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Lauren Winzer

Celeb tattoo artist Lauren Winzer’s on her way to Queenstown to ink locals for charity.

This Saturday, Winzer, whose clients include American musos Miley Cyrus, Joe Jonas and Post Malone and UK actress Sophie Turner, will set up shop at QT Queenstown’s Red Bar, from 2pm till 10pm, tattooing people for $100.

All the proceeds are going to Movember, which raises awareness around men’s health issues.

The Sydneysider’s designed a few tattoo blueprints inspired by Queenstown, including the Remarkables and the TSS Earnslaw for the event – spots with her are being allocated by ballot.

Local tattoo artists Jeremy Hill and Rua Henry will be also be on hand with the needles.

Winzer may have inked some of the world’s most famous people and boasts a rock ’n’ roll exterior, but when it all comes down to it she’s just a sentimental softie.

Having started tattooing about eight years ago, the 31-year-old, originally a painter, started out experimenting on her friends.

“I used to cry in the bathroom because I would get so stressed.’’

“I would worry about doing a wobbly line or how much it was hurting my friends.’’

Getting her very first tattoo was a big deal too — a rose under each arm with her brother and sister’s name scribed in a banner below. “I knew I wouldn’t regret it because of how sentimental it is.’’

Fast forward a few years and it’s now a 12-month waiting list to get into her south Sydney parlour Hunter & Fox Tattoo.

Too modest to admit her own tattooing talent, Winzer has thanked Instagram for launching her career onto the world stage.

About five years ago when Cyrus was touring Australia, the singer’s assistant rang to book an appointment after seeing the tattooist’s portfolio on Instagram.

“I started doing crystals and really girly things that no one else was really doing at the time,’’ Winzer says.

Initially, it was Cyrus’ assistant who wanted a tattoo, but after seeing Winzer’s work, the Wrecking Ball singer wanted her to ink her body with a lasting memory too.

Winzer did some small tattoos on the singer’s fingers, including an alien head and fruit, and the pair struck up a friendship. “We spent quite a lot of time together in Australia.’’

Cyrus then flew Winzer to the United States, so she could tattoo all of the singer’s friends and family at an A-lister party.

Cyrus was first known for her role as Hannah Montana, later for her tongue-out face on the red carpet and most recently for her split from Australian husband Liam Hemsworth after less than a year of marriage.

Winzer opens up on what the super-star is really like: “She’s just really normal.
“I questioned what I would have in common with a famous person, but she’s just really silly and really down to earth.’’

Movember is a cause close to Winzer’s heart, she says.

“I have so many male friends, I just think it’s important for men to be conscious about being active and looking after themselves, as well as making sure each other is OK.’’

In anticipation of high demand, there’s a ballot to go under Winzer’s needle.

To enter the ballot, visit: https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/queenstown/eat-drink/promotions/get-inked-at-qt/.

To book a spot with Hill or Henry at the event, email Queenstown@otautahitattoo.com

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz