Talking about yourself is always a weird concept to grasp onto. We all hold things we believe to be who we are but, “I am not what I think I am. I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.” - Charles Horton Cooley I don't truly believe this, but it certainly holds truths.
My name is Austin Gierisch, I grew up in Bendigo, Victoria in Australia. I grew up in the suburbs always fucking around with anything with wheels since I was 5. Skateboarding has always been a big part of my life. I can't wait to learn to surf on this trip, not growing up by the beach I never had the opportunity, but have always admired the sport. I lost my dad at a very young age and I have internalised that and never found a way to deal with those emotions and made a shell of myself. I hope time alone in the quiet sounds of nature and secluded areas of Australia will allow me to tap into those emotions and be able to set them free. I was always a troubled teen, fucking around doing dumb shit and constantly in trouble at school. I left school in year 10 to do a plastering apprenticeship because the school was sick and of me and I was sick of it. I did that for about 6 months and hated it. I went back and finished year 11 and 12 and got my VCE. Right after year 12 ended was when I came to my cross roads and had my psychotic break. I had no ambition of what I wanted to do after year 12 and the break down made me really dive into who I was a person and what I had become. It made me question all my decision and made me want to get off my arse and actually go and explore my existence. I moved to Melbourne in 2016 to start a photography TAFE course but I got caught up in the party lifestyle and the new environment I had found myself in, I was failing and had to drop out after 3 months. I got myself a house with 2 close mates I meet in my student accommodation. I got myself a job at a wine store on my street and that was fine and dandy for 6 months until everyday turned into a dreaded routine that made me feel more insane than when I was actually clinically insane. I knew I needed to make a change in my life and thats when I found Lucy. The rest is yet to be written.