venues stage 90 events through the week, displaying fantastic creativity, passion and individuality. In the year since, many new venues and events have sprung into being and action; to spread the good word and champion great beer. As Brisbane’s thirst for better beer has continued to grow, so have the quantity and quality of venues offering good beer, and so has Brewsvegas. Now in its second year, some 65 venues will celebrate Brewsvegas with some 120 events for the week.

This means there truly is something for everyone. From fine dining to fine art, baking and brewing, bands, bowls, mystery tours, massage, movie nights, competitive cook-offs, cocktails and collaborations of every kind. The Brewsvegas website now has the full 2015 event schedule online, with every event detailed on a daily calendar for the week.

We want to encourage the good folk of Brisbane, whether fully-fledged bona fide beer geeks or simply a little craft-flexible, to get amongst it and discover something new, something different, something exciting. Whatever you do, make sure you check out a venue you haven’t tried before. Meet some new beer buddies. Brisbane has never had a more vibrant end exciting beer culture. Raise a new beer to your lips, breath it in and taste it!

The team behind Brewsvegas hail from some of Brisbane’s smallest and biggest craft beer venues, restaurants and breweries. A not for profit organisation, Brewsvegas’ primary aim is to introduce as many people as possible to the joy of better beer, and to celebrate the scene serving that purpose every day of the year.

Brewsvegas – your bars, your beer


Gyaru – an Exhibition by Tiffany Atkin

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Local artist Tiffany Atkin openly admits she’s obsessed with Japan and she describes her latest solo exhibition as “Japanfluenced POP illustration with bite!”

In her exhibition GYARU: An exploration of femininity in contemporary Japanese pop culture, not only does the artwork look good enough to eat, the work itself explores some deeper concepts and representations of femininity within Japanese popular culture. Atkin was inspired by how individuality is asserted through fashion and behaviour, and the way this continues to fuel a sense of subversion to mainstream popular culture in Japan.

Her work culminated from many years of ideas, adventures, life lessons, late nights, growth, discovery, loves, losses and a heartfelt respect for a land and culture so significant to her journey as an artist and human.

Local businesses Lust for Life, iro iro POP!, Harajuku Gyoza, 4 Pines Brewing Company, Maiocchi and Takara Gallery Workroom (Japan) have jumped on board to support the talented artist too.

Between the moments of creating and drawing, we managed to sit Tiffany down and discuss her exhibition and her life as an artist.

When did your love affair with Japan begin?

I studied Japanese language and culture in my early school years and continued throughout high school and uni. When I finally moved to Tokyo in 2010 (alone, with no real plan), it was a massive influence on me, both creatively and as a young woman finding my way in the world.

The culture shock was something I embraced, there was certainly an adjustment period as anyone who has spent time actually living in a different country will confirm (particularly one as different as Japan), but I truly loved every moment of altering my perceptions and understanding on everything from making and exhibiting art, designing for Japanese clients, to just buying groceries, social interactions and daily life in general.

I was lucky to have Japanese language skills and an established friend circle there, which made the transition much easier. The whole experience really changed my outlook on so many things, and Tokyo is still my creative muse. The love affair continues!

Have you always wanted to be an artist? Are you fulfilled on your journey? What are your aspirations?

Oddly enough, I was once hurtling down a musical path and probably thought I was going to be some guitar-wielding Aussie rock chick (ha!). I grew up in a musical family (my parents met when my dad joined my mum’s band) and used to write and perform a lot of music both solo and in bands and duos. I had some interest from a few industry notables about recording an album, but I was young and very naive and it all fell through, which was a blessing in hindsight.

I signed up to uni to study design as a backup if my “music career” didn’t eventuate. It sounds really funny to me now looking back, because it didn’t take long to get completely hooked on art, design and illustration, and I have made it my career. I still make music in my home studio, it’s a nice little break from design and illustration that still lets me make something and express myself in a different way.

I’ve recently been working on a few projects where I can combine music and art, and one of my goals for 2015 is to develop that a little more. I am also working towards a show in Tokyo in 2016. I think as an artist, we are never fulfilled, as soon as you feel like you’ve “made it” then you’re no longer growing or moving forward and pretty soon you’ll be left behind. It’s up to us as creatives to constantly keep developing, evolving and seeking our own truths. The journey is never over.

Artists that inspire you?

I admire artists who have made a great career out of their craft. Illustrators like Kat Macleod, Beci Orpin, Bec Winnel, Rik Lee and Bei Badgirl. I am also really inspired by Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama, and an artist called Xhxix (he is really secretive about his identity but his work is incredible). I also admire lady musos like Adalita, Ella Hooper and Patience from The Grates. They’re just rad folk doing rad things AND they are super nice people.

What do you want people to say as they wander through your exhibition?

“Jeeves, I’ll take one of everything, thank you!” Seriously though, I just want people to feel what I felt when I created the work. Everything in this show is a culmination of many years of ideas and fascination with the beautiful enigma that is Japan. I hope that this underlying personal journey can be felt and appreciated by everyone who views the work.
Best life advice you’ve ever received?

“The only one you truly need to convince/ impress is your toughest critic of all – yourself.” In my industry, and especially with the prevalence of social media, it’s tempting to get hung up on what others are doing/ thinking/ saying/ eating/ breathing/ brushing their teeth with, but ultimately it’s just a waste of time comparing yourself – time that could be spent making something that you can be proud of.

Having said that, I actually really do value social media, it has been a wonderful tool for me to gain exposure and reach a larger audience, but in moderation. I think most would agree it’s a dangerous vice when combined with self-doubt or a bad attitude.

Tell me about some of your experiences in Japan and what they taught you?

I could probably write a very long-winded essay on this subject, but to put it simply – life in Japan not only inspired me artistically, but also changed my perspective on things in general. The efficiency of daily routines and the respect people have for one another has definitely influenced the way I live my life. Moving to a new city alone is also a pretty liberating experience, and Japan was the perfect place to nurture my need for new adventures.

All in all I’d say my experiences in Japan (both as a regular tourist and temporary resident) have given me the confidence in myself as an artist and capable human adult. If I can navigate Shinjuku station, which should have its own postcode, then I’m sure I can (insert seemingly difficult task here!).

GYARU: An exploration of femininity in contemporary Japanese pop culture opens February 5 at Lust for Life Gallery. There will be VIP goody bags for the first few people through the door on opening night so make sure you get there early

Special Thanks to B-Mag.