Strong | Ruthless | Fierce

Hair Expo Exclusive: 2015 Emerging Hairdresser of the Year Finalist Tarik Jasarevic

With each collection that we feature on our site, we attempt to delve a little deeper. To not just present the looks, but to give you a glimpse into the creative minds that made them and the process that they went through to bring their visual story to life. In the case of Tarik Jasarevic, there is nothing that I can add. His story, on its own, is so incredibly compelling that I can only do it justice by presenting it in his own words. Read on dear Industrie, for here lies a story of personal triumph, unbridled creativity and an inspiration that took a lifetime to manifest.

“As a young child living in Bosnia (part of the former Yugoslavia) in the 1980’s, I fell in love with the iconic Australian movie Mad Max. I had never seen anything like this before and I didn’t know at the time that it was made in Australia. I loved everything about Mad Max – the cast, scenery, hair, costumes and the raw, dry, brutal world of survival it portrayed.

In the 1990’s, because of the war in Bosnia, I escaped first to Croatia with my family, then to Germany, finally arriving in Australia in 1998. My experiences during this time, learning different languages, cultures and fighting to survive each day, are the inspiration for this collection.

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Like the main character in the movie, these experiences made me stronger and I believe in some way I became a warrior. This is why I have called my collection ‘Da Warrior.’

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The key objective of the collection was to create a dramatic visual impact that was both beautiful and strong, spontaneous and precise. The collection reflects the new trends in hair, fashion and art with particular reference to the remaking of the Mad Max movie. Using hair looks and wardrobe ideas from these movies, I tried to reflect into today’s world and something that could also be salon-friendly.

In my collection, I build on these trends to produce a distinctive look that is created by the new colour, cut and styling techniques I have developed. For example, this season features big, beautiful hair similar to the softer long hair style of the collection while short hair is almost down to the skin with a barbering influence.The aim of the collection is to establish a distinctive original look that can be instantly recognised. The aim of the collection is to challenge and inspire, to be of the future but firmly placed in the urban now.

As well as being an excellent colourist and stylist, I bring the imagination and cutting edge design sense of a visual artist to my work. In addition to my talent and passion for my profession, I have worked hard to broaden my knowledge and refine my skills. I am also committed to sharing my experience and educating hairdressers both in Australia and internationally.”