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Tiffany Atkin


Tiffany Atkin is an illustrator and designer based in Brisbane, Australia. With a background in graphic design and art direction, she is currently freelancing full-time from her home studio, splitting her time between personal and client projects. Her illustration work is inspired by nature, bodies, nostalgia, and big feelings. When not in work-mode, you will usually find her somewhere with live music, reading a good book in the sunshine or attempting to pat all the neighbourhood dogs.

Why is Locker Room Talk important to you?

I think anything that brings awareness to topics that affect so many of us but are still not openly discussed, is a great thing. Starting conversations is an important first step toward any meaningful change.

Is there a topic or issue that you wished we all talked about more openly?

From my own personal experience, I'd say grief. Having lost a few very important people in my life the past few years, grief is definitely something I wish I better understood. It can be really hard to talk about something so painful and personal that you haven't fully processed yourself yet, but I think the more we talk about it, share our stories, the better off we'll all be. For me, understanding how something works, talking about it, takes away a lot of fear and anxiety.

What does success look like to you?

After freelancing for the better part of a decade, my definition of success has evolved a lot throughout my career. These days, I am very content with having flexibility and control over how, when and where I work, the kinds of jobs I work on and who with. I try not to ever take that freedom for granted, because we don't always get a choice on those things.

If you had the chance, what’s something you’d like to tell your 16 year-old self?

Don't be in too much of a hurry to get where you're going, you've got time! You'll probably never feel truly ready for anything though, so be sure to take a big crazy leap once in a while. One day, all that stuff your parents kept telling you is going to make so much more sense. Go give your mum another big hug, just cos.

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