Artist, Adventurer, Dreamer and Achiever.
Freelance Artist and Creative + Director of Few and Far Collective & Few and Far Studio.

Based in Australia and work abroad.

A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME...

It really all started in 2009 when I moved to Melbourne with my girlfriend at the time with the intention of picking up my tattoo apprenticeship where I left off. As you’ll see, it didn’t all go exactly as planned...

We moved into the heart of Fitzroy, which was perfect for us. Not only were we surrounded by an abundance of amazing bars, food, and coffee; we were also strategically placed next to couple of my favourite tattoo shops at the time – ones at which I was hoping to work in. Looking back, I can now see that I was living and breathing in arguably one of Australia’s most active and prominent graffiti and street art suburbs without realising it.

As exciting as it was moving interstate into an old reconditioned warehouse overlooking the city in a street that would literally change weekly - I needed money to pay for it. That and my regular visits to all of the amazing food, coffee & drinking spots in the neighbourhood.

I decided it was time to brush off my old carpentry skills and work for a builder. It wasn’t my ideal job at that point, but aside from working in a tattoo shop, it’s all I knew. The two years I did this were some of the hardest. I was both physically and mentally wrecked by the time I could start doing what I actually wanted to do everyday, but the money was good and my boss was a legend. For example: He’d go a little easier on me those mornings I’d roll into work like a zombie because I had been up working till all hours (If you ever read this - thank you Brian - you're an absolute legend). Carpentry by day, and by night I was painting my ass off, blogging, and occasionally giving into curiosity by dabbling with aerosols. It was around this time I also started my first online store.

Two years later it was time for a) a holiday and b) to take the plunge and work for myself. Coincidentally, around this time was Pow Wow Hawaii, a huge world-class street art event. As fate would have it, we met one of the guys behind it while he was out visiting Australia. All thanks to some crazy cheap flights at the time and Jeff’s loose invitation, we went. To make it even more exciting, it was my first time overseas and we wrangled ourselves some business class seats!

We thought it was going to be good, but it was actually incredible - a life changer. I went from occasional aerosol dabbler to a passionate one and found the inspiration and confidence to finally start Few and Far Collective.

Getting home from Pow Wow Hawaii meant it was do or die time. “Do” being creating and carving out the life and work that I wanted. And “Die” being going back to working for what someone else wanted. This was also where I really focused on my career and found myself more driven and determined than ever before. In-between juggling watercolour commissions, my growing online store, and the occasional skateboard or random collectible piece, I was teaching myself the ropes of basic acrylic and aerosol (which included the art of convincing someone to let me paint their property with no portfolio). On top of all this I released a few “Steen Jones” garments. Every spare minute I found in-between I worked on Few and Far Collective, something I’d wanted to do for years.

Four crazy, sleep-deprived, coffee-fuelled, ruthless and unfathomably amazing years on, I’m still here – humbled, happier, more refined, focused and dedicated than ever.

I’ve created my groove, discovered my true passions and been supported by the most amazing, trusting and loyal clientele that I ever could have hoped for. And if that wasn’t already perfect, I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with a bunch of my favourite artists and collaborate with some of my favourite brands and companies. Then there’s all the great, kind, crazy, and crazy talented people that I’ve connected with on the way. It’s just insane.

And to be honest, I don’t even feel like I have a job anymore. I don’t take days off and don’t want them – I cannot stay awake long enough or wake up early enough.

Another thing that’s insane to me is my little “passion project” Few and Far Collective. We’ve just turned 4, shipped to over 50 countries and have just recently fulfilled our 20,000th order worldwide!

I feel like our newest endeavour, Few and Far Studio is going to follow suit, having already racking up some amazing and world class clientele before our internet doors even “opened for business”.

Life’s just... too good to be true. It hasn’t been an easy ride but it has been the best, most fun and rewarding one – I just cannot wait to see what’s around the corner or where it takes me.

And that said, here’s where I thank every single person that’s ever given me a chance, supported me in any way or inspired me to push harder. I say this from the bottom of my heart because I know without it, I simply wouldn’t have the confidence, inspiration and determination that I have today.

Much love.

BONUS CONTENT:

20 Questions with Steen

First tape, vinyl, or CD you bought?

I only ever had 1 tape - it was ‘Outhere Brothers’ given to me by my sister when I was younnnng. #boomboomboomletmehearyousaywayooooo
The first CD I bought was Slipknot - Welcome to our neighbourhood. I was 13 years old and spent half of my ‘holiday’ allowance on the first day. Thanks and sorry Mum!

What’s in your pocket right now?

Nothing. Bball shirts bby.

What got you started in tattooing?

Ben Rorke, curiosity & determination.

Who knows where I would have ended up without Ben. He was the first person I knew that actually loved his job and worked like it. It was very perplexing to me as all I assumed at 20 was that work sucked and what you needed to do in order to live… and party. If I wasn’t living with him at the time - and if he didn’t lock himself in his room, blast nu-metal and draw instead of partying with Jimmy and I, then I don't think I would have been exposed to and witnessed someone relentlessly chasing their dreams. It was very inspiring and motivating to me… I just didn’t realise at the time. As fate (me breaking my hand being a 20 year old moron) would have it, I somehow was trusted to run the shop where Ben was working. It was here I was exposed to the industry - and where my life changed. It was here I started learning to draw and where I was really consumed by the culture. I didn’t tattoo for long, as I left when Ben did - he needed a change of scenery and I needed to ~check myself before I wrecked myself~ so I moved to Melbourne… which is where I also started to learn to use aerosols and where my life took another turn.

What was the first tattoo you did?

A rose on my thigh. It’s upside down and horrible haha

Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl.

Fear of?

Heights & Sharks

Morning routine?

Shower, put music on, make a big-ass coffee, take alpha-brain, make a big-ass to-do list & start grinding.

Art background or self-taught - or both?

Self-taught/teaching

Least favourite colour?

Bright Yellow

Something on your bucket list?

Skydive

Do you take inspiration from anything outside of tattooing?

Mixed Martial Arts.

Someone you’d like to meet (dead or alive)?

Joe Rogan

If you could pick 1: playlist, audiobooks or podcasts?

Playlists. Can’t work without music.

If you could tattooed by anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

Jerry, Hardy, Grimm, Dietzel, Negrete, Horiyoshi III

Do you have any pets?

Not anymore. I gave my cat to my ex because I’m a ~nice guy~ and idiot. But bout to rescue me a dog soon though.

Favourite thing to draw?

Roses and Ships are fun.

Favourite place to tattoo?

I didn’t tattoo for very long - and only did legs sooo.

A prized possession?

A leopard ornament that I somehow managed to bring back from Mexico. Carved from fishbone and so beautiful. Found in a street market in Tulum. Cost about $20 AUD. I love my home/studio, too. Cost a little more then the leopard but they work so well together.

Your go-to snack?

Tomato and Hummus if it’s around (It doesn’t last long)

Do you have a hand-poked (including Tebori) tattoo?

I do.

Favourite place in the world?

South Island of New Zealand

Do you work in any other mediums outside of tattooing?

Anything and everything. Mainly with aerosol.

Last thing you watched?

Nyjah Huston’s ‘Fade to Black’ - Insanity.

Favourite Instagram accounts to follow?

@kookslams

Do you have your back tattooed?

I do. By The Judd Ripley.

How long have you been professionally tattooing?

30 (give-or-take) tattoos long haha

A guilty pleasure?

Chocolate or Ice-cream. It. Must. Be. Kept. Away. At. All. Times

How do you separate work from life?

I don’t. It’s something I struggle with daily. If I am awake, I am working - and if I’m not a able to - I think about it. Epitome of a blessing and a curse.

What’s something you would never do?

Bungee Jump

An album that never gets old?

Beatles - 1 (Remastered)